Citrix PVS 7.8 Server Upgrade
Before starting your PVS Server 7.8 or any version upgrade there are a couple things you should do that will allow you to perform the upgrade without impacting your users or streaming virtual machines.
Target devices that are not using a vDisk that is in HA mode will not be diverted to a different server. If a vDisk is misconfigured to have HA enabled, but they are not using a valid HA configuration (Provisioning Servers and Store , target devices that use that vDisk can lock up.) To avoid having your virtual machines lock up follow the steps below.
First check your Stores and verify all PVS servers are selected to be able to provide your stores.
Next you will want to check vDisk Load Balancing to make sure your vDisks aren’t pinned to one server.
Now that you have confirmed your vDisks are replicated, go to Servers > right click on the PVS Server and choose Rebalance Devices.
Rebalance the target devices while you upgrade one PVS server at a time. If you choose not to rebalance the target devices they should automatically reconnect to the other PVS server when PVS Configuration Wizard stops and restarts the Stream Service.
After the download completes, right click on the ISO and select Mount ISO. Open Autorun.exe
Select Server Installation.
Click Finish when completed successfully.
After you click Finish, the Provisioning Services Configuration Wizard should automatically open.
Citrix Provisioning Services Configuration Wizard
Verify that you have backed up the Provisioning Server database before proceeding.
Select the option that fits your DHCP configuration in your environment.
Choose the option for how your environment is configured.
During an upgrade you will select Farm is already configured.
PVS Database migrations or moving the PVS Server to a different farm with another database you select Join existing farm.
Create Farm is for new PVS deployments.
Type in the license server name. You should make sure you are running the latest license server software version available.
Type in the service account, domain and passwords for the existing service account you use.
Type in your SQL Server name, if you have any other specifics like Instance name, ports or mirror failover add those details and click Next to continue.
Choose your existing Farm Name from the drop down.
Select your Existing Site and choose the Site Name.
Select the existing Default Store from the drop down.
Leave the check box selected for “Automate computer account password updates” and default of 7 days between password updates.
Choose your Streaming Network and Management Network.
Verify Communication and Console Ports.
Use the default option to use the Provisioning Services TFTP Service.
Wait for the configuration settings to finish and services to start. Click Done when completed successfully.
When you install the PVS 7.8 Server Software and run the configuration wizard on your other servers, the database upgrade is ignored because the database was upgraded when the first server was upgraded.
If the services fail to restart during the configuration wizard, its most likely because you have the wrong password for your Soap and Stream service account.
Verify the password is correct and either run the configuration wizard again or go to Services.msc and change the password on the Citrix PVS Soap Server and Citrix PVS Stream Service.
Double click on the Soap service and go to the Log On tab. Change the password and click OK. Then start the service.
Installing Citrix PVS 7.8 Console
Select Console Installation.
Launch your Citrix Provisioning Services Console and Connect to your Farm. Verify PVS target devices are booting and streaming correctly before proceeding to upgrade your other PVS Servers.