Implementing Citrix XenDesktop 3&4


Description In this course, students will learn to install, configure and manage Citrix XenDesktop 3. By completing the exercises available in a hosted online lab environment, students will obtain hands-on experience working with Citrix XenDesktop. Students will install and configure key desktop delivery components, including the Desktop Delivery Controller, Virtual Desktop Agent, Desktop Receiver and XenDesktop Setup Wizard. Students will also configure XenDesktop policy management settings and connect to a XenDesktop environment from a variety of endpoint devices

It is recommended that students have the following knowledge/experience prior to taking this course:

  • A basic knowledge of Citrix XenApp
  • A basic knowledge of Citrix Provisioning Server
  • A basic knowledge of Citrix XenServer
  • An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device
  • drivers and operating systems
  • Basic experience installing and administering Windows Server 2003

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, learners are able to complete the following: Explain the features, benefits and components of Citrix XenDesktop 3.

  • Install the Desktop Delivery Controller
  • Prepare a virtual desktop for delivery to an endpoint device
  • Install and configure the XenDesktop Setup Wizard
  • Create and manage desktop groups using the Access Management Console
  • Configure XenDesktop policy management settings
  • Install and configure Desktop Receiver software on an endpoint device
  • Connect to a XenDesktop environment from a variety of endpoint devices

Course Content


  • Desktop Delivery
  • XenDesktop Architecture
  • XenDesktop Communication


  • Desktop Delivery Controller Considerations
  • Planning Farm Configurations
  • Identifying Desktop Delivery Controller Best Practices
  • Planning XenDesktop Scalability
  • Planning Security Considerations
  • Identifying System Requirements
  • Additional Infrastructure Considerations
  • Managing Active Directory
  • Identifying Licensing Considerations
  • Planning User Desktop Connectivity


  • Desktop Delivery Controller Installation
  • Installing the Desktop Delivery Controller
  • License Server Installation
  • Installing License Server Software
  • License Files
  • Generating and Downloading Licenses
  • Copying a License File
  • Discovery
  • Running Discovery
  • XenDesktop Preparation
  • Desktop Provisioning
  • Creating a vDisk
  • Virtual Desktop Agent Installation
  • Installing the Virtual Desktop Agent
  • XenDesktop Setup Wizard Installation
  • Installing the XenDesktop Setup Wizard


  • User Segmentation
  • Security Considerations
  • Desktop Group Properties
  • Desktop Group Management
  • Creating a Desktop Group in the XenDesktop Setup Wizard
  • Creating a Desktop Group in the Access Management Console
  • Modifying Idle Pool Settings


  • Managing Farm Settings
  • Configuring Administrator Permissions
  • Managing Policies
  • Troubleshooting Common Issues


  • Access Modes
  • Endpoint Devices
  • Managed and Unmanaged Endpoint Devices
  • Connection Decisions
  • XenDesktop User Experiences
  • Desktop Receiver Installation
  • Installing Desktop Receiver Software
  • Installing Desktop Receiver Embedded Software
  • Managing USB Support
  • Managing Smart Cards