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Merge PVS image to base

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Convert PVS images from XenServer to VMware


On a recent project, a customer had Citrix Provisioning Server 6.1 delivering XenApp and XenDesktop images to XenServer 6.0.2. They required a conversion of the XenApp and XenDesktop images to VMware vSphere 5.1 to simplify their DR plan. They also requested an upgrade to Provisioning Server 7.1 as part of the project.

Rather than rebuild each image, we decided to convert the images from VHD to VMDK and convert back to VHD for PVS 7.1 streaming to vSphere 5.1. Here are the steps we took to complete this task.

  1. Right-click the image and select¬†Version…


  1. Select Merge…


  1. Select Merge Base and Maintenance Mode, click OK


  1. Wait for the image to finish merging

OPTIONAL: While Windows makes the magic happen, open resource manager to monitor disk reads and writes on the VHD files.


  1. Once the merge has completed, click Done.


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