Simplifying Citrix XenDesktop Deployments Leveraging Microsoft System Center Templates
Recently at the Citrix Synergy event in Los Angeles, Citrix announced Workspace Services, offering the promise to rapidly build and deploy Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), virtual application delivery and mobility services from any cloud. That vision relates to several projects that the Citrix Labs team has been working on. One of these projects that we recently rolled out as a tech preview uses SCVMM Templates to dramatically simplify the steps and effort behind deploying a XenDesktop DaaS environment using Microsoft System Center.
Before I describe what the Citrix Labs team delivered, let’s take a step back and provide some definitions. SCVMM stands for System Center Virtual Machine Manager, which is a component of Microsoft System Center. A service template can be leveraged from within SCVMM to define virtual machines or applications that can be configured and deployed together. This Microsoft whitepaper quote defines service templates as follows:
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