With the release of full support of XenServer for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform the performance and solutions engineering group has worked hard to create a reference architecture on this topic and I figured to write a blogpost on what Nutanix/Citrix did to make this work. It’s not just a QA thing, it’s been a thighly coupled engineering effort from both sides.
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Today Nutanix released AOS 5.0 which is our biggest release to date! Altough we’re adding tons of features in this release there’s one thing that got my attention a little bit more than others… Nutanix and Citrix are extending their relationship as this new release brings XenServer Technical Preview!
To test XenClient on functionality I got a test laptop from my employer. It’s a Lenovo T520 with an i5, a 256Gb SSD disk and 16Gb ram. Enough power to have a good test! When I got this laptop I wanted to install the software but it’s only provided as ISO (DVD image) so I had to burn a DVD to install XenClient 2.0. I would like to have an ISO which can be extracted to USB storage so I wouldn’t have to burn a DVD anymore, although I know there are solutions to do this yourself I like it if a vendor delivers this for you.
One of the first questions when virtualizing XenApp is how many VMs to put on a server. Well, that was discussed in the Virtualize XenApp blog. Once you figure out how you plan to carve up the physical server, one of the next common questions is deciding which features of the hypervisor to enable/disable. For example, if I use XenServer, should I use the “Optimize for XenApp” setting? What about vSphere’s Transparent Page Sharing feature? And the big whopper, how should I allocate memory to my virtualized XenApp servers? Is it safe to use dynamic memory or am I safer to stick with fixed memory?