Citrix XenDesktop 7 – Installation 14 Comments

XenDesktop 7 is now available with different features and entitlements (link) and yes there is a lot to read on this webpage but most of everything is already known features. So I will just write now what I read between the line : No more Citrix Streaming Application (RIP) in favor of Microsoft APP-V XenServer is now version 6.2 and Open Source ! http://www.xenserver.org/ Seamless Local Apps is now official and build-in. PVS is version 7 now and MCS continue its evolution. (I'll come back later on a blog post about that) Edgesight is included in XenDesktop 7 (Another blog post subject) Storefront is now version 2 Receiver for Windows is v4 Windows 8 and Windows 2012 supported Many other changes I need to cover later on Several editions are available today : Now this is time to show you how the installation process, pretty straight forward as I already mention and this is for those who are curious about this new version and don't have tie to POC it or try it right away.   To download Citrix XenDesktop 7, this is the way -> [link] XenDesktop 7 Edocs : [link] XenDesktop 7 Admin Guide : [link] XenDesktop 7 Upgrade Guide : [link] XenDesktop 7 Install Guide : [link]

Citrix Excalibur Tech Preview 6 Comments

As many of you might know Citrix are kind of melting all there product in one, a Cloud product. The project name is Avalon, with two releases until next year named Excalibur (what we will speak about in this blog post) and Merlin coming later next year. First, I spoke with many customers and other partner, and Citrix one more time did confuse everyone with all those names... Avalon, Excalibur, Merlin, Thor etc etc Almost 90% of the people I spoke with though Avalon, Excalibur and Merlin are three different products. Maybe I'm wrong but as far s I can see thing, Avalon is the code name for the final project then Excalibur and Merlin are just timeline version release until the final release and then a final product name. I must admit this one is a bit confusing everyone... This is like Citrix wants to show the big picture but just give a tiny pieces of the puzzle. Citrix Avalon Excalibur Tech Preview is available for download here : [link] Project Avalon Excalibur Technology Preview is our next-generation, unified desktop and app virtualization technology that is reinventing the delivery of Windows apps and desktops for mobility in the cloud-era.  The availability of this tech preview will allow Citrix customers and partners to have a first-hand look at a new unified FlexCast infrastructure combining VDI and Hosted Shared desktops and apps from a single platform. New features include: Simplified, unified, and expanded FlexCast 2.0 architecture New unified FlexCast 2.0 architecture combines simplified and integrated provisioning and personalization tools for both desktops and apps, delivered from either a desktop-based or server-based operating system. Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Host Windows 8 VDI desktops or VM hosted applications in addition to Windows Server 2012 server-based desktops and applications. This tech preview also supports Windows 2008R2/SP1 and Windows 7. SuperCodec for Optimized Graphics New enhancements to HDX using Deep Compression Codec technology double the visual performance of desktops and apps to mobile devices dynamically adapting for device type, form factor and network connection while still leveraging the processing power of modern tablets and smartphones Storefront for apps & data Create centralized enterprise app stores to deliver desktops, applications, and other resources to users on any device, anywhere with the Citrix StoreFront. Intelligent configuration tools New intelligent configuration tools for deploying desktops and apps that proactively check configuration errors in real time while streamlining the…

I updated last week my lab at home : XenServer 6.0 to XenServer 6.0.2 Provisioning Services 6.0 to Provisioning Services 6.1 and XenDesktop 5.5 to XenDesktop 5.6 Everything went well for XenDesktop, update was smooth and VDA update was successful and simple as well. I did the setup of Personal vDisk successfully and it worked without doing anything specific. Then I wanted to built a new Windows 7 golden image to take a fresh start and install the less application possible, this is when I began to have an issue with Personal vDisk : Startup failed Personal vDisk failed to start because the snapshot inventory has not been updated. Update the inventory then try again. Status code: 15 Error code: 0x0 Alright, I had a freshWindows 7 VM updated to the last Microsoft patches with Acrobat Reader installed, PVS Target Device, Citrix Profile Management, EdgeSight and XenTools... Every time I was creating a new vDisk using Imaging Wizard, the operation was successful but all the VMs I tried to launch after had this issue... I got the log files to try to understand what was wrong by clicking on the collect logs button : I got a zip file containing PvDSvc.log.txt, PvDWMI.log.txt and SysVol-lvmSupervisor.log, I will just past an excerpt here : Clearly with the SysVol-lvmSupervisor.log file, something was wrong... It took me some time to figure out what could be wrong. I just noticed every time I wanted to use Imaging Wizard, when the VM needed to reboot to load the vDisk and boot, before restarting the Personal vDisk inventory manager was launch and requested to be updated... So I did the update but at every reboot the same pop-up came again and again... I went to read the "manual" : To update master images that use personal vDisks You enable the personal vDisk feature for use with a master image when you install the Virtual Desktop Agent. During the installation procedure and after any update to the image after installation, it is important that the disk's inventory is refreshed and a new snapshot is created. This procedure describes the required steps. Because administrators, not users, manage master images, if you install an application that places binary files in the administrator's user profile, the application is not available to users of shared virtual desktops (including those based on pooled catalogs and pooled with personal vDisk catalogs). Users must install…