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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So courtesy of Doug's site, comes news of an updated Article from Citrix regarding Cloning of Servers

Citrix notes....

Server Cloning

Server cloning can provide more rapid deployment than a scripted installation. A few steps are required for cloning servers. These steps vary depending on the type of data store used for the farm, and are described in the following sections. Presentation Server is compatible with server cloning, but cloning software can cause the operating system or its add-ons to function incorrectly after being cloned. When using server cloning, it is important to clone one server and test its functionality before deploying the rest of the farm. Also, although Citrix supports server cloning if done by documented procedures, it is considered a best practice to use an automated installation process for building and rebuilding servers so that a clean server build is assured.

I appreciate that Citrix's point is that you should always clone *without* Presentation Server, but I would suspect that this is chiefly down to the problems that will be encountered if you run something like SysPrep on a Server that has had it's drives mapped?

If this is something that you have encountered (And you've got the dreaded Gina error?) the fix is:
Run the server up using Bart's PE
Run ERD Commander and set the System Drive
Run RegEdit and navigate to HKLM\System\MountedDevices

From here you will probably find that in addition to the M and N drive (or whatever they were mapped to) there will be a C drive - delete the reference to the C Drive and reboot - or at least you should now find this is fine for ghosting away?

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 7:40 AM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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