Support for XenApp in virtualized environments

Citrix supports XenApp running on guest instances on the following hypervisors: Citrix XenServer, Microsoft’s Hyper -V, VMware ESX under the terms listed in the Terms of Support section below.

For the purposes of this post, the term virtual server means a guest instance of a Windows Server operating system running on a hypervisor.

Terms of Support

  • Citrix will support XenApp running on virtual server environments and will address XenApp specific bugs. For bugs that require fixes from a third-party server virtualization vendor, we will work with the vendor to help them resolve the customer’s problem.
  • For non-configuration issues with Citrix XenApp software, issues that affect a specific vendor’s virtualization or hardware technology may require the engagement of that vendor and potentially a hotfix or code change for the specific virtualization or hardware platform.
  • Citrix monitors regularly industry practices and establishes it’s support policies to equal or exceed the norm in the industry.

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Microsoft App-V 4.6 SP 2

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 2 (App-V 4.6 SP2) provides new platform support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This service pack also provides the latest security and stability enhancements to help keep computers running App-V up-to-date, reliable, and more secure. The goal of this service pack is to increase the overall quality of the existing product features while maintaining a high level of compatibility with previous releases.
Feature Summary:

  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 – App-V 4.6 SP2 adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services.
  • Support for Coexistence with App-V 5.0 Client – App-V 4.6 SP2 provides support for coexistence with the App-V 5.0 client.
  • Customer Feedback and Hotfix Rollup – App-V 4.6 SP2 also includes a rollup up of fixes to address issues found since the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 SP1 release.

Download the Service Pack here.

XenClient enterprise

XC-Logo-BlogCitrix has announced, with the acquisition of Virtual Computer, the enterprise version of XenClient. Citrix is excited and eager to incorporate the best features from Virtual Computer’s NxTop client hypervisor with Citrix XenClient. The combined product will be called XenClient Enterprise and will be available by the end of next month.

Below are a couple videos that will give you a quick preview of some of the features in XenClient Enterprise. These videos focus on the mature and scalable server management software, which provide an easy  way to create and deploy virtual desktops, automate backups, remote wipe lost devices, rollout updates, and recover from disasters, all while providing top tier security.

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Free eBook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

Hi guys,

Just got a tweet about e free MS ebook about virtualization R2 solutions. I wanted to share it with you.

Learn about the latest Microsoft Virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions, written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch along with the Microsoft Virtualization team.

The primary target audience for this book is IT administrators, implementers, and decision makers of large and mid-sized organizations who want to learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies. The book assumes that you are familiar with core Windows Server technologies and how to implement an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure. The book also assumes you have experience working with the latest client and server versions of Windows, namely Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Finally, the
book assumes you are already familiar with earlier Microsoft virtualization products such as Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

Download a free e-book offer on Microsoft Virtualization solutions (updated for Windows Server 2008 R2)

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Boot 2 VHD

Hi guys,

Here’s a multi video instruction to setup your boot to VHD configuration. The entire instruction can be found here, but the videos are shown down here.

In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization inside of the virtualized machine. Yes, you can run Hyper-V or Virtual PC from inside a Boot to VHD machine. There are lots of use cases for this technology; we will cover many of them. Just dual boot your machine to a drive that is a VHD file.

It is very clean, as the entire OS is in a VHD file. Having the OS fully encapsulated in a VHD means no changes are needed to partitions, and there is no confusion as to what files are for what OS. We will look at how to deploy it in different scenarios and we will take a deep dive into the boot technology (BCDEdit) that makes this new feature possible. Upon finishing this video series you will know how to setup a system with Boot To VHD. You will be able to deploy Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in a VHD on a machine that is already running a new OS, or on a machine with nothing on it yet (bare metal). We even go through the process of having to add the raid drivers for the disk while setting up the boot to VHD. Continue reading “Boot 2 VHD”

SCVMM 2012 RC released

Hi guys,

Today System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC has been released. The Release Candidate of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM) and the corresponding Evaluation VHD.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 allows organizations to:

  • Deliver Flexible and Cost-Effective Infrastructure
  • Pool and allocate datacenter resources
  • Multi-hypervisor management
  • Flexible delegation with control
  • Self-service infrastructure
  • Provision and Manage Standardized Application Services
  • Provision standardized applications
  • Simplify application management
  • Cloud enable existing apps
  • Optimize Virtualization Management
  • Optimize infrastructure based on application needs
  • Highly available private cloud infrastructure
  • Industry standards support
  • All the improvements on the VMM Team Blog

    how to shrink scvmm 2012 DB

    Ok, you have had your SCVMM server running for a while now, all roles and services installed on a single server. Remember that the SCVMM 2008 R2 server installs a SQL 2005 Express if you don’t specify another instance for this purpose.
    The storage limit for a database in SQL 2005 Express is 4GB, so what do you do when the VirtualManagerDB_log starts to grow out of control ? Continue reading “how to shrink scvmm 2012 DB”

    SP1 improvements 2008 R2 and SCVMM

    clip_image001As you all know that SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 gone RTM adding two new virtualization capabilities: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX
    Let’s first understand these capabilities in details.

    Dynamic Memory: