Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops SDK


Removes virtual machines created by Machine Creation Services.


Remove-ProvVM [-ProvisioningSchemeName] <String> -VMName <String[]> [-ForgetVM] [-RunAsynchronously] [-PurgeJobOnSuccess] [-LoggingId <Guid>] [-BearerToken <String>] [-TraceParent <String>] [-TraceState <String>] [-VirtualSiteId <String>] [-AdminAddress <String>] [<CommonParameters>]

Remove-ProvVM [-ProvisioningSchemeUid] <Guid> -VMName <String[]> [-ForgetVM] [-RunAsynchronously] [-PurgeJobOnSuccess] [-LoggingId <Guid>] [-BearerToken <String>] [-TraceParent <String>] [-TraceState <String>] [-VirtualSiteId <String>] [-AdminAddress <String>] [<CommonParameters>]


Detailed Description

Allows you to remove VMs from the Machine Creation Services and hypervisor.


Name Description Required? Pipeline Input Default Value
ProvisioningSchemeName The name of the provisioning scheme from which VMs will be removed. true true (ByPropertyName)  
ProvisioningSchemeUid The unique identifier of the provisioning scheme from which VMs will be removed. true false  
VMName List of VM names that will be removed from the provisioning scheme. true true (ByValue, ByPropertyName)  
ForgetVM If this option is specified, this command will only remove VM objects from the Machine Creation Services database; however, the VMs and hard disk copies still remain in the hypervisor. The hypervisor administrator can remove the VMs and hard disk images using the tools provided by the hypervisor itself. If not specified, the VMs and hard disk copies are also removed from hypervisor storage. false false  
RunAsynchronously Indicates whether the command returns before it completes. If this is specified, the command returns an identifier for the task that was created. This task can be monitored using the get-ProvTask command. false false false
PurgeJobOnSuccess Indicates that the task history is removed from the database when the task completes. This cannot be specified for tasks that run asynchronously. false false  
LoggingId Specifies the identifier of the high-level operation this cmdlet call forms a part of. Citrix Studio and Director typically create high-level operations. PowerShell scripts can also wrap a series of cmdlet calls in a high-level operation by way of the Start-LogHighLevelOperation and Stop-LogHighLevelOperation cmdlets. false false  
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 user false false  
VirtualSiteId Specifies the virtual site the PowerShell snap-in will connect to. false false  
AdminAddress The address of a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops controller that the PowerShell snap-in connects to. You can provide this as a host name or an IP address. false false LocalHost. When a value is provided by any cmdlet, this value becomes the default.

Input Type


You can pipe an object containing parameters called ‘VMName’ and ‘ProvisioningSchemeName’ to Remove-ProvVM.

Return Values


When the RunAsynchronously identifier is specified, this GUID is returned and provides the task identifier.


The cmdlet is associated with a task of type RemoveVirtualMachine, and while active will move through the following operations (CurrentOperation field) ValidatingInputs RemovingVirtualMachines Only one long-running task for each provisioning scheme can be processed at a time. This task still operates if the hosting unit or VMs in the hypervisor are missing. This removes the data from the Citrix Machine Creation Services, but the VMs remain in the hypervisor. In the case of failure, the following errors can result.

JobCreationFailed The requested task could not be started.
DatabaseError An error occurred in the service while attempting a database operation.
DatabaseNotConfigured The operation could not be completed because the database for the service is not configured.
ServiceStatusInvalidDb An error occurred in the service while attempting a database operation. Communication with the database failed for for various reasons.
WorkflowHostUnavailable The task could not be started because the database connection is inactive.
CommunicationError An error occurred while communicating with the service.
InvalidParameterCombination Both PurgeJobOnSuccess and RunAsynchronously were specified. When running asynchronously, the cmdlet terminates before the job does, so it cannot clean up the completed job.
PermissionDenied The user does not have administrative rights to perform this operation.
ConfigurationLoggingError The operation could not be performed because of a configuration logging error
ExceptionThrown An unexpected error occurred. For more details, see the Windows event logs on the controller being used or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops logs.


Example 1

c:\PS>,(Get-ProvVM -ProvisioningSchemeName XenPS) | Remove-ProvVM XenPS

TaskId                       : cfb506a5-cc7e-4a49-ac7b-dd960029d0d3

Active                       : False

Host                         : DDC

DateStarted                  : 10/10/2021 16:39:45

Metadata                     : {}

CurrentOperation             :

TaskProgress                 : 100

LastUpdatedTime              : 10/10/2021 16:39:50

ActiveElapsedTime            : 5

DateFinished                 : 10/10/2021 16:39:50

TerminatingError             :

Type                         : RemoveVirtualMachine

Status                       : Finished

ForgetVM                     : False

RemovedVirtualMachines       : {XD\IP0001$, XD\IP0002$}

FailedVirtualMachines        : {}

ProvisioningSchemeName       : XenPS

ProvisioningSchemeUid        : e1afc8fb-3f52-42ea-9a17-305fdb0b6ee4

TaskState                    : Finished

TaskStateInformation         :

WorkflowStatus               : Completed

TaskExpectedCompletion       : 10/10/2021 16:39:50



Remove all VMs from provisioning scheme XenPS