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Best Practices for Upgrading to vSphere 5 in a Citrix Provisioning Environment

Summary

This article describes the steps for upgrading to vSphere 5 in a Citrix Provisioning environment.

This applies to Provisioning Services version 5.6/5.6SP1/6/6.1 and VMware vSphere 5.x

Requirements

  • A working Provisioning Services environment.
  • Admin access to Provisioning Services server.
  • Admin access to Provisioning Services targets.
  • Rights required to make changes to target devices and the host.

Procedure

  • Reverse image vDisks.
  • Change NIC on target to VMXNet3.
  • Enable Interrupt Mode in Bootstrap used by target devices.
    (vSphere 5.1 doesn’t require interrupt mode – Enable Interrupt Mode only applies to vSphere 5.)
  • Upgrade host ESX server(s) to vSphere 5.x
  • Upgrade VMware tools.
  • Reinstall Provisioning Services target software.
  • Create image of updated machine.
  • Reinstall XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Agent (if installed) while vDisk is in Private Mode.
  • Note: You can change vDisk to standard mode and deploy to targets.

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