Today–continuing our brisk pace of innovation–Citrix is introducing two new Technology Previews to make provisioning simpler and faster.

The feedback we receive will help us adjust and improve these innovative features as we bring them to market.

Citrix AppDisk

With AppDisk, instead of installing applications into a golden image, applications are installed into a virtual disk – a VHD or VMDK, depending on your hypervisor. Once an AppDisk is created, it can be assigned across multiple golden images.

This new Citrix layering approach reduces the number of golden images that admins have to manage, since combinations of AppDisk can be combined across the golden images to create the variations required for each department’s needs. Today, I am happy to announce the availability of AppDisk Technology Preview in the Workspace Cloud Apps and Desktops Service.

Steps to get access to the AppDisk Tech Preview

Step 1: Download AppDisk TP zip file from the Downloads Tab of the Apps and Desktops Service within Workspace Cloud console. Install the private connector on the connector server and then install the VDA and then the MSI file on the server machine.

Step 2: Submit a request on the support forum with an entry “Provide Access for AppDisk to OrgID:<Your orgID>”

OrgID

Example: Provide Access for AppDisk to OrgID:50987370

You can find your orgID for your setup by clicking the drop down menu on the top left of your Workspace Cloud Console.

Once you have submitted the request, we will provide you access within a week and notify you by responding to your support forum entry.

Post your feedback on the support forum for AppDisk.

Citrix Provisioning Services

Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) is often referred to by Citrix administrators as desktop management nirvana as it requires you to update only a single image that can be used to service hundreds of desktops and applications on-demand.

As the PM for Apps and Desktops Service, I am constantly getting asked for this feature, especially by customers and partners with large deployments. Integrating all of the robust PVS technology into the Apps and Desktops Service is very involved, so we are implementing PVS functionality in a phased approach.

Today, I’m announcing that we have reached our first step of integration by releasing a PVS Tech Preview for the Apps and Desktops Service, but we need your help. Our goal is to solicit your feedback and insights on this Tech Preview to help us stay focused on your needs. Details of the initial approach and setup steps can be found at configuring PVS with Apps and Desktops Service.

Steps to get access to the PVS Technology Preview

Step 1: Submit a request on the support forum with an entry “Provide Access for PVS Initial Support to OrgID:<Your orgID>”

OrgID

Example: Provide Access for PVS Initial Support to OrgID:50987370

You can find your orgID for your setup by clicking the drop down menu on the top left of your Workspace Cloud Console

Once you have submitted the request, we will provide you access within a week and notify you by responding to your support forum entry.

Step 2: Download TP version of PVS server and Powershell SDK from the Downloads Tab of the Apps and Desktops Service within Workspace Cloud console.

Steps 3: Follow the steps from Glenn’s blog to setup your environment.

Post your feedback on the support forum for PVS.

We highly value your time and effort for your feedback!

Harsh Gupta,
Product Management