PVS vs. MCS – Part 3: Storage Optimization


This is part of a series comparing Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services Part 1: Resource Delivery Options Part 2: Scalability Part 3: Storage Optimization Part 4: Deployment Part 5: On-going Maintenance Part 6: Architecture Part 7: Summary   For years, storage optimization has been one of the major strengths of Provisioning Services. With PVS, we can do the following: Optimized temporary storage allocation: PVS allows us to store the read-only master image on local or shared storage. We can also decide where to place the temporary, write disk, which could be on the PVS server’s local storage, the hypervisor … Continue reading PVS vs. MCS – Part 3: Storage Optimization

PVS vs MCS – Part 2: Scalability


This is part of a series comparing Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services Part 1: Resource Delivery Options Part 2: Scalability Part 3: Storage Optimization Part 4: Deployment Part 5: On-going Maintenance Part 6: Architecture Part 7: Summary In Part 1 of the PVS vs MCS debate, we saw Provisioning Services bridges the gap between the physical and virtual world Machine Creation Services bridges the gap between the on-premises and cloud world Let’s continue digging into the PVS vs MCS debate and focus on scalability. Scalability plays a big role in the solution. If one solution only scales to 500 … Continue reading PVS vs MCS – Part 2: Scalability

PVS vs MCS – Part 1: Resource Delivery Options


This is part of a series comparing Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services Part 1: Resource Delivery Options Part 2: Scalability Part 3: Storage Optimization Part 4: Deployment Part 5: On-going Maintenance Part 6: Architecture Part 7: Summary Five years ago, Citrix released Machine Creation Services.  As a way to help admins decide between Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services, I created a decision tree, breaking the decision across multiple requirements. A lot has changed. Provisioning Services changed. Machine Creation Services changed. You know what didn’t change?  Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson. You know what else hasn’t changed? … Continue reading PVS vs MCS – Part 1: Resource Delivery Options

Migrate from MCS to PVS


When installing XenDesktop 5, I bet many people were interested in using Machine Creation Services. And why not? It is easy to setup and configure because there is nothing to setup and configure. What could be easier? However, as many of you start to grow your desktop virtualization implementations to include more users, more desktops and more scenarios, you might realize that MCS is no longer able to meet all of your demands. What if you want to do Hosted Shared Desktops or Streamed VHD desktops? No MCS allowed. If you want single image management, you are going with Provisioning … Continue reading Migrate from MCS to PVS

PVS or MCS – What’s Your Decision Going to Be


Note: This blog is in reference to Citrix XenDesktop 5.0 ONLY. Note: The following link contains the  latest discussion between PVS and MCS (https://virtualfeller.com/2016/05/17/pvs-vs-mcs-part-1-resource-delivery-options/) The decision between using Provisioning Services or Machine Creation Services is based on many things, with a few being discussed previously: Big Picture Operations Resource Requirements Let’s say you’ve gone through these discussions and are still trying to determine what approach you should take. Personally, I like to use decision trees, like the following: By answering these questions, you will get a better idea of what is most appropriate: Hosted VDI Desktops Only: Larger enterprise environments … Continue reading PVS or MCS – What’s Your Decision Going to Be

PVS or MCS – We Talking About IOPS Again


Deciding between PVS and MCS is a tough decision for many organizations. Although MCS is limited in that it can only do virtual machines, it does appear to be easier to setup than PVS. In fact, MCS just works while PVS requires another server and configuration of bootstrap processes like TFTP/PXE. So it sounds like we should be using MCS for everything. Right? Not so fast. We need to look at the resource requirements, beyond servers, as this might negate the benefit of easier setup/configuration. If you’ve gone through the other two discussions so far, we focused on the Big … Continue reading PVS or MCS – We Talking About IOPS Again

PVS or MCS – Operations Is Important


As we continue to decide between using Provisioning Services or Machine Creation Services in an environment, we need to go beyond the Big Picture factor explained in a previous blog. The second thing we should look at is the operational aspect of the solution. Operational models are rather boring. Who cares about supporting the environment? Well, the users will care and so will you. First, both models require you to have an operational model in place so you can maintain the base desktop images. We all know Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is coming. How will you update your virtual … Continue reading PVS or MCS – Operations Is Important