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About zhurachel

I am a solution architect focus on virtualization and storage.

CVD: FlexPod Reference Architecture for a 2000 Seat Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 on VMware vSphere 5.1: Architecture

This CVD provides a 2000-Seat Virtual Desktop Infrastructure using Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 built on Cisco UCS B200-M3 blades with NetApp FAS 3200-series and the VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 hypervisor platform. The architecture deployed is highly modular. While each customer’s environment … Continue reading

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XenDesktop 7.1 with vSphere 5.1 on NetApp CVD is published

Finally after many late nights, we finished our CVD XenDesktop 7.1 with vSphere 5.1 on NetApp. I had great time working with the best engineers in Citrix and Cisco. I will start my series blog posts on this CVD shortly. Happy … Continue reading

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How to deploy Citrix ShareFile on NetApp?

I introduced Citrix ShareFile and why NetApp is the best storage for ShareFile. Now we are ready to set a production ShareFile environment on NetApp. To deploy Citrix ShareFile, you need the following components: Any type of hypervisors  –       Two … Continue reading

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Why NetApp is the best storage for ShareFile?

Citrix ShareFile StorageZones and NetApp offer a cost-effective and scalable file sharing solution with the following key benefits. Storage efficiency On-demand flexibility Nondisruptive operations Unified storage architecture Data protection Storage Efficiency With the ShareFile object storage–based architecture, every update to … Continue reading

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Citrix ShareFile Series – Overview

I am working on Citrix ShareFile NetApp Insight presentation. NetApp Insight will be in  Las Vegas from Oct 7 to 9. If you have a chance to attend, please come to my sessions: XenDesktop 7 best practice and design, and … Continue reading

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Where should I put Citrix PVS vDisk?

Often there is a debate if we should put Citrix XenDesktop PVS vDisk on CIFS or SAN LUN. I like CIFS’s simplicity and SAN LUN’s resilience. Can we have both? Answer is SMB 3. To verify I setup a lab with … Continue reading

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LIF Failover group – Clustered ONTAP best practice series

When you setup XenDesktop deployment on NetApp Cluster ONTAP, it is important to set LIF user defined failover groups. LIF failover refers to the automatic migration of a LIF in response to a link failure on the LIF’s current network port. When … Continue reading

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Load-Sharing Mirrors virtual storage server root volumes – Cluster OnTAP best practice series

I have not posted blogs for a while. In last a few weeks, I was heads down configuring NetApp FlexPod with XenDesktop. I would like to share some best practices on NetApp cluster OnTAP storage configuration in my next a … Continue reading

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2000 Seat XenDesktop 7 Storage Sizing and Configuration Example

I am configuring 2000 seats XenDesktop 7 deployment these days.  1000 Hosted Shared Desktop, 500 Hosted VDI (Pool desktops), and 500 Hosted VDI with personal vDisk. I used NetApp VDI Sizer to get the work loads spread to NetApp FAS … Continue reading

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CIFS share with NetApp Clustered ONTAP configure wizard

I am working on vSphere 5.1 with Citrix XenDesktop 7 on Cisco UCS project these days.  CIFS share is created in a virtual storage server as desktop home directory or as a share between the infrastructure VMs. I was setting … Continue reading

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