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Installing, Configuring, and Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

Author: Greg Shields

This learning path covers the Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp platform, focusing specifically on XenDesktop/XenApp 7.15 LTSR (Long Term Service Release). The seven courses in this... Read more

Installing, Configuring, and Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

These courses get you up and running with the knowledge you need to install, configure, and manage Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR.

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Introduction

by Greg Shields

Mar 14, 2018 / 41m

41m

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Description

Whether you're new to Citrix, or have worked with it's many versions, you're aware of how large and complex a beast any XenDesktop implementation can be. Very different from other solutions, you almost have to know everything about XenDesktop to truly appreciate...well...anything about XenDesktop. It's for that reason that this learning path breaks apart the topics in installing and managing XenDesktop into one course for each of it's major components. In this first course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Introduction, you'll first get an introduction to Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR -- Citrix's second "Long Term Service Release" for XenDesktop. Next, you'll explore these courses' subtle alignment with the CCA-V and CCP-V certifications. Finally, you'll discover the virtual machines you'll want to build if you plan on following along. By the time you've finished, you'll be ready to start building your own XenDesktop infrastructure as you progress through the learning path.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction27m
  3. Build Your Lab Environment12m

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Delivery Controller

by Greg Shields

Mar 14, 2018 / 3h 16m

3h 16m

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Take a look in this course at the central core, the communication broker that connects XenDesktop's components together, that being XenDesktop Delivery Controller. In that central location, Delivery Controller's job starts with accepting incoming user requests, and, based on the rules you configure, connecting each individual to the right application or desktop inside the data center. In this second course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Delivery Controller, you'll first begin with a high-level look at everything that makes a XenDesktop deployment, the sum total of components that connect users to their applications and desktops. Next, you'll install Delivery Controller and the XenServer hypervisor. Finally, you will dig into Citrix Licensing. By the time you're finished, you'll have walked through some initial configurations in the Citrix Studio management console.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction6m
  3. Explore the Citrix Architecture and Components38m
  4. Understand Requirements for XenDesktop Installation29m
  5. Configure Citrix Licensing36m
  6. Install Delivery Controller and Configure for HA17m
  7. Install XenServer and Configure for HA47m
  8. Explore Citrix Desktop Studio18m

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Machine Creation Services

by Greg Shields

Mar 14, 2018 / 2h 56m

2h 56m

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With your pair of Delivery Controllers now installed and configured, next up is the creation of machine catalogs both using -- and, in some cases, not using -- Machine Creation Services. MCS is one of Citrix's two solutions for rapidly provisioning out desktops and servers from machine template images. And, some might argue, it's the easier of the two to configure and use over time. In this third course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Machine Creation Services, you'll first begin by exploring the architecture of Machine Creation Services. Next, you'll provision a series of machine catalogs for desktop and server operating systems. Finally, once created, you'll dig into the delivery groups and application groups that connect users to the applications on those machines. By the time you're finished, you'll understand the tasks in updating virtual machine templates and then rapidly deploying them using MCS automations.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction5m
  3. Explore MCS Architecture28m
  4. Prepare Master Virtual Machines and Install VDA39m
  5. Create Machine Catalogs Using Machine Creation Services37m
  6. Create Delivery Groups50m
  7. Update Master Virtual Machines Using Machine Creation Services13m

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Provisioning Services

by Greg Shields

Apr 25, 2018 / 3h 10m

3h 10m

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This course offers a quick sidebar into XenDeskop's other provisioning solution. Provisioning Services arrives as an optional, additional technology for creating new Windows instances that can coexist with Machine Creation Services implemented in the immediately previous course. While both approaches are useful for rapidly deploying Windows instances, Provisioning Services does so via a unique approach in streaming down an operating system from a network-based virtual disk store. These Provisioning Services vDisks become the starting point for each new machine. With them, along with PVS's streaming infrastructure, you need only power on a machine to create a new OS instance. In this fourth course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Provisioning Services, you'll begin by exploring the unique architecture of Provisioning Services. First, you'll learn about its streaming technology. Next, you'll install and configure a highly-available PVS infrastructure and its required prerequisites. Finally, you'll dig into the different approaches for managing target device write caching and then build a series of vDisks for deployment. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with the knowledge you need to determine which of XenDesktop's two solutions you prefer for provisioning your virtual machines.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction7m
  3. Understand the Provisioning Services Architecture31m
  4. Install Provisioning Services47m
  5. Provision Machines Using Provisioning Services39m
  6. Update Machines Using Provisioning Services22m
  7. Manage Provisioning Services and Configure for HA39m

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler Gateway

by Greg Shields

May 11, 2018 / 3h 34m

3h 34m

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In this course you'll return back to the main storyline in the deployment of a XenDesktop Infrastructure, focusing this time on the "last mile" of connectivity all the way down to each user's device. To accomplish this task, you'll focus your attention on three Citrix components: StoreFront services for hosting application and desktop icons, Citrix Receiver for enabling the rich user experience, and NetScaler for securing those connections outside the LAN. In this fifth course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler Gateway, first, you'll walk through the installation and configuration of a pair of highly-available and secure StoreFront servers. Next, you'll explore the surprisingly broad array of options that are available for installing and subsequently configuring the Citrix Receiver client, some of which require little to no involvement by you the administrator. Finally, you'll extend secure access to published applications and desktops out to external, untrusted environments. By the end of this course, you'll get to know some of the other useful features, like service load balancing, that the NetScaler can provide for both internal and external resources.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction9m
  3. Install StoreFront and Configure for HA57m
  4. Deploy Citrix Receiver47m
  5. Secure Remote Access Using NetScaler Gateway59m
  6. Load Balance XenDesktop Components Using NetScaler Gateway38m

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Citrix Policies, User Profiles, and Workspace Environment Management

by Greg Shields

Jun 5, 2018 / 5h 10m

5h 10m

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This course, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Citrix Policies, User Profiles, and Workspace Environment Management, continues with the installation and configuration of your XenDesktop environment with a focus on the end user's experience: the look-and-feel, the allowed attached devices, and the entirety of what administrators allow (and don't allow) when users log in. Accomplishing this task isn't something that's done from a single console, nor even a single product or technology. Managing the user's experience in XenDesktop requires a combination of tactics that range from Active Directory Group Policies, to Citrix Policies, to Workspace Environment Management, to even Citrix App Layering. In this sixth course out of seven, you'll explore the art and science in Citrix Policy configuration. First, you'll see how policies are configured; and, then for the art, you'll walk through the long list of policies as you learn which can be useful and which can be safely ignored. Next, you'll delve into the special considerations needed in managing user profiles across both the Citrix Profile Management and Workspace Environment Management Solutions. Finally, you'll dig into application layering with Citrix's App Layering solution, where you'll get to see how fracturing a Windows desktop into its many disparate components can make it easier to deploy and manage over time. By the end of this course, you'll have a strong familiarity with the right tools you'll need to best manage your XenDesktop users' experience.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction6m
  3. Understand and Configure Citrix Policies48m
  4. Manage the User Experience with Citrix Policies58m
  5. Configure Printing Policies and the Universal Print Server41m
  6. Integrate Citrix Profile Management44m
  7. Integrate Workspace Environment Management1h 0m
  8. Integrate App Layering48m

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Director

by Greg Shields

Jun 6, 2018 / 47m

47m

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The past six courses in this learning path have been a journey through the installation, configuration, and integration of the major components that comprise a production-ready XenDesktop environment. As you've seen, there are a lot of them. With a lot of components come a lot of interconnections, which are cumbersome to install but even more difficult to troubleshoot when your environment goes live. Enter Citrix Director. This solution offers more than just monitoring. It offers a single pane of glass for understanding the behaviors (both good and bad) in a XenDesktop environment. It also surfaces a lightweight web-based interface for help desk personnel and front line technicians to quickly trace a user who calls in with an issue down to a root cause of their problem. Citrix Director is meant as a visualization solution for both you the administrator as well as your front-line support. In this final course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Director, you will explore this and more. First, you'll walk through the installation of Citrix Director. Next, you'll perform a bit of tuning to customize it for your needs. Finally, you'll peek into it's dashboards, trending reports, and user-specific instrumentation that'll ensure everyone managing your XenDesktop environment knows what behaviors are occurring. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with the information you need to troubleshoot issues and find the actual issue when users call in to report that "Citrix is slow today".

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview2m
  2. Introduction3m
  3. Install and Configure Citrix Director19m
  4. Monitor XenDesktop with Citrix Director21m

What you will learn

  • Installing, configuring, and managing XenDesktop Delivery Controller
  • Provisioning desktops with Machine Creation Services
  • Installing Provisioning Services and provisioning desktops
  • Installing, configuring, and managing StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler Gateway
  • Managing Citrix policies, user profiles, and Workspace Environment Management
  • Installing and Managing Citrix Director

Pre-requisites

It is recommended to have a working knowledge of the concepts covered in the following courses:

  • Installing Windows Server 2016
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Storage Solutions
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 DNS
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 DHCP
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Connectivity and Remote Access
  • Implementing and Securing Windows Server 2016 Core Networking
  • Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016
  • Group Policy Fundamentals
  • Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2016