Citrix XenDesktop 5.6: Deleting XD Storage and Personal vDisk Storage with PowerShell


Ever wonder how to delete a defined Virtual machine storage and Personal vDisk storage in Desktop Studio?  This article describes a way to delete defined storage for both virtual machines and Personal vDisks.  (The Hypervisor used in this example was VMWARE vSphere 4.x).

1.  In our example, we would like to remove the following storages:

  • Virtual machine storage:  XENDESKTOP01
  • Personal vDisk storage: XENDESKTOP01

You can view defined storages by navigating within Citrix Desktop Studio, Configuration, Hosts and clicking on the specific host.

2.  Launch PowerShell.  The easiest way would be to launch it from within the Citrix Desktop Studio as it loads the necessary Citrix PowerShell snapins.

3.  Execute the following commands to retrieve the storage information.

PS> cd XDHyp:

PS> cd HostingUnits

PS> ls

4.  The output will look something like this, but values will be different for each environment.

PSPath : Citrix.Host.Admin.V1\Citrix.Hypervisor::XDHyp:\HostingUnits\vctr01

PSParentPath : Citrix.Host.Admin.V1\Citrix.Hypervisor::XDHyp:\HostingUnits

PSChildName : vctr01

PSDrive : XDHyp

PSProvider : Citrix.Host.Admin.V1\Citrix.Hypervisor

PSIsContainer : True

HostingUnitUid : edbe6226-5b83-41ed-8d37-252c8144e613

HostingUnitName : vctr01

HypervisorConnection : vSphere5

RootPath : XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster

RootId : domain-c44

NetworkPath : XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK


NetworkId : Network:network-43

Storage : {XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster\, XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster\}

PersonalvDiskStorage : {XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster\, XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster\}

VMTaggingEnabled : True

UseLocalStorageCaching : False

Metadata : {}

For our needs we need the the information for HostingUnitName and Storage (the specific storage from the ones with the brackets).

In our case the values are:



5.   We will then need to execute the following command:

Remove-HypHostingUnitStorage –LiteralPath ### –StoragePath ###

Remove-HypHostingUnitStorage –LiteralPath ### –StoragePath ### -StorageType PersonalvDiskStorage

See for command reference.

In our example, we will need to execute the following commands:

Remove-HypHostingUnitStorage -LiteralPath ‘XDHyp:\HostingUnits\vctr01‘ -StoragePath ‘XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster\


Remove-HypHostingUnitStorage -LiteralPath ‘XDHyp:\HostingUnits\vctr01‘ -StoragePath ‘XDHyp:\Connections\vSphere5\NEWYORK.datacenter\NEWYORK_CLUSTER.cluster\ -StorageType PersonalvDiskStorage

The second command specifies the -StorageType parameter for removing the Personal vDisk Storage.

6.  Navigate back to Desktop Studio and verify that the specific storage values are not present anymore or run the PS> ls  command.

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