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Citrix® XenDesktop® 7 Cookbook

Gaspare A. Silvestri

Desktop virtualization is increasingly important in the BYOD world and this book will bring you right up to date with the features of XenDesktop®. The cookbook approach makes it ideal for system administrators and IT professionals alike.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782177463
Paperback410 pages

About This Book

  • Implement the XenDesktop 7 architecture and its satellite components
  • Learn how to publish desktops and applications to the end-user devices, optimizing their performance and increasing the general security.
  • Designed in a manner which will allow you to progress gradually from one chapter to another or to implement a single component only referring to the specific topic

Who This Book Is For

If you are a system administrator or an experienced IT professional who wants to refer to a centralized container of procedures and advanced tasks in XenDesktop, this is the book for you. If you are an IT technician approaching this technology for the first time, who wants to integrate a more theoretical formative process with step-by-step installation and configuration activities, this book will also help you. You will need to have experience of the virtualized environment and an understanding of the general concepts of desktop virtualization (VDI).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: XenDesktop 7 – Upgrading, Installing, and Configuring
Upgrading from XenDesktop 5.6 to XenDesktop 7
Preparing the SQL Server 2012 database
Installing and configuring the Citrix Licensing Services – 11.11.1
Installing XenDesktop 7 components
Installing and configuring StoreFront 2.0
Installing and configuring Provisioning Services 7
Chapter 2: Configuring and Deploying Virtual Machines for XenDesktop
Configuring the XenDesktop site
Configuring XenDesktop to interact with Citrix XenServer
Configuring XenDesktop to interact with VMware vSphere 5.1
Configuring XenDesktop to interact with Microsoft Hyper-V
Chapter 3: Master Image Configuration and Tuning
Configuring and optimizing a desktop OS master image
Configuring and optimizing a server OS master image
Configuring a target device – PVS architecture
Installing and configuring the master image policies
Chapter 4: User Experience – Planning and Configuring
Implementing a profile architecture
Installing Virtual Desktop Agent – server OS and desktop OS
Installing and configuring HDX Monitor
Configuring Citrix Receiver
Chapter 5: Configuring Additional Architectural Components
Configuring the Merchandising Server
Chapter 6: Creating and Configuring a Desktop Environment
Creating and configuring the Machine Catalog
Modifying an existing machine catalog
Using the new Citrix Director platform
Configuring printers
Configuring USB devices
Chapter 7: Deploying Applications
Publishing the hosted applications
Publishing the Local Access Apps (LAA)
Publishing applications using Microsoft App-V
Chapter 8: XenDesktop Tuning and Security
Configuring the XenDesktop policies
Installing and configuring Citrix NetScaler Gateway 10.1
Configuring the XenDesktop logging
Chapter 9: Working with XenDesktop PowerShell
Retrieving system information – configuration Service cmdlets
Managing Active Directory accounts – ADIdentity cmdlets
Managing the Citrix Desktop Controller and its resources – the Broker and AppV cmdlets
Administering hosts and machines – the Host and Machine Creation cmdlets
Managing additional components – the StoreFront Admin and Logging cmdlets
Chapter 10: Configuring the XenDesktop Advanced Logon
Implementing the two-factor hardware authentication for XenDesktop 7
Implementing strong authentication for XenDesktop 7 using the RADIUS platform
Implementing the two-factor software authentication for XenDesktop 7

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the upgrade and installation procedures for the core infrastructural components
  • Deploy and optimize procedures for the desktop virtual machines
  • Install and configure collateral platforms such as the CloudBridge platform
  • Perform the desktop and applications deployment through the XenDesktop core as well as the integrated publishing platforms, such as Microsoft App-V
  • Execute the most advanced activities in the VDI environment
  • Tune and secure the Citrix sites
  • Complete implementation activities using the Citrix Powershell modules

In Detail

Citrix is an established name in today's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) era by virtue of their desktop and application virtualization platforms, with the capability to assign applications and contents in a secure manner. XenDesktop 7 is the union of the two historical products developed by Citrix - XenDesktop and XenApp. As usual, this is offered on most operating system platforms available in the market.

Citrix® XenDesktop® 7 Cookbook helps you as a system administrator to implement, configure, and optimize the migration from a physical architecture to a VDI architecture, using the latest release of the Citrix XenDesktop suite. This book is enriched with advanced configurations and conceptual explanations, which permit novice users as well as experienced professionals to understand what they’re going to implement.

This book begins with the required installation and upgrade procedure on which the final architecture will perform its work. Starting from this point, you will create the virtual resources to deploy, install, and integrate the security and architectural components which complete the XenDesktop infrastructure (StoreFront, Netscaler Gateway, CloudBridge platform, and so on), using a flow that will bring you to the final advanced Powershell configuration tasks.


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