Citrix: Unattended install of PVS Target Device resulting in vDisk is not available

I was trying to install the Citrix PVS Target Device unattended. I made a job in RES Automation Manager with a Unattended Installation Package:

PVS_Device_x64.exe /S /v /qn

But when I tried to use the Wizard the first phase would go without problems but after the reboot I would get an error message saying:

vDisk is not available. Please check your network PXE boot Configuration and restart imaging wizard

So I tried fiddling around with the binding of the network interfaces but even when we configured the target and the PVS server with just one nic we got the same error message. After an extensive search we found that the unattended install did work but because we where using a service (local system) the unattended install wouldn’t work like expected as we found the following article. The software would install without problems and would report an Ok but the driver installation would fail:

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I tried to use different options to make the unattended install work but this would work. So I found the earlier blog also mentioned a solution:

The problem is solved as soon as the PVS Target software is installed using the GUI, instead of via command line.

For XenApp 6.5 this is solved in a different way: install XenApp with the commandline parameter /install:XenApp,PVDeviceFeature (http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenapp65-install/ps-install-command-line.html).

[Update]

Thanks to Barry Schiffer‘s comment I was able to install the software unattended, I just copied the CFsDep2.cat, cfsdep2.inf and the CFsDep2.sys to C:\Windows\System32\drivers and used the command line: “PVS_Device_x64.exe /S /v /qn” to install the software.

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Kees Baggerman

Kees Baggerman is a Staff Solutions Architect for End User Computing at Nutanix. Kees has driven numerous Microsoft and Citrix, and RES infrastructures functional/technical designs, migrations, implementations engagements over the years.

7 comments

  1. Kees, I have seen this before. There are a couple of files which are not being copied to the C:\Windows\System32\Drivers folder. They all start with cfsdep2.*.

    If you copy them before the installation with for example Automation Manager it will work:)

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