Hotfix for Citrix Provisioning 6.1

Issue(s) Resolved in this Hotfix

This hotfix addresses the following issues reported against Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1 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 CPVS61E003 – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1 (CTX133349) before applying this hotfix. Continue reading “Hotfix for Citrix Provisioning 6.1”

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”

NIC driver disk for XenServer 6.0 hotfix XS60E016

In this post is described what the fixes are for the latest XenServer 6.0 hotfix (XS60E016).

Here’s a list of updated NIC drivers you need to install after applying this hotfix. Select the correct NIC card you have installed on your server.

Updated Driver Disks

CTX133951 – Driver Disk for Broadcom bnx2x v1.70.35 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133952 – Driver Disk for HP CCISS driver v4.6.28-12 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133953 – Driver Disk for Emulex Be2net 4.0.359.0 and Lpfc 8.3.5.44.4p – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133954 – Driver Disk for Cisco Ethernet enic 2.1.1.29 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133955 – Driver Disk for HP Smart Array RAID Controller hpsa v3.0.0-2 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133956 – Driver Disk for Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller igb v3.2.10 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133957 – Driver Disk for Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller ixgbe v3.6.7 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133958 – Driver Disk for Qlogic Ethernet Adapters v5.0.24 – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

CTX133959 – Driver Disk for Broadcom NIC tg3 v3.120h – For XenServer 6.0 with Hotfix XS60E016

For more information about these drivers see the Citrix knowledgebase here.

New hotfix for Citrix XenServer 6.0

This is a hotfix for customers running Citrix XenServer 6.0.

IMPORTANT: Any issued driver disk and the Driver Development Kit (DDK) for XenServer 6.0 must be updated to be compatible with this hotfix. See CTX133960 – Driver Disks for XenServer Hotfix XS60E016 for a list of the affected driver disks that must be updated.

Issues Resolved In This Hotfix

This hotfix resolves the following issues:

  1. Enabling Generic Receive Offload (GRO) on Physical Network Interfaces (PIF) can flood the log file with the following messages: WARNING: at net/core/dev.c:1594 skb_gso_segment+0x1a1/0x250(). This is due to a bug that incorrectly clears the feature flags in the netback driver.
  2. Timer overflow may occur after 208.5 days resulting in Timer inaccuracies in dom0.
  3. Interaction between a block device, balloon driver and Xen can result in a kernel oops with the following message: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000010 / IP: [] mempool_alloc+0x2e/0x110.
  4. VLANs may not work correctly on certain NICs, as the macro definitions are not applied to the dom0 kernel network stack. This is due to an issue in the dom0 kernel build.
  5. Virtual Machine (VM) storage performance is slower than expected, even when the storage is not shared.
  6. If one or more VMs on the same host, attempt to access storage provided by a virtual NFS storage appliance, running inside another VM on the same host, all the VMs involved will deadlock indefinitely. Continue reading “New hotfix for Citrix XenServer 6.0”

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2012. This Hyper-V poster focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability.

You can download this poster here at Microsoft.

Windows 8 and Server 2012 general availability dates released

The Windows Product group announced Release to Manufacturing (RTM) and General Availability of Windows 8 the 1st week of August and Late October respectively.

Check out the post:

Windows 8

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/09/upcoming-windows-milestones-shared-with-partners-at-wpc.aspx

Windows Server 2012

http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/07/09/windows-server-2012-final-release-timing.aspx

Windows Server 2012 Editions

Licensing Overview

Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits.

Simple

It’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for you. Choose from just four editions of Windows Server 2012, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing.

Economical

All editions of Windows Server 2012 deliver excellent economics and ROI for your business. For example, Datacenter edition with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as Datacenter and is differentiated only by virtualization rights.

Cloud-optimized

Businesses today are rapidly adopting a hybrid approach across private and public cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 offers the right edition for you, no matter where you are on your path to the cloud; Datacenter edition for highly virtualized cloud environments, Standard edition for lightly virtualized environments progressing toward cloud, or Essentials edition for an ideal cloud-connected first server.

IMA Modules to Select when Capturing a CDF Trace for a Universal Print Server (UPS) Issues

This article contains information regarding the CDF modules available for selection when capturing a Citrix Diagnostic Facility (CDF) trace for Citrix Universal Print Server (UPS) issues.

Requirements

CDF Control utility is available at:

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX111961

Background

Ensure all the prerequisite components are installed and basic troubleshooting is performed prior to capturing a CDF trace.

Procedure

To capture a CDF trace for Citrix Universal Print Server (UPS) Issues, perform the following tasks:

Monitor blanking does not consistently occur in XenDesktop 5.5 and 5.6

Symptoms

Monitor Blanking does not consistently occur on XenDesktop 5.5 and 5.6 when connecting to a physical computer using HDX 3D Pro. This would result in the user sitting at the console of the VDA being able to see what is being done inside the ICA session.

Cause

This is a limitation in XenDesktop 5.5 and 5.6 and is a known issue.

Resolution

Upgrade to XenDesktop 5.6 Feature Pack 1 and use the Remote PC feature, which has been tested with consistent monitor blanking.

Read the original post here.

Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 issues fixed in this release

The following issues have been fixed since the previous release of this product. For information about new features and system requirements, see Citrix eDocs, the Citrix Product Documentation Library.

  1. Configuring the printer policies might take up to eight minutes per policy change. As a result, the console might become unresponsive while changing the printer policy.

    To enable this fix:

    1. Install the Group Policy Management Console hotfix (GPMx150WX86003; GPMx150WX64003, or their replacements) that contains Fix #257255.
    2. Migrate the old printer policies to the new printer assignment policy using a PowerShell script, available for download in Knowledge Center article CTX132168. However, some of the new printer policies might not require any action.

    [#257255]

  2. Under rare conditions, pressing the Num Lock, Scroll Lock, or Caps Lock keys while a virtual desktop session is in the process of logging off can leave the LED indicators out of sync with the actual on/off state of those keys on the endpoint.

    [#261312] Continue reading “Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 issues fixed in this release”