For decades, a goal of desktop management has been getting to "a single image", a single, central source from which all desktop configurations begin their lifecycle. With the release of Citrix App layering, that goal need no longer be unattainable.
In this sixth course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Integrate App Layering, you'll learn how Citrix App Layering fractures the traditional desktop image process into individual OS, platform, and app layers that can be logically assembled into layered desktop images. First, you'll learn the mechanics behind the Citrix App Layering approach. Then, you'll deploy and configure the Enterprise Layer Manager (ELM) appliance. Next, you'll prepare individual OS layers, platform layers, and app layers that assemble together to create layered desktop images. Finally, you'll explore the use of user layers and elastic layers for their additional flexibility in managing desktop images. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to finally achieve that single image goal for all your CVAD desktops.
Course Overview Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you've found the sixth course in my learning path on Installing and Managing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, also known as CVAD. I am author evangelist and a full‑time author here at Pluralsight, and I've been building, managing, and helping others with Citrix environments since the days this product was known as WinFrame. Our conversation in this learning path so far has highlighted the mechanics of preparing and deploying virtual desktops and their applications to users, but it hasn't exactly focused on the extra administrative challenges of the images themselves. As your number of applications and images grow large, so does the extra effort in maintaining them. Citrix App Layering is a solution that aims to resolve some of this difficulty by fragmenting your images into many individual layers. In this sixth course out of nine, we'll begin with an exploration of how Citrix App Layering actually works. Then, we'll deploy and configure the Enterprise Layer Manager appliance, which is the core of Citrix App Layering. Next, we'll use that appliance to create a series of OS, platform, and application layers that we can deploy as layered images. Finally, we'll explore the just‑in‑time approach you get by deploying elastic layers and user layers. If you've just been tasked with building a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment, this course is your next stop in brushing up on those skills for success. And then from here, you'll be ready to continue on the learning path as we integrate Workspace Environment Manager, Explore Advanced Management, and Migrate to Citrix Cloud. Let's get started.