Citrix XenConvert 2.1.1 – Released

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in XenConvert


What’s New in Citrix XenConvert 2.1.1
This release adds many new conversion features.

Converting and Resizing Multiple Volumes
XenConvert can now convert and resize multiple volumes from a physical machine to all destinations:

•OVF Package
•Provisioning Services vDisk.

For conversions to VHD, OVF Package, and XenServer, XenConvert automatically resizes the virtual disk to accommodate the used space of the selected volumes, the free space requested for each volume, and any unallocated space requested for the virtual disk.

For the conversion to a Provisioning Services vDisk, XenConvert can automatically resize the volumes on the destination disk so they fit in the Provisioning Services vDisk by changing their amount of free space. After giving first preference to the Windows Boot Volume, the free space amounts of other volumes are allocated proportionately.

Faster Conversions

Most conversions now use OVF technology with dynamic (sparse) VHDs resulting in faster conversion times and lower free space requirements on the local disk.

Compatible with Project Kensho 1.3
XenConvert produces and consumes an OVF Package compatible with Project Kensho 1.3 including new features such as EULA and compression method.

Test XenServer Default Storage Repository
For conversions to XenServer, test the availability of a default storage repository required by XenConvert. Also, for conversions from ‘This Machine to XenServer’, test for sufficient free space on the default storage repository.

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FYI – Next XenServer with overcommited memory (beta marts 2010)

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in XenServer

Citrix will release in next version of XenServer a cool long waited feature “overcommitted memory”. The beta will be out in march 2010.

Bill Carovano from Citrix informs on a forum:

Hi Everyone,
Stay tuned…it would be great to get feedback from those of you wanting “overcommitted memory” features, after we release the beta of the next XenServer / Essentials for XenServer release.
While legally I have to preface this statement with “this is not a guarantee, and no purchase decisions should be made on the basis of this statement” we should have something ready for beta testing in the March 2010 timeframe.


Check back on XenServer Central in mid February for some more information.

Recent Comments

Jose Brenes


Your map of Australia is wrong. You have put the state of Victoria inside the West Australian state.

Tobias K


Note that on XenServer 7.1, installing VDA 7.13 also works to enable vGPUs running XenDesktop 7.11 even using the newer “NvFBCEnable.exe -enable -noreset” command. Tested with an M60 using various profiles.



So how come version 3.11 doesn’t work for application switching?



Hello, how to allow SR-IOV for the Intel P580 in a m710x? (unable to find any settings in BIOS)

I get the following error: Dismount-VmHostAssignableDevice : The operation failed.
The device cannot be assigned to a virtual machine as the firmware (BIOS or UEFI) on this host computer system indicates that the device must remain in
contact with the firmware running in the host. The device can only be used in the management operating system. You should contact your OEM to determ
ine if a firmware upgrade is available, or if the PCI Express device can be reconfigured to be independent of the host firmware.



Great article Thomas.

Can you tell more about the difference in user density between M510 and M710x?
Citrix published an article with a LoginVSI test related to the M510 9, but I’m more interested in the M170x because of its Iris Pro P580.