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

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Traffic separation

Some concepts play well with optimization no matter what hypervisor you are running. Traffic separation is one of those concepts. It is a good idea to separate your traffic into separate network interfaces for performance and manageability reasons. Two port 10 GbE interface cards are becoming more of a commodity, so you best look into using those. 10 GbE and 1 GbE NICs are common now, and it used to be that when we only had 100 MbE interface cards, Citrix recommended separating traffic in the following way:

Interface

Traffic type

Network Interface 1

Management/HA

Network Interface 2

Virtual machine traffic

Network Interface 3

iSCSI/NFS/NAS/Backup

Network Interface 4

Provisioning

Now, with the proliferation of higher ...

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