Team: Solutions Lab

  1. Scripting: Automating NetScaler configurations using NITRO REST API and PowerShell – Part 1

    Citrix NetScaler Nitro API REST Web Services

    Part 1: Introduction and getting started.   Citrix NetScaler provides a powerful API that provides configuration and statistics functionality. In this blog series we’ll talk about leveraging the REST Web Services version of the API coupled with PowerShell to produce some very powerful and easy to consume scripts. Feel free to look at the following documentation that will give you an some background on the API: NITRO API REST ...

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  2. Scripting: Automating VM operations on XenServer using PowerShell


    With the release of the XenServer 6.2 SDK, there is a better alignment between the PowerShell snap-in and the PowerShell standards of Cmdlet design and usage. Here are some great reference documents: XenServer 6.2.0 SDK Release Notes XenServer 6.2.0 PowerShell SDK Overview In the Citrix Solutions Lab, we've been using this SDK for all of our XenServer environment deployment needs and we’d like to share with you.   Downloading and ...

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  3. Building a XenDesktop/XenMobile Reference Architecture

    The Solutions Lab is embarking on a series of projects and associated collateral focused on an Enterprise deployment of our Citrix Mobility Workplace Suite for Enterprise customers. The first step in the process was to build an Enterprise Data Center complete with multiple Citrix FlexCast models (XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile) supporting both local and remote users. From our baseline deployment, we will evolve this solution to ...

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  4. Now Available: Cisco Validated Design for FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 and XenServer 6.2 SP1

    Blog post on Rainier CVD cover

    I’m very excited to announce the release of a new Cisco Validated Design (CVD) that documents a reference architecture and the scalability tests we completed over the past few months.  This architecture integrates Citrix XenDesktop and XenServer with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp storage to build an enterprise-ready virtualization solution.  During our test, the design showed excellent performance and scalability with a combined ...

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  5. Disabling USB emulation and DVD drive on Citrix XenServer 6.2 (XD7.1 + XS6.2)

    In the Solutions Lab, we are always looking for ways of improving virtual machine density per blade, from OS-related settings to hypervisor tuning. While it’s known that disabling USB and DVD drive gives more density, we have used the new enhanced feature in XenServer to do so from the hypervisor, and we are going to show you how it’s done. We are also going to ...

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  6. Effect of Antivirus on Citrix XenDesktop 7.0 (XD7+XS6.1) Part 1

        The Solutions Lab team conducted single server scalability tests for various FlexCast models, in which we determined the server capacity through the achievement of VSImax for hosted virtual desktops on a single Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade.  This is the first in a series of blogs examining the results. The following hardware and software components were used to perform the tests: Citrix XenDesktop 7.0 Citrix Provisioning Services 7.0 XenServer ...

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  7. Comparing solid state drives with remote storage for write cache on Citrix XenDesktop7.0 hosted shared desktop (XD7+XS6.1)

    Our team in the Solutions Lab recently conducted a series of single server scalability (SSS) tests comparing performance among storage devices. In this case we focus on local solid state drives for write cache storage. Citrix XenDesktop hosted shared desktop allows the creation of sites to support users with multiple hosted shared desktop servers providing resiliency.  These servers can be virtualized and streamed through Citrix Provisioning Services to ...

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  8. Data Center Operations: Storage migration operations in a virtualized environment

    In the modern data center the storage layer is one of the most critical layers you rely on. If you’re an ISP, ISV, CSP or an ESP you have been bestowed with the utmost responsibility of owning the storage layer from the operations and agreed upon service perspective. With the advent of modern virtualization technology and hypervisors moving forward as fast as it is, storage ...

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  9. Citrix Solutions Lab


    The Solutions Lab vision statement is to accelerate business and adoption by establishing customer confidence in the quality of Citrix Solutions.  Our strategy is to perform design and validation of end-to-end "real world" customer solutions, resulting in the creation of customer focused Reference Designs. Watch the 'Meet the Citrix Solutions Lab' video for an overview: Collateral   Reference Architecture   Design Guide XenDesktop and XenMobile Reference Architecture  Adding XenMobile Users to an Existing ...

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