XenDesktop’s Personal vDisk(PVD) feature enables single Image management of Desktops with benefits of end user customization of their desktops.  An essential part of the PVD lifecycle is the Image update process.

To make it easier for our customers to monitor PVD Image update processing, we are happy to announce a new tool: the PVD Image update monitoring tool (Tool).

You can download the tool from the following location, https://citrix.sharefile.com/d/s954b3113be34ab68 ,extract the archive, which also contains User Guide to help you get up and running. This Tool is released under Tech preview license.

Before running the tool please make sure that Remote WMI on the VDAs are enabled. You can find more information about remote WMI enabling at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa389290(v=vs.85).aspx . Copy the extracted files to Broker machine and run PvdTool.exe.

Here is a quick tour of the tool:

  • To make it easier to see problematic area we have
    • “Updates Failed” – machines where the image update process has failed for any reason are shown.
    • “Low Disk Space” – machines that need your attention but may not have failed yet.
  • At the bottom we have 3 tabs that show the state of the PVD Machines during Image Update process.
    • “Updated Tab” – machines that have been successfully updated
    • “Update In Progress Tab” – machines are going through the preparing state
    • “Update Pending Tab” – machines that have an image update pending and the controller is waiting for the VMs to start.
  • There is a configuration file to control thresholds for “Low Disk Space” indication.  The user guide has the details about all the configurable options.
  • Auto refresh is enabled to refresh machine information in regular intervals.  Manual refresh may be triggered with (F5).

I sincerely hope that this tool will be really useful to PvD Admins. Your feedback will be critical for the successful integration of this utility’s capabilities into Studio.  We are looking forward to your feedback either in Citrix Forums or as comments to this post.

Update : If you are using XenDesktp 5.6.*,  please copy Wpftoolkit.dll to PvdTool folder. You can find the dll at the following location http://wpf.codeplex.com/.