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Difference between Citrix Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services

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Hello there,

I would like to know the difference between Citrix Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services?

Please advise.

Thanks and Regards.
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Question by:goprasad
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The biggest difference is there is no infrastructure requirements for MCS.  PVS requires a lot of infrastructure.

When you install XenDesktop you have installed everything you need for MCS.  Which means MCS is a lot simpler to use than PVS.
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PVS streams a single vDisk (VHD) to a number of target devices. MCS on the other hand uses a golden image to create linked clones and provisions it to users.

PVS can manage physical devices like blades by installing the VDA (Virtual Desktop Agent) on it. On the contrary, MCS is limited to HVDs or Hosted Virtual Desktops.
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Hello Carl, We are looking to set-up XenDesktop farm for 300 users and will be using dedicated desktops. And we are planning to use MCS. What do you suggest. Please advise.
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why use xendesktop?  use straight VMs.  what are you gaining by using xendesktop for dedicated desktops?  nothing.
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Sorry what I meant was persistent desktops, rather than pooled -random desktops.
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With persistent desktops you do not even need XenDesktop.
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