This document provides design guidance for Citrix XenDesktop 5.x deployments that leverage Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2. It should not be considered as a replacement for other Hyper-V or XenDesktop design guidance, but rather an addendum that will assist in design decisions specifically related to integrating XenDesktop with Microsoft Hyper-V.
It is assumed that the reader is already familiar with the architecture of XenDesktop. For an overview of the XenDesktop architecture, please refer to the Citrix Knowledgebase Article CTX133162 – Modular Reference Architecture.
The document has been divided into four sections –
1. Reference Architecture. Provides a high-level conceptual architecture and default recommendations for key design decisions that are discussed in detail within the Architectural Guidelines section of the document.
2. Architectural Guidelines. Provides guidance on the core components of the Hyper-V architecture including host hardware, networking configuration, storage, clustering and the VMM server.
3. Operating System Delivery. Examines the key Hyper-V design decisions relating to operating system delivery; options include – Virtual Hard Disks, Machine Creation Services and Provisioning Services.
4. Management. Discusses the key Hyper-V design decisions that need to be considered so that the XenDesktop environment is stable, highly available and continues to provide users with a high-level of performance.
After reading this document, the reader will be able to effectively design a XenDesktop deployment on Microsoft’s hypervisor and have a high-level understanding of the key implementation steps. For further planning guides, please refer to the XenDesktop Design Handbook