Display hostname to XenDesktop 5.6 users

By default, XenDesktop 5.6 uses the Desktop Group display name to display to the end user. This is intended so that when you are using pooled desktop, the user can randomly get a VDI. However, if you are using XenDesktop to broker to dedicated virtual machines, it may be helpful to display the hostname to the user rather than the Desktop Group name. I personally prefer to have all of these computers in one desktop group. Here is a script to set this display property for all the computers in that desktop group:

$adminaddress = "your XenDesktop controller" #xenDesktop controller
$domainname = "your domain's NetBIOS name" #domain netbios name

if ( (Get-PSSnapin -Name citrix* -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null )
    Add-PsSnapin citrix*
$DesktopGroup = read-host "Desktop Group Name"

Get-BrokerDesktopGroup -adminAddress $adminaddress -Name $DesktopGroup | ForEach{Get-BrokerPrivateDesktop -DesktopGroupUID $_.uid} | Where-Object -Property MachineName -ne "" | ForEach{Set-BrokerPrivateDesktop -adminAddress $adminaddress -MachineName $_.MachineName -PublishedName ($_.MachineName -replace "$domainname\\", "")}

-Matthew DeBoer


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