Product Documentation

New in this release

Mar 08, 2017

Provisioning Services provides the following new features at this release:

  • XenServer proxy using PVS-Accelerator
  • Linux streaming 


Use the most recent version of the Citrix License Server to get the latest features. If you are upgrading from an existing version of Provisioning Services to the newest version of Provisioning Services, the most recent version of the license server is available by using the product software. When you do not upgrade to the latest version of the license server, the product license enters the 30-day grace period. For more information, see Licensing.


See the fixed and known issues for additional information about this release of Provisioning Services.

XenServer proxy using Provisioning Services Accelerator

PVS-Accelerator enables a PVS proxy to reside in the XenServer's Control Domain on a host where streaming of a Provisioning Services vDisk is cached at the proxy before being forwarded to the virtual machine. Using the cache, subsequent booting (or any I/O requests) of the virtual machine on the same host can be streamed from the proxy rather than streaming from the server over the network. Using this model, more local resources on the XenServer host are consumed, but streaming from the server over the network saves resources, effectively improving performance. See Configuring PVS Accelerator for more information.


This feature is only supported on XenServer by using the proxy feature installed. UI changes only occur if you are using that type of hypervisor. To use this feature, an optional package must be installed on the XenServer host(s). There are no additional dependencies on the installer.

For more information on the relationship among XenServer and Provisioning Services, see the blog XenServer and PVS: Better Together.

Linux streaming

By using the Linux Delivery Agent (for RHEL/CentOS distributions), you can create Linux virtual desktops.  The Linux Virtual desktop is part of XenApp and XenDesktop, it extends the reach of IT to enable more use cases by using CentOS support, Client drive mapping, provides options for 3D applications in the virtualization environment, supports publishing using XenApp and anonymous login, policy management, USB redirection and expands HDX 3D Pro support on Linux target devices.

At this release of Provisioning Services, you can now provision Linux virtual desktops directly in the XenDesktop environment.

See the system requirements article for information about supported distributions and hypervisors.

See the installation topic for instructions on using the GUI or command line interface to install the Linux streaming feature.


If you are using the Linux streaming feature, consider that a new step was added to the XenDesktop Setup Wizard. Add the SOAP SSL certificate to ensure that the Linux target can image the vDisk through the SOAP server. See the installation article for more information.