Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Machine Creation Services

Get to know Delivery Controller's impressive provisioning automation with Machine Creation Services in this course.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 14, 2018
Duration
2h 56m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction
Explore MCS Architecture
Prepare Master Virtual Machines and Install VDA
Create Machine Catalogs Using Machine Creation Services
Create Delivery Groups
Update Master Virtual Machines Using Machine Creation Services
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 14, 2018
Duration
2h 56m
Description

With your pair of Delivery Controllers now installed and configured, next up is the creation of machine catalogs both using -- and, in some cases, not using -- Machine Creation Services. MCS is one of Citrix's two solutions for rapidly provisioning out desktops and servers from machine template images. And, some might argue, it's the easier of the two to configure and use over time. In this third course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Machine Creation Services, you'll first begin by exploring the architecture of Machine Creation Services. Next, you'll provision a series of machine catalogs for desktop and server operating systems. Finally, once created, you'll dig into the delivery groups and application groups that connect users to the applications on those machines. By the time you're finished, you'll understand the tasks in updating virtual machine templates and then rapidly deploying them using MCS automations.

About the author
About the author

Greg Shields is an Author Evangelist at Pluralsight.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you've found the third course in my learning path on installing and managing Citrix XenDesktop version 7. 15 LTSR. I am author evangelist and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been building, managing, and helping others with Citrix environments since the days this product was known as WinFrame. With our pair of delivery controllers now installed and configured, next up is the creation of machine catalogs, both using and, in some cases, not using Machine Creation Services. MCS is one of Citrix's two solutions for rapidly provisioning out desktops and servers from machine template images, and some might argue it's the easier of the two to configure and use over time. In this third course out of seven, we'll begin by exploring the architecture of Machine Creation Services. We'll provision a series of machine catalogs for desktop and server operating systems. Once created, we'll then dig into the delivery groups and application groups that connect users to the applications on those machines. And then we'll finish with a quick look at the tasks in updating virtual machine templates and then rapidly deploying them using MCS automations. If you've just been tasked with building a new Citrix XenDesktop environment, this course is your next stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And then from here, you'll be ready to continue on the learning path as we explore Provisioning Services, StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler; policies and profiles; and Citrix Director. Let's get started.

Update Master Virtual Machines Using Machine Creation Services
One more quick module here to finish up our course on Machine Creation Services where we talk here about the process of updating our master virtual machines, essentially our virtual machine templates, using Machine Creation Services. And I use that term quick here because the process to use MCS to update our master virtual machines is in fact a pretty quick, if not a very easy process to complete. This, in comparison with how things go over in Provisioning Services where there's quite a few more steps that are involved, I think will help give you an appreciation for the simplicity of how Machine Creation Services works with that cloning functionality there in your hypervisors. Here, in this module, I have three topics I want to discuss. The first being just the different options that exist in applying updates there using Machine Creation Services. And, for the most part here, I'm going to use this as a visual example of the different kinds of machine catalogs that you can create and why certain catalogs require certain extra steps that others do not. I do want to spend a very quick minute there with XenServer in the snapshots functionality there in XenServer just to give you an appreciation for what's happening there in the hypervisor layer, and then also talk a bit about the process for updating our master virtual templates, which in this case has everything to do with the tasks there in Citrix Studio for actually updating the machine catalog once you've made those changes.