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The ITVCE (Information Technology Virtualization and Cloud Enthusiasts) blog is a community driven site for IT Professionals. The content found on ITVCE.com is primarily geared toward community support and enablement for application, desktop, and server virtualization technologies. Comments and community interactions are strongly encouraged to keep the authors honest and non-biased toward the vendors and technologies being covered. While ITVCE.com is an independent community driven blog, SME’s vendor preferences and strengths may be presumed based on active projects and topic areas covered. As unaffiliated technologists, ITVCE.com encourages the authors to post on a wide variety of vendors and products based on current or upcoming engagements.

Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) 7.6 vs. 7.7, VHD vs. VHDX and Scale-Out File Server Update

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A couple years ago I was troubleshooting through a Versioning and Merge VHD issue with Provisioning Services (PVS) 7.1 and Windows Scale-Out File Server (SOFS), which resulted in my recommendation to create a Maintenance store for vDisk Versioning. I am happy to see in the last two years this has completely improved and dare I say is […]

A Thank You and Tribute to Rachel Berry (@rhbBSE) for Your COUNTLESS Contributions to Citrix and the Virtualization Community!

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It’s not often I write a blog post not directly tied to a technology or lesson learned, but today is special and there are some things that needed to be said about a very special professional. Someone who has truly touched my life in meaningful and lasting ways… Approximately a month ago Citrix announced its intent […]

Introduction and Evaluation of Windows Server 2016 TP4 Hyper-V using Storage Spaces Direct for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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A couple years ago Microsoft released a new feature in Windows Server called Storage Spaces. From the customers that I work with, the feature has not been widely adopted, but has attracted much interest from Microsoft shops, particularly those looking to leverage for Hyper-V SMB storage or for scale-out private clouds. I suspect this is […]

Deploying Citrix XenDesktop Linux VDA using Red Hat Enterprise and vSphere – Part 4

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Welcome to the final section of this blog series! Here you will find information that will make the deployment of additional Linux VDAs much quicker and simpler (at least until PVS/MCS is–hopefully–supported!). If you have not already read through Part 1, I highly encourage you to do so by selecting the link below. Part 1: Introduction to […]

Deploying Citrix XenDesktop Linux VDA using Red Hat Enterprise and vSphere – Part 3

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Previously I covered configuration of the Linux VM in preparation of the Linux VDA install. If you have not already read through Part 1, I highly encourage you to do so by selecting the link below. Part 1: Introduction to the Linux VDA and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Part 2: Preparing the Linux VM for the VDA – Installing and Configuring Prereqs Part […]

Deploying Citrix XenDesktop Linux VDA using Red Hat Enterprise and vSphere – Part 2

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Previously I covered pre-deployment information for the Linux VDA and demonstrated the deployment steps for a standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux VM on vSphere. If you have not already read through Part 1, I highly encourage you to do so by selecting the link below. Part 1: Introduction to the Linux VDA and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Part 2: Preparing the Linux […]

Deploying Citrix XenDesktop Linux VDA using Red Hat Enterprise and vSphere – Part 1

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I recently had the pleasure of being part of a demo deployment of the Linux VDA for a pretty large customer. This customer is expecting to have hundreds of Linux Virtual Desktops with varying requirements in terms of applications and user densities. As a “Windows Guy” with less of a background in Linux, this was […]

Citrix Provisioning Services 7.6 Issues and Lessons Learned from the Trenches: Guest Blog Post by John Meek

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Over the last several years, I’ve had the honor of working with a Citrix and VMware virtualization focused engineer named John Meek. John has been focused on a large customer deployment over the last several months and has run into several interesting issues deploying the latest version of Citrix Provisioning Services in this customer’s environment. […]

PernixData FVP 2.5 – Quick and Painless Host-Side Read and Write SAN or NAS Storage Performance Acceleration

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A year or two ago I started keeping tabs on PernixData, a Silicon Valley based storage performance acceleration startup, around the time well known and regarded industry expert Frank Denneman joined as their Chief Technologist. Frank joined several other former VMware elite including Poojan Kumar and Satyam Vaghani, the great minds behind VMware data products […]

Creating a Bulletproof Citrix Licensing Server Infrastructure using NetScaler Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) and CtxLicChk.ps1 PowerShell Scripts

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I was recently doing Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop design workshops with Nick Rintalan and Brendan Lin from Citrix Consulting Services (CCS), along with my colleague Victor DiMascio from Entisys. As we were discussing some of the intricate details of the architecture decisions, we touched on a topic that has stumped many a Citrix architect for the last several years (myself included).  The underlying […]

Citrix WorkspacePod, an HP Moonshot Architect’s Perspective

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TLDR: Citrix WorkspacePod summarized in one word: Bundling. For about the last year and a half, I have been affectionately called Mr. Moonshot among my peers and colleagues.  Thanks everyone, you’re too kind! Naturally, at Citrix Summit when one of the big keynote announcements on WorkspacePod surfaced, I started getting a lot of questions. I’m no expert […]

Citrix XenServer 6.5 Dynamic Memory and NVIDIA GRID vGPU? Now Fixed in 6.5! Go For It!

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Earlier this year I wrote a blog post highlighting an issue that a coworker ran into with XenServer 6.2 Dynamic Memory Control (DMC) and NVIDIA GRID vGPU. You can find that article here: XenServer Dynamic Memory and NVIDIA GRID vGPU, Don’t Do It! Talking with a couple Citrix and NVIDIA folks including Rachel Berry, Jason […]

Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 to Deploy Windows 7 Citrix XenDesktop Master to HP Moonshot (m700, m710) – Part 1

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Last week I was at the Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) meetup at Citrix’s Santa Clara office and was having a discussion about Moonshot with Aaron Parker. Aaron is commonly regarded as the master of App-V and MDT, so naturally he was curious to see if I had yet used MDT to deploy the Windows Operating Systems to HP […]

Citrix XenDesktop Remote PC Access, HDX 3D Pro, and League of Legends!

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In the last several years there has been such a focus on getting to that lofty end-state of hosted desktop virtualization from the data center, that many forget to stop and think about how they can obtain real business value today! Case and point is the long forgotten option in the Flexcast model called Remote […]

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