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Quick Deployment for Xendesktop 5.5

Posted by mountainbrother - 6. Januar 2012

First for Quick Deployment means following:

For SMB´s or PoC installation is this a wunderful and really Quick forward installer

All components are running on one Server 2008 Sp2 or 2008 R2/  Sp1 !!! in EDOCS CITRIX STAND THÍS FALSE !!! I TESTED IT ALL OUT IN MY LAB

and for Quick Deloy is only possible with SQL Server Express 2008 R2  !!!!!! in EDOCS CITRIX STAND THÍS FALSE !!! I TESTED IT ALL OUT IN MY LAB

bring up you installer and follow the wizard:

now install Prequistes automatic:

netframework 3.5 sp1 / MS SQL Express 2008 R2 / Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Runtime / IIS / MS Visual j# 2.0 SE / Java Runtime

Citrix Components:

Xendesktop Controller / Web Access WI / Desktop Studio / Desktop Direktor ( webbased) /License Server

Now you can setup your infrastukture in my case i use xenserver and i prepared first a VM 7 maschine ( golden image/ golden VM )

install  Xendesktop Agent on your VM with the option Quick Deploy.

open all necassery ports ( 80, 443, 1494,2598 ,3389,135, 5985 ) Ready on VM

so go through Wizard Quick deploy in Desktop Studio

The Machine Creation Server / AD integration Service and the Machine Identity Service brings up your Virtual Desktops

The Service interact with the AD and Xenserver the wizards are all self explained.

The MCS uses Snapsshots from your Golden Image and creates a Catalog from it.

The Assigment goes over Desktop Groups where the VDI are in there and the User are point to the machines.

Thats it

know go over the Webinterface and you can launch your VDI.


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Create A Template for Xendesktop

Posted by mountainbrother - 8. Juni 2011

  1. Set VM to boot from Network
  2. Install Target Device Software
  3. XenConvert to VHD
  4. Boot from vDisk
  5. Add Local HDD
  6. Configure Local HDD and assign drive letter
  7. Add to Domain
  8. Install VDA Software
  9. Shut down
  10. Edit the Settings
  11. Convert to Template


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Write Cache Types in PVS

Posted by mountainbrother - 31. Mai 2011

Write Cache Types:

Standard Mode Write Cache Types:
-Cache on server disk ( network traffic !!!)
-Cache encrypted on server disk ( overhead )
-Cache on device Ram ( fastest type but pay attention)
-Cache on device Ram HD ( cool stuff but not possible thin clients no local disk)
-Cache encrypted on devices Hd (overhead of encyrption)

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vDisk Modes in Citrix PVS

Posted by mountainbrother - 31. Mai 2011

vDisk Modes

  • Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive called VHD
  • Private Mode  this is your golden Image

-Read / Write Access

– 1 Target Device at a Time Access

  • Standard Mode

– Read only Access

– Changes discard on Reboot

– Multiple simultabeous Target Divce Access

  • Difference Disk:

– Retain changes on Reboot

– Multiple simultabeous Target Divce Access

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Study Guide / Learning Guide Xendesktop 5

Posted by mountainbrother - 26. März 2011

CTX126191 – XenDesktop Planning Guide: User Bandwidth Requirement
CTX124457 – Performance Assessment and Bandwith Analysisfor Delivering XenDesktop to BranchOffices
CTX125060 – Best Practices for Optimizing HDX Technologies
Recovery Guide
Virtual Desktop Agent Configuration:
How to Optimize XenDesktopMachines:
How to enable Remote Assistance for XenDesktop:
Enable WinRM for Desktop Director:
How to Configure XenDesktop for SQL Database Mirroring:
XenDesktop 5 SQL Transaction Log Growing Excessivly:
Troubleshooting Virtual Desktop Agent Registration with Controllers in XenDesktop 5:
How to Enable Persistant CDF Tracing in XenDesktop 5:
How to Enable Controller Service Logging in XenDesktop 5:
Web Interface and XML Resiliency in XenDesktop Environments:
Reference Architecture

All CMDlets with Explanation

Additional :


much more Info powered by Harry

Very good XenDesktop 5 PowerShell Blog posts 5 PowerShell SDK Primer Part 3 Creating Pooled Catalogs that Leverage Machine Creation Services

Whitepapers 5 FAQ *HOT! Licensing FAQ XenDesktop 5.0 Quick Start Guide 5 – Reference Architecture Guide: XenDesktop 5 Migration Optimization Guide 5 Database Sizing and Mirroring Best Practices Design-Handbook

HowTos to Create a VMWare User Account with Minimum Permission to Manage Machine Creation Services on XenDesktop 5.0 to Deploy and Configure XenDesktop 5 Virtual Desktop Agents with Active Directory Group Policy to Repair a Site and Unlock Active Directory Accounts if Virtual Machine Creation is Interrupted to Enable Remote Assistance for Desktop Director to Enable Controller Service Logging in XenDesktop 5 to Implement High Availability Features in XenDesktop 5 to Create ICA Launch Files for High Availability Mode to Enable Persistent CDF Tracing in XenDesktop 5 to Deploy and Configure XD 5 VDA with AD Group Policy to Configure XD 5 with Microsoft Hyper-V and SCVMM to Change the XML Port in XenDesktop 5 to Change Virtual Channel Priority in XenDesktop 5 to Manually Install XenDesktop Web Access to Reconfigure a XenDesktop Site to Use a Mirrored Database to Configure XenDesktop for SQL Database Mirroring to Use a Specific SQL port with XenDesktop 5 to Redeploy XenDesktop Without Re-Installing to configure logoff behavior of a Desktop Group in XenDesktop 5 to configure XenDesktop 5 VDA for VLAN tagging in Hyper-V

Tools Ping 2.0* NEW for XenDesktop 5 SQL Profiler Template Session State Monitor Tool Citrix XnapShot

additional XD KB Articles XenDesktop 5 PowerShell online reference *HOT Getting started with PowerShell in XenDesktop 5 XenDesktop 5 – Issues Fixed in This Release 5 Services Overview Access and Permission Model for XenDesktop 5 Entries Used by XenDesktop 5 Broker Service XenDesktop Error: The hosting infrastructure could not be reached at the specified address *READ carefully, MCS needs additional editing of „/“ section Sign-On and Xendesktop 5 Recovery Guide for XenDesktop 5 using NetScaler Issues with Active Directory Policies in XenDesktop 5 5 Database Transaction Log Growing Excessively Citrix XenDesktop 5 Support Statement for Microsoft KMS activation with Machine Creation Services (MCS) 5 Downloads Reference List Wizard (now as Hotfix for PVS 5.6 SP1) Studio Logging Options for XenDesktop 5

XenDesktop 4 is still very popular out there and there is a Installation Sequence Recommendation for all the hotefixes released yet

Citrix XenDesktop 4 – Installation Sequence Recommendations for XenDesktop 4 Hotfixes

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