Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Manage a VMware catalog

Manage machine catalogs describes the wizards that manage a machine catalog. The following information covers details specific to VMware virtualization environments.


Before managing a VMware catalog, you need to finish creating a VMware catalog. See Create a VMware catalog.

Update the folder ID of a machine catalog

You can update the folder ID of an MCS machine catalog by specifying the FolderId in the custom properties of Set-ProvScheme command. The VMs created after updating the folder ID are created under this new folder ID. If this property is not specified in CustomProperties, then VMs are created under the folder where the master image is located.

Perform the following steps to update the folder ID of a machine catalog.

  1. Open a Web browser and enter the URL for the vSphere Web Client.

  2. Enter the credentials and click Login.

  3. Create a VM placement folder in vSphere Web Client.

  4. Open a PowerShell window.

  5. Run asnp citrix* to load the Citrix-specific PowerShell modules.

  6. Specify the FolderID in the CustomProperties of Set-ProvScheme. In this example, the folder ID value is group-v2406.

    Set-ProvScheme -ProvisioningSchemeUid "50bb319c-2e83-4a37-9ea1-94f630687372" -CustomProperties "<CustomProperties xmlns="""" xmlns:xsi=""""><Property xsi:type=""StringProperty"" Name=""FolderId"" Value=""group-v2406"" /></CustomProperties>"
  7. Add a VM to the machine catalog using Studio.
  8. Check the new VM on vSphere Web Client. The new VM is created under the new folder.

Find the folder ID in vSphere

Access Managed Object Browser (MOB) on any ESXi or vCenter server system to find the folder ID of the VMs.

The MOB is a web-based server application available inbuilt in all ESX/ESXi and vCenter server systems. This vSphere utility allows you to view detailed information about objects like VMs, datastores, and resource pools.

  1. Open a web browser and enter http://x.x.x.x/mob, where x.x.x.x is the IP address of the vCenter Server or ESX/ESXi host. For example,
  2. On the Home page of MOB, click the value of the property content.
  3. Click the value of the rootFolder.
  4. Click the value of the childEntity.
  5. Click the value of the vmFolder.
  6. You can find the folder ID in the value of the childEntity.

Identify resources created by MCS

Following are the tags that MCS adds to the resources. The tags in the table are represented as “key”:”value”.

Resource name Tag
Prep VM “CitrixProvisioningSchemeId”: “xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx”
VM in catalog “CitrixProvisioningSchemeId”: “xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx”

More information

Manage a VMware catalog