Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Fast Track


5 days


Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that you have a basic understanding of the following technologies:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Remote Desktop Services
  • Network and storage devices, device drivers, and operating systems
  • Networking concepts, such as DNS, DHCP, IIS, load balancing, and file and printing services
  • Active Directory and group policy
  • Server, desktop, and application virtualization concepts
  • Citrix XenApp

Course Content

This fast-paced course provides the foundation necessary for you to effectively centralize and manage desktops and applications in the datacenter and deliver them as a service to users anywhere. You will learn how to build XenApp and XenDesktop environments; assign virtual desktops; deliver published resources and printers to users; use policies to customize farm settings and the user experience; and administer the environments. In addition, you will learn how to build a Provisioning services farm to enable single-image desktop management.

This fast-paced course consists of five-intensive days of hands-on lab and lecture. If interested in this course you should note that the class is expected to run approximately nine hours each day. In addition, You are expected to self-study select modules designated by the instructor, as not all topics will be covered during the classroom time.

Who should attend

This course is intended for IT professionals, such as server, network, and systems administrators familiar with Microsoft Windows environments, including Windows 2008 R2 administrators. Existing Citrix XenApp administrators interested in increasing their desktop virtualization skills with Citrix XenDesktop, are ideal candidates. Systems engineers, sales engineers, analysts, consultants, and architects are also appropriate candidates for this course.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Install and configure a Citrix license server, import Citrix licenses, configure license monitoring, and view license usage trends.
  • Install and configure Citrix XenApp to create a new farm or join an existing farm.
  • Create administrator accounts and assign custom administrative permissions to the accounts.
  • Configure the logging of administrative changes to a database.
  • Create and apply worker groups that simplify the administration of published resources and policies.
  • Install the Web Interface role.
  • Create and configure XenApp Web and XenApp Services web sites.
  • Customize the layout, content, and appearance of a XenApp Web site.
  • Publish application and server desktop resources for access by users and verify that workspace control works correctly.
  • View and manage user sessions from the administrative console.
  • Install profiling software, profile an application for streaming, and link dependent profiles to allow interaction between streamed applications.
  • Publish a streamed application and verify that the streamed application works correctly.
  • Create policies to improve performance, restrict user access, and shadow user sessions.
  • Test policies to verify that they produce the desired effect.
  • Configure custom load evaluators and apply them to servers and applications.
  • Configure and test failover using a load balancing policy.
  • Install Citrix Receiver, configure and deliver a plug-in package, and verify that self-service applications can be added from a client device.
  • Configure printing including, printer auto-creation, driver compatibility lists, session printers, and printing policies.
  • Configure a XenApp Web site to use an ICA proxy.
  • Identify tools that can be used to monitor XenApp servers and sessions.
  • Identify additional components included with Citrix XenApp Platinum edition.
  • Configure a XenServer host for desktop delivery.
  • Adjust virtual machine properties.
  • Backup virtual machine metadata to shared storage.
  • Import a virtual machine.
  • Install XenDesktop.
  • Add a controller to an existing site.
  • Install, configure and secure Web Interface.
  • Delegate XenDesktop administration.
  • Prepare a master virtual machine.
  • Assign users to pooled virtual desktops and dedicated virtual desktops.
  • Modify desktop catalogs, groups, and a master virtual machine.
  • Use policies and Profile Management to restrict and allow XenDesktop features.
  • Monitor XenDesktop sessions.
  • Shadow XenDesktop sessions.
  • Install and configure Provisioning services.
  • Create a shared vDisk.
  • Create streamed virtual desktops using Provisioning services.
  • Update a vDisk.
  • Identify key features of XenDesktop 5.5.

Detailed Course Outline

The following outline identifies the Citrix XenDesktop topics included in the course. ]Note: Not all topics will be covered by lecture. Students are expected to self-study select modules as designated by the instructor.

Module 1: Introduction and Course Overview

  • Overview
  • Course Outline
  • Citrix Education
  • Course Evaluation and Completion Certificate

Module 2: Introducing Basic Administration for Citrix XenApp 6

  • XenApp 6 Editions
  • XenApp 6 Features
  • XenApp Architecture
  • Delivery Services Console
  • Review

Module 3: Licensing XenApp Overview

  • XenApp Licensing
  • License Administration Console
  • Installing Licensing
  • License File Management
  • High Availability Considerations

Module 4: Installing XenApp

  • Overview
  • Installation Decisions
  • XenApp Server Role Manager
  • Web Interface Decisions
  • Unattended Installation and Configuration
  • Hardware Requirements
  • Software Requirements
  • XenApp Configuration Options
  • Review

Module 5: Configuring XenApp Administration

  • Overview
  • Worker Groups
  • Administrator Privilege Levels
  • Configuration Logging
  • Review

Module 6: Installing and Configuring Web Interface

  • Overview
  • Architecture and Communications
  • Web Interface Installation
  • Site Creation
  • Web Interface Site Modification
  • Specifying Citrix Plug-in Backup URLs
  • Site Appearance
  • Workspace Control
  • Citrix Plug-ins and the Web Interface
  • Authentication Configuration
  • Secure Access Configuration
  • Client-side Proxy Settings
  • Server Configuration
  • Web Interface Site Removal
  • Troubleshooting Web Interface Issues
  • Review

Module 7: Delivering Applications and Content

  • Overview
  • Published Resources
  • VM Hosted Apps
  • Organizing Published Resources for Users
  • Advanced Published Resource Settings
  • Published Resource Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Application Delivery Issues
  • Review

Module 8: Streaming Applications

  • Overview
  • Application Streaming
  • Citrix Offline Plug-in
  • Citrix Streaming Profiler
  • Application Delivery Methods
  • Web Delivery Method
  • Streaming to Servers
  • Publishing a Streamed Application
  • Configuring Sites for Streaming Applications
  • Offline Access Management
  • Troubleshooting Streaming Issues
  • Review

Module 9: Configuring Policies

  • Overview
  • Group Policy Integration
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Policy Rules
  • Policy Filtering
  • Policy Modeling and Troubleshooting
  • Review

Module 10: Configuring Load Management

  • Overview
  • Load Manager
  • Load Balancing
  • Load Calculation
  • Load Evaluator Configuration
  • Load Balancing Policies
  • Preferential Load Balancing
  • Troubleshooting Load Management Issues
  • Review

Module 11: Optimizing the User Experience

  • Overview
  • Optimizing Session Performance
  • HDX Broadcast Reliability
  • HDX Broadcast Session Reliability Considerations
  • HDX RealTime
  • HDX Plug-n-Play
  • HDX MediaStream Multimedia Acceleration
  • HDX MediaStream for Flash
  • SpeedScreen Latency Reduction
  • HDX 3D Image Acceleration
  • HDX 3D Progressive Display
  • User Profiles
  • Troubleshooting User Experience Issues
  • Review

Module 12: Configuring Self-Service Applications

  • Overview
  • Citrix Receiver
  • Citrix Merchandising Server
  • Citrix Dazzle
  • Plug-ins
  • Troubleshooting Self-Service Application Issues
  • Review

Module 13: Configuring Printing

  • Overview
  • Printing Concepts
  • Default Printing Behavior
  • Printer Provisioning
  • Printing Pathways
  • Printer Drivers
  • Citrix Universal Printing
  • Administrator-Assigned Network Printers
  • Workspace Control and Proximity Printing
  • Printing Preferences
  • Printing Bandwidth
  • Troubleshooting Printing Issues
  • Review

Module 14: Securing XenApp

  • Overview
  • XenApp Security Solutions
  • SecureICA
  • Citrix SSL Relay
  • Access Gateway
  • Web Interface Configuration
  • Security Configuration Best Practices
  • Troubleshooting Access Gateway with XenApp
  • Review

Module 15: Monitoring XenApp

  • Overview
  • Health Monitoring and Recovery
  • EdgeSight Monitoring
  • License Usage Monitoring
  • Workflow Studio Overview
  • Accessing the Server Farm using PowerShell
  • Administering the Server Farm using Commands
  • Review

Module 16: Additional Components

  • Overview
  • SmartAuditor
  • Single Sign-on
  • EasyCall Voice Services
  • Branch Optimization
  • Provisioning Services
  • Power and Capacity Management
  • XenServer
  • Review

Citrix XenDesktop 5 Topics

Module 1: Introduction and Course Overview

  • Course Overview
  • Course Outline
  • Connect with Citrix Education
  • Module 2: Introducing XenDesktop
  • Overview
  • Five Core Strengths of XenDesktop
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • XenDesktop Product Family
  • FlexCast
  • HDX Technologies
  • Hosted Desktop Delivery
  • Quick Deploy

Module 3: Configuring the Hypervisor for Desktop Delivery

  • Overview
  • Virtualization
  • Hypervisors
  • Windows Virtual Machine Architecture
  • Templates and Life-Cycle Operations
  • XenConvert
  • Virtual Machine Resource Management
  • Events and Alerts
  • Resource Pools
  • Network Components and Architecture
  • Storage
  • Remote Storage
  • Troubleshooting Hypervisor Issues

Module 4: Installing and Configuring XenDesktop

  • Overview
  • XenDesktop Architecture
  • License File Management
  • Security Considerations
  • Active Directory Considerations
  • Configuring a XenDesktop Site
  • Web Interface
  • Desktop Delivery Communication Process

Module 5: Managing Desktop Catalogs and Groups

  • Overview
  • Administration Roles
  • Preparing a Virtual Desktop for Delivery
  • Machine Creation Services
  • Desktop Catalogs
  • Desktop Groups
  • Troubleshooting Desktop Catalog and Group Issues

Module 6: Customizing the User Experience

  • Overview
  • User Device Types
  • Citrix Receiver
  • Citrix Merchandising Server
  • Profile Management
  • FlexCast for Apps
  • XenDesktop Policies
  • Troubleshooting Customization Issues

Module 7: Monitoring XenDesktop Sites

  • Overview
  • Desktop Director
  • User and Machine Management
  • User Shadowing
  • Troubleshooting Site Monitoring Issues

Module 8: Streaming Desktops to Virtual and Physical Machines

  • Overview
  • Streamed VHDs and Catalogs
  • Provisioning Services
  • Installation Planning
  • Storage Requirements
  • Provisioning Services Installation
  • Provisioning Services Configuration
  • Store Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Installation and Configuration

Module 9: Creating a Shared vDisk

  • Overview
  • vDisk Image Modes
  • Write-Cache Types
  • To Create a vDisk
  • Master Target Device
  • XenConvert Overview
  • Troubleshooting vDisk Creation Issues

Module 10: Administering Provisioning Services Components

  • Overview
  • Provisioning Services Hosts in the Console
  • Target Device Management
  • Active Directory Integration
  • vDisk Management
  • Streamed Desktop Catalogs
  • vDisk Updates
  • Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Issues

Module 11: Delivering Local VM Desktops

  • Overview
  • Local VM Desktops with XenClient
  • XenClient Installation
  • XenClient Configuration
  • Synchronizer Installation and Configuration
  • XenClient User Experience
  • Troubleshooting Local VM Desktop Issues

Module 12: XenDesktop 5.5 New Features

  • What’s New in XenDesktop 5.5?