Citrix XenDesktop Implementation

Citrix XenDesktop Implementation

A Practical Guide for IT Professionals

1st Edition - September 27, 2010

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  • Author: Gareth R. James
  • eBook ISBN: 9781597495837
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781597495820

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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


    Product details

    • No. of pages: 484
    • Language: English
    • Copyright: © Syngress 2010
    • Published: September 27, 2010
    • 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.

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