Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops SDK


Get usage history of desktop groups.


Get-BrokerDesktopUsage [-DesktopGroupName <String>] [-DesktopGroupUid <Int32>] [-InUse <Int32>] [-Timestamp <DateTime>] [-ReturnTotalRecordCount] [-MaxRecordCount <Int32>] [-Skip <Int32>] [-SortBy <String>] [-Filter <String>] [-FilterScope <Guid>] [-Property <String[]>] [-AdminAddress <String>] [-BearerToken <String>] [-TraceParent <String>] [-TraceState <String>] [-VirtualSiteId <String>] [<CommonParameters>]

Detailed Description

Returns information, recorded by the broker on an hourly basis, about the number of desktops in use for each desktop group. Analyzing the historical usage records can give some guidance on usage patterns and help choosing idle pool settings.

Without parameters, Get-BrokerDesktopUsage returns the first 250 records. By using parameters, you can be more selective about the records that are returned.

To retrieve more than the default 250 records, use the -MaxRecordCount parameter. To select data for a specific desktop group, use either the -DesktopGroupName or -DesktopGroupUid parameters.

See the examples for this cmdlet and about_Broker_Filtering for details of how to perform advanced filtering.

Brokerdesktopusage Object

Desktop usage object contains information to tell how many desktops in a desktop group are in use at a given time (identified by a timestamp).

  • DesktopGroupUid (System.Int32) Uid of the desktop group that the usage data corresponds to.

  • InUse (System.Int32) Specifies how many desktop are in use at the time the timestamp corresponds to.

  • Timestamp (System.DateTime) Date and time the desktop usage information corresponds to.


Name Description Required? Pipeline Input Default Value
DesktopGroupName Gets usage records for the named desktop group or for multiple desktop groups if wildcards have been specified. false false  
DesktopGroupUid Gets usage records for a specific desktop group. false false  
InUse Gets usage records where the in-use count matches the specified value. This is useful when checking for zero or when used inside a -Filter expression. false false  
Timestamp Gets usage records that occurred at the given time.      
In general, Citrix recommends, using -Filter and relative comparisons. For a demonstration, see the examples. false false    
ReturnTotalRecordCount When specified, this causes the cmdlet to output an error record containing the number of records available. This error record is additional information and does not affect the objects written to the output pipeline. See about_Broker_Filtering for details. false false False
MaxRecordCount Specifies the maximum number of records to return. false false 250
Skip Skips the specified number of records before returning results. Also reduces the count returned by -ReturnTotalRecordCount. false false 0
SortBy Sorts the results by the specified list of properties. The list is a set of property names separated by commas, semi-colons, or spaces. Optionally, prefix each name with a + or - to indicate ascending or descending order. Ascending order is assumed if no prefix is present. false false The default sort order is by name or unique identifier.
Filter Gets records that match a PowerShell style filter expression. See about_Broker_Filtering for details. false false  
FilterScope Gets only results allowed by the specified scope id. false false  
Property Specifies the properties to be returned. This is similar to piping the output of the command through Select-Object, but the properties are filtered more efficiently at the server. false false  
AdminAddress Specifies the address of a XenDesktop controller that the PowerShell snapin will connect to. This can be provided as a host name or an IP address. false false Localhost. Once a value is provided by any cmdlet, this value will become the default.
BearerToken Specifies the bearer token assigned to the calling user false false  
TraceParent Specifies the trace parent assigned for internal diagnostic tracing use false false  
TraceState Specifies the trace state assigned for internal diagnostic tracing use false false  
VirtualSiteId Specifies the virtual site the PowerShell snap-in will connect to. false false  

Input Type


You cannot pipe objects to this cmdlet.

Return Values


Get-BrokerDesktopUsage returns an object for each matching record.


Desktop usage information is automatically deleted after 7 days.


Example 1

C:\PS> Get-BrokerDesktopUsage -DesktopGroupName TestGroup -MaxRecordCount 24 -SortBy '-Timestamp' | ft -a @{Name='Time';Expression={'{0:t}' -f $_.Timestamp}},InUse


Returns the last 24 hours of usage information for desktop group TestGroup, formatting it as two columns labeled Time and InUse.

Example 2

C:\PS> $d = Get-Date -Hour 0 -Minute 0 -Second 0

C:\PS> Get-BrokerDesktopUsage -Filter { DesktopGroupName -eq 'TestGroup' -and Timestamp -ge $d }


Returns today’s usage information for desktop group TestGroup.

Example 3

C:\PS> $dg = Get-BrokerDesktopGroup TestGroup

C:\PS> Get-BrokerDesktopUsage -DesktopGroupUid $dg.Uid | Select Timestamp,InUse,@{Name='Percent';Expression={'{0:P0}' -f ($_.InUse / $dg.TotalDesktops)}}


Retrieves the usage history for desktop group TestGroup and adds a column showing the number of desktops in that group in use, as a percentage.