Citrix PVS 7.13 – Part 2: Create and Test PVS Image – Windows Server 2016

Starting with a Basic Windows Server 2016 VM, the following need to be completed to prepare a Citrix Master Image for PVS.

Install Citrix VDA on Base PVS Image

Step 1: Open ISO Image (D:\ drive as per below)image4

Step 2: Click on the Start button, next to XenApp


Step 3: Under Prepare Machine and Images , select Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Server OS


Step 4: At environment, select Create a master image, click next


Step 5: At Core Components, leave settings as default and click next


Step 6: At Additional Components, leave settings as default and click next


Step 7: Under Delivery Controller,  Select Do it manuallymaster-image6Step 8: Add Lab-ddc1.lab.local to controller address and click Test Connectionvda6.PNGStep 9: Click Addvda7.PNGStep 10: Select Optimise Performance and Use Windows Remote Assistance, click nextvda8.PNGStep 11: At firewall, leave at automatically and click nextvda9.PNGStep 12: At Summary, Click Installvda10.PNG

Step 13: Virtual Desktop Agent & Citrix Receiver


Step 14: At Call Home, select I don not want to participate in Call Home


Step 15: At Successful Installation, Click Finish to reboot the server



Install Provisioning Service Target Device

Step 1: Launch Provisioning Service ISO, Select Target Device installation


Step 2: Click Target Device installation


Step 3: Click Install at Pre-requisites


Step 4: Installation will occur, this will take a few minutes


Step 5: The Target Device Installation will decompress.


Step 6: Click Next at Welcome to the Installation Wizard for Citrix Provisioning Service Target Device x64


Step 7: Select i accept the terms in the license agreement, Click Next


Step 8: Leave as default, Click Next


Step 9: Leave Destination folder as default, click Next


Step 10: At Ready to install the program, Click Next


Step 11: Installation will begin and take a few minutes to complete.


Step 12: Click Finish at Installation Wizard Completed.


Step 13: Click Yes to Restart after installation completed.



Create PVS Image

Step 1: Click Start -> Citrix -> Citrix Imaging Wizard, Click Next at Welcome to the Imaging Wwizard


Step 2: At Connect to Provisioning Services site, enter the information below and Click Next

  • Server Name or IP:   LAB-PVS1
  • Port : Leave as default
  • Provide Login Credentials for the serve : Use my Windows credentials.


Step 3: Select Create a vDisk, Click Next


Step 4: At Add Target Device, add the following information. Click Next

  • Target device name: LAB-W2K16-PVS-0
  • Network Connection: Auto-generated
  • Collection Name: LAB


Step 5: At New  vDisk, add the following information. Click Next

  • vDisk Name: LAB-W2K16-PVS-MST
  • Store Name: PVS Store
  • vDisk Type: Dynamic
    • VHDX


Step 6: At Microsoft Volume Licensing, Choose KMS. Click Next


Step 7: At What to Image, Select Image entire boot disk. Click Next


Step 8: At Optimize Hard Disk for provisioning Services, Select Optimize the hard disk again for provisioning services before imaging. Click Next


Step 9: At Summary, confirm all the correct settings. Click Next


Step 10: The imaging wizard will run through a number of optimization as previously selected in the wizard.


Step 11: After Optimization is complete, the device will  need to be rebooted. Click Continue


Step 12: A prompt will appear, Click Yes to continue. Please ensure VM is set to Network Boot


Step 13: During Reboot, the Network boot should occur as visible with the below appearing during boot.


Step 14: Login to Device with credentials that where used to begin image capture, after login occurs the below message will appear


Step 15: The Image capture will begin capturing the image and will store the Image in the PVS Store on the PVS Servers.


Step 16: The Wizard should complete and finish. Click Done to complete image capture.


Assign PVS Image to new Device & Confirm Successful Image

Step 1: Login to PVS Server. Click Start ->Citrix ->Provisioning Console

Step 2: At Server Information, Add LocalHost/PVS Server , leave everything else as default and Click Connect.


Step 3: The PVS Server Farm will appear


Step 4: Expand the Tree to LABPVSFRM\Sites\LabSite\Device Collections\LAB


Step 5: Right Click Lab Collection , Choose Create Device


Step 6: At Target Device Properties, add the following information.

  • NAME: LAB-W2K16-P01
  • Type: Production
  • Boot from: vDisk
  • MAC Address: 8E-61


Step 7: Select vDisks Tab, Click Add


Step 8: Select the PVS Store\LAB-W2K16-PVS-MST, Click OK


Step 9: Click OK again


Step 10: Confirm Device is created in the Lab Device Collection


Step 11: Right Click on Created Device, Choose Active Directory> Create Machine Account


Step 12: Select Domain/Organization Unit of the machine account the device will be associated


Step 13: Click Create Account, the click Done


Step 14: Boot the LAB-W2K16-P01 Device, the below message will appear during boot confirming the vDisk associated with the Device.


Step 15: Getting devices ready will appear, this may take a few minutes


Step 16: Device will boot to Login screen.


Step 17: Under Systemtray, Double Click the PVS Disk


Step 18: Virtual Disk Status will appear confirming the Boot Server/vDisk


Step 19: Select Statistics Tab, this shows Boot/Session/Diagnostic Statistics


Step 20: Ensure before shutdown that the following is completed

  • Ensure Antivirus is generalised (as per software vendor recommendation)
  • Ensure Operating System licensing is re-armed
  • Any Management application are adjusted as per software vendor recommendation in PVS environment (ie. SCCM, Appsense etc)
  • Clear Logs Directory/Events in Apps/System/Security

Step 20: Ensure the vDisk is changed to Standard mode to be able to deploy to multiple targets.


Previous – Citrix PVS 7.13 – Part 1: Installing PVS on Windows Server 2016– Step by Step

Next –Citrix PVS 7.13 – Part 3: Deploying PVS Images and assigning to Machine Catalog


  1. Thank you. Great article. After all this configuration, do I simply create a delivery and machine group in citrix sudio, then access this through storefront?


    • Hi Luis,
      1. Create additional servers (i.e LAB-W2K16-P01 to LAB-W2K16-P10) within hypervisor. Gather all the Names/MAC address and then add them to PVS Collection assigning the image.
      2.Create Machine Catalogue based on Machine being managed by PVS, Specify the PVS Server and then select PVS Collection. The servers will all then be added to machine catalogue.
      3.Then create delivery group , specify the recently created machine catalogue as well as what exactly you want to publish (i.e Desktop or App) and what users to assign it to.

      After all that, it should appear within storefront

      I will be creating a separate article covering this PVS element, should be uploaded by tomorrow. I will post under this comment the new article/link


  2. hello Wilky,
    on Create PVS Image step 12, after I reboot the host but not see nothing like your step 13 after login it has an error imaging wizard restart error, imageing wizard did not restart, please check your netowkr boot configuration and restart the device. if you want the imaging wizard start check to be done again, select yes, otherwise select no. please advise. thanks


  3. on your step 16 the image pull almost done, and it hang, when check the vdisk on the bottom right side it said the virtual disk – not respond and it sit there, check the the image wizard log it said nothing there. do you have any info why? the not completed


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