Manage Delivery Groups allow and restrict Users and groups to use desktop in Citrix delivery group


I have created 3 delivery groups in my test LAB.

To give access to these delivery groups I shall create 3 different groups in Active Directory.

I shall create 3 users and make them members of the group.

Next I shall give access to the delivery group from Citrix studio.

Below is the delivery group list.

Below is the list of users and groups

Added all 3 users in security group member list

Now login to Citrix Studio server and open console.

Click Delivery Groups

Select Delivery group from list where you want to do access modification 

Click Edit delivery group

Select Restrict use of this delivery group to the following users.

Click Add 

Enter group name that you want to allow access

Click check name and Okay

Click apply and Ok

Now click on delivery group from the list

And click Details, you will see delivery group details.

Now access Storefronts from Web console

Enter user id and password 



Click on Desktops 

Now you will see a mapped desktop in web console.

Launch Desktop from console

What is VMWare vSAN and how to configure vSAN step by step


What is VMWare vSAN and how to configure vSAN step by step

VMware vSAN uses a software-defined approach that creates shared storage for virtual machines. It virtualizes the local physical storage resources of ESXi hosts and turns them into pools of storage that can be divided and assigned to virtual machines and applications according to their quality-of-service requirements. vSAN is implemented directly in the ESXi hypervisor.

You can configure vSAN to work as either a hybrid or all-flash cluster. In hybrid clusters, flash devices are used for the cache layer and magnetic disks are used for the storage capacity layer. In all-flash clusters, flash devices are used for both cache and capacity.

You can activate vSAN on your existing host clusters and when you create new clusters. vSAN aggregates all local capacity devices into a single datastore shared by all hosts in the vSAN cluster. You can expand the datastore by adding capacity devices or hosts with capacity devices to the cluster. vSAN works best when all ESXi hosts in the cluster share similar or identical configurations across all cluster members, including similar or identical storage configurations. This consistent configuration balances virtual machine storage components across all devices and hosts in the cluster. Hosts without any local devices also can participate and run their virtual machines on the vSAN datastore.

If a host contributes its local storage devices to the vSAN datastore, it must provide at least one device for flash cache and at least one device for capacity. Capacity devices are also called data disks.

The devices on the contributing host form one or more disk groups. Each disk group contains one flash cache device, and one or multiple capacity devices for persistent storage. Each host can be configured to use multiple disk groups.

Steps to configure vSAN cluster

Login to vCenter

Select cluster -> Configuration 

Go to vSAN left below -> Select service and click configure

Select vSAN cluster type

While enabling vSAN cluster service you need to disable HA temporarily.

Select the service type that you want to enable

Claim disk for cache and capacity tier

From each host there will be once cache tier and one capacity tier

Always keep cache tier SSD disk for high performance

Cache tier will keep hot data and capacity tier will keep cold data

Click next you will see list of the host that will be part of cluster

If you want to add additional you can add from here as well

Click Finish

Now login to vCenter -> Select go to storage and you will vSAN Datastore created here.

How to view all rules and monitors running on an agent-managed computer?


How to view all rules and monitors running on an agent-managed computer?

To view all rules and monitors running on the agent we need to login in SCOM console

Click monitoring

Select monitoring and click Operation manager 

Expand the option and select Agent details 

Expand and click agent health state

Select Agent from the list that you want to check

Select Agent state

Click show running rules and monitors for this health service

Click Run

Allow it in IE now you will see created and applied rules on the host.

Steps to Add or Manage ESXi host with Distributed switch in vCenter server 7.0


Steps to Add or Manage ESXi host with Distributed switch in vCenter server 7.0

Login to vCenter server

Select vDS switch -> Right click and select Add and Manage Hosts

Click Add host

Click next

Click new host and select host from the list that you want to add in vDS and manage through Distributed switch

Click next

Select free NIC and assign to uplink 

Check mark on Apply this uplink assignment to the rest of the hosts

Click OK

Now VMNIC1 from all 3 hosts have assigned to uplink 2 

Click next

Click Next and select the correct VMK0 that you want to migrate. In my case I am not going to migrate I shall do it later.

Select the port group name

Select the kernel port and assign to port group, if you want to migrate incase not they click next 

Check mark on Migrate virtual machine networking, if you want to migrate the VM with VM network.

Click next and finish.

Once you will add host it will look like below.

Steps to create Distributed switch and port in vCenter server 7.0

 Steps to create Distributed switch and port in vCenter server 7.0

Login to vCenter server 

Select Datacenter Name and right click -> Select Distributed Switch 

Select new Distributed switch

Give distributed switch Name & Click next

Select ESXi version, in my case I am selecting higher version

Specify number of uplinks

Check mark to create a default port group  

Give port group name: MGMT

Click next

Click Finish

Now a Distributed switch has created.

To create additional port group 

Select Distributed Switch -> Right click and select Distributed port group

Select new distributed port group

Give port group name

Modify the changes as per your requirements

Click next and finish

Now I have created 4 port groups as per my requirements.

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