with personal vDisk technology is a high-performance enterprise desktop
virtualization solution that makes VDI accessible to workers who require
personalized desktops using pooled-static virtual machines.
Target devices that
use personal vDisks are created using the Citrix
Wizard. Within a Provisioning Services farm, the wizard creates and adds
target devices with personal vDisks to an existing site's collection and
assigns an existing shared-mode vDisk to that device.
The wizard also
creates virtual machines to associate with each device. A type of catalog in
Citrix Desktop Studio that allows you to preserve the assignment of users to
desktops (static assignment); the same users are assigned the same desktop for
later sessions. In addition, the wizard creates a dedicated storage disk
(before logon) for each user so they can store all personalization's to their
desktop. Personalizations include any changes to the vDisk image or desktop
that are not made as a result of an image update, such as application settings,
adds, deletes, modifications, documents.
that use personal vDisks can only inherit properties from another device that
uses personal vDisks.
Use the Device with
Personal vDisk Properties dialog on the Provisioning Services console to
configure, view, or modify the properties of a target device that uses a
read-only fields, the device needs to be deleted and re-created with the
XenDesktop Setup Wizard.
The name of
the target device or the name of the person who uses the target device. The
name can be up to 15 bytes in length. However, the target device name cannot be
the same as the machine name being imaged. This field is read-only.
target device is a domain member, it should use the same name as in the Windows
domain, unless that name is the same as the machine name being imaged. When the
target device boots from the vDisk, the name displayed here becomes the target
device machine name.
- Provides a
description to associate with this target device.
- The media
access control (MAC) address of the network interface card that is installed in
the target device. This field is read-only.
- Displays the
UDP port value.
instances, you do not have to change this value. However, if target device
software conflicts with any other IP/UDP software (that is, they are sharing
the same port), you must change this value.
- Name of the
vDisk that this device uses. This field is read-only.
- Use to
change the vDisk assignment for this device. The Assign vDisk dialog displays
with the currently assigned vDisk's
Store information. The vDisk you select must be from
the same vDisk base image as the previous image.
- Drive letter
from which the personal vDisk is accessed. Default is P: (range allowed is
between E: to U: and W: to Z:). This field is read-only.
vDisks test mode
Use the personal
vDisks test device to test vdisk updates for a device that uses personal vDisks
within a test environment. Using the PvD production environment, you can then
test for compatibilty with your actual environment.
vDisk devices can be test or production devices.
Services displays an appropriate error message when trying to boot a private
image or a maintenance version with a personal vDisk device. Only devices
without personal vDisks disk can boot a private image or maintenance version.
- You can
change the vDisk assignment in the Provisioning Services console with these
warning displays when changing vDisk assignment for personal vDisk devices.
personal vDisk device type requires additional privileges for the soap/stream
administrator on the Provisioning Services server system.
- XenDesktop full administrator.
permission to the XenDesktop database (this is a XenDesktop requirement).
- For merging,
Provisioning Services automatically reboots devices and personal vDisk runs
inventory when needed.
recommends that you dedicate a small group of personal vDisk devices for test
mode in their own catalog. Also, keep this desktop group in maintenance mode
when not used; otherwise, XenDesktop power management is in control and turns
devices on and off. This might potentially interfere with merging.
- By default,
Studio does not show the personal vDisk stage. You should add that column.
- The personal
vDisks test mode environment requires that two catalogs are available — one for
personal vDisk test devices and the other for personal vDisk production
devices. If you want to use this feature in an environment where both personal
vDisk test and production devices exist in one catalog, changing a production
personal vDisk device to test causes all devices in that catalog to reboot.
Change the production personal vDisks devices to test devices before creating
any test version vDisk.
Assign or reassign
a vDisk to a target device that uses a personal vDisk
You can assign a different vDisk to a target device that uses a
personal vDisk if that vDisk is from the same base (.vhd) vDisk lineage. For
example, to update an existing vDisk you can make a copy of the target device's
currently assigned vDisk, update the new vDisk, then assign the updated vDisk
to the device.
To assign or
reassign a vDisk:
- On the Device
with Personal vDisk Properties dialog's General tab, click
. By default, the Assign vDisk dialog displays with the
current vDisks Store location and lists all vDisks available from that Store,
with the exception of the currently assigned vDisk.
- In the Filter
section, you have the option to:
- change the
Store location from which to select vDisks from.
vDisks that display in the list based on the server's that can deliver them.
- Select the vDisk
to assign to this target device.