A key differentiator for VDI-in-a-Box as a turnkey VDI solution is that it does not require shared storage.  However, if administrators wish to take advantage of the benefits of using shared storage, VDI-in-a-Box supports this on the vSphere and Hyper-V platforms.

VDI-in-a-Box 5.2 introduced shared image datastore for the vSphere platform.  Utilizing a shared image datastore to hold the VDI-in-a-Box golden images allows all servers in the grid to use the same image without transferring the image to the direct attached storage of each server in the grid. This can save time, IOPS, and network traffic when performing any operation that would normally result in the image transfer process such as importing new images, editing existing images, or updating the desktop agent after a grid upgrade.

Another great benefit of using shared storage is to provide High Availability for Personal Desktops.

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 extends shared storage support to Hyper-V 2012 and Hyper-V 2012 R2 through the use of Cluster Shared Volumes.  To enable shared image datastore, Hyper-V will need to be configured to store virtual machines on the Cluster Shared Volume.  Next, the Advanced Property “All Servers use a single shared image datastore” will need to be checked in order to disable image distribution.

Another benefit of shared storage on Hyper-V allows for increasing packing density on RAM constrained servers through the use of Cluster Shared Volume Cache.

VDI-in-a-Box customers can download version 5.4 now at the Citrix product download page.  Everyone can try the new version by downloading the free trial. Product documentation is available on Citrix eDocs. And you can always go to the VDI-in-a-Box Support Portal for all VDI-in-a-Box technical information.

Let us know what you think of the VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 release. Talk to us in VDI-in-a-Box support forum,LinkedIn user group, or on Twitter @VDIinaBox!

To read more on what’s new in VDI-in-a-Box 5.4: /blogs/2013/11/08/citrix-vdi-in-a-box-5-4-release/