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How to delete and re-deploy a persistent desktop virtual machine without losing the persistent data (1026202)

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This article provides the steps to delete the virtual desktop and to reassociate a user data disk with a newly created persistent virtual desktop in a VMware View environment.

If a persistent virtual desktop in VMware View has problems that cannot be resolved, you may want to delete and redeploy the virtual machine but preserve the user data and the user association to that virtual machine.


To delete the virtual desktop and to reassociate a User Data Disk (UDD) with a newly created persistent virtual desktop in a VMware View environment:

  1. Power off the virtual machine.

    You may need to reduce the number of available desktops by one in the pool settings to ensure that the virtual desktop does not power on again.

  2. Copy the persistent UDD to a backup location.

    Note: You can backup the UUD by browsing the datastore or by using the service console command line.

  3. Delete the virtual desktop from View Administrator and verify if it is properly deleted in vCenter Server.
  4. Provision the virtual desktop. This automatically redeploys the virtual desktop with the same name.

    Note: If a virtual machine is not deployed, edit the provisioning settings in the pool and increase minimum number of desktops by one.

  5. When provisioning completes, assign the desktop to the original owner of the virtual machine using vdmadmin. For more information, see Assigning specific users to a persistent virtual desktop before first use (1007526).
  6. Copy the UDD backed up in Step 2 to this virtual machine's folder, overwriting the new blank UDD.
  7. Power on the virtual machine. 

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