As we are preparing for the GA release of XtremIO, we already have many production customers, one of the no brainer use cases is using XtremIO for VDI and i see a lot of demand for XenDesktop 7.
while im working on large scale White Paper (Stay tuned!), i wanted to draft some of the considerations you want to think about when using XtremIO with XD7 and Provisioning services (PVS)
1. When using MCS / PVS, please set the “Hosting” parameters to accommodate these numbers (you can actually increase them, depends on the customer Compute resources that are available)
2. When using PVS, make sure the vDisk is aligned to dynamic 16MB which are 4kb aligned as shown below
3. PVS have multiple ways for the write cache, when using a SAN based environment, you will probably going to use the “Cache on device hard drive” in order to increase performance, otherwise, selecting “cache on server” will not result in a good performance
In order to do so, you will have to take the VM that you are going to to convert to a template, yes, it’s the one you installed windows on and then used the XenTools to convert to the master VM.