Citrix Provisioning Service 6.1 Target Device hotfix lnstall guide

Important Note: Target Device hotfixes can be deployed only on the Master Target Device. You can install Target Device hotfix on a device that has not been imaged to a vDisk as a fresh installation, or on a device that has been imaged to a vDisk as an upgrade installation.

For fresh installations, see eDocs, the Citrix product documentation library.

For upgrade installation, complete the following steps:

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Citrix NetScaler quick start guide for MPX 8200/8400/8600

Here’s some documentation on the Netscaler MPX 8200/8400/8600 series.

But before we begin with the documentation here’s some hardware specs:

  • Processor: Intel E3-1275 Memory: 32 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler and up
  • Connectivity: 6×10/100/1000BASE-T and 2x10GBASE-X SFP+ or 6×10/100/1000BASE-T and 6x1000BASE-SFP (fiber or copper) front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR; 1 GE SFP: SX, LX
  • Power Supply: Single 450W max rating (optional second redundant supply); 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 1536 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature:0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 10%-90%
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How to install McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 4.6.4

It has been a while since I posted a how-to guide. In this post I will show you how-to install McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 4.6.4.

To download ePolicy Orchestrator 4.6.4, go to the McAfee downloads site at:  Be aware that a valid NAI grant number is necessary for download.

After you downloaded the installation files you can unzip it to any location of your choosing.

Note 1. In this post I installed ePolicy Orchestrator on a test machine with a local SQL express version installed. In a production environment it is highly recommended to install a full SQL (2005 or higher) version on a seperate server.

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XenServer conversion manager

With the release of the XenServer 6.1 version Citrix also released a new tool called XenServer conversion manager.

Getting Started with VMware Migration

Citrix XenServer Conversion Manager helps you convert workloads from VMware to XenServer by copying batches of VMware virtual machines to your XenServer environment.


This section details limitations for XenServer Conversion Manager that apply to this release. For information about troubleshooting converted virtual machines, see the XenServer Conversion Manager Guide.


  • Unlicensed Source Hypervisor. XenServer Conversion Manager cannot convert a virtual machine on an unlicensed vSphere ESX Server or vSphere ESXi Server.
  • Domain Controller. Citrix does not recommend using XenServer Conversion Manager to convert a source VM containing a Domain Controller. XenServer Conversion Manager can only “fix” or configure a Windows VM to start in XenServer if its virtual disks are formatted with NTFS.
  • Encryption. XenServer Conversion Manager cannot convert a VMware virtual machine that includes virtual disks with encrypted file systems.
  • Certificates. XenServer Conversion Manager does not verify the certificate on the XenServer Conversion Manager Virtual Appliance. The XenServer Conversion Manager Virtual Appliance does not verify certificates on vSphere ESX Server, vSphere ESXi Server, and vCenter Server.
  • Conversion Limits. XenServer Conversion Manager can accept up to 500 VMs at a time in a conversion job. The XenServer Conversion Manager converts one VM at a time.
  • Guest Network Settings. Settings of guest virtual network interfaces may change after the conversion. For example, the network name may change, IPv4 may become enabled, and IPv6 may become enabled.

For XenServer Conversion Manager set-up instructions, see the XenServer Conversion Manager Guide.

To set up XenServer Conversion Manager, obtain the XenServer Conversion Manager download package from the XenServer Tools page on (requires a My Citrix ID).

HP guide to install Server 2012 on their hardware

HP has released a small PDF which helps you to install and configure Server 2012 on HP hardware.

Read or download the PDF here.

A grab of the document:

This paper identifies the HP ProLiant servers and ProLiant server platform options that we support with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and provides information that can assist you during your OS installation1. The information applies to both Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition and Microsoft Windows Server Standard Edition. Their differences in virtualization support make them appropriate for different environments:

• Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition provides unlimited virtual instances, making it ideal for highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments.

• Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition provides two virtual instances, making it ideal for low density or non-virtualized environments.


This paper addresses the following key topics:

• Recommended system configurations

• Supported HP ProLiant servers

• Supported ProLiant server platform options, including:

Software and drivers

Storage options


• Procedures for a new installation

• Known issues and workarounds


System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide

If you are looking for some self study materials for the new System Center 2012 suite then have a look at these links.

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 1 – System Center Overview)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 2 – Advisor and App Controller)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 3 – System Center Configuration Manager)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 4 – Data Protection Manager and Endpoint Protection)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 5 – Operations Manager)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 6 – Orchestrator and Service Manager)

· System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (Part 7 – Unified Installer and Virtual Machine Manager)

These links were provided by Fabrice at the MS Blogs.

Installing patch for PVS vulnerability–Step-by-step guide

As you could read in this post Citrix has released a patch/update for all of its Provisioning Services versions.

This post is written with PVS 6.1 in mind and is only the PVS server side. The target device update will be posted on a different post.


The user must have administrative rights to the server.

• The server install consists of the console and server installation programs

• You must uninstall before using any of the installations included in hotfix

• Included with the target installation programs are the binaries so that they can be used to replace the present binaries without reimaging the target device.

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Citrix App Studio Quick Deployment Guide

This article describes how to install Citrix App Studio using a very simple configuration. It includes an brief overview of Citrix App Studio’s basic deployment architecture followed by a guided walkthrough that shows how to set up the simplest possible configuration so you can get started using Citrix App Studio right away.

Basic Deployment Architecture

A Citrix App Studio basic deployment consists of an Active Directory domain, a Microsoft SQL Server, at least one Citrix App Studio management server, and servers running Citrix XenApp components. All servers need to be running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and must have .NET 4.0 installed and .NET 3.5 installed as a server role. They can be either physical machines or virtual machines running on one or more hypervisors.

The following diagram shows the components of a basic deployment:

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XenApp / XenDesktop best practices guide

Citrix has released a new best practices guide for XenApp and XenDesktop.

The foundation of any good XenDesktop or XenApp enterprise design should be adherence to a collection of best practices which are based upon knowledge gathered from previous enterprise deployments, lab validations, and lessons learned in the field. Such best practices are just a starting point for a design, as an organization’s specific design requirements will often necessitate deviation from the recommended path. By using the following recommendations as a starting point, the foundation of the design will be robust enough to support many different deployment scenarios.
This document consolidates and summarizes the best practices for XenApp and XenDesktop environments. As products evolve, best practices also change, which is why each best practice discussed in this document is associated with a specific product and version, which includes the following:

  • XenDesktop 5.0, 5.5, 5.6
  • XenApp 6.0, 6.5

Additional best practices are provided for those products which provide complimentary functionality to both XenDesktop and XenApp, including:

  • Citrix Provisioning Services
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Citrix Profile Manager
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware vSphere

You can download this guide here.