A desktop refresh operation restores the operating system disk of each linked clone to its original state and size, reducing storage costs.

If possible, schedule refresh operations during off-peak hours.

For guidelines, see Desktop Refresh Operations.

Decide when to schedule the refresh operation. By default, View Composer starts the operation immediately.

You can schedule only one refresh operation at a time for a given set of linked clones. You can schedule multiple refresh operations if they affect different linked clones.

Decide whether to force all users to log off as soon as the operation begins or wait for each user to log off before refreshing that user's desktop.

If you force users to log off, View Manager notifies users before they are disconnected and allows them to close their applications and log off.

If your deployment includes replicated View Connection Server instances, verify that all instances are the same version.


In View Administrator, click Inventory > Pools.


Select the pool to refresh by double-clicking the pool ID in the left column.


Choose whether to refresh the whole pool or selected desktops.



To refresh all desktops in the pool

On the selected pool's page, click the Settings tab.

To refresh selected desktops


On the selected pool's page, click the Inventory tab.


Select the desktops to refresh.


Click View Composer > Refresh.


Follow the wizard instructions to refresh the linked-clone desktops.

The OS disks are reduced to their original size.

In vCenter Server, you can monitor the progress of the refresh operation on the linked-clone virtual machines.

In View Administrator, you can monitor the operation by clicking Inventory > Pools, selecting the pool ID, and clicking the Tasks tab. You can click Cancel Task, Pause Task, or Resume Task to terminate a task, suspend a task, or resume a suspended task.