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Missing features in XenDesktop 7 RDS

With the release of XenDesktop 7 there is a lot of news about the exiting new features. With the merging of XenApp in XenDesktop 7 App Edition with Remote Desktop Services (Terminalserver) the benefits of XenDesktop VDI do also count for RDS, like easy deployment and a single architecture for management. But you have to… Read More »

Deploy XenApp servers with XenDesktop Machine Creation Services

Maybe you already experienced the simplicity of deploying XenDesktop virtual desktops with Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS). MCS has several advantages. You don’t have to prepare an image, just install a reference machine and shutdown. Updating is very simple, just power on the reference machine, install updates, shutdown and update MCS. The other advantage is… Read More »

Manage your XenServer pool with RES Automation Manager 2012

For those XenServer administrators who don’t know what RES Automation Manager is, it’s a task automation tool which makes it possible to run almost any command on managed computers with an agent. You can create runbooks with multiple commands or install software remotely unattended. With the release of RES Automation Manager 2012, Linux is now… Read More »

XenServer 6 autostart VMs or vApps

In XenServer 5.6 there was the autostart feature on VMs. When the autostart checkbox on the VM was enabled, the VMs would start automatically after the XenServer host environment was powered up. In XenServer 6, this feature is removed from the XenCenter console. There are multiple blogposts that describe how to re-enable the autostart feature… Read More »

Running XenDesktop with IntelliCache on XenServer

I finally got time to upgrade our XenServer environment to 5.6 SP2 and enabled IntelliCache on XenServer. Enabling IntelliCache during installation is easy, just put a checkmark when asked “Enable thin provisioning”. XenServer will then format the local disk as EXT3 instead of LVM. When XenServer is installed with Intellicache, you have to re-add the… Read More »