Learning the Basics of Citrix Provisioning Services and XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003 Part 2 of 3
Creating the Master Image
In Part 1, you learned how to:
- Prepare to install PVS,
- Install PVS 5.6 SP1, and
- Perform basic configuration of PVS 5.6 SP1.
In this Part, you will learn how to:
- Create a master image,
- Create a vDisk in PVS for the master image,
- Install Target Device software,
- Use XenAppPrep,
- Download XenConvert,
- Optimize a master image,
- Use XenConvert, and
- Test streaming a new image.
Citrix does not recommend or support cloning the first server in a XenApp farm.
“Provisioning Farm Servers: After you install XenApp on the second server in your farm, you can provision other servers in the farm.” (This is from eDocs but Citrix keeps changing the URL so I am just quoting it here)
Prepare the Master Image server with all Microsoft, Citrix, third-party programs and updates required for your environment. Any applications that modify the network stack, such as firewalls, should be installed before the PVS Target Device Software is installed. If the server is a virtual machine, make sure the appropriate virtualization tools are installed. For example:
- XenServer XenTools
- VMware Tools
- Hyper-V Integration Services
It is recommended for XenApp that the Citrix Management Consoles not be installed into the Master Image.
The Master Image server needs the following registry keys (Figure 42 and Figure 43).
DWORD = “EnableOffload”
If you are using XenServer, you will also want to disable all the offload properties for the Citrix PV Ethernet Adapter (Figure 44 – Figure 47).
PVS Target Device requires automount to be enabled in order to image the Master Image server’s local hard disk drive(s) to the vDisk. Click Start and click Command prompt (Figure 48).
Enter the following commands (Figure 49):
diskpart automount enable exit