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  • What virtual desktops are and their different types and uses
  • Installing and configuring XenDesktop and XenDesktop Web Interface
  • Building the Provisioning Server infrastructure
  • Integrating XenDesktop with Provisioning Server
  • Configuring streamed and pooled desktops
  • Building and capturing VHD files, collections, and streaming infrastructure
  • Administrating XenDesktop infrastructure and navigating the console

The cloud is on the rise and it is here to stay. One of the hottest areas pertaining to the cloud is Virtual Desktops. Virtual desktops bring great simplicity and empowerment into the organization. They reduce cost, and enable remote working and bring your own device (BYOD). With the rise in demand for virtualization skills, it is time for you to start building your career with one of the leading desktop virtualization products in the world, XenDesktop.

"Instant Citrix XenDesktop 5 Starter", with around 40 screenshots detailing every step and every setting, has all the steps to guide you through the process to successfully building a full XenDesktop infrastructure, even if you have no prior knowledge of virtualization. In addition, this compact guide provides tips, tricks, and notes to design a more sophisticated XenDesktop Infrastructure.

"Instant Citrix XenDesktop 5 Starter" is a detailed step-by-step how-to guide to design and build a XenDesktop Infrastructure. For the more inquisitive readers, this book also contains design tips and notes for XenDesktop solutions, in addition to great references including websites, blogs, and Twitter handles. In this book you will get started with desktop virtualization by learning how to build provisioning servers, how to install the XenDesktop controller, website and integrate with the provisioning server, and then move on to learn more advanced tasks such as how to create pooled machines using the famous MCS (Machine Creation Service) and walk through the XenDesktop console. You will end by learning a few neat tips and tricks for your hypervisor storage, memory, and CPU.

In short, with this book you will learn everything you need to know to build a fully-fledged XenDesktop infrastructure, perform basic administration tasks, and design a basic virtual desktop solution.

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Know how to install XenDesktop, integrate it with PVS and build streamed and pooled desktops
  • Learn how to build provisioning servers, capture VHD files, and configure streaming
  • Tips and tricks to design your XenDesktop infrastructure including Hypervisors, Storage, CPU, and memory
Page Count 66
Course Length 1 hours 58 minutes
ISBN 9781782170037
Date Of Publication 22 Feb 2013


Mahmoud Magdy

Mahmoud Magdy is a senior architect with almost 10 years' experience in the IT field. He was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for 2010/2011/2012 (Exchange Server) and Symantec Backup Exec BExpert for 2012. He is also MCITP, CCA, CCAA, NetApp ASVP, and ITIL certified. He comes from various consulting and operations backgrounds, as he has worked for various Microsoft/Citrix/NetApp partners, including Globalknowledge and Ingazat. He has also worked for various vendors and customers, including Microsoft and PalmHills Development. During the span of his career, he has been fortunate to work on projects for major customers in the region, implementing high-end, complex solutions. Mahmoud has extensive experience in Microsoft/Citrix/Symantec/Netapp/EMC technologies, with a deep knowledge of UC (Exchange/Lync), virtualization, system center, and data center (storage and blades systems). He tweets under the handle @_busbar. He blogs at, and you can find him on LinkedIn by searching for his name.