XenApp and XenDesktop Administration (CXD-210)

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description

Designed for students with little to no previous XenApp or XenDesktop experience. Obtain foundational knowledge of XenApp and XenDesktop required to be successful with the platform. Learn to install, configure, and manage a highly available environment comprised of XenApp and XenDesktop controllers, StoreFront, Citrix Receiver, Director, and Profile management.

Audience

Students interested in learning to install, configure, and manage XenApp and XenDesktop including:

  • Administrators
  • Implementers / Engineers
  • Architects

Prerequisites

Some foundational Citrix and desktop technology knowledge recommended.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the architecture and communications of XenApp and XenDesktop components
  • Understand the prerequisites for a successful XenApp and XenDesktop deployment
  • Install and configure a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop site
  • Deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using Machine Creation Services (MCS)
  • Understand the differences and benefits of Provisioning Services as an image management solution
  • Install and configure a highly available Citrix StoreFront site
  • Install and configure Citrix Receiver for end user access
  • Set up Citrix Profile management for end user data
  • Understand and configure printing within a XenApp and XenDesktop environment
  • Understand and configure Citrix policies for managing end-user session experience
  • Understand how to configure basic security features of XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Use Citrix Director to monitor and troubleshoot end user sessions and view environment trends

Topic Outline

Part 1:

Module 1: Architectural Overview

  • FlexCast models (use cases)
  • Architecture
  • Layered approach methodology
  • Hosting platform considerations

�Module 2: Initial Requirements and Lab

  • Citrix consulting methodology
  • Supporting infrastructure prerequisites
  • Supporting infrastructure licensing considerations
  • Lab environment

�Module 3: Installing and Configuring a XenApp and XenDesktop Site

  • Licensing considerations
  • Installation and management
  • Introduction to basic license server troubleshooting
  • Delivery Controller role
  • The XenApp and XenDesktop Site
  • Databases

�Module 4: Provision and Deliver Application and Desktop Resources

  • The Virtual Delivery Agent
  • Machine catalogs and delivery groups
  • Provisioning methods and considerations
  • Provisioning methods: Machine Creation Services (MCS) in depth
  • MCS environment considerations
  • Creating resources

Module 5: Providing Access with Citrix StoreFront and Receiver

  • StoreFront installation and architecture
  • StoreFront authentication services
  • Receiver
  • Receiver configurations

�Module 6: Understanding and Configuring Citrix Policies

  • Policies introduction
  • Policies for session management

�Module 7: Application Presentation and Management

  • Application properties
  • File-type association
  • Shortcut placement

Session Prelaunch and Session Lingering

Workspace Control

  • HDX Monitor

�Module 8: Printing with XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Printing introduction
  • Print job routing
  • Printer driver management
  • Citrix Universal Print Driver and Server

�Module 9: Citrix Profile Management

  • User profiles
  • Configuring Citrix Profile management

�Module 10: Managing the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

  • Delegated administration
  • Logging and reporting
  • Introduction to PowerShell

Module 11: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Redundancy

  • Component failure review
  • Methods of redundancy

Module 12: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Basic Network Security

  • Citrix administrator introduction to security considerations
  • Certificate authority
  • StoreFront consideration for external access
  • XML service security considerations
  • External HDX connection security with NetScaler Gateway

Module 13: Monitoring the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

  • Introduction to Citrix Director
  • Navigating Director
  • Monitoring sessions
  • Interacting with sessions
  • Network monitoring with HDX Insight

Module 14: Introduction to Supporting and Troubleshooting XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Introduction to Supporting XenApp/XenDesktop Site
  • Known Issue Awareness
  • XenApp and XenDesktop Hotfixes and the Long Term Service Release
  • Common Troubleshooting Tool