When Citrix launched XenDesktop 5 I was mostly wowed by all the new features and great consoles. Citrix did a great job in creating a true VDI platform instead of a XenApp spin off which wasn’t good enough for large VDI environments.
Among with XenDesktop 5 Citrix released a new feature called “Machine Creation Services” (MCS). MCS is a sort of lightweight alternative for Provisioning Services (PVS). To be completely honest I totally ignored the feature at first because of the negative IOPS and scalability impact but the last couple of weeks customers are asking about it.