Determining the size of your Provisioning Services Write-Cache

October 2, 2012

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I have heard recommendations for suggested write-cache sizes from 1 GB to the maximum size of the disk. I have been on-site with clients who told me they had consultants recommend a write-cache size then lost their whole server farm in a matter of two hours when they filled up. Frequently, I am asked the […]

Virtualizing XenDesktop and XenApp in the Cloud

July 19, 2012

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Have you considered putting XenDesktop Shared-Hosted desktops (formerly known as XenApp) in the cloud? Well, I have just spent the last six months designing, building, and scripting the configuration of XenDesktop/XenApp in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud for Citrix. This has been one of the most interesting projects I have worked on in my […]

Posted in: Cloud, XenApp, XenDesktop

A Study on XenApp IOPS

February 10, 2011

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Let me first apologize for my delay in getting this out. I have been extremely busy with my current project, however, I think you will be pleased with what I have researched for today’s blog. I had the opportunity to collect a considerable amount of production data at a customer site over the past two months. I […]

Finding a Better Way to Estimate IOPS for VDI

October 31, 2010

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Planning storage is probably the most difficult part of architecting any VDI solution and estimating IOPS is probably the most difficult part of planning the storage. For a little background on some of the discussions I have had around this topic, see my Saving IOPS with Provisioning Services blog and the associated comments. Since posting […]

Using Scalability Reports to Size VDI Deployments

September 3, 2010

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Lately, I have been getting questions around how to “size” a XenDesktop deployment. However, with the recent release of the Hyper-V / Windows 7 / XenDesktop whitepaper I thought it would be a good time to go over just a few points on how you can leverage the scalability reports that have been released by […]

Posted in: Desktop, Scalability, Storage

PreConfiguring Citrix Receiver

August 3, 2012

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In some environments, specifically healthcare and clinical environments, it may be desirable to remove many of the self-service aspects of the Citrix Receiver. Nurses and physicians do not always have time to go through a registration/setup sequence. In these environments, it would just be great if we could do the following without user intervention. Auto-configure […]

Deploying StoreFront Services

August 2, 2012

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Citrix released CloudGateway v2 two days ago. My client’s team was anxious to download and install StoreFront Services 1.2 for an upcoming project demonstration scheduled later this week. Shortly after the announcement webinar was finished, we had the code downloaded and installed. Unfortunately, because we installed it without reading all the documentation we spent the […]

Disabling IE9 First Launch Web Page

July 21, 2012

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I had a customer request to turn off the first run upgrade web page that shows up after upgrading to IE9.  It took me a little while track this down, so I thought I would post what I found out so it is easier for future people searching for this. Most of the results from Google said […]

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Extending a PVS vDisk

November 6, 2011

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Ever need to increase the size of a Provisioning Services (PVS) vDisk, for instance when an application upgrade needs more disk space than planned when creating the vDisk? Well, if so the process I use is fairly simple to complete and preserves the existing data. With the older vDisk formats (PVS 5.x and earlier) you can use the VHD Tool executable available on Microsoft’s MSDN website […]

Generating Virtual Machines with System Center Virtual Machine Manager SP1

August 30, 2011

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Today’s blog is the result recent scalability testing I performed for XenDesktop 5 on Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) SP1 platform and HP BL460 G7 blades with DAS storage. On a side note, if you have not yet had a chance to review the scalability results, they have been published on HP’s Client Virtualization […]