This is the second of five courses on building a highly-available Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR environment or preparing for the CCP-V certification. This course discusses the preparation activities for building a high-availability environment.
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 CCP-V certification. Courses in this Learning Path follow directly after those in the Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 LTSR CCA-V Learning Path. This course discusses the preparation activities for building a high-availability XenDesktop/XenApp environment.
Course Overview Hey, this is Greg Shields, and you found the second course in my learning path on Citrix XenDesktop Version 7. 6 and Citrix's second level CCP-V certification. 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. The courses in this learning path are in fact a part 2 of our conversation. Our first half focused on the CCA-V certification and managing a XenDesktop environment that's already in production. Here we begin anew and go through all the steps in constructing a brand new, production-ready, highly available XenDesktop environment from the ground up. This one's going to be good. In this second course out of five, we'll be exploring the requirements and recommendations you need to know to prepare for installation. We'll review the XenDesktop and FMA architecture, we'll plan for the database, security, and certificate configurations that we'll later implement, and we'll take a look at the Citrix licenses you need to have before you ever get started. If you've just been tasked with building a new Citrix XenDesktop environment, this course is your first step in brushing up on those skills for success, and then from here you'll be ready to continue on the learning path as we install, configure, and test that newly built XenDesktop infrastructure. Let's get started!
Determine Service Accounts and Security Permissions Next up on our preparation checklist is a look here at the different service accounts and security permissions that you'll need to have prepared as you go through the installation of this whole XenDesktop infrastructure. Here in this module we have four different tasks to discuss that focus on, as I said, the security accounts and permission that we'll need to have to get the database installed, those SQL permissions there for installing XenDesktop's databases, also which service accounts are needed to install XenDesktop itself. I think you'll find that these service account requirements in this version are quite a bit less onerous than how they've been for versions of the past. We also want to talk about what permissions are needed for managing our Active Directory machine accounts, which is yet another topic here which I think you'll be surprised, pleasantly surprised, at how easy this is to implement. And then lastly are some of the service accounts necessary for integrating with some of the other hypervisors we'll be working with like XenServer, Hyper-V, and ESXi. For the latter two of these, because of for Hyper-V and ESXi we're actually working through their management interfaces there with VMM and with vCenter over in ESXi world, that process is a bit more complex than what's required for our XenServer hypervisors, and so for all three of these, but mainly for the latter two of these, I'll show you what you need to set up over in your hypervisor infrastructure to support this integration.