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Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook

Gaspare A. Silvestri

Implement a fully featured XenDesktop 5.6 architecture in a rich and powerful VDI experience configuration
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849685047
Paperback354 pages

About This Book

  • Real-world methodologies and functioning explanations about the XenDesktop 5.6 architecture and its satellite components used to perform a service-oriented architecture
  • Learn how to publish desktops and applications to end user devices, optimizing their performance and increasing the general security
  • Step-by-step guide on how to install and configure the XenDesktop 5.6 architecture to access and use the published virtual resources


Who This Book Is For

This book is for experienced IT professionals who want to have a more fluid and accessible control over their resources and who want a centralized container of procedures and advanced tasks to manage it. It is also suitable for IT technicians who want to integrate a more theoretical approach with a step-by-step installation for the first time.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: XenDesktop Installation and Configuration
Preparing the SQL Server database
Installing and configuring the license server
Installing XenDesktop components
Installing and configuring Web Interface
Installing and configuring Provisioning Services
Chapter 1 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 2: Deploying Virtual Machines for XenDesktop
Configuring the XenDesktop site
Configuring XenDesktop to interact with Citrix XenServer
Configuring XenDesktop to interact with VMware vSphere
Configuring XenDesktop to interact with Microsoft Hyper-V
Chapter 2 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 3: Master Image Configuration and Tuning
Installing Citrix Profile Management
Configuring virtual desktop policies
Configuring Active Directory policies
Optimizing the desktop experience
Chapter 3 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 4: User Experience – Planning and Configuring
Implementing profile architecture
Installing Virtual Desktop Agent
Configuring advanced user experience – HDX 3D Pro
Configuring Citrix Receiver
Chapter 4 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 5: Configuring Additional Architectural Components
Configuring the Merchandising Server
Configuring the Branch Repeater virtual appliance
Installing and configuring XenDesktop Collector
Chapter 5 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 6: Creating and Configuring a Desktop Environment
Creating and configuring the machine catalog
Modifying an existing machine catalog
Using Citrix Desktop Director
Configuring printers
Configuring USB devices
Chapter 6 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 7: Deploying Applications
Publishing the VM-hosted apps with XenDesktop
Publishing the streamed apps with XenApp 6.5
Publishing applications using Microsoft App-V
Chapter 7 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 8: XenDesktop Tuning and Security
Configuring the XenDesktop policies
Configuring the Citrix Access Gateway virtual appliance
Configuring the XenDesktop logging
Chapter 8 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 9: Working with XenDesktop PowerShell
Retrieving system information – configuration service cmdlets
Managing Active Directory accounts – AD identity cmdlets
Managing the Citrix Desktop Controller – broker cmdlets
Administering hosts and machines – host and machine creation cmdlets
Chapter 9 XenDesktop lab
Chapter 10: Configuring the XenDesktop Advanced Logon
Implementing the XenDesktop smart card authentication
Implementing the XenDesktop strong authentication
Implementing the Citrix SSO platform
Chapter 10 XenDesktop lab

What You Will Learn

    • Understand the core infrastructural components, their modality, and how to use them with the two main types of architectures, MCS and PVS
    • Optimize and deploy the desktop virtual machines, creating them under the hypervisor’s market and tuning them to the best configurations
    • Install and configure the collateral platforms in order to be able to increase the level and performance of the architecture
    • Execute the most advanced activities in the VDI environment, tuning and securing the Citrix farm, and using technologies such as Citrix Access Gateway and the Citrix Powershell modules
    • Integration of application publishing with your desktop architecture
    • Log the activities for troubleshooting operations
    • Perform configurations from the command line



In Detail

The way people work is changing; users need to access their resources anywhere, on any device. Citrix XenDesktop gives you this flexibility. In this Cookbook, you will learn how Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 and related products are powerful and flexible enough for you to publish your resources - Desktops, Applications and contents - wherever and on whatever device you choose.

This Cookbook will allow you to be able to make the most out of Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 by having a centralized and step-by-step advanced guide to implement, configure, and optimize the migration from a physical to a VDI architecture, using the latest release of the Citrix XenDesktop suite.

"Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook" covers the installation, security, and architectural components of the XenDesktop infrastructure, including Web Interface, Access Gateway, and XenApp, using a flow through the book which will bring you to the final advanced Powershell configuration tasks. Each task will include a theoretical section to discuss the technologies. Chapters cover the infrastructural components, deployment for the desktop virtual machines, creating and installing platforms like Branch repeater, desktop and application deployment, and integration through XenDesktop, XenApp, and Microsoft App-V. At the end you will be able to provide secure, performing, and structured XenDesktop infrastructures.


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