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Citrix XenDesktop Implementation by Gareth R. James

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Chapter 6 Installation of the Citrix Provisioning Server

Provisioning server (PVS) is the component of a XenDesktop VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solution that is typically the least understood. Provisioning server introduces “disk virtualization.” In the same way we broke the link between one physical piece of hardware serving one operating system, we can now have one “virtual disk” being accessed by multiple virtual machines.

Provisioning server uses the network to mount the virtual disk to the virtual desktop. The Citrix terminology for this virtual disk is a vDisk.

When you normally create a virtual ...

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