Installing Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1.16 (Hotfix CPVS61016) as full installation

In this step-by-step installation guide I will install the Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1.16. I will use hotfix CPVS61016 as source for this installation because this hotfix actually contains the full installation. The source for this hotfix can be downloaded here.

Windows Server 2012 is not officially supported for this installation, so the installation takes place on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server. For this installation I will use my current DHCP server and Microsoft SQL 2008 server which are installed on a separate server.

For this installation you have to do some preparations. There must be a Citrix License server available with the proper licenses. For the vDisk Store there should be a folder created (local on the PVS server or on the network) and a service account must be created.

Service account permissions

The service account need the following permissions;

Database:

–        DB_Datareader;
–        DB_Datawriter;
–        Execute permissions on stored procedures;

System:

–        Run as service
–        Registry read access
–        Program Files\Citrix\Provisioning Services (Full Control)
–        Read/write access to any vDisk location
–        If using Personal vDisks with XenDesktop, XenDesktop Full administrator privileges.

Active Directory:

–        Domain User
–        Create, Reset, and Delete computer object permissions on relating OU’s
–        Reset password permissions on relating OU’s

User who performed the installation

The user you are using for the Citrix Provisioning Services Server installation needs the following SQL Database permissions;

– DBCreator
– SecurityAdmin

Prerequisites

Citrix Provisioning Services has the following prerequisites;

Provisioning Services Console Requirements

–         Microsoft Management Console 3.0
–         Windows PowerShell 2.0
–         Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1

Provisioning Services Server

–        Microsoft .NET SP1 3.5

Windows Target Device

–         Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1

DHCP Scoop options

If PXE is not an option in your environment, you can configure the DHCP services to delivers the bootstrap file location. You can do this with the following DHCP scoop options;

–        66: Boot Server Host Name
–        67: Bootfile Name (ARDBP32.BIN)

Installing the Citrix Provisioning Services Console (step-by-step)

PVS_Console_Install_01

 

Start the Citrix Provisioning Services Console setup (PVS_Console_x64.exe) and click “Install”.

PVS_Console_Install_02

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Console_Install_03

 

Select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click on “Next”.

PVS_Console_Install_04

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Console_Install_05

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Console_Install_06

 

Select “Custom” and click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Console_Install_07

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Console_Install_08

 

Click on the “Install” button.

PVS_Console_Install_09

 

Click on the “Finish” button.

Installing the Citrix Provisioning Services Server (step-by-step)

PVS_Server_Install_01

 

Start the Citrix Provisioning Services Console setup (PVS_Server_x64.exe) and click on the “Install” button.

PVS_Server_Install_02

 

For the Database Mirroring feature, the SQL native client is required on the server. If you want to use this feature, press the “Yes” button.

PVS_Server_Install_03

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_04

 

Select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click on “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_05

 

Fill in the requested information and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_06

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_07

 

Select “Custom” and click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_08

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_09

 

Click on the “Install” button.

PVS_Server_Install_10

 

Click on the “Finish” button.

PVS_Server_Install_11

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_12

 

In my PoC environment the DHCP Services runs on another server.
Select what is applicable and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_14

 

This is the first PVS server so choose the option “Create farm” and click “Next”

PVS_Server_Install_15

 

Fill in the requested information and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_16

 

Fill in the requested information and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_17

 

Fill in the vDisk Store folder created during the preparations and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_18

 

Fill in the requested information for the License Server and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_19

 

Fill in the Service account information created during the preparations of this installation and click “Next”.

PVS_Server_Install_20

 

Select “Automate computer account password updates” and click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_21

 

Click on the “Next” button.

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Select “Use the Provisioning Services TFTP service” and click the Next button.

PVS_Server_Install_23

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Server_Install_24

 

Click on the “Finish” button.

PVS_Server_Install_25

 

Click on the “Done” button.

Installing the Citrix Provisioning Services Target Device (step-by-step)

The Citrix Provisioning Service Target Device supports the following operating systems;

–         Windows Server 2003 SP1 (32 or 64-bit); all editions
–         Windows Server 2008 (32 or 64-bit); all editions
–         Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (standard, DataCenter, Enterprise)
–         Windows XP Professional (32 or 64-bit)
–         Windows Vista (32 or 64-bit) ( Business,  Enterprise, Ultimate with retail licensing)
–         Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1 (32 or 64-bit) (Enterprise, Professional, Ultimate)

The Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 is only supported in Private vDisk Image mode.

PVS_Target_Install_01

 

Start the Citrix Provisioning Services Target Device setup (PVS_Device_x64.exe) and click “Next”.

PVS_Target_Install_02

 

Select “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click “Next”

PVS_Target_Install_03

 

Fill in the requested information and click “Next”.

PVS_Target_Install_04

 

Click on the “Next” button.

PVS_Target_Install_05

 

Click on the “Install” button.

PVS_Target_Install_06

 

Click on the “Finish” button.

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