Update and re-composure of View Pools

I was recently asked if it was possible to automate the update of a View Pool every week after the updates had been applied to the virtual machines using Windows Update services, the process is quite straight forward.

This person needed to snapshot  a VM after the updates were completed and then use this snapshot to re-compose the pool, after this was complete they would then use this pool to make sure there were no issues.

The following script does just that, it takes the VM from a given pool and snapshots the VM, it then adds this snapshot back as the active replica for the pool, the idea is to run this as a scheduled task (maybe on Tuesday night) on the View server allowing the snapshot to be created every time it runs.

Watch it in action…

The Script…

$VIServer = ""
$PoolID = "VDIPool"

function Get-SnapshotPath {
		if ($Snapshot) {
			$SnapPath = $Snapshot.Name
			do {
				$SnapPath = "$($snapshot.Parent.Name)/" + $SnapPath
				$Snapshot = $Snapshot.Parent
			} while ($Snapshot.Parent -ne $null)

			$SnapPath = "/" + $SnapPath
		} Else {
			Write-Error "Snapshot not found"

if (!(get-pssnapin -name VMware.VimAutomation.Core -erroraction silentlycontinue)) {
    add-pssnapin VMware.VimAutomation.Core

if (!(get-pssnapin -name VMware.View.Broker -erroraction silentlycontinue)) {
    add-pssnapin VMware.View.Broker

Connect-VIServer $VIServer

Write-Host "Retrieving Pool"
$Pool = Get-Pool -pool_id $PoolID
Write "$($Pool.displayname) is currently using $($Pool.ParentVMPath) and snapshot $($Pool.parentVMSnapshotPath)"

Write-Host "Retreiving VM"
$VMName = ($Pool.parentVMPath).Split("/")[-1]
$VM = Get-VM $VMName
Write-Host "Creating Snapshot"
$NewImage = $VM | New-Snapshot -Name "Automated Snapshot" -Description "Automatically created by re-composure script"

Write-Host "Updating $($pool.displayname)"
$SnapshotPath = Get-SnapshotPath $NewImage
Update-AutomaticLinkedClonePool -pool_id $PoolID -parentSnapshotPath $SnapshotPath

$Pool = Get-Pool -pool_id $PoolID
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "$($Pool.displayname) has been updated to use $($Pool.ParentVMPath) and snapshot $($Pool.parentVMSnapshotPath)"

Write-Host "Recomposing $($Pool.displayname)..."
$Recompose = Get-DesktopVM -pool_id $PoolID | Send-LinkedCloneRecompose -parentSnapshotPath $SnapshotPath -schedule (Get-Date) -parentVMPath $Pool.parentVMPath

Write-Host "Completed"

2 thoughts on “Update and re-composure of View Pools

  1. Virtu-Al

    This script grabs the VM used in the pool and creates a snapshot on it, next time it is run it will create another snapshot, and another and another, if you were running this regularly then I would suggest adjusting it to commit the snapshot before creating the next one.

  2. Ron Davis

    What happens with the script if you run it again the next month? Will it know to use the new snapshot, even though the name will be the same?

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