Citrix Provisioning on Nutanix AHV

nutanix_NutanixAcropolisIf you’re a more regular reader of my blog you probably have read about Nutanix AHV, the native hypervisor that Nutanix ships. Nutanix AHV is built from the ground up for hyper convergence and that makes it a great hypervisor for desktop virtualisation. This is where the relationship with Citrix and the Citrix Provisioning SDK comes into play.

With the current availability for MCS on AHV as described in Citrix MCS for AHV: Under the hood, Installing the plugin for Citrix MCS on Nutanix AHV and more recently in Citrix MCS on Nutanix AHV: Unleashing the power of clones! Nutanix and Citrix are combining forces to deliver that world class user experience from both a performance and functionality perspective. 

While the MCS integration was possible due to the availability of the Provisioning SDK delivered by Citrix as of XenDesktop 7.7 this SDK was built for MCS only (initially for cloud provider support like AWS and Azure) i.e. the PVS integration piece was missing here. 

As of PVS 7.14 Citrix has added the PVS integration into the Provisioning SDK, if you look at the PVS 7.14 release notes you’ll find the following paragraph:

Citrix Provisioning 1

Given the fact that we integrate using the Citrix Provisioning SDK we need a plugin-like integration point just like we did with the MCS integration. Reading on in the release notes this is explained here:

Citrix Provisioning

This plugin is currently still work in progress but will delivered as soon as Nutanix devs are ready and QA has done their job on qualifying the plugin on our systems. Bottom line here:

Provisioning method Plugin
Citrix MCS Available
Citrix PVS In Progress

If you’re looking to unleash Citrix PVS on AHV today you’ll have to revert back to something like Automating Citrix PVS on Nutanix AHV with PoSH or Ryan’s scripting wizard PVS and AHV powershell wizard or use the MCS plugin to make advantage of our storage native capabilities in AHV.

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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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