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To infinity and beyond w/HP Moonshot for XenDesktop & a little wizardry!

HP Moonshot for XenDesktop

When the moon hits your eye like a big idea oh my that’s innovation…Or something like that.

YouTube link to XenDesktop and HP Moonshot wizard

Earlier in the year at Citrix Synergy 2014, I had a standing room only session where we presented the Moonshot for XenDesktop offering for the fist time and also talked about the new XenApp for Moonshot demo we just showed in the keynote earlier that day . One of the ideas we demonstrated during my session was the XenDesktop and HP Moonshot wizard for creating pooled physical desktops and also controlling power management for pooled physical desktops.

Currently XenDesktop uses the HCL function

To talk to the hypervisor management stack like System Center 2012R2 Virtual Machine Manager to provision virtual machines to and also control power of those virtual machines on HyperV. In the case of HP Moonshot there is no hypervisor which means there is no management stack so the question is then how do you provision pooled physical bare-metal desktops to PVS and control power without the hypervisor and the management stack?

In comes the the XenDesktop SDK and PVS PowerShell to allow us to have the same provisioning and power management without the hypervisor or management stack. Since that Synergy session the master of the QuickShadow code and long time Citrite Ronn Martin @Ronn_Martin has been hard at work building a new version of the Moonshot Wizard that we would love for our customers using HP Moonshot and XenDesktop 7.1, 7.5, and 7.6 to test. Of course we test our code as well so a special thanks to Patrick Brennan from Citrix for being my wingman testing and improving the code all these months. I couldn’t have done this without ya! While this is a great innovation concept between Citrix and HP it is not part of the native Citrix PVS or Studio console and is therefore considered unsupported. However, we welcome any feedback and will do our best to answer any technical questions that may arise using the forum link below.

The Moonshot Setup wizard for PVS can be downloaded using the url below:

•       This has been tested with PVS 7.1 and 7.6

https://msandcitrix.sharefile.com/d/se152eac29dc49548

The Moonshot power management for XenDesktop 7.1 can be downloaded using the url below:

https://citrix.sharefile.com/d/sac62f280738408b8  ( thanks to Ronn for getting that link to me!)

The Moonshot power management for XenDesktop 7.5 and 7.6 can be downloaded using the url below:

https://msandcitrix.sharefile.com/d/s2aa4f717603406a8

XenDesktop and HP Moonshot Wizard YouTube Demo

The  XenDesktop HP Moonshot tools provided  are not currently Citrix supported tools. Use of these tools should be tested carefully and  used in a lab environment. Any feedback or suggestions  should be entered into the following Citrix discussionsurl :

http://discussions.citrix.com/topic/357539-hp-moonshot/?_ga=1.182446823.1562980651.1412023442

Thank you and we look forward to your feedback! @TonySanchez_CTX

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