Citrix XenDesktop Implementation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781597495820, 9781597495837

Citrix XenDesktop Implementation

1st Edition

A Practical Guide for IT Professionals

Authors: Gareth R. James
eBook ISBN: 9781597495837
Paperback ISBN: 9781597495820
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 27th September 2010
Page Count: 484
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Description

Citrix XenDesktop Implementation explores the implementation of Citrix XenDesktop, a virtual desktop infrastructure solution. After introducing the desktop virtualization, the book discusses the installation of a desktop delivery controller through advanced XenDesktop Client Settings.
This book briefly discusses the work of desktop delivery controller mechanisms followed by its installation process, integration process of XenDesktop with Microsoft Active Directory, and the configuration of the desktop delivery controller. It then examines the process of installing the virtual desktop onto the server infrastructure, and it follows the installation and integration onto Xen Server, Hyper-V, and VMware hypervisors. Furthermore, it discusses the advanced configuration settings.
The book covers the installation of the Citrix Provisioning Server and its fundamental configuration. It also explores the configuration of Citrix XenApp for Application provisioning, the integration of virtual applications, and the implementation of virtual profiles into the virtual desktop. The book concludes by explaining the advanced XenDesktop client settings on audio, video, and peripherals.

Key Features

    • Ideal one-stop handbook for implementing a Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop solution
    • Includes all technical details required for you to evaluate how Citrix XenDesktop would integrate into your existing environment
    • Covers integration with VMware ESX/vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V including System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Citrix XenServer

    Readership

    System Administrators, Systems Engineers, IT Architects, Systems Integrators, Citrix Partners, Desktop and Server teams.

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Desktop Virtualization

    Components of a Citrix VDI Solution

    The Project-Based Approach

    Chapter 2 Installation of the Broker – Desktop Delivery Controller

    How the Desktop Delivery Controller Works

    Prerequisites

    DDC Installation

    DDC Installation – Step by Step

    DDC Installation Recommendations for Large Farms

    Active Directory Integration

    AD Integration – Step by Step

    Summary

    Chapter 3 Configuring the Desktop Delivery Controller

    Basic Configuration Settings

    Performing an Initial Discovery – Step by Step

    Configure the XenDesktop License Server – Step by Step

    Install the Virtual Desktop Agent on a Test Workstation – Step by Step

    Virtual Desktop Group Creation – Step by Step

    Connectivity to a Single Desktop

    Summary

    Chapter 4 Installing the Virtual Desktop

    Virtual Desktop Recommendations

    Memory

    vCPU

    Disk

    Network

    Active Directory

    Microsoft License

    General Performance “Tweaks”

    Citrix XenServer

    Installation

    Integration

    Microsoft Hyper-V

    Installation

    Integration

    VMware vSphere

    Installation

    Integration

    Blade Hardware

    Summary

    Chapter 5 Desktop Delivery Controller – Advanced Configuration Settings

    Delivery Services Console

    Desktop Delivery Controller – General

    ICA

    HDX

    Basic

    Advanced

    Web Interface Configuration for the Integrated Web Site

    Set the Logon Domain

    Web Interface Installed on a Separate Web Server Step-by-Step

    Integrating XenDesktop with Access Gateway

    XenDesktop Policies and Printing

    Citrix XenDesktop and Policies

    Citrix Printer Options

    Create a Citrix Policy Step-by-Step

    Citrix XenDesktop Policy Settings Explained

    Bandwidth

    Client Devices

    Microsoft Policy Settings

    Summary

    Chapter 6 Installation of the Citrix Provisioning Server

    Prerequisites

    Recommendations

    DHCP Configuration

    Create the PXE Scope Options on a Microsoft DHCP Server – Step by Step

    Installation of Provisioning Server – Step by Step

    Summary

    Chapter 7 Fundamental Configuration of the Citrix Provisioning Server

    The vDisk Store

    Design Decisions – vDisk and Write Cache Placement

    Create the Store – Step by Step

    The vDisk

    Design Decisions – vDisk Mode – Private or Standard

    Create vDisk – Step by Step

    Configure vDisk Settings

    Create a Base Target Device

    Finding Your Virtual MAC Address

    All Hypervisors

    Assign a vDisk to the Base Target Device

    Install the Target Device Software – Step by Step

    Copy the Target Device Hard Drive to the vDisk – Step by Step

    Remove Locks on the vDisk

    Mount the vDisk to a Test Virtual Desktop

    Add the Virtual Desktop to the Desktop Group

    Mount the vDisk to Two Virtual Desktops Simultaneously

    Summary

    Chapter 8 Additional Provisioning Server Configuration Settings

    Provisioning Server Configuration Programs

    Configure Server Settings

    Active Directory

    Configure Site Settings

    Using the Provisioning Services Boot Device Manager – Step by Step

    DHCP

    NO DHCP

    Adding a Disk for Write Cache

    Attaching a Disk

    Summary

    Chapter 9 Using the Setup Wizard to Create Multiple Desktops

    Prerequisites

    Create a Template Virtual Machine

    XenServer

    SCVMM

    VMware

    Xendesktop Setup Tool Installation

    Summary

    Chapter 10 Configure Citrix XenApp for Application Provisioning

    Install Xenapp for Virtual Applications

    Design Decisions for Application Provisioning to Virtual Desktops

    Prerequisites Windows 2003

    Prerequisites Windows 2008

    Install XenApp Step by Step

    Install Web Interface

    Configure Web Interface for Provisioning Applications to Virtual Desktops

    Configure Xenapp Server

    Hosted Applications – Regular Installed

    Publish a Hosted Application – Step by Step

    Hosted Applications – Streamed to Server

    Publish a Streamed to Server Application

    Streamed to End Point Applications

    Install the Application Streaming Profiler

    Profile a Streamed Application – Step by Step

    Publish a Streamed Application

    Install VM-hosted Applications

    Create the VM-hosted Application Virtual Machines – Step by Step

    Microsoft App-V Applications

    Summary

    Chapter 11 Integrating Virtual Applications into the Virtual Desktop

    Configure the XenApp Client

    Installing the Receiver and the Online Plug-in

    Installing the Offline Plug-in

    Precache XenApp-streamed Applications

    Precache App-V Applications

    Summary

    Chapter 12 Implementing Virtual Profiles into the Virtual Desktop

    What is a Profile?

    Installation of Virtual Profiles

    Configuration of Virtual Profiles

    Summary

    Chapter 13 Advanced XenDesktop Client Settings – Audio and Video and Peripherals

    Citrix Client-side Configuration

    HDX Media Stream – Streaming Content

    HDX Plug and Play – USB Redirection

    HDX Real-time Bidirectional Audio and Video

    HDX 3D

    HDX Broadcast and HDX Intellicache

    Installing the HDX Experience Monitor

    Summary

    Appendix

    POC Prerequisite Checklist

    Networking

    Active Directory Requirements

    Hardware

    Software

    Hypervisor

    Storage

    XenApp 6 for Windows 2008 R2

    VMware SDK Integration

    Changing the SDK Requirements to HTTP

    Connecting Using HTTPS

    Citrix XenServer

    Downloading Citrix Software

    Your Organization has Bought the Software

    You Are Evaluating the Software

    Obtaining the License File

    Installing Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine

    Manager – SCVMM – Step by Step

    Microsoft Licensing

    Virtual Servers

    Virtual Desktops

    VDI Suites

    Using Snapshots

    XenServer

    SCVMM

    VMware

    Index


    Details

    No. of pages:
    484
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © Syngress 2011
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Syngress
    eBook ISBN:
    9781597495837
    Paperback ISBN:
    9781597495820

    About the Author

    Gareth R. James

    Gareth Robert James (CCIA, CCEA, MCSE:Security, MCT, VMware VCP, Checkpoint CCSE, RSA CSE, Security+) is an IT consultant focusing on virtualization architecture. He has worked as Citrix Consultant for Citrix Gold and Platinum Partners. He has focused on supporting Microsoft architecture and security, including PKI and firewalls. He has also worked as a Microsoft and Citrix trainer. Gareth holds an honors degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal-Durban.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Gareth Robert James (CCIA, CCEA, MCSE:Security, MCT, VMware VCP, Checkpoint CCSE, RSA CSE, Security+) is an IT consultant focusing on virtualization architecture. He has worked as Citrix Consultant for Citrix Gold and Platinum Partners. He has focused on supporting Microsoft architecture and security, including PKI and firewalls. He has also worked as a Microsoft and Citrix trainer. Gareth holds an honors degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Natal-Durban.

    Reviews

    "Gareth James does an amazing job diving deep in to what you truly need to know in order to successfully implement and deploy Citrix XenDesktop.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking into and/or deploying XenDesktop.  5 Stars!"          

    - Douglas A. Brown, CEO and Founder DABCC, Inc., Microsoft MVP Windows Server, Citrix Technology Professional