The new PVS 7.12 release includes tech preview to support provisioning for Linux VDA.

Here are highlights of the Linux provisioning feature:

  1. Linux distribution: RHEL server edition 7.2, CentOS 7.2
  2. AD support: WinBind
  3. Hypervisor platform: XenServer 7.0, vSphere 6.0 update 2
  4. Cache: support both server and client side caching

If you enable RAM cache for the Linux device, set the cache size to 8MB (the minimum value). Linux uses as much RAM as necessary, including all available memory, for the write cache. The amount specified in the console is the amount reserved up front; Citrix recommends that you reserve as little as possible, which effectively allows Linux to manage memory usage

From the PVS management point of view. Linux VM is the same as any other VM in terms of its lifecycle management such as vDisk versioning. However, creating Linux VM image itself requires a special imaging tool called pvs-imager. The tool needs to be executed within Linux target VM. It can be run either as a command line or GUI .


To access this tech preview, you will need to have the current SA. Please visit PVS Linux provisioning Tech Preview page to learn more. Once you start trying the tech preview, you can share your experiences and comments at PVS Tech Preview Support Forum

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