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Cloning a Citrix 4.5 box in VMWare


  1. Login to the Citrix server you want to Clone
  2. Verify no one is logged in
  3. Shutdown the server…
  4. Once it is shutdown,
    1. open Virtual Center
    2. select the Citrix Server
    3. select Clone to New Virtual Machine
      1. Enter the Name of the New Virtual Machine
      2. Select the Folder
      3. Select the Host/Cluster
      4. Select the correct Resource Pool
      5. Select the Correct Datestore
      6. Select Customize using the Customization Wizard
        1. You will need to enter a valid server name
        1. Enter the Windows License Key and the correct TS CAL’s
        1. Enter the correct Local Administrator Password
        1. Select the correct Time Zone
        1. Citrix and myself Recommend either Static IP or Reserved DHCP
          1. Click Customize…
            1. You will need a valid IP Address to use DO NOT USE THE ONE IN THIS EXAMPLE
        1. Make sure you DO NOT Select “power on the new virtual machine after creation”
      7. Once the Clone has complete successfully
      8. Power on the OLD Server
      9. Click Edit Settings on the New Virtual Machine
          1. Select Network Adapter
          2. Uncheck the Connect at power on
          3. Click OK
        1. Power on the New Virtual Machine
        2. Open the Console
        3. Time to make Citrix Work!
          1. Login once it has finished its sysprep
            1. You will get an alert that a service couldn’t be started
          2. First go through the Registry and replace the old servername with the new servername
            1. There will be roughly 20-30 places to make this change once you start the search you can press F3 to find the next.
          3. First go through the Registry and replace the old IP Address with the new IP Address
          4. Browse to c:\program files\citrix\Independent Management Architecture\MF20.DSN and change the old servername to the new servername Note: you will have to open the file with Notepad
            1. WSID=new servername
          5. Browse to c:\program files\citrix\System32\CtxSta.config
            1. Change UID=STAxxxxxxxxxxxx
              to some random number that hasn’t been used on another server.
          6. Shutdown the Server…
      10. Click Edit Settings on the New Virtual Machine
          1. Select Network Adapter
          2. Check the Connect at power on
          3. Click OK
        1. Power on the New Virtual Machine
        2. Open the Console
        3. Login and add the server to the domain
        4. Change the Page file to 4092
        5. And make the following changes
        6. Reboot and you have yourself a New Citrix Server in about an 1hr – 2hrs
          1. Just make the Following “house cleaning changes” and you are all set.
      11. Open the Presentation Server Console not the Access Console.
          1. Move the Cloned Server to the Correct ZONE
      12. Within the Access Console
          1. Select the New Server and Click Add, Click OK
        1. Close all windows
        2. Reboot
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Posted on April 29, 2011, in Citrix, VMWare, XenApp. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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