Part 8: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Publishing Applications and Desktops using MCS

Now that we’ve seen how to deploy applications and desktops using PVS, let’s take a look at how MCS (Machine Creation Services) works.


  1. Golden Image + Snapshot
  2. Citrix VDA deployed
  3. Citrix Receiver (Optional)

Creating Machine Catalog

Navigate to Studio -> Machine Catalogs -> Create Machine Catalog

Click Next on the Introduction page

Select the Operating System of your choice, for this particular post, I selected Windows Server OS as we’ll be deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 in the lab

On the Machine Management page, we’re going to select Machines that are power managed and under Deploy Machines Using settings, we’re going to chose Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS)

Remember how we had to create a virtual machine snapshot? Well this is the part where we put that snapshot to use. So, let’s select the virtual machine that we’re going to use as our Golden Image, expand the virtual machine and select the snapshot

We now need to size our future virtual machines as well as the total number of virtual machines that will be needed for this machine catalog

When new virtual machines are created, we need to ensure that basic configuration like joining the virtual machine to Active Directory works correctly, so in this section, we’re going to use the option of Create new Active Directory accounts (computer objects) and we’re also going to specify the location (OU) of where we want to keep these virtual machines in AD. Another important part to define is the Account naming scheme

Provide the Machine Catalog name and the Description

Once you’ve confirmed the settings, click on Finish to provision our Machine Catalog

Once the provisioning is complete, you should see the new virtual machine in the VMware vSphere environment, as well as the new Machine Catalog

The last thing we need to do is create the Delivery Group


Andrey Pogosyan

Andrey Pogosyan is a Virtualization Architect who’s focus is on infrastructure virtualization involving mainly VMware and Citrix products. Having worked in the IT industry for 10+ years, Andrey has had the opportunity to fulfill many different roles ranging from Desktop Support and all the way up to Architecture and Implementation. Most recently, Andrey has taken a great interest in the datacenter technology stack encompassing Virtualization, mainly VMware vSphere\View, Citrix XenApp\XenDesktop and Storage (EMC, HP, NetApp).

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