Hotfix CPVS60019 for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0

Citrix has released hotfix #19 for Provisioning Services 6.0.

Here are the fixes in this release:

Server Issues

  1. When a NAS controller fails or a (temporary) network interruption occurs, target devices can take up to 20 minutes to recover. During that time, the target devices remain unresponsive.

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Hotfix CPVS60E018 for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0

Citrix has released the 18th hotfix for Provisioning Services 6.0.

Here’s an overview of the issues fixed in this hotfix.

Issues

  • BUG0340132: MAK activation fails with error: Command timeout. Error number 0xE0070102 when PVS server host name is mixed or lowercase
  • BUG0306766: When exporting vdisk versions and importing into new store, the previous merge base cannot be deleted by using the PVS console. You do not get the option to delete the merge version as you do on the original store.
  • BUG0313326: PVS Console does not allow you to alter the vdisk description after the vdisk is created. Continue reading “Hotfix CPVS60E018 for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0”

Provisioning Services time sync requirements

Ever had the problem that your PVS streaming process becomes unresponsive when a time change occurs on the server or a hosted client? If you have HA enabled, a failover event will be triggered. But when all PVS servers see the time change occuring your targets will not be able to work. This is caused by the fact that PVS relies on the Kerberos method for authentication. Tthis makes a number of PVS services sensitive to time changes (just as your DC in Windows is sensitive for this). If there is a five minute (or more) difference between the Provisioning Server and your DC’s, Kerberos authentication will be broken, preventing PVS services from authenticating to the vDisk store and database.

How to fix this

Make sure that you use NTP and apply the best practices to be sure that all of your servers and clients are on the same time. Check with the vendor specific documentation on how to configure your host or client to setup the NTP correctly.

This post is based on the following KB article.

New hotfix CPVS60E017 for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0

Issue(s) Resolved in this Hotfix

This Hotfix addresses the following issue reported against Provisioning Services 6.0 Release (with Hotfix CPVS60E013 installed):

BG-336256: When a target is set to use the gateway IP from DHCP, which is blank, a “0.0.0.0” gateway is configured for the PVS interface(s) overwriting the blank gateway entry of DHCP.

Replaces: Hotfix CPVS60E014- For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0. CTX133517

Notes:

• The user must have administrative rights to the server and target device.

• Hotfix CPVS60E013 – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 (CTX133148), must be applied before installing this hotfix.

To install this hotfix:

1. Download the hotfix package from the Hotfixes and Service Packs page of the Citrix Website.

2. Copy the hotfix package to an empty folder on the hard drive of the server you want to install the hotfix from and unzip the file.

INSTALLATION

The hotfix folder includes the following two subfolders:

target32bit (32bit Windows installation)

target64bit (64bit Windows installation)

Please check your Provisioning Services target device for system type and select the correct subfolder to apply the hotfix following the procedure described below. Continue reading “New hotfix CPVS60E017 for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0”

Provisioning Services 6.0 hotfix 16

Citrix has released a new hotfix for Provisioning Services 6.0 (CPVS60E016).

Issue(s) Resolved in this Hotfix

This hotfix addresses the following issue reported against Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 release:

BUG0314474 Streamprocess randomly crashes when handling targets login

Replaces: Hotfix CPVS60E015 – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0. CTX134002

Installing and Uninstalling this Hotfix

Notes:

• The user must have administrative rights to the server.

• Pre-requirement: Hotfix CPVS60E013 – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 (CTX133148), must be applied before installing this hotfix.

To install this hotfix:

1. Download the hotfix package from the Hotfixes and Service Packs page of the Citrix Web site here.

2. Copy the hotfix package to an empty folder on the hard drive of the server you want to install the hotfix from and unzip the file.

Steps to install the hotfix:

INSTALLATION

The hotfix folder includes the following two subfolders:

server32bit (32bit Windows installation)

server64bit (64bit Windows installation)

Please check your Provisioning Services server for system type and select the correct subfolder to apply the hotfix following the procedure described below.

1. From the Provisioning Services server machine, stop “Citrix PVS Soap Server” and “Citrix PVS Stream Service” from the Computer Management’s “Services” control panel.

2. From the Provisioning Services installation directory (Default is C:Program FilesCitrixProvisioning Services), backup the following file:

StreamProcess.exe

3. Copy the following files included in the selected hotfix subfolder to the Provisioning Services installation directory, make sure you copy from the appropriate subfolder (“server32bit” or “server64bit”) for your server machine type:

StreamProcess.exe

PVS6.0_hf314474_x_manifest.md5

where “x” is 32bit or 64bit depending on the system.

4. Restart the “Citrix PVS Soap Server” and “Citrix PVS Stream Service”.

To uninstall this hotfix:

Follow the same procedure for installation replacing the new files with the original files backed up.

Hotfix for Citrix Porvisioning Services 6.0

Issue(s) Resolved in this Hotfix

This hotfix addresses the following issues reported against Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 release.

BUG0321026 When a ERR_SA_EXPIRE license is detected, it’s incorrectly treated as the License server is not available, this may cause the PVS Server to enter the licensing grace period.

Installing and Uninstalling this Hotfix

Notes:

• The user must have administrative rights to the server.

• It is highly recommended that before installing this hotfix that you apply Hotfix CPVS60E013 – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 (CTX133148) before applying this hotfix.

To install this hotfix:

1. Download the hotfix package from the Hotfixes and Service Packs here of the Citrix Web site.

2. Copy the hotfix package to an empty folder on the hard drive of the server you want to install the hotfix from and unzip the file. Continue reading “Hotfix for Citrix Porvisioning Services 6.0”

How to Update a vDisk Using vDisk Update Management in Provisioning Services 6.x

This article describes how to use the vDisk Update Management feature in Provisioning Services 6.x and how to test the image prior to configuring it for a production environment.

Requirements

  • A working Provisioning Services 6.x environment
  • Access to Provisioning Services console
  • Access to hypervisor console with rights to create a new virtual machine from a template

Procedure

To use vDisk Update Management feature in Provisioning Services 6.x, complete the following procedure:

Hotfix for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 and 6.1

Citrix has released a new hotfix for it’s Provisioning Services version 6.0 and 6.1.

Issue(s) Resolved in this Hotfix

This hotfix addresses the following issue reported against Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 and 6.1 Releases:

BG-284511 – slow shutdown of the target devices with multiple partitions on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 machines.

Replaces: Hotfix CPVS60E010 – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 CTX132244 Continue reading “Hotfix for Citrix Provisioning Services 6.0 and 6.1”

Network unresponsiveness on the NIC, which is not used for the Provisioning Services

If the Provisioning Services network stack Citrix Network Stack is bound to NIC, which is not used for the Provisioning Services, in rare cases this causes Network unresponsiveness on the NIC. For example, it is not possible to receive the network packet since Citrix Network Stack conflicts with another network intermediate driver.

Resolution

If you encounter the network unresponsiveness on the NIC which is not used for the Provisioning Services, unbind the Provisioning Services network stack to the NIC using bindcfg.exe.

  • Start the target device with Private Image Mode.
  • Run bindcfg.exe, which is located in the installation directory.

Unable to edit the vDisk description in Provisioning Server 6.0/6.1 after creating the vDisk

Unable to edit vDisk Description in Provisioning Server 6.0/6.1 after creating the vDisk

Cause

During the creation of the vDisk, it is possible to add vDisk description, as displayed in the following screen shot:

After creating vDisk, when you open the properties of the vDisk you are unable to change the vDisk description because the edit box does not exist.

Workaround

It is possible to edit the vDisk description by using MCLI. You can use command MCLI Set DiskLocator to change the description of the vDisk: MCLI Set DiskLocator –p diskLocatorName=<diskname> siteName=<sitename> storeName=<storename> -r description=<description>

You can view the entire KB article on the Citrix website here.