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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Steps to a PXE-Free XenDesktop on Hyper-V

April 13, 2010

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I ran into an interesting situation last week while working with Tony Sanchez from our Global Microsoft Team. He was setting up XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V 2008 R2. However, the lab he was at used a Windows Deployment Server (WDS) for image management and it relies extensively on PXE. Rather than modify the WDS to […]