CITRIX RELEASE : Provisioning Service Networking GUIDE :
Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) is a software streaming technology that allows servers and desktops to be provisioned and re-provisioned in real time from a single shared-disk image. The service is commonly integrated within a Citrix XenDesktop architecture to deliver virtual desktops efficiently.
One of the many benefits of PVS is the ability to scale, however when called upon to delivery high volumes PVS servers have significant network requirements. Therefore when planning the implementation of PVS it is important to take these requirements into consideration.
This planning guide provides Provisioning Services networking guidelines. It provides best practices, and recommendations to consider when planning to deploy PVS. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide for planning and configuring network infrastructures, nor as a networking training handbook.
The guide assumes the reader has knowledge of PVS, servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2, and clients have 1 Gigabit interfaces.
THE GUIDE : CTX134945
One other GUIDE released by CITRIX : XenDesktop and Microsoft Hyper-V - Planning Guide - CTX134944
Best Practices for Upgrading to vSphere 5 in a Citrix Provisioning Environment :
1 - Reverse image vDisks.
2 - Change NIC on target to VMXNet3.
3 - Enable Interrupt Mode in Bootstrap used by target devices.
4 - Upgrade host ESX server(s) to vSphere 5.
5 - Upgrade VMware tools.
6 - Reinstall Provisioning Services target software.
7 - Create image of updated machine.
8 - Reinstall XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Agent (if installed) while vDisk is in Private Mode.
Note: You can change vDisk to standard mode and deploy to targets.
- SOURCE : CTX134089