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Automation for HPE SimpliVity and Citrix Cloud (Hyper-V)

Automation for HPE SimpliVity and Citrix Cloud (Hyper-V) plugin installs or uninstalls Citrix Cloud Connector of a resource location on SimpliVity Hyper-V server.

Release Notes

This is the first version of HPE SimpliVity plugin for Citrix Cloud which installs and configures Citrix Cloud Connector. Major aspects of this plugin that are covered in this release are:

  • Proxy implementation is a preview feature (beta) in version 1.0
  • Secure SSL/HTTPS enabled on SimpliVity OmniCube controller (OVC) IP address to connect using REST APIs
  • DHCP Server is required for assignment of IP’s to Cloud Connector VMs
  • VM template is tested on Windows 2016 Operating System

Few caveats of this Hyper-V plugin:

  • SCVMM templates are not stored in SimpliVity and base VM satisfying the template requirements are used to perform SimpliVity clone
  • Hosts in SimpliVity clone are automatically selected during deployment. Live migration should be working in the SCVMM setup to migrate VM to the user specified host. If live migration is not supported, VM placement is not guaranteed to reside on the specified host
  • SCVMM should run on default port 8100

Citrix Cloud Connector

Citrix Cloud Connector acts as an interface between the Citrix Cloud and on-premise resource location. This helps in managing the hosts and virtual desktops from the cloud by removing the need for complex solutions and networking. Each resource location is recommended to have more than one cloud connector to provide high availability (HA). However, it is laborious to configure or de-configure Citrix Cloud Connector whenever a resource location is created or deleted.

This plugin automates the installation of Citrix Cloud connectors by deploying virtual machines (VMs), adding them to Active Directory (AD), downloading Citrix Cloud Connector and installing it.

Version

Citrix Cloud Connector installation on HPE SimpliVity storage using Microsoft SCVMM plugin is tested on the following versions:

HPE SimpliVity

  • OmniCube Controller: 3.7
  • API Version: 1.8

Microsoft SCVMM

  • Client: Windows 2016
  • Build: 4.0.2314.0

Usage

To use this plugin, download the plugin from package/HpeCitrixPlugin.zip and follow the steps in the user guide, located in docs directory, to install and configure SimpliVity plugin for SCVMM

At a high level, download the HPE SimpliVity Citrix Cloud Connector plugin (connector plugin)

  1. Download the plugin HpeCitrixPlugin.zip
  2. Extract the plugin to C:\Users\Public
  3. Login to SCVMM Manager and upload the CitrixSimplivity.zip Add-in from the path C:\Users\Public\HpeCitrixPlugin
  4. Close and reopen the SCVMM Management console to reflect to access the new plugin
  5. Accessing the plug-in by click on Simplivity-Citrix Connector in VMs and Services

Plugin Development

To develop new features or fix bugs in the plugins, refer the code in the dev directory

  • Code for the JAVA application is available in dev/GUI
  • Powershell scripts to configure and deconfigure SCVMM are available in dev/HpeCitrixPlugin/Configuration
  • Manifest files related to the new SCVMM Add-in are available in dev/HpeCitrixPlugin
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