Using XenClient to Update Provisioning Services vDisk Images

In December of 2009 I wrote about Upgrading Provisioning Services vDisk Target Device Software, Virtual Machine Tools, and Network Drivers.  In that blog post I wrote about using the Reverse Imaging, Hyper-V Direct VHD boot, and XenServer Direct VHD boot options for updating Provisioning Services vDisk Target Device Software, Virtual Machine Tools, and Network Drivers.  With the recent releases of Provisioning Services 5.6 SP1 and XenServer 5.6 FP1 I decided to test out using XenClient to update the Provisioning Services images.  In this blog post I am going to go over another option for updating Provisioning Services vDisk images using XenClient.
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Converting VMDK to VHD for use with XenClient

I was recently working with Doug Brown (@douglasabrown, DABCC) and Shane Kleinert (@shanekleinert, CitrixIRC) on converting a VMware VMDK to VHD for use with XenClient.  Using XenConvert to convert the VMDK to VHD completed without errors but when following Citrix Knowledgebase Article CTX127075 – Attempting to use a Virtual Hard Disk on XenClient 1.0 Created Using XenConvert or From a Pre-Release XenClient System Fails with Error Code 199 and using the vhd-copy script, the size of VHD file didn’t look right.  In this blog post I am going to go over the process of converting a VMDK to VHD for use with XenClient.

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