Citrix XenDesktop with Microsoft Hyper-V Design Guide

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance around designing a virtual desktop deployment that leverages Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop 4 for the infrastructure. This document is not to be considered a replacement for other XenDesktop design guidance, but rather as an addendum that will assist in design decisions specifically related to using Microsoft Hyper-V as the hypervisor.
This document represents a more detailed level of guidance from the XenDesktop Modular Reference Architecture available at
The information contained in this document was gathered during the joint Citrix and Microsoft testing of XenDesktop on Hyper-V.

This document assumes the reader is already familiar with the basic architecture of XenDesktop and has a detailed understanding of the functionality.

This document is not a step-by-step guide for implementing Microsoft technologies such as App-V or System Center with XenDesktop but rather this document focuses on optimizing a Hyper-V installation with XenDesktop based on business requirements.
For simplicity, the document starts with an overview of the XenDesktop architecture when deployed using Microsoft Hyper-V. The next section covers the design decisions that are specific to the Hyper-V environment. The final portion discusses some of the considerations when deploying XenDesktop to a large environment. After reading this document, the reader will be able to effectively design a XenDesktop deployment on Microsoft’s hypervisor.

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