This is the third of five courses on managing a Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR environment and/or preparing for the CCA-V certification. This course discusses the maintenance tasks appropriate for a Citrix administrator managing an environment.
This course is the third in a Learning Path of five courses that cover Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR as well as objectives for the CCA-V certification. Courses in this Learning Path follow directly before those in the Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR CCP-V Learning Path. This course discusses the maintenance tasks appropriate for a Citrix administrator who is charged with managing an existing XenDesktop environment.
Course Overview Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you found the third course in my learning path on Citrix XenDesktop version 7. 6 in the CCA-V certification. I am author evangelist, and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and this is, I believe, the fifth version of XenDesktop in all its prior forms for which I've filmed training. This one's going to be good. We're doing things just a bit different this time though as we map closely to the objectives and tasks that Citrix makes public in their CCA-V exam preparation guide. We're also taking a different approach in that we're not so much talking about building a XenDesktop environment, but rather managing one that's already been constructed. In this third course out of five, we'll be running through a prototypical checklist of seven tasks that are common in XenDesktop maintenance, including maintaining XenServer itself, updating your desktop images, maintaining vDisks, and configuring power management settings. If you've just been handed a Citrix XenDesktop environment to manage, 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 monitor and troubleshoot that XenDesktop infrastructure. Let's get started.
Maintain vDisks We have three maintenance topics here in this our module on vDisks, which you can honestly consider to be just other good things to know as you're going through the everyday maintenance of your Provisioning Services vDisks. Here for this module, as I said, we've got three different things to talk about, each of which is fairly simple in what it intends for you to understand. The first of which is just a review there, once again, of how vDisks are merged. Back on that last course on management, we already went through some of the activities in going through adding an application there to an existing base vDisk. We've already gone through the process of promoting and merging those vDisks as well, but I want to take the opportunity here to spend just a minute looking at the files themselves that get created and manipulated as you go through promoting and merging your vDisks there in Provisioning Services. I also want to take a look here at the differences between the two different kinds of vDisks that we kind of glossed over back in that last course, but there actually are some best practices now out of Citrix that can help you determine which of these two options you should select. Even Citrix themselves, in an article I will show you, recognizes that they've provided some pretty poor guidance in the past in terms of which you should use between static and dynamic vDisks or what we refer to as fixed vDisks there in the interface. We'll talk a bit about just what the differences are here, as well as which of these you really should just choose for pretty much all the different vDisks that you'll be creating. And I also want to talk one more time here about storage in a multi-server PVS environment. Now, this environment that we have here is only a single server for the purposes of simplicity, but as we get later on into that second learning path and begin discussing how you would actually implement these components in production, you really should have a good understanding of how you can make your storage available to multiple provisioning servers in a way that makes everything highly available.