Deploying a Highly Available Platform Services Controller Topology – Part 3 – Configuring Citrix Netscaler

January 15, 2016

This post follows on from my recent posts on configuring highly available Platform Services Controllers. By the end of my previous post on this, I had deployed two platform services controllers, configured as a subordinate CA, and configured with the VMware HA scripts. The next step is to configure the external load balancer to provide […]

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XenDesktop 7.5 – Creating and Configuring Delivery Groups

February 26, 2015

If you have been following my series on installing XenDesktop 7.5, you’ll have seen that we have deployed a XenDesktop site, created a machine catalog and configured StoreFront. The next step is to create delivery groups, membership of which allows a user to access XenDesktop resources such as a virtual desktop. Delivery groups are created […]

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Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 – Configuring StoreFront

February 17, 2015

Citrix StoreFront is a web interface providing users with the means to connect to their published resources, and is what Citrix Receiver will connect to. You can read more about what Citrix StoreFront 2.5 is, along with the newer features, here and here. StoreFront 2.5 is a replacement for the legacy Citrix Web Interface. This […]

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Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 – Creating a Machine Catalog

February 16, 2015

This post will look at creating a machine catalog in XenDesktop 7.5, following on from my recent posts on installing XenDesktop and installing the VDA in a ‘master’ virtual machine. A machine catalog helps tie the previous two posts together, as we use the master VM, with the installed VDA, to create a machine catalog. […]

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Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 – Installing the Virtual Delivery Agent and Creating a Machine Catalog

February 13, 2015

In my previous post on XenDesktop 7.5 I covered deploying XenDesktop 7.5 and initial site configuration. The next step is to prepare the master VM, from which the other VDI desktops will be spawned. In my lab environment, I will be working with a basic Windows 7 virtual machine, with the only addition so far […]

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Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 – Installing XenDesktop Roles and Initial Configuration

February 12, 2015

Learning about the new XenDesktop has been on my list of things to do for a while now. I’m fairly familiar with XenDesktop 5.6, but haven’t done a lot with XenApp since version 5. With the introduction of XenDesktop 7, the features of XenDesktop and XenApp were merged into a single product, with a ‘single […]

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XenServer Powershell Snapins Not Loading

December 1, 2014

I recently had the need to do some reporting on a XenServer 6.0 environment, so thought I’d take a look at what was available through the XenServer 6.0 Powershell snapins. I’d installed it a while back, but hadn’t had the opportunity/time/reason to use it until today. However, when attempting to run it from the shortcut […]

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Killing a ‘stuck’ Virtual Machine on XenServer 6.0

August 20, 2014

Occasionally you may have need to kill a virtual machine that has become ‘stuck’. I’ve see this a number of times when a VM has become stuck after sending it a shutdown request. When this happens, the VM will be in it’s ‘yellow’,  ‘busy’ status in XenCenter, and will not respond to any requests. The […]

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How to create a NFS share on a Windows 2008 R2 server for use with ESXi or XenServer

November 14, 2013

I’ve had a requirement recently to create a small XenServer 6.2 test/demo environment. I decided to use a Windows 2008 R2 host as an NFS server to provide shared storage to the XenServer hosts as it is quick and easy to set up. First of all you have to install NFS services. This is done […]

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Windows 2008 R2 System Reserved Partition and Citrix Provisioning Server

June 29, 2012

With Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7, the Windows installer creates a 100 MB system reserved partition by default which you will have noticed in Windows Disk Management: This partition is reserved for Bitlocker and often goes unnoticed, but it can cause problems if you are trying to capture an image for Provisioning Server […]

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