Architecting a Citrix Virtualization Solution

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Citrix Curriculum
Code CVA5002

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Project Management (4 topics)

  • Overview: Objectives
  • Citrix Consulting Methodology: Phases (Analysis,Design, Build/Test, Rollout/Support); Milestones, Checkpoints and Guidelines
  • Assessment and Design Projects: Assessment Projects (Key Benefits,Timeline); Design Projects (Key Benefits, Timeline); Key Activities (Project Team Overview: Roles and Responsibilities, Requirements and Expectations); Statement of Work Review; Project Kickoff; Requirements Gathering (Business Requirements, Technical Requirements); Findings Presentation
  • Documentation: Status Reports; Risk Memos; Assessment Documents; Design Documents

Business Goals (3 topics)

  • 3-to-5 Year Plan
  • Growth
  • IT Projects

User Community (5 topics)

  • User Groups
  • Endpoints: Operating Systems; New Endpoints; Replaced Endpoints; Repurposed Endpoints; Reused Endpoints
  • Usage Habits
  • User Locations
  • User Satisfaction

Operating System Delivery (3 topics)

  • Desktop Images
  • Image Build Process
  • Desktop Maintenance

Application Delivery (4 topics)

  • General Applications: Productivity suites; Foundational applications
  • Special Applications: Resource Intensive; Challenging; Custom
  • Application User Groups
  • Application Virtualization: Virtualized Applications; Architecture; Virtual Application Delivery

Server Virtualization (2 topics)

  • Current Solution
  • Physical Server Assessment: Data collection; Excluded Servers from Virtualization; Consolidation Scenarios

Infrastructure (5 topics)

  • Server Hardware
  • Network Architecture
  • Windows Server and Active Directory
  • Enterprise Storage
  • Databases

Security and Personalization (6 topics)

  • Authentication
  • Permissions
  • A/V
  • Logon Scripts
  • Profiles
  • Active Directory Policies

Operations and Support (4 topics)

  • Monitoring and Management
  • Testing and Change Control
  • Support
  • Disaster Recovery

Conceptual Architecture (2 topics)

  • Executive Summary
  • Enterprise Design

Virtualization Infrastructure Design (8 topics)

  • Virtualized Components
  • Server Hardware: Hardware Configuration; Blade Considerations
  • Network Configuration: Addressing and VLANs; NIC Performance and Redundancy; Network Terminology; Internal and External Networks; Physical Network Connectivity
  • High Availability
  • Storage: Capacity and Performance; Storage Types; Storage Terminology
  • Resource Pool Design
  • Capacity Planning
  • Physical Server Migration

Operating System Delivery Design (15 topics)

  • Provisioning Services Operating System
  • Hardware
  • Capacity Planning
  • HA
  • Cache
  • Farm Design
  • A/V
  • Bootstrap Redundancy
  • Device Collections
  • Optimization
  • SQL Database
  • vDisk Storage Location
  • Enterprise Storage
  • vDisk Type
  • Write Cache Encryption

Application Delivery Design (4 topics)

  • Applications
  • Integration
  • Application Streaming Cache: Without Caching; Pre-Caching
  • Optimizations

Desktop Delivery Design (8 topics)

  • Desktop Delivery Controller
  • Farm Design
  • Virtual Machine Specifications
  • Desktop Groups
  • Desktop Images: Internal and External Users; Pooled Users; Dedicated Users
  • Profiles Design
  • Policy Design
  • Desktop Monitoring

Access Design (4 topics)

  • Resource Delivery
  • Access Scenarios: Internal Site Access; External Site Access
  • Access Gateway Deployment Modes
  • Server Load Balancing

Delivery Optimization (3 topics)

  • ICA Acceleration: Bandwidth Allocation; Compression; Quality of Service; Virtual Channels
  • WAN Acceleration: ICA Traffic Types (Printing Traffic, File Access Traffic, Multimedia Traffic, Display Traffic); Application Types (Front Buffer, Back Buffer); Branch Repeater Deployment Modes; Hardware Architecture; Network Architecture; Infrastructure Services (Protocol Analysis)
  • Branch Repeater and Access Gateway Integration: Deployment Modes(Branch Repeater with Access Gateway in One-arm Mode, Branch Repeater Alternative Mode); Repeater Plug-in Integration; Acceleration Rules (HTTP Traffic Considerations); Firewall Rules; Roaming Branch Users

Business Continuity Design (2 topics)

  • Component Failover
  • Site Failover


Experience with or understanding of the following Citrix products: Citrix XenAppTM 4.5 or higher; Citrix XenServerTM 5.0 or higher; Citrix Provisioning ServicesTM 5.0 or higher; Citrix XenDesktop 3.0 or higher; Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition 9.0 or higher; Citrix Branch Repeater 5.0 or higher; Citrix EdgeSight for Endpoints 5.0; Citrix EdgeSight for XenApp 5.0. Experience using the following Windows Server and Microsoft technologies: Active Directory; Terminal Services; DHCP; DNS; Group Policy Objects; SQL Server; Performance monitoring tools; Troubleshooting tools. Experience with, or strong understanding of, the following: Server virtualization, including hypervisor configuration and virtual machine management tools; Server hardware, including NIC configuration, power, cooling and rack enclosure configurations; Virtual networking, including VLANs and addressing; Enterprise-level storage technologies; Citrix XenApp application virtualization; Citrix XenDesktop, including Provisioning Services; SSL VPN functionality. Completion of the following courses or demonstrate equivalent knowledge: "CXA-201-1 Implementing Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 20082"; "CXS-200-1 Implementing Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition 5.0"; "CXD-200-1 Implementing Citrix XenDesktop 3"; "CXA-300-1 Advanced Administration for Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008"; "CVE-400-1 Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution".