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Optimizing Citrix® XenDesktop® for High Performance by Craig Thomas Ellrod

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Hypervisor Tools

So, why are we even discussing all this? We are discussing this because all the XenDesktop servers, desktops, and applications run inside virtual machines on the hypervisor host. How those virtual machines cooperate with the hypervisor affects performance. The hypervisor you choose, whether it be VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, or Microsoft Hyper-V, will affect the performance of your XenDesktop site. As it turns out, paravirtualization techniques provide the best performance to date. In order to take advantage of the high performance features, hypervisors need to install drivers into the virtual machine. These come in the form of "tools" specific to the hypervisor itself. Along with performance features, these tools also provide ...

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