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Getting Started with XenDesktop® 7.x

Craig Thomas Ellrod

Deliver desktops and applications to your end users, anywhere, anytime, with XenDesktop® 7.x.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849689762
Paperback422 pages

About This Book

  • Build a complete and secure XenDesktop 7 site from the ground up
  • Discover how to virtualize and deliver accessible desktops and applications to your end users
  • Full of clear, step-by-step instructions with screenshots, which will walk you through the entire process of XenDesktop site creation

Who This Book Is For

If you are a system administrator, consultant, or beginner who wants to implement and administer Citrix® XenDesktop® Sites, then this book is for you. Familiarity with virtualization of desktops and applications and datacenter concepts will be helpful. The ability to read network diagrams and understand servers, data flow, clients, devices, and the interworking of these pieces will be beneficial.

Citrix®, Citrix Systems®, XenApp®, XenDesktop® and CloudPortal™ are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/ or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Designing a XenDesktop Site
The core components of a XenDesktop Site
Terminology and concepts
System requirements
Designing a basic XenDesktop Site
Common Citrix communication ports
Chapter 2: Installing XenDesktop
Planning the XenDesktop installation
Step 1 – installing the controller (XD1)
Step 2 – installing StoreFront (XD2)
Step 3 – installing Director (XD3)
Step 4 – creating the virtual desktop and application delivery master images
Step 5 – installing the Virtual Delivery Agent on the master images
Step 6 – configuring the StoreFront server
Step 7 – creating the machine catalogs
Step 8 – creating the delivery groups
Installation checkpoint
Step 9 – installing Citrix Receiver on the client devices
Step 10 – testing the connection
Chapter 3: Managing Machine Catalogs, Hosts, and Personal vDisks
Machine catalogs
Managing the hosts
Managing Personal vDisks
Chapter 4: Managing Delivery Groups
Managing the delivery groups
Managing the hosted applications
Managing the Delivery Controller environment
Chapter 5: Managing Policies
XenDesktop Studio versus Microsoft Group Policy Editor
Working with policies
Implementing multiple policies
The resulting set of policies
Implementing policies with NetScaler Gateway
Chapter 6: Managing Printing
How printing works
Universal Print Server and Driver
Autocreation of printers
Mapping printers and drivers
Optimization of printing
Chapter 7: Virtualizing USB Support
USB devices in virtualization
How XenDesktop uses USB redirection
Chapter 8: Virtualizing Storage and Backup
XenDesktop storage considerations
XenDesktop storage requirements
Virtual desktop storage requirements – dedicated desktop model
Virtual desktop storage requirements – dedicated shared desktop model
Virtual desktop storage requirements – shared hosted desktop model
Backup and restore
USB mass storage
Chapter 9: High Definition Experience (HDX)
Introducing high definition experience
Aero redirection
Windows Media
Flash Media
Configuring image quality
Configuring audio
Configuring webcams
Configuring color compression
Configuring network priorities
Adaptive display
Chapter 10: Application Delivery
Delivering applications
Differences between XenApp and XenDesktop
Application Delivery Controllers
Application Delivery Networks
Chapter 11: Working with the XenDesktop SDK
Microsoft Windows PowerShell
Using the XenDesktop SDK
Creating an SDK script
Troubleshooting using the XD PowerShell SDK
Citrix Ready
Chapter 12: Working with Citrix ReceiverTM and Plugins
Understanding Receiver
Changing the Receiver settings
Using plugins
Running Receiver on Microsoft Windows
Running Receiver on Apple
Running Receiver on other devices
Chapter 13: Securing XenDesktop
Securing XenDesktop with NetScaler Gateway
Secure Ticket Authority
Securing the ICA/HDX protocols
Securing StoreFront
Securing Receiver
Securing controller
Securing Studio and Director
Securing the XenDesktop to XenServer communications
Using smart cards
Chapter 14: Managing and Monitoring XenDesktop
Using Studio to manage the XenDesktop Site
Using Director to monitor the XenDesktop Site
Using HDX Insight
Troubleshooting XenDesktop
Third-party tools
Chapter 15: VDI in the Cloud
Understanding virtualization in the cloud
Private cloud
Public cloud
Hybrid cloud
Personal cloud
Your cloud

What You Will Learn

  • Create a completely functioning VDI implementation
  • Manage XenDesktop® using Studio, including machine catalogs, delivery groups, and Personal vDisks
  • Customize user sessions using policies
  • Learn how printing and USB redirection work and how to configure them
  • Explore High Definition User Experience (HDX) and how it affects usability
  • Deliver virtual applications with VM hosted apps
  • Plug in to the different XenDesktop® services using the XenDesktop® SDK
  • Use the Citrix® Receiver® to receive and run the virtual desktop on the client device
  • Manage and monitor XenDesktop® using Studio and Director
  • Secure the XenDesktop® Site using the NetScaler Gateway
  • Build and deliver VDI from the cloud

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.

Getting Started with XenDesktop® 7.x provides the best way to learn how to build your own virtual desktop and application Site. You may not have a lot of time to read the Citrix® documentation, or attend a class, so this step-by-step guide is distilled into fast, concise chapters to quickly lead you through all of the important information to get your XenDesktop® 7.x deployment done.


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