Category Archives: Provisioning Services

How I increased IOPS 200 times with XenServer and PVS

UPDATED INFO HERE: http://virtexperience.com/2014/03/10/an-update-about-my-experience-with-pvs/ In my previous blogpost I’m describing how the PVS 7.1 new Cache to Ram with overflow to disk does not give you any more IOPS than cache to disk. http://virtexperience.com/2013/11/05/pvs-7-1-ram-cache-with-overflow-to-disk/ During that test, I discovered that Intermediate … Continue reading

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PVS 7.1 RAM Cache with overflow to disk

UPDATED INFO HERE: http://virtexperience.com/2014/03/10/an-update-about-my-experience-with-pvs/ I was really excited when I discovered that Citrix Provisioning services 7.1 has an option to store cache in device RAM with overflow to local disk. Previously I’ve seen how cache to RAM is 10 times faster … Continue reading

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Experience with Hyper-V and PVS 7

UPDATED INFO HERE: http://virtexperience.com/2014/03/10/an-update-about-my-experience-with-pvs/ Everyone trying to use Provisioning Services with hyper-v knows that there is one big issue. Hyper-V does not support PXE boot on synthetic NIC. To work around this, you need 2 NIC’s for PVS traffic, one legacy … Continue reading

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Fastest way to resize a PVS VHD file using diskpart

Got this from here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/danstolts/archive/2011/04/02/how-to-expand-and-extend-to-increase-capacity-on-a-virtual-hard-disk-the-easy-and-fast-way-solve-the-problem-of-out-of-disk-space-on-drive-c-forever.aspx First, if you have subversions of the PVS disk, merge it to a new base and then rename the new vhd, pvp and lok file. Delete the merged version from the PVS console. Note, this … Continue reading

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Experience with upgrading to Xenserver 6.1 with PVS devices

I recently had the pleasure of doing several upgrades from XS6.02 to XS6.1 with XenApp Vm’s provisioned with PVS 6.1. Here are some of the issues we had during the upgrades, and a summary of what I learned: First, you … Continue reading

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HyperVPVSFix service – to use Citrix Provisioning on Hyper-V with synthetic NIC

When running Citrix Provisioning devices on Hyper-V, you are limited to use Legacy 100Mbit NIC adapter at boot, even when booting from an ISO file. To be successful with the 10Gbit syntechic NIC adapter, you need to boot first on … Continue reading

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Citrix Provisioning Services – Cache to RAM (and how to monitor it)

              If you want to take benefit of cheap RAM to boost your XenApp servers to extreme speed, you may use Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) with the option to cache to RAM. The Citrix … Continue reading

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