How to Update the Provisioning Services “Target Device Software” (PVS Agent) on a vDisk

I watched a webinar tonight about “Provisioning Services 6.0’s Coolest New Feature – vDisk Versioning” brought by Richard Nash. At the end of this great webinar (will post the link to the video and presentation when it comes available) Richard spent a few moments on how to update the drivers for the Provisioning Services target device.

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Provisioning Services and CIFS Stores – Tuning For Performance

When deploying a Provisioning Services environment, the question of where to host the vDisk store and the VHD files for target devices often arises. There are really only two primary options:

1) Block Level Storage

2) NAS Storage (CIFS or in some cases NFS)

I go into quite of a bit of detail as to why one should select block level storage and the benefits of Windows System Cache in reducing disk IOPS associated with Provisioning Server in a white paper I wrote entitled Advanced Memory and Storage Considerations for Provisioning Services. You can check out the White paper here http://support.citrix.com/article/ctx125126. I encourage everyone to first read the white paper as it will help in understanding the rest of this post.

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Hide Virtual Disk tray icon

If you don’t want your users to see the virtual disk tray notification icon then you can remove this quite easy with the following registry key:

HKLMsoftwarecitrixProvisioningServicesStatusTray Key "ShowIcon" and set the value to 0.

Caution! This fix requires you to edit the registry. Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that might require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it

Citrix Released XenDesktop 5.6 and Provisioning Services 6.1

Citrix has released 2 new versions today of XenDesktop and Provisions Services.

The new version of XenDesktop 5.6 can be downloaded here (requires a CitrixID).

The new version of Provisioning Services 6.1 can be found here (also requires a CitrixID).

Here are some updates in the XenDesktop 5.6 version:

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