From the dawn of time when WinFrame roamed the earth, sharing NT3.51 with multiple users at the same time, to the glorious future where you can run windows 8 on anything with a screen the Citrix Goon has toiled behind the scenes. Taming rouge print drivers, striking out against bloated user profiles and making apps run despite their global mutex are all tasks the are considered "in a days work." All this in his quest to make the Citrix user experience suck less.
Monday, March 17, 2014
VMware Tools Beat Down My PVS-ed Servers
Citrix PVS is a magical technology that allows the OS to be streamed to you servers/desktops but it has a weak spot. In PVS the network equals the disk. My VMware goon was performing patching on my ESXi host and one of the patches included updated VMware tools. VMware is configured to automatically update tools by default when the VMs start back up. I ended up with servers full of VMs that would boot up and work for a minute or so and then lock up hard. In troubleshooting, I discovered the tools CD was mounted on every box. Two ways to avoid this.