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4.XD 5.6 - XenDesktop VMware and Golden Image Best practice

Posted on 2013-06-16
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We have deployed XD 5.6 on VMWare 5  using vCenter 5
All looks well for now.

I have 4 hosts which will act as Desktop Pod (i.e host the virtual desktops)

Some doubts I have :

1.What is the best way to structure the hosts under vCenter.

Shall I create a folder or Datacenter first > Then a vApp , or Cluster or Resource Pool or a combination
I wish to have a highly available environment and a best performance , maybe hierarchy doesnt matter much , but i would really appreciate any suggestions

Any one who has had the experience with what hierarchy should i design in VCenter to host my desktops.

2.The VM that acts as the golden Image for my future Virtual Desktops , (I got a suggestion to fine tune it and then turn it off and manually create a snapshot of it) , Then use the snapshot for the catalog creation in XD instead of the golden image itself.  Any more suggestions on this .
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I'm answering question 2 as first one can be structured as per your classifications. For second one, I don't think you are using Provisioning server for XenDesktop. That is the best way for managing golden image, easy administration and cost-effective one (saves you more on storage space). With a streamed VM, you can stream a single vDisks to multiple VDI. You can create one or more golden vDisk and later stream only the production vDisks. In future, you can only edit the golden Vdisk.

If you're not using streamed one, the above one suggested by you makes sense(only thing you're missing benefits of PVS and cost on storage).
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Thank you and yes we are using MCS
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