Installing the plugin for Citrix MCS on Nutanix AHV

Nutanix AHVIt just hit the web, the plugin for Citrix MCS on Nutanix AHV. You can find it on our portal at My.Nutanix.com, support, Tools & Firmware. I’ve blogged about this previously in the blog that was called Citrix MCS for AHV: Under the hood but now it’s finally available for the masses.

To kick this installation off you can login into my.nutanix.com with your credentials and go to the support portal, there you’ll find the following screen:

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If you follow the downloads, tools & firmware clicks you’ll get to an overview of all available downloads and you’ll see the newest addition at the top of the page:

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This plugin needs to be installed on every desktop delivery controller running Citrix Studio, this plugin will add the new option to select Nutanix AHV as a target hypervisor for your MCS-based deployment.

After the initial installation of Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop you can install and configure the plugin. The installation is pretty straight forward as it’s ‘next, next, finish.

Installation (slideshow):

Configuration (slideshow):

As you can see the configuration of the plugin for Citrix MCS on Nutanix AHV is pretty straightforward too, you just use the cluster IP (No HTTPS or ports required) and with that your management interface from Citrix Studio to your hypervisor is HA by default as the cluster IP will always be available from one of the active Controller VMs running on the system. Add your credentials and the next few configurable options are inline with what we already know with current integrated hypervisors. After completing this configuration is just business as usual from an MCS deployment perspective. All current delivery models are support with this plugin:

Citrix MCS

Credits to Martijn Bosschaart @ ww.nutinus.nl

Only caveat here is that AppDisks is currently not supported as the Citrix Provisioning SDK does not contain the information to utilise that but it’s something we’re looking at. As discussed during our presentation at Citrix Synergy we’re also looking at extending integration towards Citrix PVS but there’s no timing to as when that’s going to happen. If you’re interested in more information like that please feel free to take a look at my previous blogpost Citrix Synergy 2016: My Presentations

Eventually this all adds up to the following video:

 

As you can probably tell I’m really excited by this release and I’m really looking forward to the next steps in this strategic alliance between Citrix and Nutanix.

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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.

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