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Issue 40, March 2014

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XenDesktop 7.1 on Hyper-V Pilot Guide

Allen Furmanski, Lead Readiness Specialist, WW Readiness

Allen Furmanski

Are you currently working on a XenDesktop implementation project? If so, you’re probably aware that PoCs, pilots and test environments are part of the overall solution strategy. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a step-by-step guide on how to build a comprehensive XenDesktop 7.1 environment to aid your rollout? Well my friends, we’ve taken the liberty to do just that. Introducing the XenDesktop 7.1 on Hyper-V Pilot Guide! This detailed 299 page document will quickly prove itself as a valuable resource for you and your team (regardless of which hypervisor you work with).

Download the guide >

Cisco Validated Design for XenDesktop 7.1

Frank Anderson, Principal Solutions Architect, Global Alliances
Jonathan Vota, Lead Systems Engineer, Americas Emerging Product Sales

Frank Anderson

Jonathan Vota

These detailed blogs highlight the recently released Cisco Validated Design for XenDesktop 7.1. It describes a turnkey FlexPod infrastructure solution that scales to 2000 users. The infrastructure is fully virtualized on VMware ESXi 5.1 and hosted on Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers and an NetApp storage array. Citrix Provisioning Server 7.1 manages desktop images for a mixed workload of hosted shared (RDS) and hosted virtual desktops (VDI), which is common for many customer scenarios. For high availability, the architecture uses an N+1 server design that features two Cisco UCS chassis housing two blades for infrastructure servers, 8 blades for the VDI workload, and 4 blades for the RDS hosted shared desktop workload.

Validated Design for XD 7.1 >
Validated Design for XD 7.1 on Flexpod Datacenter >

XenDesktop 7.1 Planning on Hyper-V 2012 R2

Ed Duncan, Senior Consultant, WW Consulting Services

Ed Duncan

A topic that has been generating a lot of interest within the Citrix community is planning and designing a XenDesktop 7.1 solution on Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2. Citrix Consulting is releasing a new update to the Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook, which includes design decisions when deploying XenDesktop 7.1 on Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. In advance of the new handbook release, Ed Duncan presents a look into some of the design considerations in a four part blog series. The first two parts of the blog series covers some of the design decisions around networking and storage when planning the Hyper-V 2012 R2 hosts to support the XenDesktop 7.1 environment.

Read part 1 of the series >
Read part 2 of the series >

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