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… Continue reading PVS vs MCS – Part 1: Resource Delivery Options

XenDesktop 7.7: Windows 7 vs Windows 10


Everyone loves a good battle The Simpsons vs Family Guy Kirk vs Picard Star Wars vs Star Trek Microsoft vs Apple And now, we have one more, which will be a big debate for 2016… Windows 7 vs Windows 10 Over the last couple of weeks, I've been sharing some of our single server scalability… Continue reading XenDesktop 7.7: Windows 7 vs Windows 10

XenDesktop 7.7 and Windows 10


The other day, I was able to share the latest single server density results when running Windows 7 on XenDesktop 7.7. We looked at a range of parameters like: PVS vs MCS PVS Disk Cache vs RAM Cache Citrix Policies: Very High Definition vs High Server Scalability vs Optimized for WAN Windows 7 optimizations Once… Continue reading XenDesktop 7.7 and Windows 10

XenDesktop 7.7 and Windows 7


We recently completed a massive round of testing looking at many of the different deployment configurations we can do with a Windows 7 desktop in XenDesktop 7.7. We wanted to look at how different factors might impact single server scalability. PVS vs MCS PVS Disk Cache vs RAM Cache Citrix Policies: Very High Definition vs… Continue reading XenDesktop 7.7 and Windows 7

The New XenApp – Reducing IOPS to 1


As we all know, IOPS are the bane of any application and virtualization project. If you don't have enough, users will suffer. If you have too many, you probably spent too much money and your business will suffer. So we are always trying to find ways to more accurately estimate IOPS requirements as well as… Continue reading The New XenApp – Reducing IOPS to 1

True or False: Always use Provisioning Services


Test your Citrix muscle… True or False: Always use Provisioning Services Answer: False There has always been this aura around Machine Creation Services in that it could not hold a candle to Provisioning Services; that you would be completely insane to implement this feature in any but the simplest/smallest deployments. How did we get to… Continue reading True or False: Always use Provisioning Services

Machine Creation Services Primer – Part 2


In the first part of the Machine Creation Services Primer, we focused on the creation of Pooled-Random, Pooled-Static and Dedicated desktops. The process was very similar. However, at this point, items start to change and I want to focus on updating the master image, as this question usually comes up pretty quickly. With Machine Creation… Continue reading Machine Creation Services Primer – Part 2

Machine Creation Services Primer – Part 1


I get a lot of questions about different components of XenDesktop. What are they? How do they work? Should I use it? I've decided to spend some cycles trying to provide information about some of these components. The first one we will hit is Machine Creation Services. Machine Creation Services (MCS) is one option for… Continue reading Machine Creation Services Primer – Part 1

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