Product Documentation

New in this release

Oct 05, 2016

Provisioning Services provides the following new features at this release:

  • Always on tracing
  • SQL Always On multi-subnet failover
  • PVS support for CIS problem reporting
  • Support for Windows Server 2016


You must use the most recent version of the Citrix License server to get the latest features. When upgrading from an existing version of Provisioning Services to the newest version of Provisioning Services, the most recent version of the license server is usually available with the product software. If you do not upgrade to the latest version of the license server, the product license will enter the 30 day grace period.


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

Always on tracing

PVS provides an enhanced diagnostic model at this release with Always On tracing using CDF. This feature, enabled during installation, leverages the CDF monitor and associated controls to upload diagnostic data to Citrix.


Always-on tracing does not require any user input during installation, this functionality performs seamlessly. For more information, refer to the Logging article. 

SQL Server Always On multi-subnet failover

PVS now includes support for SQL Server Always On failover in multi-subnet environments. As part of the implementation, the database server is accessed via ODBC which requires the SQL Server Native Client be installed as a pre-requisite of the PVS server software. For more information, refer to Enable SQL Server Always On multi-net failover.

PVS support for CIS

Support for CIS problem reporting. This allows you to directly report problems you encounter while using PVS to Citrix Support. For more information, refer to CIS Problem Reporting.

Windows Server 2016

Support for Windows Server 2016 as a server and a target platform. When using this functionality, consider that PVS server supports ReFS V2 for quick vDisk merging. This means that with the PVS store directory located in the ReFS (version 2) partition, merging happens faster (seconds rather than minutes). Consider the following:

  • NTFS merging occurs in approximately 10-15 minutes
  • ReFS (version 2) merging occurs in less than 10 seconds

For more information about supported servers, refer to System Requirements.


For information on the Resilient File System (ReFS), refer to the Microsoft site.