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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Installing AppSense on a Provisioned XenApp Server

January 11, 2011

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I ran into an interesting situation with AppSense on a XenApp vDisk with one of my clients. We finally figured out a solution that I thought would be useful to share. The client is currently using Provisioning Services (PVS) to deploy all the XenApp servers in the farm and had purchased the AppSense Management Suite. […]

Provisioning Services: Rolling Upgrade from 5.1 SP2 to 5.6 SP1

January 3, 2011

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Well, it has been some time since I have posted a blog. A lot has been going on, but I thought this might be helpful for the community. I recently was meeting with a client that mentioned they did not want to use Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) to deploy their XenApp servers because they were […]

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 […]