Prepping a golden image with AppSense in a Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) environment


Here’s a little script I wrote to help me prep golden images in provisioned environments (pooled VMs) with AppSense DesktopNow. There is an excellent best practices guide on Citrix Provisioning Server and AppSense but I’m not sure it’s publicly available because I couldn’t find it on or I would link to it. I got it directly from an AppSense SE a while back. This script clears the CCA GUIDs for you as recommended in this best practices guide. If you don’t clear the GUIDs then all your standard images come up and check in with the AppSense Management Server with the same GUID which can lead to very weird behavior like missing data or settings. You can burn it right into an admin tools folder in your private golden images or run it remotely, whatever you prefer. When I’m ready to go from private to standard, I just run this bat file before shutting down. Works great for me.

Once it runs check the registry and you’ll see the keys are now blank:


If the code above runs off the page, just highlight the entire block of code and paste into Notepad to see it all. Alternatively, here’s the script as a .txt file so you can see the whole thing or even rename it to .bat and use it as is (make sure you right click – save as):


Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any PVS + AppSense best practices questions or suggestions.

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel lives in Houston, TX with a primary focus on strategic advisory and architecture of end-user computing, security, enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and networking over his 20+ year career in IT. He is an Author, Speaker, and Local User Group Community Leader. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 63 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 42 people in the world that has been awarded as a VMware EUC Champion and VMware vExpert. He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with. Disclaimer: The content and opinions expressed in articles and posts are his own and are by no means associated with his employer.

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