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Remarkable Ways of Managing Horizon Connection Servers with “vdmadmin” Utility

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Welcome to our DIY blog on managing Horizon Connection Servers using the powerful vdmadmin command line utility. If you’re a VMware Horizon administrator looking to streamline your management tasks, this guide is for you. We’ll walk you through various examples of using vdmadmin, along with detailed explanations.


First, let us understand what vdmadmin is in Horizon. – is a command-line tool VMware provides for managing and configuring various aspects of VMware Horizon View (now known as VMware Horizon). The utility is specifically designed to perform administrative tasks on Horizon Connection Servers.


Ensure you have the necessary permissions and access to the Horizon Connection Server where you plan to execute vdmadmin commands.

Open a command prompt or terminal window to get started.

Refer the below mentioned path:

vdmadmin utility: step-1

vdmadmin utility: step-2



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Vdmadmin -help

vdmadmin utility: step-3

vdmadmin utility: step-4
Task-1. Checking the health of the Connection Server

vdmadmin -H -monitorid CBMonitor -instanceid SA-CONNSERV-01 -xml

vdmadmin utility: step-5

vdmadmin utility: step-6

This command provides detailed information about the specified server, including its status and any active sessions.

Task-2 To get the status of the horizon agent on Virtual Desktop / Instant Clone.

vdmadmin -A -d desktop -m ICPool3-01 -getstatus -n

Task-3 Save horizon agent logs for the machine – ICPool3-01 in zip file.

vdmadmin -A -getDCT -outfile AgentLogs.zip -d ICPool3 -m ICPool3-01

Task-4. List available reports and views.

vdmadmin -I -list -n

Task-5. Show all Machines.

vdmadmin -M

Task-6. Show Machine Information and status of specific VM.

vdmadmin -M -m ICPool3-01 -n

Task-7. Show / Get full domain configurations.

vdmadmin -N domains -list -w


By mastering these vdmadmin commands, you gain greater control over your Horizon Connection Servers, making it easier to manage, troubleshoot, and optimize your virtual desktop infrastructure.  Hope this blog on VMware Horizon Connection Server Management with vdmadmin utility was beneficial.

Happy scripting!


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WRITTEN BY Rahulkumar Shrimali



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