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Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 SP1

Citrix have released Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 SP1
You can download it here, it requires mycitrix.com credentials.

The update is a major Service Pack, the software package is 1.1GB (BIG BIG BIG)

New in this Release

  • Image Management
    Disk Imaging Wizard; automates vDisk creation procedures from the master target device such as, connecting to the farm, creating the vDisk file and imaging.
  • Store Management
    A default store can now be created when the Configuration Wizard runs. By enabling the new Managed Store feature in the Console, a SANs read-only LUNs, which are used for vDisk storage, can now be concurrently accessed by multiple Provisioning Servers without having to deploy solutions such as NAS Gateway, Cluster File System, and Windows Cluster Services. After enabling the Managed Store feature,  administrators can quickly change a store’s availability on a SAN volume to be either active (Active Mode/read-only) or offline (Maintenance Mode/read/write).
  • High Availability Management
    MS SQL Database Mirroring is now supported by Provisioning Services. 
  • Target Device Management
    The Microsoft KMS and MAK volume licensing process has been almost entirely automated and can be configured when the Imaging Wizard is run to create the vDisk. It can also be configured using the Console user interface, MCLI or PowerShell command-line interface. This enhancement was introduced in 5.6 SP1.
  • Auto-Add Target Device Wizard
    The new Auto-Add wizard automates the configuration of rules for automatically adding new target devices to the Provisioning Services database.
    Expanded target device naming capabilities.
  • Active Directory Management
    Support for Cross Forest Active Directory deployment is now supported.
  • Product Installation
    Ability to simplify large farm deployment with scripted server configuration.
  • Other Enhancements
    Support for 10 GigE networking and jumbo packets.
  • Microsoft Volume Licensing Automation
  • Both KMS and MAK models for Operating Systems are supported, as well as Office 2010 KMS licensing.

Removed in this Release
XenConvert is no longer shipping as part of the PVS Target Device installer. It is available as a separate download

Port Blocker is removed

Overview – Issues Fixed in this Release: (for further info check CTX127049)

  • Active Directory
  • Installer
  • Console/MAPI
  • Configuration Wizard
  • Imaging Wizard
  • Volume License
  • Wake-On-LAN
  • Database Offline
  • Target Device – Windows
  • Target Device – Linux

Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 SP1 Installation and Configuration Guide
Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 SP1 Administrator’s Guide

*Remember to read the “Installation and Configuration Guide” to upgrade an existing Provisioning Environment
(5.0, 5.1 version is ONLY supported to be upgraded to SP1)

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