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I'm considering implementing Xen Desktop 5 VDI edition...  After searching around online for a while, I'm not quite clear on what all is needed as far as system requirements are concerned.  Based on what I've found so far on the Citrix website, it seems that I could probably install all services (SQL Express, Xen Desktop Controller, Web Access, Desktop Studio, Desktop Director & License Server) on one server. Where I'm a little fuzzy though is the "Hosting Infrastructure" - I know I can use Hyper-V, but I'm not at all clear on what I'll need beyond that, specifically, is System Center Virtual Machine Manager a required component, or can I just use Hyper-V?  Also, how exactly will these two systems connect?  (Hyper-V and XenDesktop 5)
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In a small deployment, yes you could install all of the above roles on a single server. If you're using Hyper-V you do need SCVMM as well to provide a management interface - as you've implicitly pointed out in your question you need a way for XD to connect to the hypervisor to perform management functions, which only is provided by SCVMM.

Hyper-V integration documentation: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xendesktop-rho/cds-scvmm-rho.html 

Configuration guide: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX127578 
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Thanks for the info - very helpful.
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