Provisioning Services provides the following new features at this release:
- Linux streaming improvements, including support for Ubuntu desktop 16.04
- Provisioning to Nutanix Acropolis hypervisors
- Microsoft Device Guard integration
This release provides improvements and enhanced support for Linux streaming. Ubuntu desktop versions 16.04, 16.04.1 and 16.04.2 (with the 4.4.x kernel) are now supported. When using these distributions for Linux streaming, consider that the PVS installer requires that the Linux kernel package be version be greater than or equal to version 220.127.116.11. The PVS installer automatically provides the correct version during the installation process.
Refer to the installation topic for more information.
This release provides support for provisioning to Nutanix Acropolis hypervisors using the XenDesktop Setup Wizard.
For configuration information, refer to Deploying virtual desktops to VMs using the XenDesktop Configuration Wizard.
This release provides support for Device Guard, which represents a combination of enterprise and software security features. This functionality can be used to provide a highly secure environment which allows you to configure systems so that only trusted applications can be used. Refer to the Microsoft site for more information about Device Guard deployments.
When using Device Guard, consider the following:
- Device Guard is a property of an individual VM. This functionality is configured on the Hyper-V host where the VM resides, after the VM is created.
- You must enable Device Guard in the master image prior creating the image. Once enabled, you can image the vDisk. Additionally:
- Once the vDisk is created, use the XenDesktop Setup Wizard to provision the VMs.
- Once the VMs are provisioned, manually enable nested virtualization for each VM on the Hyper-V host on which it has been provisioned.