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XenConvert v2 Tech Preview – OVF and VMDK Support for Citrix XenServer

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Our pursuit of interoperability and portability for virtual infrastructure has pased a new milestone:  The Tech Preview of the free XenConvert 2.0 utility is now available for free download.  We’d love to get your feedback on its features.  For starters, XenConvert 2.0 supports direct import of VMware VMDK virtual hard disks into XenServer, including all […]

Citrix Provisioning Services – Security Backgrounder White Paper

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Citrix support just released the "Citrix Provisioning Services -Security Backgrounder" white paper. It is intended to help in the preparation of Citrix customers and partners with their understanding of Citrix Provisioning services. It describes the recommended practices for maintaining system and network security levels when deploying Provisioning Server. Citrix recommends the following deployment configurations to maintain […]

Citrix Provisioning Services – Security Backgrounder

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The Citrix Security Backgrounder is intended to help in the preparation of Citrix customers and partners with their understanding of Citrix Provisioning services. It describes the recommended practices for maintaining system and network security levels when deploying Provisioning Server. Citrix recommends the following deployment configurations to maintain optimal security Workgroup Environment: Private Image Mode only. […]

Citrix Provisioning Services for XenApp Best Practice 5 – Application Streaming Cache

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As we continue to discuss Provisioning Services best practices for XenApp, I want to talk about a question I hear a lot, especially when people see the value of Provisioning Services and XenApp Application streaming "Should I pre-deploy my streamed applications into the Provisioning Services vDisk?"  If Provisioning Services wasn’t in the picture, I would […]

Common Citrix Provisioning Server 5.0 Issues

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As the old saying goes…it’s easy to make something complicated and very hard to keep it simple.  The same holds true with Citrix Provisioning Server.  While the 5.0 version has added a lot of much needed and requested functionality it comes at the price of complexity.  Don’t get me wrong…it’s still a great product but […]

Citrix Provisioning Services to the Edge with a Thinclient

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Streaming a Full OS to a ThinClient … Step by Step Provisioning Server(PVS) has been a amazing addition to the citrix "Dynamic Delivery Center" line up.  It is a game changing technology that has a wide range of use cases. So for those of you not familiar with PVS …. The brief of it is.  […]

Citrix Provisioning Services for Citrix XenApp Best Practices

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Citrix Provisioning Server is an impressive tool for maintaining any system and in a series of articles Daniel talks about best practices for deploying a XenApp server using Provisioning Servcies Very early on in your build-out you’ll need to destermine what type of vDisk should you use whether it be  Private, Standard or Differential and […]

Citrix Releases Provisioning Server SP2 for Download

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Citrix support posted the Citrix Provisioning Server Service Pack 2 has officially released to web (RTW) and available for customer download.  SP2 includes a few new features mostly around licensing for Citrix Xenapp, Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V. They have also added support for streaming a Microsoft Hyper-V Server target drive and a experimental support for Windows 7 beta!  […]

Introduction to VMware View 3, Part 2 of 3 – Linked Clones

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Linked Clones The big question to most people is probably: ‘What are linked clones and how do they work?’. Some of you may expect similar functionality to Citrix Provisioning Server where optimization in disk space can be significantly realized, and indeed VMware does somewhat the same, but with very different technology. Let’s see how VMware […]

Citrix Provisioning Services for XenApp Best Practice 1 – vDisk Type

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Finally, XenApp server farms are going to be easier to manage. Am I the only one jumping for joy?  As many of you have heard by now, XenApp Platinum is going to include Provisioning Services.  This is an announcement I’ve been waiting for, for quite a long time.  Provisioning Services is a great secret weapon […]

My Citrix XenApp Sucks : Part 2

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As I said in my previous article, and I believe it more that any other aspect of Citrix XenApp project delivery.   If user experience / perception of running applications from Citrix XenApp hosted servers is poor, then convincing users and executive management that application hosting via Citrix XenApp is the future for your business is […]

Citrix VDI + NetApp: Pooled Desktop vs. Assigned Desktop

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As I talk to more and more NetApp system engineers and customers, one VDI question that frequently comes up is where to start when determining the differences between the types of VDI desktops, and which approach makes more sense in their business. So since that comes up quite a bit, I thought it would be […]

Citrix Talks XenDesktop Scalability

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If you are an IT administrator who has been intrigued by all the cost benefits of XenDesktop, then you have probably created a XenDesktop proof of concept environment. Your exposure to XenDesktop has shown the maintenance and security benefits such as centralizing the desktop infrastructure, enhancing the ability to control desktop security, and simplifying the […]

Citrix Support Releases Citrix Provisioning Server 4.5 SP2 Hotfix 7158

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Citrix support has released a new hotfix for Citrix Provisioning Server 4.5 SP2, Hotfix 7158.  This hotfix is a new Citrix hotfix and does not replace existing hotfixes. The following issues were addressed in hotfix 7158: The Soap server gets errors when the PVS database file is on a remote system and if the network […]

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