During the last Dutch Citrix User Group I had the honour to present a 15 minutes ‘pitch’ on Citrix AppDisks which is a newly introduced feature in XenDesktop 7.8. It’s Citrix’s implementation of the popular layering solutions for application distribution.
Citrix MCS for AHV; it’s been a hot topic since the release of XenDesktop 7.7 so here’s my explanation of what’s going on under the hood when we look at Citrix MCS for AHV. First I’ll start with a short description of the components and in the end there’s a alpha-demo video on the integration piece.
This week I got a request via Matthijs van den Berg, one of the Nutanix SEs in EMEA. He was working with a Dutch Service Provider that has standardised its complete infrastructure deployment using PowerShell as the glue between components.
Being involved with the EUC space I get to talk about virtual desktops.. A lot. Sizing them is something that gets discussed a lot but what components do we actually need in a desktop? What is the anatomy of a desktop from a ‘physical’ perspective. Although it’s going back to basics I do think it’s good to take a step back every once in a while and reevaluate decisions.
With all the stories around MCS vs PVS etc I wanted to write a blogpost on how Nutanix can help you overcome the issues that you would see in a legacy 3-tier / local disk architecture using Citrix MCS. This is not a PVS vs MCS blogpost but I thought it would be a good idea to show how Nutanix solves the 3 biggest challenges with Citrix MCS.
With the announcement of Citrix supporting Nutanix’s Acropolis Hypervisor in August 2015 we’ve started developing the first integration points for XenDesktop 7.6 FP3 (first supported VDA on AHV) and we started of with phase 1 (and yes, there’s more to come!) which is Citrix Power Management on AHV.