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Citrix Synergy 2016 – Day 3


The last day of Citrix Synergy already arrived. This third day is based on breakout sessions only. My experience of this day are again blogged in this article.

I started the day with the presentation Desktop Virtualization Round-up by Jarian Gibson and Eduardo Molina. They started of describing the architectures of Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VMware Horizon, followed by the database requirements for each solution. Next they described the installation procedures. After describing the installation procedures they were discussing the provisioning methods available in the product with their characteristics (PVS, MSC, Linked Clones, Instant Clones, Hyper-V). Next they were discussing User Environment Management (Citrix Profle Management, Roaming Profiles, MS User Profile Disk, UE-V, VMware Persona Management, VMware User Environment Management). Jarian continued with application management (Citrix AppDisks, MS App-V, VMware ThinApp and VMware App Volumes) including that there are also server third party solutions jumping into this market. Next topic was storage (underlying hypervisor, MS Storage Spaces Direct, VMware vSAN or third party products like Atlantis/NUtanix and so on). Also monitoring options are discussed (Director, SCOM packs, HDX Insight, RD Connection Manager, RD Gateway Manager, VMware Console monitoring parts), followed by the access methods (StoreFront, Gateway, HDX Proxy, Secure Gateway, RD Web Access, RD Gateway, Connection Broker, Security Server, Access Point). They ended with comparing the current cloud solutions the suppliers are offering.

Next session I attended was Getting Up close and personal with MCS and PVS by Kees Baggerman and Martijn Bosschaart. They started with the background of PVS and MCS (Ardence acquisition for PVS/ MCS tool for POC), followed by comparing the characteristics of PVS and MCS. Next topic were the delivery models available within PVS and MCS. Martijn continued describing MCS in much more detail like the required services, cloning process, difference disks, identity disk, image updates and much more, get the slidedeck for the excellent explanation) on the different hypervisor platforms. Kees continued with the same information for PVS including the write cache possibilities. Martijn is sharing some experiences with storing the MSC image on different storage systems, while Kees is discussing this on the PVS level. Kees was handing over the microphone to Jeff PinterParsons, PVS architect within Citrix showing some insights of the future of MCS/PVS: MSC storage movement, SecureBoot, enhanced PVS AppDisk support,PVS Streaming Linux, XenServer Proxy, PVS in the cloud (check the slidedeck for all the details).

Read the entire article here, Citrix Synergy 2016 Day 3 

via the amazing Wilco van Bragt.

Wilco van Bragt founder and author of the VanBragt.Net Virtualization website. On this website Wilco publishes virtualization related product reviews, articles, reviews of freeware products and blogs about several virtualization topics and events. Wilco also writes for other well-known virtualization websites and is member of the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG) Steering board. Wilco also presents/presented on several events like BriForum, E2EVC, NGN, DuCUG and Citrix Synergy. After working for a couple of consulting firms as a senior technical consultant and technical project leader Wilco started his own freelance company VanBragt.Net Consultancy in April 2008. Wilco is also a RSVP (RES Software Valued Professional), Citrix CTP (Citrix Technology Professional) and a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) on RDS.

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