Error while streaming PVS CTX XenApp 6.5 (.vhd) image to a VM

Posted on 2012-09-09
Last Modified: 2012-09-26
Hello there,

I have sealed the image and then set it to Standard Mode and Cache to Hard Drive. WE have Provisioning Services Server set-up as HA Pair.
One of the target device boots up, is getting steamed with incorrect IP Address, from PVS2 server (HA PAir).

There is no issue in the Target Device Machine when streamed from PVS1, it get the correct IP ADD.

We use DHCP scope option.

Please advise.

Thanks and Regards
Question by:goprasad
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Daniel Borger
    Are the vDisks on both servers the same?  Also, you may want to set through the PVS configuration wizard on both and make sure you have the correct settings. Remember to make sure you have both servers listed as streaming servers on the first HA PVS server make the ip address it's own and add the second servers and opposite for other server.  

    If you are using DHCP in a split scope make sure the reservations are the same. you can also test by removing the DHCP reservation.
    LVL 19

    Assisted Solution

    Copy the server properties of the PVS1 to pvs2 to make sure all the setting are similar. Restart the stream services. Additionally check few basic things to make sure both servers are identical. Like Network card of both the PVS server are in same VLAN, similar IPs, release and renew ips, check DNS settings etc.
    LVL 16

    Expert Comment

    IP addresses are set by DHCP.
    I assume the IP addresses you are referring to are the VM guest/targets IP addresses, not the PVS servers IP addresses that the disk are streamed from.  
    How do you insure the target VM gets the IP from the desired scope?
    When you say that it gets an incorrect IP address, would this address be "correct" if the disk was streamed from PVS1?
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment

    by:Daniel Borger
    Do you have any reservation set in the scope so that the  target device gets the same IP address from DHCP> if you are using DHCP, PVS has little to do with what IP address the device uses.

    Author Comment

    Yes we do have reservation set in the scope so that the target device will get the same static IP address, each time it reboot.  In scope reservation, I have set option 66 boot server hostname as the first server name PVS1 in HA pair.
    LVL 16

    Accepted Solution

    So your client (target device) will always get the same IP address and its "boot server" will always be the same. If this is what you observe, this is absolutely normal.

    Normally, you should not have to set option 66 (or 67).
    Check my article:    (and if this helped you, please be sure to mention it)
    and the comments I made to it

    The PXE server should take care of the boot server and boot file name options, but if the options are set in DHCP options, the PXE client will use them, whatever the PXE server tells.

    I would unset DHCP option 66 (and 67).

    If there is another issue, please explain what is the problem. For instance if the problem is that you can't have the target using PVS2, please explain what are your test steps and observations.

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