Provisioning Services provides the following new features at this release:
- XenServer proxy using PVS-Accelerator
- Linux streaming
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.
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.