Citrix Provisioning

Install Citrix Provisioning software components

Before installing Citrix Provisioning components, first understand the installation wizards that are described here. Then follow the installation and configuration procedures in the rest of the articles in this section.


Ensure that all Windows updates are current before installing Citrix Provisioning components. Sometimes, you need to install numerous updates. Citrix recommends that you reboot after installing all Windows updates. For Windows 10 1709, you must apply the OS update KB4093105, or later, before installing provisioning components.


If you are using Linux streaming functionality, no new installation packages are provided at this release. Use the Provisioning Services 7.15 Linux DEB/RPM package. For example, after downloading the Citrix Provisioning 7.16 ISO, the target software for CentOS/Red Hat is pvs_RED_HAT_7.15_18089_x86_64.rpm.

Citrix licensing

CTX_Licensing.msi installs the Citrix licensing software on a server that can communicate with provisioning servers within your implementation.

Citrix Provisioning installation wizard

Run PVS_Server.exe or PVS_Server_x64.exe to install the following Citrix Provisioning components within a farm:

  • Citrix Provisioning Stream Service
  • Network Boot Services (optional)
  • Configuration Wizard (runs after the installation wizard to configure installed components and creates the Citrix Provisioning database)
  • Programming Utilities
  • Boot Device Manager (BDM)


Installing from a UNC path is not supported.

Citrix Provisioning console wizard

Run PVS_Console.exe or PVS_Console_x64.exe to install the Citrix Provisioning console, which also includes the Boot Device Management utility. The console can be installed on any machine that can communicate with the Citrix Provisioning database.

Master target device installation wizard

For Windows: PVS_Device.exe or PVS_Device_x64.exe

Installs the target device software on a master target device. The master target device is used to create the ‘golden image,’ which is then saved to a vDisk file using the Imaging Wizard.

Upgrade wizard

The Upgrade Wizard must be installed and run in a folder that does not contain surrogate pair characters. These characters represent the Unicode code point after 0x10000. The Upgrade Wizard facilitates the automation of the upgrade process, and includes the following utilities:

  • The UpgradeAgent.exe, which runs on the target device to upgrade previously installed product software.
  • The UpgradeManager.exe, which runs on the provisioning server to control the upgrade process on the target device.


Removing the software from your system requires that you uninstall both the provisioning server and target device components.

Uninstalling Citrix Provisioning

  1. On the provisioning server, open the system’s Control Panel. From the Windows Start menu, select Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on the Programs and Features icon.
  3. Select Citrix Provisioning, then click the Uninstall menu option.

Uninstalling Windows target device software

  1. Set the system BIOS to boot from the original hard drive.
  2. Reboot the target device directly from the hard drive.
  3. On the target device, open the system’s Control Panel.
  4. Double-click on the Programs and Features icon.
  5. Select the Citrix Provisioning, then click the Uninstall menu option.

Uninstalling the Citrix Provisioning console

  1. On a machine in which the console is installed, open the system’s Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Programs and Features icon.
  3. Select the Citrix Provisioning, then click the Uninstall menu option.

Uninstalling components that use Windows 10 Creator

Citrix Provisioning cannot be uninstalled using the App and Feature screen in Windows 10 Creator. This issue occurs in all MSI installers.

To uninstall target or console provisioning software:

  1. Access the Citrix Provisioning component you want to remove in the Windows Start menu. Right-click to expose a contextual menu.
  2. In the contextual menu, click Uninstall. The Program and Features screen appears.
  3. In the Program and Features screen, select the components you want to remove.
Install Citrix Provisioning software components