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VMware: Disconnect idling vCenter sessions with PowerCLI

October 2nd, 2010 5 comments

Today I was browsing my vCenter server and saw multiple vCenter idle sessions connected to the vCenter server. I was thinking.. there must be a PowerCLI script made by a CLI freak that will disconnect my old sessions.. and there is 🙂


With this Powershell script you get an outputh of the connected vCenter users:

$svcRef = new-object VMware.Vim.ManagedObjectReference
$svcRef.Type = "ServiceInstance"
$svcRef.Value = "ServiceInstance"
$serviceInstance = get-view $svcRef
$sessMgr = get-view $serviceInstance.Content.sessionManager
foreach ($sess in $sessMgr.SessionList){if (($sess.LastActiveTime).addminutes(60) -lt (Get-Date)){write "$($sess.UserName)"}



^ Credits and thanks for this script goto Anders Mikkelsen

To disconnect the idling sessions (12h +) you can run the following script:


$VCServerName = “YourVCServerName”
$HoursOld = 12        # Modify value at your pleasure
$VC = Connect-VIServer $VCServerName
$ServiceInstance = Get-View ServiceInstance
$SessionManager = Get-View $ServiceInstance.Content.SessionManager
$SessionManager.SessionList |
   Where {$_.LastActiveTime -lt (Get-Date).AddHours(-$HoursOld)} |
   % {$SessionManager.TerminateSession($_.Key)}
Disconnect-VIServer -Confirm:$False

$VCServerName = FQDN

$HoursOld = Max hours to kill the idling sessions ( I prefer 12 hours)


^ Credits and thanks for this script goto Hugo Peeters


Now my connected sessions are:


Time to schedule the disconnect script every day and slap some colleagues to close their sessions 🙂


Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has over 15 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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