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XenConvert 2.1 available (and XenConvert error…)

February 26, 2010 1 comment

Currently I’m in a new XenApp – Provisioning Services project and wanted to convert my master XenApp VM to a PVS vDisk. I started the CitrixTool.NET cloning tool and after the configuration was made, XenConvert started to convert the disk. But I got an error message that the discovery of the vDisk failed.

I looked around and found out, that there is a new version of XenConvert (2.1).

Citrix® XenConvert™ is both a physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) conversion tool.

XenConvert 2.1 can now convert and resize multiple volumes from a physical machine to all destinations: VHD, OVF Package, XenServer, or Provisioning Services vDisk. For more information, please refer to the document XenConvert 2.1 Guide.

As a P2V tool, XenConvert can convert a server or desktop workload from an online physical machine running Windows to a XenServer virtual machine or Provisioning Services vDisk.

As a V2V tool, XenConvert can convert a server or desktop workload from an offline virtual machine or disk, containing any guest operating system including Windows and Linux, to a XenServer VM. Formats of an offline virtual machine or disk include VHD, OVF, VMDK, and XVA.

This new version isn’t integrated in PVS device target software, so you have to uninstall the device target software and the old XenConvert 2.0.3 version and install the XenConvert 2.1 software. After that you can install the PVS device target app on the XenApp master.

So far so good, but the error still appeared. To solve this problem I did the following:

On the device target (XenApp master) I started DISKPART and enabled the automount feature.

DISKPART
AUTOMOUNT ENABLE

After a reboot XenConvert discovered the volume and was able to convert my local disk to a PVS vDisk.

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Edit the optimization.xml file for the Provisioning Server Target Device

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Before converting a machine to a Provisioning Services vDisk with XenConvert you always have to start the Provisioning Services Device Optimizer.

This tool uses a file called optimization.xml to display all the settings you can choose during optimization.

This file is placed in the following folders:

1. C:\Program Files\Citrix\Provisioning Services
2. C:\Program Files\Citrix\XenConvert

You can simply edit this file to make your own settings, just open the file with an editor and place your own regkeys. If you use the optimization during XenConvert you only have to edit the file in the first folder, if you will use the standalone tool, you also have to edit the file in the second folder.

Here is an example, what to add to the file:

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Categories: Provisioning Server

Useful BGInfo Background for XenApp

February 8, 2010 3 comments

During my last XenApp / PVS projects I decided to make a BGInfo wallpaper for the XenApp servers with some Citrix XenApp related information. You see the German version  here, I also have an English one 🙂

bginfo

The Citrix / TS based information  include:

1. XenApp Version
2. XenApp Hotfixes
3. XenApp Farm name
4. XenApp XML Port
5. Citrix license server
6. MS TS license server
7. TS basic folder
8. User profile path
(Citrix User Profile  Manager)

You can download the files here.

Categories: Citrix, XenApp

XenServer 5.5 Update 2 available

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

In a recent post, I told you about a XenServer 5.5 Update 1 issue, now Citrix released a new update XS55EU2 – XenServer 5.5 Update 2.

This update resolves the network connectivity issues with Windows VMs that affected customers who had both IPv4 and IPv6 network interfaces enabled, and lost connectivity when they installed they installed the Update 1 XenServer tools…

Update 1 is included in this new update and you can upgrade directly from XenServer 5.5 without installing update 1, so the new update 2 is highly recommended!

Categories: XenServer

Citrix released Access Gateway VPX

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I already told you about running the Access Gateway on a XenServer or VMWare ESX host. Now Citrix officially released a virtual appliance based on the CAG 4.6.2, it has the same features and characteristics.

This virtual appliance is for XenServer only, Hyper-V and ESX are not supported yet, but this could change in a couple of weeks…

Citrix also changed the license, new customers of the Access Gateway VPX now get a new Access Gateway Platform License with one year of subscription. Connections made through CAG to XenApp hosted apps or XenDesktop are now supported with a single license.
The Universal Platform License is also getting cheaper. You can change your CAG Standard licence (CCU) to the new license for free.

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Categories: Access Gateway
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