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Sep 25 / The Architect

First look at Citrix Kaviza “VDI-in-a-box” – part 1: setting up the server

Kaviza dashboard

Setting up the server

This is part one of an in-depth look at the Kaviza “VDI-in-a-box” solution that Citrix acquired earlier in the year.

Part one (this post) – setting up the server and preparing our master image

Part two – Preparing our first master image

Part three – Creating a template from our first image and assigning to users

Download the virtual appliance

Kaviza server is supplied as a virtual appliance for both XenServer and ESX/VSphere.

Kaviza offer a 30-day free trial which is great for labs. Citrix partners can also download a six month trial license key from mycitrix.

Import appliance into XenServer

This is a simple process as the appliance is supplied in the .xva format (Xen Virtual Appliance) that means it imports will all the correct cpu, memory and networking requirements already pre-configured. You just need to choose the storage repository you wish to use, and the network that the appliance NIC will be connected to.

Once imported, I encountered my first issue – the appliance refused to obtain an IP address via DHCP from my Windows 2008R2 DHCP server VM. I’ve covered this in it’s own blog post as it’s quite a useful snippet relevant to Linux in general.

Configure appliance for Hypervisor

Once the appliance is accessible over the network, you can login using the default “kavizaadmin/kaviza” credentials to the web

Kaviza Hypervisor configuration

We will  configure our XenServer host and iSCSI storage repository.

You also configure the Network that the desktop VMs will connect to.

The next step is to configure the Kaviza Grid. You are given the option of joining an existing grid, or creation a new one. As this is our first server, we’ll create a new grid.

Grid configuration

Now we’ve created a new Grid, we need to configure a database for users. We can either use a native Kaviza database, or link with an existing Active Directory domain. We’ll do the latter.

User database configuration

We need a userid and password to bind with AD along with details of one of the domain controllers

AD configuration

Our appliance is now fully configured, and we’re taken to the main admin dashboard.

Kaviza dashboard

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Note the important warning – Kaviza has detected that our appliance has been given an IP address via DHCP, and thus could be liable to change in the future, and has asked us to create a DHCP reservation to ensure that we always get the same IP address in the future.

In part two I’ll take a look at creating our first master image.



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