Citrix VDI Handbook 7.6


The Citrix VDI Handbook is now available!

Let me answer a few questions about the VDI Handbook

  1. Version: The VDI Handbook is based on the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Long-Term Service Release.
  2. Updates: The plan is to release a VDI Handbook for each Long-Term Service Release. The VDI Handbook is based on real-world implementation experiences. Basing updates on LTSR releases (18-24+ months) allows us to include better recommendations than if we updated for the current release (every quarter).
  3. Format: PDF and HTML. The PDF version is ready now, the HTML version will be ready shortly.
  4. Content: The handbook includes information on Assess, Design and Monitor.

Grab version 1 of the Citrix VDI Best Practices Handbook for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

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Full Clone VMs with Machine Creation Services


Since its inception, a Machine Creation Services VM was based on thin cloning technology.  Each VM would read from the same copy of the master image while any writes would be directed to a VM-specific differencing disk. Because the differencing disk only contains writes, it is often thin provisioned to save on storage space.

thin-cloneThis approach is perfect for pooled, non-persistent desktops.  But what about personal, persistent desktops?  With the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.11 release, Machine Creation Services now supports full cloned VMs.

full-cloneInstead of each VM reading from the same copy of the master image, each VM receives a full clone of the master VM’s disk. All reads come from the VM’s cloned disk and all writes go to the same disk.

If you recall, I spent some time discussing the differences between Machine Creation Services and Provisioning Services in order to help administrators better determine when to use which image management solution.  In fact, this discussion was spread across 7 different blogs

With this new capability, I need to make one addition to the summary.  Machine Creation Services now supports full cloned VMs.

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Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
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