This is the second of five courses on managing a Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR environment and/or preparing for the CCA-V certification. This course explores managing delivery controllers, configuring Citrix policies, and more.
This course is the second in a Learning Path of five courses that cover Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR as well as objectives for the CCA-V certification. Courses in this Learning Path follow directly before those in the Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR CCP-V Learning Path. This course discusses the administrative tasks appropriate for a Citrix administrator who is charged with managing an existing XenDesktop environment, including managing delivery controllers, configuring Citrix policies, Provisioning Services, user profiles, and more.
Course Overview Hey, this is Greg Shields. And you've found the second course in my learning path on Citrix XenDesktop version 7. 6 and the CCA-V certification. I am author evangelist and a full-time author here at Pluralsight, and this is, I believe, the fifth version of XenDesktop in all its prior forms for which I've filmed training. This one's going to be good. We're doing things just a bit different this time, though, as we map closely to the objectives and tasks that Citrix makes public in their CCA-V exam preparation guide. We're also taking a different approach in that we're not so much talking about building a XenDesktop environment but rather managing one that's already been constructed. In this second course out of five, we'll be discussing 15 individual areas of XenDesktop management, including managing your delivery controllers, configuring Citrix policies, working with provisioning services, and administering user profiles. If you've just been handed a XenDesktop environment to manage, then 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 maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot that XenDesktop infrastructure. Let's get started.
Manage Server OS Images and Desktop OS Images You might have noticed back in that last module that we skipped a step. In fact, we omitted the entire last step in the process in rolling out new virtual machines after you've made a change. And I've done that kind of on purpose here because I wanted to focus our attentions back on that last module on the tasks associated with the virtual machines themselves. It's here where we're going to change our focus just a bit and assume that the virtual machines are now updated, that we have a successful master template, and use that as our source for then creating and, as you can see here, managing those OS images. This process is slightly different because rather than working on the virtual machines, we're going to be doing our actions here on the delivery controller itself. So it's here where we kind of get into the actual Citrix part of working with XenDesktop. Here, in this module, we have two different tasks working with the two primary constructs that make up a XenDesktop infrastructure. Over one side, you have the machine catalogs. And the machine catalogs, as we've kind of discussed already, are your collections of virtual machines that you can then chop up and use for different purposes. A machine catalog is exactly as it says, it's a catalog of different machines, whether they be servers or desktops, that are provisioned in the same way, that are of the same operating system, that are essentially the same thing, that you can then deliver out to your users. Now, collecting those machines into a catalog is only one step of the process. You need, also, to have a forward-facing view, another way to take the machines you've collected and then present them and their applications to your users. That happens through the other half of these two pieces that make up XenDesktop. Those are your delivery groups. Here in this module, we'll talk, also, about the delivery groups and how you can go about managing the delivery groups. This will also be the first of a couple of different modules of content here that will help you understand the different ways in which XenDesktop can present applications, and desktops, and combinations thereof to the users that require them.
Delegate Administrator Rights We have one more short and sweet topic here before we get into the heavy duty conversation on provisioning services and also on personal V disks and user profiles coming up. And that is our discussion here on the dissemination of admin rights to the other people in your IT organization. If you've ever had to deal with a Role-based access control system in the past, you're probably familiar with how these RBAC systems separate out the who, the what, and the where, and then bring them all together to assign a privilege in a certain location to do certain types of things to the right people in your organization. And as you'll discover here in just a second, there inside of Citrix Studio you'll have the abilities to disseminate out admin rights to most of the different components that make up a Citrix infrastructure. So you can, for example, apply rights for machine groups, for delivery catalogs, and even for things like your storefront servers. Just about all of the rights are contained here in Citrix Studio, with the single exception of, really a couple of exceptions there, of provisioning services. And then later on, as we start talking about NetScaler. Here in this module, we have three different things to talk about, which correspond with the three different thirds of a Role-based Access Control solution. Those are the scopes, the roles, and then the people that those scopes and roles get assigned to. You'll find that in this solution it's perhaps easiest to work with the scopes first. Those scopes identify the whats or the noun associated with what a person should have access to. Once the scopes are defined, well then defining the roles or the verb associated with that noun, is made quite a bit easier. And then and only then does it make sense to consolidate these things together underneath an administrator or a group who should have access to those things and for accomplishing those tasks.
Managing the Store We have a remarkably short, and also maybe strangely positioned, module here on Managing the Store which has everything to do with Citrix's StoreFront server, or StoreFront services. We've been dealing with this service already. It's that little solution. It's that server that exists as you can see here from the map we've been working with. It's that server that exists between your Delivery Controller and the devices your users are using to connect up into your XenDesktop resources. StoreFront is a relatively lightweight service. It really is a web service and may also potentially be a web server as well. I see here that our module is kind of strangely positioned because the topics we'll be discussing here have really more to do with the implementation of StoreFront more so than it's everyday management. It's worth mentioning here that once you have a StoreFront server up and running, you do occasionally have need to add additional stores and/or additional websites. When you create those stores and sites you may also need to configure Beacons for those stores and websites. We'll talk about what Beacons are here in just a second. Sometimes when you create those stores sites, and configure those Beacons, you may also have need to turn on some of the legacy Program Neighborhood Agent features that your store can support. These topics really do have a lot more to do with the installation of StoreFront services, but here in this module I just want to take you very quickly through the steps you would go through should you have need to configure a new store, should you have need to create a new website, and then all the other tasks we're talking about here. We will leave the vast majority of the additional content, the other configurations you might go through in configuring a store on a site, for our second learning path later on, if we talk about the installation of XenDesktop and its services.