Citrix Provisioning

Using the Imaging Wizard to create a new vDisk

Use the Imaging Wizard to automatically create the base vDisk image from a master target device.


Windows NT 6.x:

The Provisioning Services Imaging wizard provides a block-based cloning solution in conjunction with the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

  • Each local disk partition is cloned separately to the vDisk. If there is a separate System Reserved partition on the local disk, it must be included as a source partition.
  • Each destination partition must be equal to or larger than the source partition, regardless of the amount of available free space in the source partition.
    • If a larger destination partition is needed, after imaging completes, use Windows disk management “Extend Volume…”
    • If a smaller destination partition is needed, before imaging, the source partition can be resized using Windows disk management “Shrink Volume…”

Note: If a Windows reboot request message displays before the imaging process completes, ignore the request until imaging completes successfully.


The Imaging Wizard prompts for information that allows for connecting to the farm as well as information necessary to set the appropriate credentials/Active Directory and licensing information to apply to this particular vDisk.

  1. From the master target device’s Windows Start menu, select Citrix>Provisioning Services>Imaging Wizard. The wizard’s Welcome page appears.
  2. Click Next. The Connect to Farm page appears.
  3. Enter the name or IP address of a Provisioning Server within the farm to connect to and the port to use to make that connection.
  4. Use the Windows credentials (default), or enter different credentials, then click Next. If using Active Directory, enter the appropriate password information.
  5. On the Microsoft Volume Licensing page, select the volume license option to use for target devices or select None if volume licensing is not being used:
  6. Select to create a new vDisk (default), or use an existing vDisk by entering that vDisk’s name, then click Next.
  7. If the create new vDisk option was selected, the New vDisk dialog displays:
    1. Enter a name for the vDisk
    2. Select the Store where this vDisk will reside
    3. Select the vDisk format from the appropriate drop-down menus. If the VHDX format is Dynamic, from the VHDX block size drop-down, select the block size as either 2 MB or 16 MB.
    4. Click Next, then define volume sizes on the Configure Image Volumes page.
  8. Click Next. The Add Target Device page appears.
  9. Select the target device name, the MAC address associated with one of the NICs that was selected when the target device software was installed on the master target device, and the collection to add this device to. Click Next. If the target device is already a member of the farm, the Existing Target Devices page appears.
  10. Click Next. A Summary of Farm Changes appears.
  11. (Optional unless the vDisk is used to boot VMs) Select to optimize the vDisk for use with Provisioning Services.
  12. Verify all changes, then click Finish. A confirmation message displays.
  13. Click Yes on the confirmation message to start the imaging process.
Using the Imaging Wizard to create a new vDisk