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.
Archive for December 21, 2015
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.
As I was going through cycles to deliver our next Reference Architecture for running Citrix workloads on Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor I realised that I didn’t capture the full steps to run Citrix XenDesktop on Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor so this blogpost is have a workflow ready to make sure that you have all the steps covered to do a successful deployment.
As I’m working on a solution note for Citrix NetScaler VPX on Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) I was looking to deploy the VPX on AHV and not completely coincidentally Ronnie Hamilton asked me if I had some tips on how to deploy the NetScaler VPX on AHV which was enough reason write a new blogpost.
With the current announcement of running Citrix XenDesktop on Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor I was really exited to start playing around with the options the Nutanix platform gives us to automate a lot of processes. Currently Nutanix provides a couple of ways to automate, one of them being good ol’ PoSH.
After reading this excellent blogpost from Andrew Nelson (Distributed Systems Specialist at Nutanix) on Acropolis Image and Cloning Primer for Automation and combining that with this blogpost from Raghu Nandan (Director of Product Management) on Setting up Citrix XA/XD with an Acropolis Hypervisor cluster I figured we were missing one vendor on this list.. Microsoft Windows Server/Client OSs.