Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Provisioning Services

Understand, install, and manage XenDesktop's other provisioning technology, Provisioning Services.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 25, 2018
Duration
3h 10m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction
Understand the Provisioning Services Architecture
Install Provisioning Services
Provision Machines Using Provisioning Services
Update Machines Using Provisioning Services
Manage Provisioning Services and Configure for HA
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 25, 2018
Duration
3h 10m
Description

This course offers a quick sidebar into XenDeskop's other provisioning solution. Provisioning Services arrives as an optional, additional technology for creating new Windows instances that can coexist with Machine Creation Services implemented in the immediately previous course. While both approaches are useful for rapidly deploying Windows instances, Provisioning Services does so via a unique approach in streaming down an operating system from a network-based virtual disk store. These Provisioning Services vDisks become the starting point for each new machine. With them, along with PVS's streaming infrastructure, you need only power on a machine to create a new OS instance. In this fourth course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Provisioning Services, you'll begin by exploring the unique architecture of Provisioning Services. First, you'll learn about its streaming technology. Next, you'll install and configure a highly-available PVS infrastructure and its required prerequisites. Finally, you'll dig into the different approaches for managing target device write caching and then build a series of vDisks for deployment. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with the knowledge you need to determine which of XenDesktop's two solutions you prefer for provisioning your virtual machines.

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 found the fourth course in my learning path on installing and managing Citrix XenDesktop version 7. 15 LTSR. I am an author evangelist and a fulltime author here at Pluralsight, and I've been building, managing, and helping others with Citrix environments since the days this product was this known as WinFrame. This course deviates from our ongoing story line in deploying a XenDesktop infrastructure with a quick sidebar into XenDesktop's other provisioning solution. Here, Provisioning Services arrives as an optional, additional technology from creating new Windows instances. I say optional and additional because Provisioning Services can coexist with the Machine Creation Services we already implemented in our immediately previous course. While both approaches are useful for rapidly deploying Windows instances, Provisioning Services does so via a unique approach in streaming down an operating system from a network-based virtual disk store. These Provisioning Service's vDisks are the starting point for each new machine. With them, along with PVS's streaming infrastructure the only thing you need to create a new OS instance is to simply power on its machine. In this four course out of seven we'll explore the unique architecture of Provisioning Services, along with its streaming technology. We'll install and configure a highly-available PVS infrastructure and its required prerequisites. We'll discuss the different approaches in managing write caching for target devices and then build a series of vDisks for deployment. By the end of this course you'll be armed with the knowledge you need to determine which of XenDesktop's two solutions you prefer for provisioning your virtual machines. 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 StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler, policies and profiles, and Citrix Director. Let's get started.