Installing Nutanix AHV Plugin on XenDesktop Controllers 1903

Install and register the Nutanix plugin in your XenDesktop Controllers environment. Obtain the Nutanix plugin from Nutanix Support Portal:

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Install Nutanix plugin on the Delivery Controllers follows these steps:

Step 1 – Start the MCS plugin for XenDesktop:

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Step 2 – Accept and next.

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Step 3 – Choose the setup type: XD MCS AHV Plugin

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Step 4 – Review and next.

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Step 5 – Click on Install

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Step 6 – Finish

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Step 7 – Verify that a Nutanix folder has been created in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Citrix\HCLPlugins\CitrixMachineCreation\v1.0.0.0.

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Step 8 – Open the Windows PowerShell and run the commands to register the plugin:

Step 8.1 – PS C:\> Cd “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Citrix\HCLPlugins\”

Step 8.2 – PS C:\> Add-PSSnapin Citrix.*

Step 8.3 –  .\RegisterPlugins.exe -PluginsRoot “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Citrix\HCLPlugins\CitrixMachineCreation\v1.0.0.0”

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Restart the Services using below 3 commands:

Step 8.4Restart-Service -Name “Citrix Host Service”

Step 8.5Restart-Service -Name “Citrix Broker Service”

Step 8.6Restart-Service -Name “Citrix Machine Creation Service”

Step 8.7 – Get-HypHypervisorPlugin

Verify that the Nutanix Acropolis plugin has been registered:

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It should be done on both XenDesktop Controllers.

Create a connection to the Nutanix AHV

Step 9 – Select Studio – Configuration – Hosting – Add Connection.

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Step 10 – Select the Nutanix connection type on the Connection page.

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Step 11: Select the Nutanix Network and enter the name to be visible in studio.

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Step 12: Review and finish

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Step 13: The Connection is created as shown below.

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Click Test Connection on the actions panel.

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Create a Machine Catalog that uses a snapshot of a master image you created on the Nutanix hypervisor.

Step 14: On Nutanix Prism, take a Snapshot of the Golden Image

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In the XenDesktop Controller Server

Step 15: Click Create Machine Catalog

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Step 16: Select Desktop OS.

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Step 17: Select “Machine that are power managed” and “Citrix Machine Creation MCS”. Click Next

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Step 18: Select (random) and click next.

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Step 19: Select The Nutanix DataStore for the VMs.

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Step 20: Select the snapshot of the master image.

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Step 21: Select the number of the VMs, Memory and CPU.

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Step 22: Select the default AD location and the naming scheme.

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Step 23: Enter the name for the Machine Catalog and then click Finish.

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Citrix Studio will copy and prepare the VMs as follows

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Review the machine catalog in Citrix Studio.

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Set up The Delivery Groups

Step 24: Click on Set up Delivery Groups and Create Delivery Group

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Step 25: On the Machines page, select a catalog and select the number of machines.

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Step 26: On the Users Page, add the required AD Users group.

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Step 27: On the Applications click Next.

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Step 28: On the Desktops click Add… In the Display name and Description fields, type the information to be displayed in Citrix Workspace app

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Step 29: Add a name for the delivery group and then click Finish.

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Step 30: Status should show as Registered

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Review the Machine in Nutanix Prim.

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Login to the Citrix StoreFront

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Please see the product link below for more details.

https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/docs/details?targetId=NTNX-AHV-Plugin-Citrix:NTNX-AHV-Plugin-Citrix

Let me know in the comments below on what you’ve built and deployed so far with Nutanix, and what your experiences have been with it thus far!

Thanks for reading!

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