Category Archives: virtual desktop

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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Excalibur: The merge of XenDesktop and XenApp

With XenDesktop 7.0 release, the new unified Citrix FlexCast management architecture combines VDI and hosted shared desktops and apps from a single platform. XenApp farms can now be deployed and managed within XenDesktop Studio.  This also means XenApp servers can be … Continue reading

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Addressing the Evolution to a Mobile Workforce

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobile work styles are driving the demand for delivering desktop, apps, and data as a service to any mobile device. Data needs to always be available so it can be delivered to end-users at … Continue reading

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Citrix XenDesktop on NetApp Storage Solution Guide

I am very happy to announce new technical paper Citrix XenDesktop on NetApp Storage Solution Guide is released.  Thanks for Neil Glick to architect and set up the whole infrastructure with me, and Will who did all the performance testing.

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Non-disruptive operation for data center and cloud solutions

One of the benefits of NetApp clustered OnTap is non-disruptive operation. The key to efficiency and the lynchpin of clustering is the ability to make sure that the cluster does not fail—ever. The nondisruptive collection of independent nodes working together … Continue reading

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Personal vDisk and IO redistribution

With the persistent (assigned) desktop configuration utilizing Citrix personal vDisk, the effect of I/O to the storage can be summarized as follows: Much of the workload that went to the write cache in a nonpersistent desktop now goes to the … Continue reading

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