Hardware mirror is not the best approach (it can work, but it is not recommended) and here is why. - Not Hardware Agnostic - No business continuity (if you servers got hit by a virus, how do you rebuild the farm? you'll be mirroring over a contaminated server) - NewSid and Sidgen do not know how to deal with DCOM ACLs and the sort. - For Ghost like images. The amount of work required to get the a PS 4.0 or PS 4.5 server running, you could have run a post image script to install PS 4.x nice and cleanly. Joe Also, the DSN does not need to be changed... Citrix removed that requirement as of MetaFrame XP FR3. On 5/2/07, Angus Macdonald <Angus.Macdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
For our Citrix deployment we always build a first server and test it to death. Once we're happy, we either use RAID mirroring to replicate the contents of the hard drive to the other servers (break the mirror, move one drive to another server, use that to rebuild its' own RAID array, rinse and repeat) or, thanks to some troublesomely intelligent RAID controllers on recent Dell servers, use Symantec Ghost to take an image of the hard drive and restore it to the new servers. Once the image is restored, take the server off the network before starting it up. Login and run a SID-changing utility (like newsid) before renaming the server, giving it a new IP address and tweaking the Citrix DSN. That's always worked for us. -----Original Message----- *From:* thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]*On Behalf Of *Nick Smith *Sent:* 02 May 2007 10:11 *To:* thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx *Subject:* [THIN] Server Replication A general question. Our 'farm' has finally reached the point where we will need to be having identical servers (Yes I know relying on single servers is bad practice, but cost constraints are high) in load-balanced mode. This is plain Terminal Server 2003. I'm more or less on top of the session-sharing elements, but would appreciate opinions on the best methodologies/software to replicate current servers, and/or ensure new builds are identical. Any advice greatly welcomed. Nick This e-mail is confidential and is intended only for the attention of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, this e-mail should not be disclosed to any other person. Please notify the sender immediately and delete this e-mail from your computer system. Although this e-mail has been checked for viruses and other defects, no responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage arising from its receipt or use.