One of the many enhancements Citrix made in XenApp v6 is that cloning a server is now much easier that it was in previous versions. Here’s a step-by-step guide, with lots of screen caps:
- Install the updated XenApp Server Configuration Tool.
- Run the XenApp Server Role Manager (Start – All Programs – Citrix – XenApp Server Role Manager – XenApp Server Role Manager):
- Select “Edit Configuration:”
- Select “Prepare this server for imaging and provisioning:”
- On the next screen, check “Remove this current server instance from the farm,” as shown below, then click “Next.” As the pop-up tip indicates, this will save you from having to do it manually later. The server will automatically join the farm when you bring it back on-line.
- On the next screen, click “Apply:”
- The server runs through the items that are needed to prepare XenApp for cloning. Note the informational warning that the settings will be applied when you clone or reboot the server. This means that once your new server comes on-line, it will automatically join the farm that the original server was in (before you removed it in Step 5).
- Back at the XenApp Server Role Manager screen, you can choose to reboot the server (which you probably don’t want to do just yet), or simply close the window and proceed with any additional tasks you may need to perform before cloning, such as Sysprep.
- After you’ve finished any additional tasks, you can shut the server down, and clone it to your heart’s content. When your clones come back on-line, if they have a network connection on the correct IP subnet, they will automatically join the farm. However (“gotcha” alert), if you didn’t Sysprep them, they will all try to join the farm under the same machine name – the one your original server had. So if you didn’t change the name of the server, it’s best to disconnect it from the network, change the name and IP address, reconnect to the network, join it to the AD Domain, and then reboot it so it can join the XenApp farm using the correct name.
If you’re a Citrix “old-timer,” you’ve got to agree that it doesn’t get much easier that this!