Attempt to Boot PVS Target with BDM ISO Results in “No ARP Reply”

I recently ran into a problem booting a provisioned XenApp target using Provisioning Services 6.1. The target was set to boot a maintenance version of a known good vDisk. The resulting error was “No ARP Reply”.


This target was using a BDM .iso boot configuration, running under XenServer 6.02, and we were using Provisioning Server 6.1 with all latest available hotfixes.

If this same target was set to boot a Production/Testing version of the image, it would boot fine. At first it seemed the obvious problem was that there was a problem with the associated .avhd, but this exact problem was able to be replicated using another target device, and another .vhd image altogether.

It appears this may be a bug in the Provisioning Server 6.x product, but this problem can be worked around by adding the following registry entry on all your Provisioning Servers:

HKLM\Software\Citrix\ProvisioningServices\SkipBootMenu [DWORD]

Value Behavior

  • 0 Not Defined, normal behavior (default)
  • 1 Don’t send a boot menu to device. Automatically pick the first item that would been on menu and act as if it was the only version assigned, ignoring the device type.
This will eliminate the boot menu altogether, so may only be a usable workaround if this menu is not required in your environment.

Citrix also states that another client worked around this by using PXE instead of BDM.



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