Public Tech Preview:

Citrix Provisioning (PVS) on Microsoft Azure

Citrix Provisioning (PVS) , one of Citrix’ flagship product, now can run on Azure! Customers can easily setup and configure PVS infrastructure in the same way as on-premise and PVS Servers on Azure can stream VDAs from a single copy of a vDisk to all target VMs. One of the Top Features: These VDAs then can be exported to and power managed by CVAD services.

Why PVS on Azure ?

  • For Citrix customers to move workload to public cloud, they need a provisioning solution that is scalable, performant and cost effective.
  • Until today PVS streaming was not feasible in public clouds and customers needed to adopt MCS technology to provision there. 
  • PVS streaming in public cloud from CVAD service can solve both performance and scalability challenges, and allow customers to keep their operational process that they have developed over the years. 
  • Speed up cloud adoption and in turn accelerate Citrix Cloud adoption. 

What is expected return ?

  • Better Boot times for PVS streamed VMs
  • Versioning and rollback is instantaneous
  • Storage costs are reduced
    • There is a single copy of the image
    • Target VMs have cache disk that is around 25%-50% size of image
  • Expect performance to be better than on-prem PVS because Azure networking is better/newer/faster

This is a technical preview, not a GA release. This preview release is not recommended for production deployments. There is no guarantee that an upgrade from this release to the GA release will be supported.

Some of the Supported features

The following Citrix Provisioning features are supported in this preview release:

  • Streaming 64-bit Windows 10, and Windows Server 2019 target VMs.
  • The Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Setup wizard to provision target VMs and add them to a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service catalog.
  • The import wizard lets you import manually provisioned VMs into the provisioning server.
  • The export wizard lets you create and update catalogs in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service from manually provisioned targets.
  • Create a master VM in Azure to act as the source of the virtual disk (vDisk) to be used by the provisioning server.
  • Create a vDisk from an Azure master VM and update it using either provisioning versioning, or reverse imaging.
  • Import an existing image to your Azure setup using Citrix Image Portability Service. See Citrix IPS.
  • Power management of targets from the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service, provisioning console, Azure Portal and Azure APIs.
  • Active Directory support using one of the following means:
    • Azure Active Directory Domain Services that add Active Directory (AD) support to your Azure Active Directory (AAD) Tenant.
    • Your existing on-premises Active Directory setup over an ExpressRoute connection.
    • Active Directory domain controller VMs installed into your Azure subscription and synchronized with your on-premises AD forest and AAD tenant.

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