I recently had a case where the customer was unable to get PVD to work with PVS in XenDesktop 7. After I reviewed the documentation on edocs I realized that there was no one stop guide on how to get this working from end to end. So to save others from having to ‘breadcrumb’ through the documentation I thought I would write this blog.

Firstly start by configuring the vdisk – there are a couple of methods of doing this, it doesn’t matter which you choose (see this article here) I choose the first:

Provisioning Services, then capture image, then XenDesktop

1.Install and configure the OS on a VM.
2.Install the Provisioning Services target device software on the VM.
3.Run the Provisioning Services Imaging Wizard to configure the vDisk.
4.Reboot.
5.The Provisioning Services Image Wizard’s second stage runs to capture the personal vDisk image.
6.From the Console, set the target device to boot from the vDisk.
7.Configure the VM to boot from the network, then reboot.
8.Install XenDesktop software on the VM, then configure with advanced options for personal vDisk.
9.Manually run inventory, then shut the VM down.
10.From the Console, place the vDisk in Standard Image Mode. Image is ready for deployment.

Next step is to run the XenDesktop wizard within the PVS 7 console, this is documented here. Essentially what this does is create new VM’s based on a template, import these into PVS and create catalogue in XenDesktop.

1.Right click on your site in the PVS console and select “XenDesktop Setup Wizard”.

2. Click next at the welcome message.

3. Enter your XenDesktop Controller address when prompted

4. Choose your host resources.

5. Enter your hypervisor user credentials when prompted.

6. Choose the machine template to use to create your target VM’s

7. Choose the vDisk you created earlier

8. Choose to create a new machine catalog or use an existing one.

9. Choose Desktop OS

10. Choose to save changes and store them on a separate personal vDisk

11. Next Choose the number or VM’s to create, vCPUs and memory assigned to each, the Personal vDisk size and drive letter and the boot method.

12. Choose to create new AD computer accounts or import existing ones.(I choose to create new ones)

13. Create new accounts

14. Click finish to create the VM’s and create the catalog

15. When finished you should now have  new machine catalog!