Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Discussions about VDI Solutions VMware Horizon and Citrix XenDesktop on Nutanix
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Is there a way to set uefi_boot=True as the default, replacing BIOS? Or how can I create a VM clone or template that has that set so that when I create or have a user through SSP create a new VM that is already configured as UEFI instead of BIOS? Thanks
Fun and adventure facilitated via the PWA is well within your reach on the Nutanix Frame platform. Whether you are attempting to make a frequent task more accessible, or simply reducing the complexity of your environment, PWA is an excellent candidate for your needs. Traditionally, to start a Fame instance you would open your web browser, navigate to the Launchpad page, authenticate, then launch the desktop instance which would reside in your web-browser. We are going to make this a bit simpler.What is PWA anyway? A “PWA” is a Progressive Web Application; that is, a website or web application which looks and feels like a locally installed application. They are cross-platform and portable! PWAs even allow you to run Windows applications on a Chromebook!The following is a brief introduction to PWA in the form of application-izing a desktop instance from the Nutanix Frame platform. Please bear in mind, application-based Launchpads are probably the more traditional candidate chosen fo
Executive SummaryThis solution note discusses the benefits of deploying Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) VPX on the Nutanix enterprise cloud OS while running the native Nutanix hypervisor, AHV. Citrix ADC VPX offers a fully integrated application delivery suite for any type of application deployment. Running ADC VPX on AHV gives you unlimited scalability, availability, and a hardened, secure platform. Nutanix takes Citrix’s commitment to simplicity to another level with streamlined management, reduced rollout time, and enhanced performance.The Citrix ADC PlatformThe Citrix ADC platform is available as a hardware appliance (MPX, SDX) or a software appliance (BLX, CPX, VPX) on private and public clouds. In this document, we focus on VPX. VPXSoftware-based virtual appliances that run on widely deployed hypervisors and support 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps performance levels. ADC on AWSThe full suite of ADC capabilities provisioned on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. ADC on
Executive SummarySecuring business critical applications is a key requirement for organizations, because agility depends on efficient and reliable IT infrastructure. Organizations with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) must secure VDI assets from malware, malicious users, and unprivileged access to critical enterprise applications. With Nutanix Flow, organizations can use microsegmentation to secure their Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp and XenDesktop) environment running on Nutanix AHV. Nutanix Flow–based microsegmentation in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments offers the following security benefits: Prevent lateral movementMany modern attacks spread by compromising an internal asset and spreading laterally through the internal network, causing an even larger compromise or eventually gaining access to critical assets. Flow-based microsegmentation prevents this lateral movement from one VDI desktop VM to another by securing all VM-to-VM access in a deskto
Hello! This is my first question.So we are planning on installing the Frame VDI product, and using the SGA (Streaming Gateway Appliance) on the DMZ, as the Web Application Proxy that authenticates with our ADFS server. And I’m wondering about the public SSL certificates needed. We are being told by Nutanix that “You will need a wildcard cert for a subdomain off of your main domain. So a cert for something like *.sga.pha.phila.gov”. I’ve asked for more clarification, and my rep doesn’t seem to know. So what I am wondering is: do I need to get a public certificate for my internal ADFS server in that same “sga.” sub-domain? i.e., adfs.sga.pha.phila.gov.What’s really throwing me is that the ADFS server’s FQDN is for our AD domain, which isn’t the same as our public domain name, of course. I’m guessing if I get a certificate for that server in a name that isn’t part of our internal DNS, I need to make a DNS alias for it. And, what SANs (Subject Alternate Names) do I need to include in the C
Executive SummaryThis document describes the possible impact on the performance and user density of a VDI environment when the system implements mitigations for Spectre, Meltdown, and L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF), or Foreshadow. Further analysis also provides insight on performance differences between Windows 10 versions (1709 and 1803) and hypervisors (ESXi and AHV). We expect customer results to vary, because a Login VSI workload is never the same as a real user workload. These results give an indication of the impact of upgrading from Windows 10 version 1709 to version 1803; changing the workload changes the outcomes.OptimizationsBecause Windows 10 is not designed to run as a virtual desktop on a server sharing CPU cycles with other Windows 10 desktops, you need to optimize it to make sure that it doesn’t use CPU, memory, and IOPS unnecessarily. For example, if Windows 10 in a VDI environment is not optimized, it runs scheduled tasks like disk defragmentation, scans the system for malwa
Ladies/Gents,As I had to go through this on my own lab, I decided to write a detailed blog post. The idea was to setup and environment with the following details:Workloads on Azure and on-prem AHV (Nutanix CE) User authentication handled by on-prem Active Directory (so ADFS) Single external IP address available (this is the main constraint, as this is my home lab and I am sure many have this same issue)The end goal was to make sure ADFS and the Nutanix Xi Frame SGA played nice behind a single IP address. Mission accomplished!The details are here, with screenshots. If you have questions, just let me know. The blog post title is "Home Lab – Citrix ADC Content Switch and Nutanix Xi Frame SGA".
We focus so much on making things functional, reliable, scalable and whatnot that the aesthetics are often left for better times. Why should they be? After all, user experience matters the most. Did you know you can change the background image of your Frame instances for both App mode and Desktop mode?For App mode instances log in to your Sandbox, open up File Explorer and navigate to C:\ProgramData\Frame\. Replace the "app-business.png" file with the image you wish to use as your background on your instances. The image file must be renamed into "app-business.png" and placed in the same C:\ProgramData\Frame\ directory which will overwrite the existing file. Publish the Sandbox image, and the next production App mode instance will display the new background.For the instructions on the Desktop mode, follow through the KB-8847 How to Change Background of Production Instances.More on Frame is in Frame Documentation.
This seems like a painfully basic topic to be asking about, but being unfamiliar with VDI and having difficulty in finding the appropriate syntax to get solid hits, I’m just going to put this out here. We have dependencies in several application which rely upon the Computer Name (Windows Computer Name) and/or the ClientName variable to perform certain functions. With this in mind we are trying to identify how/if we can assign static ‘Computer Name(s)’ to specific individual users so that upon logging into their VDI session they will always receive the same Computer Name to be leveraged by the applications in question.
Is answer to following Questions: “Yes”Are you Implementing Unidesk on Nutanix ? Want to improve Desktop Power-On Time ? Help stabilize vMotion Operations ?Unidesk and Nutanix request that any customer deploying a Unidesk/Nutanix/vSphere implementation adopt these guidelines: Unidesk Best Practices
Hi, I have 2 completely different infrastructure. Nutanix AHV Cluster Esxi Cluster Now, i have a requirement, where in i have few VMs on Nutanix Cluster which acts as a Master VMs and i have clone of those VMs. I want to migrate these VMs to Esxi Cluster. Just like Export from PRISM and then Import on vCenter. How i can achieve that?? Thanks in Advanced!!
Apologies if I have posted in the wrong area but this seem Citrx related so here goes. I wil be switching from VMware to Nutanix AHV native hypervisor in the coming weeks. If anyone has already done this, can they advise on the steps they took to port over a version of Netscaler running on VMware (vSphere 5.5) to Acropolis Hypervisor on Nutanix? Not aware of any native tools that can handle that. The only other way would be to back off this config (never tried it) and upload onto a native vanilla install of the Netscaler based on KVM and uploading the config somehow. Any advice would be grateful.
POC Project for School of Dentistry Xi Frame by Nutanix Report. Goal, to provide secure anytime, anywhere access to School of Dentistry IT resources using only an HTML5 browser and an Internet connection. Resources provided by Nutanix, one NX-3060-G5 4 node host server, 1.9 Tera Bytes of ram, 6.14 Tear Bytes of SSD disk, 4-10 Gig uplink connections with 12 1 Gig crossover connections. Full install team for hardware install and base line server setup and config. Completed install and config support for Xi-Frame system software install and testing. Nutanix support team Bill Roberts Senior Systems Engineer SLED Central, and Terry Homan SLED Central Account Manager. Completed without errors in 6 hours. Resources provided by Nutanix software support personal, complete setup and testing of Xi-Frame operating system for on-prem private cloud services. Full networking config and testing for integration into “blue.jays.creighton.edu” active directory domain. Nutanix software support personal Da
I am Robby Daniels the Xi Frame administrator at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. We are doing a proof of concept project to provide full Windows 10 pro VDI desktops for three of our eight colleges here at the university. We have been using "Classic Frame" hosted on AWS for two and a half years hosted in a AWS data center in Ohio. Our only issue has been network response time to and from the hosting sites. What our goal is to run all of the VDI network traffic on our LAN network. We will be using Nutanix hardware only running 4 node cluster to support XI Frame instances only. If it works out great we will be replacing lots of PC high end custom hardware / software systems with XI Frame DaaS / VDI full desktops. I would like to invite you all to chime in on any XI Frame insights you may have as this will be a game changer! Go Jays! Go Nutanix!
We plan to implement VMware App Volumes in our View Horizon VDI. In the Nutanix solution design example they use separate datastores/containers for Desktops, App Stacks and Writeable volumes. [list] [*]Is there any advantage in creating separate datastores or can all use one single datastore? [*]Also is there any advantage in enabling compression on the VM container, except for saving space? [/list]
I have a Nutanix running more than 10 Nodes in a vmware cluster Nuatix for VDI environment and CPU spikes 100% frequently - would like to know why CPU is spiking 100% everyday, underlying is Nutanix hence need to troubleshoot somewhere the other way is cause of this high cpu usgae Hypervisor VMware ESX 6.0 Update3 Environment production VMs affected VDI
Having an issue updating the Nutanix AHV MCS Plugin. I have a Citrix farm that has been upgraded to 7.1906 and I downloaded the latest AHV MCS plugin 220.127.116.11 from Dec 2019. When executing the msi it recognizes the previous version and states it will update. then the install fails saying Citrix XenDesktop 7.9 or higher is required. This farm was previously 7.15 CU3. I also tried to uninstall the Nutanix Acropolis MCS Plugin version 18.104.22.168 that is on the server and it fails to uninstall as well with same message. Any helpful hints or suggestions appreciated.
I was trying to figure out if there is an option by which a web hook can be called when a Citrix client connects or disconnects a VDI. For example when a user connects the VDI from his thin client, the infrastructure should notify the hook using an HTTP call with information including the thin client's computer name, the user connected etc. Could someone tell me if this is possible?
By default, a virtual NIC on a guest VM operates in access mode. In this mode, the virtual NIC can send and receive traffic only over its own VLAN, which is the VLAN of the virtual network to which it is connected. If restricted to using access mode interfaces, a VM running an application on multiple VLANs (such as a firewall application) must use multiple virtual NICs—one for each VLAN. Instead of configuring multiple virtual NICs in access mode, you can configure a single virtual NIC on the VM to operate in trunk mode. A virtual NIC in trunk mode can send and receive traffic over any number of VLANs in addition to its own VLAN. You can trunk specific VLANs or trunk all VLANs. You can also convert a virtual NIC from the trunk mode to the access mode, in which case the virtual NIC reverts to sending and receiving traffic only over its own VLAN.
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