17 Sep

Citrix Provisioning Server – Re-Enable MAK Activation

Citrix Provisioning Server supports two methods of Windows volume activation – MAK and KMS. I’ve found the latter to be the preferred approach, since when set up properly it requires little if any maintenance. There are occasions, however, where you need to use MAK – perhaps it’s the only key you have available or your Read more…

08 Jun

Citrix Provisioning Server – Understanding the Limitations of Write Cache in Target Device RAM

As server and storage hardware continues to evolve, and now that Citrix has introduced Machine Creation Services (MCS) as an alternative deployment methodology to compliment Provisioning Server (PvS), architects and engineers have more flexibility than ever with regard to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) design. While MCS is somewhat limited, PvS provides flexibility with regard to Read more…

21 Apr

Citrix Provisioning Server – Impact of System Cache on SAN I/O

I was recently involved in a project to improve performance in a XenDesktop 4 / Provisioning Server 5.6 environment where users were reporting slow logon times and sluggish performance, and SAN statistics showed higher IOPS than we would have liked. The environment consists of two Desktop Delivery Controllers (DDCs) on Windows 2003 R2 and two Read more…