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App-V 5 and Provisioning Services

App-V 5 and Provisioning Services

In my last blog 7 Reasons Why You Need to Learn App-V 5 I talked about how important it is for you to start playing around with App-V 5. Since all Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop and RDS should be running App-V 5 with Shared Content Store it’s important to leverage Windows 2012 and SMB 3.0…Continue Reading

Best Practices Preparing a Provisioning Services vDisk

Best Practices Preparing a Provisioning Services vDisk

In this blog post I will show you my Prepare for PVS script that contains Best Practices obtained after years of experience with Provisioning Services. Let’s say you’re going to run Windows Updates. Well since you’ve already launched the Target Optimizer tool, that services is disabled and you need to head into services, enable and…Continue Reading

Troubleshoot Citrix XenServer Network Performance

Troubleshoot Citrix XenServer Network Performance

Last week I was troubleshooting extremely slow network performance on Citrix XenServer 6.02 installed on HP Proliant BL460C G7. The solution was based upon Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 with all hotfixes. You might ask why not run XenServer 6.1? The customer did a Citrix XenServer Rolling Upgrade to 6.1 and a Provisioning Services Target Device software…Continue Reading

How to Migrate to Citrix License Server VPX

Citrix has just released a new version of the Citrix License Server VPX which are a self-contained Linux-based virtual appliance that allows you to easily deploy licensing in your Citrix environment. The requirement is only 256 mb which are sufficient for up to 500 Citrix servers and approximately 50.000 licenses. Currently the Citrix License Server…

Office 2010 KMS and Citrix Provisioning Services

Setting up Microsoft Office 2010 on Citrix XenApp delivered by Citrix Provisioning Services can be very confusing if it’s not done correctly. So in this post we will go through the necessarily requirements step-by-step. First of all only a KMS license is valid, so forget about trying to get a MAK key working, even though…

Using Group Policy to hide and map specified drives

Using Group Policy to hide and map specified drives

Do you remember the old days when we used the hide drives.adm template to hide specified drives along with some kind of hide drives calculator to get the proper value ? So if we wanted to hide drives for Domain Users but not the Domain Admins, we had to create another policy to lock it…Continue Reading

Citrix XenServer Slow Network Performance

Citrix XenServer Slow Network Performance

People new to the virtualization space could get very frustrated when they find out that their Hypervisor of choice preforms much worse than a bare-metal installation. Haven’t the vendors and independent analysis like Project Virtual Reality Check stated that there is no longer any excuses for not running Citrix XenApp on a Hypervisor. The latest…

Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 – What’s New

Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 – What’s New

Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 is out and I have finally had time to play around with it in my lab. There are a lot of bug fixes and great improvements when it comes to Simplicity. In this post I will show you some new GUI screenshots and in my next blog post about Provisioning Services…Continue Reading

Fastest way to update PVS Target Device Software With Hyper-V

Fastest way to update PVS Target Device Software With Hyper-V

The Citrix Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 2 has been released and the most important fix would be Hotfix-9112: Client hangs when using XenServer 5.0 / XenServer 5.5 running a network intensive application. Hyper-V Direct VHD Boot is my favorite when it comes to updating Citrix Provisioning Services Target Device Software. Below you’ll find the…

Upgrade to Citrix XenApp 5.0 Feature Pack 2 on W2K3

Installation of Citrix XenApp 5.0 Feature Pack 2 have a lot of prerequisites and they all have to be installed in the right order. The easiest way is to download the XenApp 5.0 Feature Pack 2 ISO from Citrix and run the wizard. This will install all the other prerequisites like Sun Java, MS Visual…