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Getting Started with Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0

Book Description

Learning to install, configure, and manage Citrix Provisioning Services is made so much faster and simpler with this practical guide. Making no assumptions of prior knowledge, it takes you step by step through the product features.

In Detail

Disk streaming technology is advancing rapidly. Ardence (who were later acquired by Citrix) originally developed the disk streaming software now called Citrix Provisioning Services. Citrix Provisioning Services helps you stream a virtual disk across physical and virtual machines. It works at boot by using PXE to contact a TFTP server and pull down a small patron that registers the system. From there, it starts sending the individual blocks of virtual disk to the system that needs to boot via the network.

Getting Started with Citrix Provisioning Services 7.0 is a hands-on implementation guide that helps you to learn about the installation, configuration, management, and operation of Citrix Provisioning Services in a step-by-step manner. This will help you to take advantage of the real power behind Citrix Provisioning Services. The book gives you a good grounding in operating Citrix Provisioning Services with practical implementations, which are all fully backed up with code and illustrations.

his book will help you get familiar with virtualization and its implications, starting with characteristics of virtualization such as single image management, consolidation, centralized control, and on-demand streaming of virtual disks to Enterprise systems and to their customers.

In order to get a broader understanding of all the available features, you start with an overview of Citrix PVS before moving on to installation, configuration, and managing the system, allowing you to develop hands-on operational and administrative experience. You will also learn how to create a Vdisk, as well as how to manage farms, sites, stores, and the Provisioning server using Citrix Provisioning Services. If you want to take advantage of disk streaming using Citrix Provisioning Services, then this is the book for you.

With this book, you will learn everything you need to know about Citrix Provisioning Services from an administrator/engineer's standpoint.

What You Will Learn

  • Install Citrix Provisioning Services
  • Configure Citrix Provisioning Services
  • Create and manage Vdisks
  • Prepare a Master Target device
  • Manage farms, stores, sites, and the Provisioning server
  • Upgrade farms and Vdisks
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    Table of Contents

    1. Getting Started with Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Getting Started with Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
      3. Credits
      4. Notice
      5. About the Author
      6. About the Reviewers
      7. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
      8. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      9. 1. Introduction to Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
        1. The background of Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
        2. High-level logical flow of Citrix® Provisioning Services
        3. Architecture of Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
          1. Provisioning Service License server
          2. Provisioning Service Database server
          3. Provisioning Service Admin Console
          4. Shared storage service
          5. Active Directory Server
          6. Network services
          7. Citrix® Provisioning Server
        4. Terminology
          1. Citrix® Provisioning Service farms
          2. Citrix® Provisioning Service stores
          3. Citrix® Provisioning Service sites
          4. Citrix® Provisioning Service vDisk
          5. Citrix® Provisioning Service vDisk modes
          6. Citrix® Provisioning Service vDisk pools
          7. Citrix® Provisioning Service vDisk Update Management
          8. Citrix® Provisioning Service write cache destination
        5. System requirements
        6. Summary
      10. 2. Installing and Configuring Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
        1. Installing Citrix® Provisioning Server using GUI
        2. Installing Citrix® Provisioning Services using the command-line interface
        3. Installing Citrix® Provisioning Services Console 7.0 using GUI
        4. Configuring Citrix® Provisioning Server 7.0
        5. Configuring Provisioning Services using the command-line interface
        6. Summary
      11. 3. Managing Citrix® Provisioning Disk
        1. Organizing a principal target device
          1. Checking the readiness of the master target device's hard disk
          2. The principal target device's BIOS configuration
          3. Server network adapter BIOS configuration
          4. Deploying the master target device application and operating system updates
        2. Allocating a vDisk to the target device
          1. Properties of the principal target device
        3. Dealing with the bootstrap files and boot devices
        4. Summary
      12. 4. Operating Citrix® Provisioning Services 7.0
        1. Managing and operating a farm
        2. Operating sites
        3. Managing and operating stores
        4. Managing and operating target devices
          1. Operation over target devices
            1. Creating a new target device object in the Provisioning Service database
            2. Setting the target device as the template for this collection
            3. Copying and pasting target device properties
            4. Booting target devices
            5. Checking the target device's status via Console
            6. Sending messages to target devices
            7. Enabling/disabling a target device
        5. Managing and operating the device collections
          1. Device management operations
          2. Creating a device collection
          3. Importing a device collection
          4. Deleting a device collection
          5. Booting target devices within a collection
        6. Managing views
        7. Managing and operating the provisioning servers
          1. Operation tasks in the Provisioning Service task
            1. Copying and pasting server properties
            2. Deleting a server
            3. Starting, stopping, or restarting Provisioning Services on a server
            4. Showing the server connections
            5. Load balancing the target devices on a server
            6. Checking for vDisk access updates
            7. Manually configuring Provisioning Servers
        8. Operating vDisks
          1. Creating vDisks
          2. Creating vDisk images
        9. Summary
      13. 5. Upgrading Citrix® Provisioning Farm and vDisk
        1. Upgrading the existing Provisioning Services farm
          1. The Hyper-V method
            1. Installing Hyper-V Integration Services (optional)
          2. The Reverse Imaging method
        2. Updating vDisks
          1. Manual vDisk creation
          2. Automatic vDisk creation
          3. Managing update tasks
          4. Merging of the vDisk from the existing disk
            1. Promoting the update version
        3. Troubleshooting reference articles
        4. Summary
      14. Index