VMware vSphere ESX 4.1 and newer. Depending on the Provisioning Services version.
- Supported Provisioning Services PXE NIC.
- ESX 4.x – E1000
- ESX 5.0 and newer – VMXNET3
- Template VM and the master VM.
- Both must have the same guest operating system, configuration, and virtual machine version. Mismatches cause the process to stop unexpectedly.
- Provisioning Services and ESX virtual machine version.
- vCenter 5.5 defaults to virtual machine version 8, which is for ESX 5.0.
- Virtual machine version must be changed prior to OS installation.
- Template and master VM must have the same virtual machine version.
- Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 with VMXNET3 NICs.
- Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 without service packs — Install Microsoft iSCSI hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2344941 and restart the VM before installing Provisioning Services target device software.
Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 with service pack 1 – Install Microsoft iSCSI hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2550978 and restart the VM before installing Provisioning Services target device software.
- For ESX 5.0 only, the Interrupt Safe Mode must be enabled on the Provisioning Services bootstrap. Otherwise, the VM displays a partial MAC address during reboot.
- With ESX 5.5, a VM created using the Web client defaults to virtual hardware version 10 (ESX 5.5) and a VM created using the vSphere client defaults to version 8 (ESX 5.0).
- When using multiple NICs in ESX VM, be aware that the NIC order in the VM’s properties, BIOS, and OS do not necessary line up in the same order. For example, a VM with three NICs in the VM’s properties does not guarantee that they will be in the same order in the BIOs or Windows. Keep this in mind when making your choices for the streaming NIC. This should be the first NIC in VM’s properties. You can choose the PXE NIC in the BIOS.
- Host record – Regardless of the ESX version, the host’s address for the XenDesktop host will be that of the vCenter system. Do not enter the address used by the web client.