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Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 Service Pack 1

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Citrix released PVS 5.6 SP1, all the known hotfixes for PVS 5.6 are now part of the Service Pack.


New in this release:
– Both KMS and MAK models for Operating Systems are supported, as well as Office 2010 KMS licensing.

Deprecated in this Release
– MarkDown command for Server parameter as well as the “Mark Server Down…” selection in the Provisioning Services Console.
– Support for Windows 2000 Domain

Removed in this Release
– XenConvert is no longer shipping as part of the PVS Target Device installer. It is available as a separate download.


As always you have to uninstall any previous Provisioning Services software from a Provisioning Server in the farm, then reboot and install the new release.


You can download the PVS 5.6 SP1 release here in your MyCitrix portal, you also find the Installation Guide and Release Notes there.

Categories: Provisioning Server, VDI

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.


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

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
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