Provisioning Service 7.7 Setup

In the last week of 2015 Citrix released Provisioning Services 7.7. One of the best new features is that it is now official supporting Windows 10 (Enterprise and Professional Edition) as target device. Another cool new feature is that you can do an in-place upgrade (from version 7.6.1 or higher) and thus reverse-imaging belongs to […]

Source: Installing and Configuring Citrix Provisioning Service 7.7 and creating a vDisk – RobinHobo.com

Manually P2V PVS 7.6

  • Create a new vDisk using the PVS Console
  • On the target device, mount the new vDisk using the following command: cvhdmount.exe -p 1 pvsserversharevdisk.vhd
  • Use P2PVS.exe to do a volume to volume conversion

Setting PVS vDisk Boot Menu Default Option

You may have noticed in the latest version of PVS that when you have a PVS device type set to “Test” or “Maintenance” you will be prompted for the version to boot.

Below describes how to enable the first menu option as the default boot choice without prompting when vDisk boot menu appears if you have multiple vDisk

Complete the following steps to enable the menu option:

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PVS 6.1 Rebalance and Load Balancing not working

When you check your PVS replication status you see that some/all of your PVS Servers are missing from the replication status window and/or your load balancing “favours” a single device

This happen when the PVS servers cannot communicate properly with each other on multi-homed servers.

Adding the following reg entry will resolve this by forcing the soap/stream services to use the correct interface/IP address

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Increase ARP cache entries Lifespan for PVS 6.1 Servers

The default lifespan of ARP cache entries was lowered from 10min in Windows Server 2003 to a random value between 15 and 45sec in Vista/W2K8. As a result, the PVS bootstraps are twenty times more likely to experience a timeout during a Vista/W2K8 boot.

The workaround is to increase the ARP cache entry lifespan for PVS-bound NIC’s:

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