• Citrix Provisioning Services Assessment PowerShell Script V1.0

    February 2, 2016

    PowerShell, PVS

    Imagine you are a consultant tasked with doing a Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) assessment at a customer site with several PVS farms that each contain many PVS servers. How can you quickly answer the following questions:

    • Are all the servers running the same PVS version?
    • Is database mirroring or clustering or AlwaysOn used?
    • Are all the servers configured the same from the PVS Configuration Wizard?
    • Are the recommended registry keys and values set?
    • How many vDisks are actively used?
    • What is the recommended server RAM configuration?
    • How many vDisks are past the configured merge value?
    • Are all the server Advanced options configured the same?
    • What are each server’s Bootstrap settings?
    • What is the status of each PVS service?
    • What account is each PVS service using?
    • How many vDisks are not associated with any target device?

    These, and many more questions, are what this script is designed to help quickly answer.

    What I find hard to believe is that Citrix does not have such a utility or script. And trying to use Citrix Insight Services with PVS logs is an exercise in futility and frustration.

    The script generates a text file (and only text) named after the PVS farm. The script can be run directly on a PVS server or can be run remotely from a management computer provided the prerequisites are met as outlined in the ReadMe file and in the help text. Since it generates only text output, the script runs very fast.

    This script uses the old string based PVS “PowerShell” so the script will work with PVS 5.x to 7.7. I can’t use the new real PVS PowerShell as that only works with PVS 7.7 and supposedly if you install the console and register the DLLs, will work with PVS 7.1 and 7.6 but nothing prior to 7.1.

    You do not have to be a consultant or an engineer working for a Citrix partner to find value in this script. As a PVS Farm administrator, you can use this script to get a quick overview of the PVS environment and make sure everything is OK.

    If you have any feature requests or things you see need to be added or changed in the script, just send me an email. webster@carlwebster.com I usually have very fast turnaround on script changes.

    In V2, I will add the other output options, if and when I can find the time.

    You can always find the most current script by going to https://carlwebster.com/where-to-get-copies-of-the-documentation-scripts/

    Thanks

    Webster

     

    About Carl Webster

    Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, LLC and specializes in Citrix, Active Directory and Technical Documentation. Webster has been working with Citrix products for many years starting with Multi-User OS/2 in 1990.

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    2 Responses to “Citrix Provisioning Services Assessment PowerShell Script V1.0”

    1. Kris Says:

      Hi Carl

      I came across your site on Google after looking for a solution to my task. It has been very useful and the information you’ve provided is greatly appreciated!

      I was hoping you may be able to help, is it possible to produce a report of what vDisk version a device is using that’s part of a collection?

      I know if you use the provisioning service console and go to device collections you can view the properties of a device, in the status tab it shows you there. This is the information I was hoping to extract…

      We are using PVS 6.0.0.1083

      Any help/advice you can provide is appreciated.

      Kind regards.

      Kris

      Reply

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