Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS) is one of several options open to Citrix XenDesktop admins for image delivery of virtual desktops and application services. It uses the hypervisor APIs (XenServer, Hyper-V, and vSphere) to create, start, stop, and delete virtual machines. While Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) continues to be a popular choice for image deployment, it is considered a complex solution so many organisations may look to simplify their virtual desktop architecture and implement MCS instead. This is especially true of smaller organisations or environments. Citrix designed MCS to provide many of the benefits of PVS at a lower management cost.
As with Citrix Provisioning Services, Machine Creation Services is used not only to manage the desktop images, but also to reduce the storage capacity requirements of a virtualised XenDesktop or XenApp (7.x) infrastructure. Atlantis ILIO is often used with Citrix MCS to improve performance and further reduce storage requirements.
What are the common questions and best practices for delivering an optimised XenDesktop/App Edition environment when using Atlantis ILIO and Citrix MCS?