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VMware View Scheduled Refresh

In this post I will detail how to make use of the VMware View PowerCLI extensions. One feature I has hoping to see in the release of VMware View 5 was the ability to schedule tasks such as refreshing desktops or recomposing entire pools. Unfortunately this feature wasn’t added to View so i seeked my own solution. With View PowerCLI you can perform most if not all main functionality and better still, schedule when you went these commands to run. In this post the relevant commands for scheduling the refresh of a pool at a defined time are outlined.

Script: Get-Pool -pool_id your-pool-id | Get-DesktopVM | Send-LinkedCloneRefresh -schedule ‘yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm’

Example: Get-Pool -pool_id LC-EXT-H2F | Get-DesktopVM | Send-LinkedCloneRefresh -schedule ’2012-01-23 09:12′

PowerCLI What Do I Need?

VMware PowerCLI can be a very powerful tool in managing your vSphere environment. To get started there are two installs you will need to download and execute on to either a server or workstation that has visibility of your vSphere environment. Once installed you’ll be able to experiment with scripting commands and scheduling tasks. Remember to look out for a later post on using PowerCLI scripts with VMware Site Recovery Manager.


Microsoft Powershell 2.0

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 VMware PowerCLI 5.0

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