Using XenDesktop with VMware

Using XenDesktop with VMware Infrastructure 3 or vSphere 4 require a few extra steps to set up and configure.  VMware Infrastructure 3 and vSphere 4 both have a few different steps for XenDesktop Delivery Controller and XenDesktop Setup Wizard communication along with the proper permissions for the account used to connect to your Virtual Center or vCenter server.  In this blog post I am going to go over the steps to set up and configure XenDesktop Delivery Controller and the XenDesktop Setup Wizard communication along with the permissions needed for both VMware Infrastructure 3 and vSphere 4.
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Upgrading to Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1

Now that Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 has been released, I am going to go over the upgrade process.  Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 has added some new features, fixes, and removed some features.  For a complete overview of the changes in Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 see one of my previous blog posts – Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 Overview.  In this blog post I am going to focus on upgrading Provisioning Services 5.1 to Service Pack 1.
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Provisioning Services 5.1 SP1 Licensing and XenApp 5 FP2

Citrix has changed licensing for Provisioning Services with the release of Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 and XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2.  The license change comes from the new VM Hosted Applications feature in XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2.  With this change I can see how XenApp Enterprise and Platinum Edition licensed customers can be confused on Provisioning Services licensing and what XenApp workloads they can provision.  In this post I will go over the differences in Provisioning Services licensing for XenApp Enterprise and Platinum Editions.
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Provisioning Services High Availability with a Read-Only vDisk Store

Provisioning Services 5.1 introduced another storage option for a vDisk store.  The ability to use a read-only vDisk store.  Provisioning Services 5.1 has added some nice new features to the product and the ability to use a read-only vDisk store is another one of those features.  For more information on the new features in Provisioning Services 5.1 you can read one of my previous blogs Have you upgraded to Provisioning Services 5.1 yet? Why Not?.  A read-only vDisk store is only required when you want to give direct read/write access to a SAN volume without a shared/clustered file system to all of your Provisioning Servers for high availability and load balancing in your Provisioning Services environment.  In this post I am going to go over why you would use a read-only vDisk store, the limitations, the requirements, the steps involved for setting up, and the steps involved for updating a read-only vDisk store.
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Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 Overview

Citrix is getting ready to release Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1 in the next few weeks.  A Citrix knowledgebase article has been released detailing the release notes of the Provisioning Services 5.1 Service Pack 1.  Let’s go over what is new, what has been removed, and what has been fixed in Provisioning Services 5.1 Serivce Pack 1.
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Provisioning Services High Availability with a Local vDisk Store

When setting up high availability in a Provisioning Services environment there is always the question of where to put the vDisk store.  You have several different options for the location of the vDisk store.  You can place it on the local system, on a Windows CIFS share, Network Attached Storage, iSCSI SAN, or Fibre Channel SAN.  Each option has both its pros and cons.  For more information on the pros and cons of different vDisk store options see Citrix support article CTX119286 – Provisioning Server High Availability Considerations.  In this post we are going to focus on high availability with a local vDisk store. 
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