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
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.
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.
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.
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.