Just a couple years ago, Service Templates were introduced in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM).  Service Templates represented a new way to enable complex, multi-VM services that could be quickly, easily, and accurately installed.  To get an idea of just how easy Service Templates can make things, check out this quick overview of the Service Template for SharePoint 2013 developed by some of the writers at the Building Clouds blog.

If you’re one of the thousands of organizations who want to use XenDesktop 7.1 from Citrix, I’m excited to share some great news:

Citrix, in collaboration with Microsoft and Dell, has developed a Service Template for XenDesktop 7.1 that removes all the guesswork and manual effort involved in installing a complete XenDesktop implementation. By providing a few configuration options, an XenDesktop administrator is able to install a complete single-site XenDesktop deployment in about an hour, whereas a manual installation could take a day.

XenDesktop is comprised of multiple VMs running on Microsoft Windows Server and Hyper-V, and can be fully-installed by use of Citrix-developed SCVMM Service Templates, which enables XenDesktop to be easily deployed into a Microsoft private cloud.

Regular readers of the Server & Cloud blog may recall that the XenDesktop 7.1 release added support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 just one week after the general availability for Windows Server.

To learn more about this new feature, check out the blog post from Citrix announcing the Service Template for XenDesktop 7.1 here.