Product Documentation

To manage applications sessions

Oct 09, 2015

When a user logs on to a VM-hosted application, the user device links to the Virtual Desktop Agent on the desktop and establishes a session. When carrying out maintenance or to assist users, you can control sessions in a number of ways. You can:

  • Log users off sessions
  • Disconnect sessions
  • Send messages to users

To log off or disconnect sessions

Depending on the machine type, you can log off and disconnect sessions. If you log off a session, it closes and the desktop becomes available to other users unless it is allocated to a specific user. If you disconnect a session, the user's applications continue to run and the desktop remains allocated to that user. If the user reconnects, the same desktop is allocated.

Note: Depending on the machine type that the session connects to, you can configure power state timers to ensure that unused sessions are automatically processed. This frees up desktops and saves power. For example, XenDesktop can automatically log off any disconnected session after 10 minutes.
  1. In Desktop Studio, find the session you want to log off or disconnect:
    • Select the Applications node. Select the application for the session you want to log off ot disconnect. Select the Sessions tab.
    • Use Search to locate the session.
  2. Select the session or machine and click Log off or Disconnect.

To send messages to users

You can send messages to users to inform them about desktop maintenance. For example, you may want to tell users to log off before critical maintenance is about to take place.

  1. In Desktop Studio, find the users you want to send a message to:
    • Select the Applications node. Select the application for the session you want to log off ot disconnect. Select the Sessions tab. Select the session for the user you want to send a message to.
    • Use Search to locate the session. Select a session, desktop, or user.
  2. Click Send message.
  3. Compose your message and click OK.