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Deploy and Manage XenApp/XenDesktop 7.5 Fast Track

Course Details

This course provides you with an accelerated path to obtain the skills required to successfully deploy and support a complete Citrix hosted application and desktop virtualization solution in a Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.

Throughout this course, you will learn how to configure an environment that includes the following Citrix components: XenServer, XenDesktop, Citrix License Server, MCS, PVS, Personal vDisk, StoreFront, NetScaler (ICA Proxy, Load Balancing, Endpoint Analysis), and Citrix Receiver. Upon course completion, you will be able to build a XenDesktop 7.5 environment from scratch, test the implementation to ensure that all components work as expected, and successfully manage, monitor, and troubleshoot a XenDesktop 7.5 solution.

Course Prerequisites

  • An understanding of server, desktop and application virtualization concepts
  • Experience with Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Basic storage knowledge (manage existing storage types, add new storage)
  • Basics of Citrix licensing
  • Familiarity with at least one hypervisor (XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere)
  • Basic understanding of the different types of profiles (local, roaming, mandatory)

Course Agenda

1. Understanding the XenDesktop 7.5 Architecture

  • Understanding the Architecture of a XenDesktop Solution
  • XenDesktop Virtualization Technologies
  • Infrastructure Components
  • Citrix Components
  • Designing a XenDesktop Implementation
  • Design Document

2. Hypervisor Considerations

  • Setting up the Hypervisor
  • Installing the Hypervisor
  • Installing the Hypervisor Management Console
  • Configuring the Hypervisor
  • Creating Templates
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Creating a Windows 7 Template

3. Infrastructure Considerations

  • Setting Up the Infrastructure Components
  • Setting Up the Infrastructure Components
  • Setting Up the Domain Controller
  • Setting Up the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Setting Up a Certificate Authority
  • Setting Up the File Server
  • Setting Up SQL Server 2012
  • Setting Up SQL Server Mirroring
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Redirecting Additional Folders

4. Setting Up Citrix Components

  • Setting Up Citrix Components
  • Setting Up the Citrix License Server
  • Setting Up the Delivery Controller
  • Setting Up a Second Controller
  • Setting Up the Citrix Universal Print Server
  • Setting Up StoreFront
  • Setting Up a Second StoreFront Server
  • Setting Up Receiver
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Using the Receiver for Web Site

5. Setting Up XenDesktop Resources

  • Setting Up XenDesktop Resources
  • Preparing the Master Virtual Machine
  • Setting Up a Server OS Master Image
  • Setting Up a Desktop OS Master Image
  • Creating a Machine Catalog
  • Creating a Delivery Group
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Adding Machines and Delivery Groups

6. Managing Policies and Profiles

  • Setting Up Policies
  • Policy Precedence (Studio vs. Group Policy Objects)
  • Creating Policies Using Studio
  • Creating Policies Using Group Policy
  • Obtaining the Resultant Set of Policy Using Group Policy Objects
  • Managing End-User Profiles
  • Reinforcement Exercise 1: Working with Policies
  • Reinforcement Exercise 2: Working with Profiles

7. Managing Printing

  • Managing Printing
  • Default Printing Behavior
  • Configuring Client Printing
  • Managing Printer Drivers
  • Optimizing Printing Performance
  • Setting Up and Managing the Universal Print Server
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Managing Printing

8. Setting Up Provisioning Services

  • Setting Up Provisioning Services
  • Provisioning Services Architecture
  • Setting Up a Provisioning Services Server
  • Installing the Provisioning Services Console
  • Configuring Boot from Network
  • Setting Up a Second Provisioning Services Server
  • Configuring the BootStrap File for High Availability
  • Configuring the Master Target Device
  • Creating the vDisk
  • Assigning a vDisk to a Target Device
  • Creating the Machine Catalog
  • Creating the Delivery Group
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Creating BDM Target Devices

9. Managing and Monitoring Sessions, Sites, and End Users with Director

  • Director Overview
  • Monitoring within the Director Dashboard
  • Monitoring and Managing End-User Sessions
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Using Director

10. Setting Up NetScaler

  • Setting Up NetScaler
  • Performing the Initial NetScaler Configuration
  • Configuring NTP
  • Configuring NetScaler High Availability
  • Setting Up DNS
  • Creating Certificates for NetScaler
  • Load Balancing StoreFront Servers
  • Configuring NetScaler for Remote Access
  • Redirecting HTTP Requests for StoreFront
  • Modifying StoreFront to Integrate with NetScaler
  • Configuring ICA Proxy
  • Configuring Authentication Policies
  • Configuring NetScaler for Email-Based Account Discovery
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Scanning an Endpoint for a File