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Hyper-V 2008 R2 Planning Guide for XenDesktop 5.6 Now Available

Ok, another great blog post from Citrix!

“A key advantage of XenDesktop is that it works with three of the most common virtualization products on the market today – Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.  However, each of these Hypervisors has a different architecture and feature set. Since each XenDesktop design will vary according to the Hypervisor chosen, we’ve created three separate Planning Guides:

It’s been a while since the first XenDesktop Planning Guide for Hyper-V was released and we’ve learned a lot in that time.  That’s why Ed Duncan and I have just finished a complete rewrite of the Hyper-V Planning Guide (CTX134944) with help from Alex Balcanquall, Michael Cooper, Tony Sanchez and Frank Anderson.  In the new release, we’ve added and revised a number of key design decisions for Hyper-V, including:

  1. Which edition of Hyper-V should I choose? The pros and cons of each edition are discussed and recommendations are provided on which edition should be used to host XenApp servers, virtual desktops and infrastructure servers.
  2. How many physical networks will I need to attach to my hosts?  Details are provided on the typical physical networks requirements for a Hyper-V host supporting XenDesktop including recommendations on traffic separation and which networks should be teamed.
  3. Which virtual machines should be hosted on a Failover Cluster? Recommendations are given based on whether the virtual machines are infrastructure servers, dedicated desktops, pooled desktops or XenApp servers.
  4. Should I enable Dynamic Memory?  The Planning guide will explore the benefits from enabling Dynamic Memory and provide recommendations on how to optimize this technology.
  5. Should I use Provisioning Services (PVS) or Machine Creation Services (MCS) with Hyper-V?  The Planning Guide also highlights important considerations when deciding between Provisioning Services or Machine Creation Services.”

Read more here!


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