Tag: provisioning-server

  1. Scripting Mass Deployment of PVS Target Devices with Write Cache on Local Storage

    Background At some recent customer engagement I was facing the problem of creating a large number (100+) of Provisioning Services 6.1 based XenApp 6.5 target devices with their Write Cache placed on local SSD storage of a VMware vSphere 5.1 host. One might think this would not be a complicated task, so just make a copy of your master target device machine with a second disk ...

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  2. XenApp 6.5 Connector SP1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager – Now Available

    The Microsoft Solutions team is pleased to announce the availability of our first Service Pack for the Citrix XenApp 6.5 Connector for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. This provides improvements for both existing and new customers. We released the Connector back in March and since then have been excited by the number of customers that have installed the connector to take advantage of the user-centric management ...

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  3. Eight Reasons To Run XenDesktop 7 on Hyper-V 2012

    XenDesktop 7 is the latest product release from Citrix for delivering virtual desktops and applications allowing users to work from anywhere on any device.  XenDesktop 7 is supported on all the major hypervisors; however I will present the case for selecting Hyper-V 2012.  Please note, that this will not be a Hyper-V versus VMware or XenServer hypervisor comparison.  Each hypervisor offers unique features that organizations ...

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  4. Citrix Diagnostics Toolkit 3.7.0 – All NEW !!! and improved….

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    SYN404: Introducing the Citrix Diagnostics Toolkit The Citrix Diagnostics Toolkit 3.7.0 When problems occur, data points, debug tracing, and context information are things that support engineers will collect to help determine root cause and later use to affect product change if applicable.  Preparation and organization of commonly used tools has always been a time consuming challenge especially during outages.  We have all experienced this at least once ...

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  5. Impacts of PVS implementation in large enterprise companies

    In general, when we discuss PVS implementation during a XenDesktop or XenApp design, the focus is always on technical aspects of the PVS, e.g. PVS must be virtual or physical, one or two servers, NIC type, etc. Additional questions/answers, however, may be needed in order for a successful implementation to take place. PVS implementation is not only a technical challenge. In dealing with large enterprise ...

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  6. Deploy XenApp 6.5 using PVS 6.1 – Part 2

    In the previous blog post we covered the steps to prepare a XenApp Master Image server for provisioning. We installed the software necessary for communicating with PVS services, performed a PXE boot and readied a blank vDisk to store the server image. We are now ready to continue on and capture the XenApp Master Image to a PVS vDisk. From the XenApp Master Image server launch ...

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  7. Deploy XenApp 6.5 using PVS 6.1 – Part 1

    One of the keys to a successful XenApp implementation is ensuring consistency across servers within the farm. Even a slight server misconfiguration can affect performance, functionality, and even stability. Troubleshooting these issues can become a time consuming process for Citrix administrators.  To minimize the chance of misconfiguration due to human error, Provisioning Services (PVS) is a recommended method for deploying XenApp servers, especially for large ...

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  8. Where’s the beef?

    Anyone remember Wendy’s “where’s the beef” commercial back in the 80’s? I bet you do!  I still crack up over watching the 3 elderly women lift up the large bun to only find a small hamburger patty that was barely naked to the eye. Not to mention, one of them continuously saying, “where’s the beef?” As part of deploying critical business applications we have to really ...

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  9. Load Balancing TFTP with NetScaler

    UPDATE (April 2014) - My colleague just published an article with the all-new NetScaler 10.1 TFTP LB option, so check it out!   I published an article called "Load Balancing TFTP - Anything But Trivial" a little over a year ago.  And since then, it's received over 10,000 hits and it's been one of the most popular articles I've ever written in terms of comments and offline emails that ...

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  10. The answer to an age old question

    "What provisioning solution should I use for my XenDesktop deployment?" As they say, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard that question.  If you have that question then check-out my Synergy session SYN103 Best Practices for Provisioning XenDesktop.  If you are already here in San Francisco at Synergy you can come see it live Wednesday the 9th at 8:00 AM or Friday the ...

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