Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Fast Track

5 Day Course
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Official Citrix Curriculum
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This fast-paced course covers select content from training courses CXA-206 and CXD-202 and provides the foundation necessary for students to effectively centralize and manage desktops and applications in the datacenter and deliver them as a service to users anywhere. Students will learn how to build XenApp aand XenDesktop environments; assign virtual desktops; deliver published resources and printers to users; use policies to customize farm settings and the user experience; and administer the environments. In addition, students will learn how to build a Provisioning services farm to enable single-image desktop management.

This course is scheduled to run approximately nine hours each day. Students are expected to self-study select modules designated by the instructor, as not all topics will be covered during the classroom time.

This class is a Fast Track delivery of the XenApp 6.5 (CXA-206 1I) and XenDesktop 5.5 (CXD-202 1I) administration courses. As a Fast Track course, the goal is to provide students with a streamlined training experience that takes place in 5 days instead of the original 10 days. This course is designed to provide students with access to the majority of lab exercises for both products, to clarify key topics through a minimal amount of lecture, and to provide a forum for questions and answers.

This class is intended for customers and partners interested in an accelerated method of receiving the up-to-date training for Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop. Students should have some experience using Citrix XenApp to get the most benefit from this accelerated class. Students without basic XenApp knowledge may find it difficult to keep up with the pace of the class.

This accelerated offering includes a skills update to the features and functionality of XenApp 6.5, plus the following key XenDesktop learnings:

  • Install and configure XenDesktop
  • Manage desktop catalogs and groups
  • Stream desktop to virtual and physical machines
  • Administer Provisioning Services components
  • Deliver local VM desktops

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Introducing Basic Administration for Citrix XenApp 6 (5 topics)

  • XenApp Editions
  • XenApp Features
  • XenApp Architecture: XenApp Components; Single and Multiple Farm Environments; XenApp Servers: Session host-only and Controllers; Data Store; Data Store Updates and the Local Host Cache; Independent Management Architecture; Data Collectors; Data Collector Election; Zones; Additional XenApp Components
  • AppCenter
  • Test Your Knowledge

Licensing XenApp (7 topics)

  • Overview
  • To License XenApp: Licensing Communication; License Communication Process; License Types; Citrix License Server; Microsoft Remote Desktop Services; Remote Desktop Licensing; Additional Licensing Considerations
  • License Administration Console: Port Configuration; Delegated Administrators in the License Administration Console
  • Installing Licensing: Manual Installation and Configuration; Removing Licensing; License Server Considerations
  • License File Management: Obtaining License Files; To Add License Files; Subscription Advantage
  • High Availability Considerations: Additional License Server Processes; License Server Clustering
  • Test Your Knowledge

Installing XenApp (11 topics)

  • Overview
  • XenApp Server Role Manager
  • Hardware Requirements
  • Software Requirements
  • Installation Decisions
  • Server Configuration Tool
  • Dyamic Data Center Provisioning
  • Role-based Uninstall
  • XenApp Configuration Options: Which Farm or Zones Will Be Used in the Environment? Which Server Will Be Used as the License Server? Which Database Engine Will Be Used for the Data Store Database? Will Shadowing Be Enabled? On Which Port Will the Citrix XML Service Run? When Will Users Be Added to the Local Remote Desktop Users Group? Will Pass-through Authentication Be Used in the Environment? Will Information in the Data Store and Configuration Logging Databases be Protected with IMA Encryption?
  • Web Interface Installation Decisions
  • Test Your Knowledge

Configuring XenApp Administration (5 topics)

  • Overview
  • Worker Groups: Managing Worker Groups
  • Administrator Privilege Levels: Creating Administrator Accounts; Configuring Administrator Permissions; Configuring Folder Permissions; Delegating Administration
  • Configuration Logging: Creating the Configuration Logging Database; Configuration Logging Database Settings; Enabling Configuration Logging
  • Test Your Knowledge

Installing and Configuring Web Interface (15 topics)

  • Overview
  • Web Interface Ports: Web Interface Communication Process
  • Web Interface Installation: Installing the Web Interface
  • Site Creation: Creating a Web Interface Site; Site Creation Considerations; XenApp Web Site Configuration Options; XenApp Services Site Configuration
  • Web Interface Site Modification: Modifying the Web Interface Configuration File; Using the Web Interface Management Console
  • Specifying Citrix Plug-in Backup URLs
  • Site Appearance: Site Customization Options; Session Preferences; Session Options; User Options
  • Workspace Control: Workspace Control Functionality; Workspace Control Configuration Options; Workspace Control User Customization; Configuring Workspace Control; Session Termination
  • Citrix Plug-ins and Web Interface: Plug-in Deployment Options; Automatically Detecting Plug-ins; Client Detection
  • Authentication Configuration: Authentication Options; Generic RADIUS Support; Explicit Authentication; Pass-through Authentication; Smart Card Authentication; Citrix XML Service Trust Relationships
  • Secure Access Configuration: Access Methods; Network Address Translation; Network Address Translation Access Types
  • Server Configuration: Configuring Multiple Farms; Adding Farms; Configuring Load Balancing; Enabling Fault Tolerance; Specifying the XML Communication Port; Ticket Expiration Settings
  • Web Interface Site Removal
  • Troubleshooting Web Interface Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Delivering Applications and Content (8 topics)

  • Overview
  • Published Resources: Published Resource Types; Resource Publishing Phases; Resource Name and Location; Server Assignment; Configured or Anonymous Accounts; Users and Groups; Resource Publishing Settings
  • VM Hosted Apps: Components of VM Hosted Apps
  • Organizing Published Resources for Users
  • Advanced Published Resource Settings: Access Control; Content Redirection; Implementing Resource Limits and Client Options; Configuring Resource Appearance
  • Published Resource Configuration: Session Pre-Launch; Managing Connections to Resources; Disabling or Hiding a Published Resource
  • Troubleshooting Application Delivery Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Streaming Applications (13 topics)

  • Overview
  • Application Streaming: Application Streaming Benefits; Application Streaming Components; Application Streaming Communication Process; Streaming App-V Packages
  • Citrix Offline Plug-in: Citrix Offline Plug-in Cache; Citrix Offline Plug-in Installation
  • Citrix Streaming Profiler: Profiling Process; Installing the Citrix Streaming Profiler; Creating a Profile; Profile Security Setting
  • Targets; Inter-Isolation Communication; Profile Preference Settings; Profile System Requirements; Profile Installation Types; Profile Properties; Known Limits for Profiling Applications; Target Properties; Upgrading an Application in a Target
  • Application Delivery Methods
  • The Use Web Delivery Method
  • To Stream to Servers
  • Publishing a Streamed Application: Specifying an Alternate Profile for a Published Application; Enabling the Least-Privileged User Account
  • Configuring Sites for Streaming Applications: Support for Both Remote and Streaming Applications
  • Offline Access Management: Indirect Membership to the Offline Access List; Providing Offline Access; Offline Access Period; Renewing Offline Access Period; Application Caching; Pre-Deployment of Streaming Applications
  • Troubleshooting Streaming Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Configuring Policies (8 topics)

  • Overview
  • Group Policy Integration: IMA-based Group Policies; Group Policy Extensions; Group Policy Architecture
  • Policy Evaluation: Policy Application Process; Policy Processing and Precedence; Policy Changes Example; Policy Precedence Exceptions
  • Policy Rules
  • Support for Policy Templates
  • Policy Filtering
  • Policy Modeling
  • Test Your Knowledge

Configuring Load Management (9 topics)

  • Overview
  • Load Manager
  • Load Balancing: Load Balancing Process
  • Load Calculation: Load Calculations
  • Load Evaluator Configuration: Creating Custom Load Evaluators; Thresholds for Load Management; Assigning Load Evaluators to Servers and Applications
  • Load Balancing Policies: Creating Load Balancing Policies; Force Application Streaming
  • Preferential Load Balancing: Preferential Load Balancing Example; Preferential Load Balancing Considerations
  • Troubleshooting Load Management Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Optimizing the User Experience (13 topics)

  • Overview
  • Optimizing Session Performance: Enabling Display Settings
  • HDX Broadcast Session Reliability: Enabling HDX Broadcast Session Reliability
  • HDX Broadcast Session Reliability Considerations
  • HDX RealTime: Enabling HDX RealTime; Understanding HDX RealTime Design Considerations
  • HDX Plug-n-Play: Enabling HDX Plug-n-Play; Understanding HDX Plug-n-Play Design Considerations
  • HDX MediaStream Windows Media Redirection
  • HDX MediaStream Flash Redirection
  • HDX 3D Image Acceleration: Enabling HDX 3D Image Acceleration
  • HDX 3D Progressive Display: Enabling HDX 3D Progressive Display
  • User Profiles: Differentiating User Profile Types; Redirecting User Data; Managing User Profiles; Enabling Profile Management; Understanding the Profile Management Logon Process
  • Troubleshooting User Experience Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Configuring Self-Service Applications (7 topics)

  • Overview
  • Self-Service Applications Technologies
  • Citrix Receiver: Citrix Receiver for Windows; Citrix Receiver for Macintosh
  • Citrix Merchandising Server: Citrix Merchandising Server Architecture
  • Plug-ins: Supported Plug-ins, Clients and Receivers; Plug-in Delivery; Client for Java; Installation Considerations
  • Troubleshooting Self-Service Application Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Configuring Printing (13 topics)

  • Overview
  • Printing Concepts: Printing Definitions; Printer Types; Printing Security
  • Default Printing Behavior: Altering the Default Printing Behavior
  • Printer Provisioning: User Self-Provisioning; Printer Auto-Creation
  • Printing Pathways: Network Printing Pathway; Client Printing Pathway; Printing Pathway Demonstration
  • Printer Drivers: Printer Driver Types
  • Citrix Universal Printing: Enhanced MetaFile Format; Print Preview; Citrix Universal Printer; Configuring Citrix Universal Printing
  • Administrator-Assigned Network Printers: Adding a Network Printer; Editing Network Printer Settings; Specifying the Default Printer
  • Workspace Control and Proximity Printing: Configuring Proximity Printing
  • Printing Preferences: Printing Properties; Printing Preference Hierarchy; Configuring Printer Property Retention
  • Printing Bandwidth
  • Troubleshooting Printing Issues
  • Test Your Knowledge

Securing XenApp (9 topics)

  • Overview
  • XenApp Security Solutions
  • SecureICA
  • Citrix SSL Relay: SSL Relay Communication; Configuring SSL Relay
  • Access Gateway: Access Gateway Deployment Scenarios; Access Gateway Communications; Digital Certificates; Securing Access to Hosted Applications; SmartAccess
  • Web Interface Configuration: Access Methods; Access Gateway Settings; Configuring Web Interface for Access Gateway Connections
  • Security Configuration Best Practices
  • Troubleshooting Access Gateway with XenApp
  • Test Your Knowledge

Monitoring XenApp (8 topics)

  • Overview
  • Health Monitoring and Recovery
  • Service Monitoring for XenApp: Service Monitoring Components; Service Monitoring Communication;
  • License Usage Monitoring: Configuring License Alerts; Viewing License Usage; Viewing Historical License Data
  • Workflow Studio Overview: Workflow Studio Architecture; Workflow Automation Use Cases
  • Accessing the Farm using PowerShell
  • Administering the Farm using Commands
  • Test Your Knowledge

Additional Components (8 topics)

  • Overview
  • SmartAuditor: SmartAuditor Components; Session Recording Process
  • Single Sign-on: Single Sign-on Components; Single Sign-on Process
  • Branch Optimization: Branch Repeater Components; Branch Optimization Process for the Plug-in
  • Provisioning Services: Provisioning Services Components
  • Power and Capacity Management
  • XenServer: XenServer Components
  • Test Your Knowledge

Introducing XenDesktop (13 topics)

  • Five Core Strengths of XenDesktop
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • XenDesktop Product Family
  • Test Your Knowledge: XenDesktop Product Family
  • FlexCast
  • Use Cases
  • Virtual Desktop Models
  • Test Your Knowledge: Virtual Desktop Models
  • HDX Technologies
  • Hosted Desktop Delivery
  • Quick Deploy
  • Quick Deploy System Requirements
  • To Run Quick Deploy

Configuring the Hypervisor for Desktop Delivery (39 topics)

  • Virtualization
  • Virtualization Components
  • Hypervisors
  • Hypervisor Role in Desktop Delivery
  • Test Your Knowledge: The Hypervisor Role in Desktop Delivery
  • Windows Virtual Machine Architecture
  • Installation from an ISO
  • To Create an ISO Library
  • Windows Virtual Machine Device Support
  • Windows Virtual Machine Creation
  • XenServer Tools
  • Test Your Knowledge: To Create an ISO Library
  • Test Your Knowledge: Windows Virtual Machine Creation
  • Templates and Life-Cycle Operations
  • Virtual Machine Templates
  • To Provision a New Virtual Machine Using a Template
  • Virtual Machine Export and Import
  • Virtual Machine Duplication
  • Test Your Knowledge: Export, Import, and Copy Virtual Machines
  • Snapshots
  • Virtual Machine Operations
  • XenConvert
  • To Convert a Server or Desktop to a Virtual Machine
  • Virtual Machine Resource Management
  • Events and Alerts
  • Resource Pools
  • Virtual Machine Movement
  • Network Components and Architecture
  • External Networks
  • Internal-only Network
  • NIC Bonds
  • To Create a NIC Bond in XenCenter
  • VLANs
  • Storage
  • Storage Repositories
  • Remote Storage
  • Storage Capability Comparison
  • Test Your Knowledge: Storage Components
  • Troubleshooting Hypervisor Issues

Installing and Configuring XenDesktop (22 topics)

  • XenDesktop Architecture
  • Production Site Configuration
  • License File Management
  • Obtaining License Files
  • Security Considerations
  • Active Directory Considerations
  • Supported Active Directory Environments
  • Active Directory-Based Controller Discovery
  • Active Directory Objects
  • Test Your Knowledge: Active Directory Considerations
  • Configuring a XenDesktop Site
  • To Configure a XenDesktop Site
  • Web Interface
  • Web Interface Considerations
  • Desktop Delivery Communication Process
  • Access Gateway
  • ICA Proxy Mode
  • Access Gateway Deployment Scenarios
  • Access Gateway Communications
  • Access Gateway Authentication
  • Single Sign-on to Web Interface
  • SmartAccess

Managing Desktop Catalogs and Groups (26 topics)

  • Administration Roles
  • To Add an Administrator Account
  • Preparing a Virtual Desktop for Delivery
  • Virtual Desktop Agent Installation
  • Virtual Desktop Agent Wizard Settings
  • Manual Firewall Configuration
  • Machine Creation Services
  • Machine Creation Services Host and Storage Requirements
  • Desktop Catalogs
  • Machine Types
  • Pooled Machine Type
  • Dedicated Machine Type
  • Existing Machine Type
  • Physical Machine Type
  • Streamed Machine Type
  • Virtual Desktop Updates
  • To Modify the Master Virtual Machine
  • To Revert to the Previous Master Virtual Machine
  • Desktop Groups
  • Desktop Group Types
  • Desktop Group Examples
  • To Create a Desktop Group
  • Power Management
  • Pools and Buffers
  • To Configure Power Management
  • Troubleshooting Desktop Catalog and Group Issues

Customizing the User Experience (20 topics)

  • User Device Types
  • Display Modes
  • Profile Management
  • User Profiles
  • User Profile Types
  • Redirecting User Data
  • Managing User Profiles
  • Profile Management Logon Process
  • To Enable Profile Management
  • FlexCast for Apps
  • Application Delivery Method
  • Test Your Knowledge: Application Delivery Method
  • XenDesktop Policies
  • Policy Creation
  • To Create a Policy
  • Policy Settings
  • Policy Setting Best Practices
  • Policy Prioritization
  • Test Your Knowledge: Policies, Printers, and Client Drive Mapping
  • Troubleshooting Customization Issues

Monitoring XenDesktop Sites (12 topics)

  • Desktop Director
  • Installing Desktop Director
  • Accessing Desktop Director
  • Desktop Director Pages
  • Filters
  • Searching for a User or Machine
  • User and Machine Management
  • Managing Machines
  • Managing End Users
  • User Shadowing
  • To Shadow a User
  • Troubleshooting Site Monitoring Issues

Streaming Desktops to Virtual and Physical Machines (26 topics)

  • Streamed VHDs and Catalogs
  • Provisioning Services
  • Citrix Provisioning Services Infrastructure
  • Citrix Provisioning Services Components
  • Key Services
  • Provisioning Services Administration
  • Installation Planning
  • Network Boot Services
  • Boot Process
  • DHCP Deployment Options
  • DHCP Configuration
  • Provisioning Services Farm Design
  • Farms
  • SQL Database Server
  • Service Account Permissions
  • Sites
  • Stores
  • Write Caches
  • Storage Requirements
  • Sample vDisk Storage Requirements
  • Provisioning Services Installation
  • To Install Provisioning Services
  • Provisioning Services Configuration
  • To Configure a Provisioning Services Farm
  • Store Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Installation and Configuration

Creating a Shared vDisk (26 topics)

  • vDisk Image Modes
  • Standard Image Mode
  • Difference Disk Image Mode
  • Private Image Mode
  • Write-Cache Types
  • Cache on Server Disk
  • Cache on Server Disk: Local Storage
  • Cache on Server Disk: Shared Storage
  • Cache on Device's Hard Drive
  • Cache on Device's Hard Drive: Local Storage
  • Cache on Device's Hard Drive: Shared Storage
  • Target Device-based RAM Cache
  • Target Device RAM
  • To Create a vDisk
  • Imaging Wizard
  • vDisk File Creation
  • VHD Format
  • vDisk Mounting
  • vDisk Formatting
  • Master Target Device
  • Boot Order
  • Master Target Device Software
  • To Create a Windows Master Target Device using the Imaging Wizard
  • XenConvert Overview
  • To Image Windows Target Devices with XenConvert
  • Troubleshooting vDisk Creation Issues

Administering Provisioning Services Components (29 topics)

  • Provisioning Services Hosts in the Console
  • Target Device Connections
  • Provisioning Services Host Properties
  • Target Device Management
  • Target Device Collection
  • Target Device Views
  • Target Device Properties
  • Active Directory Integration
  • To Manage Domain Passwords
  • Automatic Password Renegotiation
  • To Integrate Active Directory
  • Test Your Knowledge: Active Directory Login Issue
  • vDisk Management
  • vDisk Properties
  • To Create a vDisk File
  • To Unassign vDisks from Target Devices
  • To Delete a vDisk
  • vDisk Locks
  • vDisk Backup
  • Streamed Desktop Catalogs
  • To Create a Streamed Desktop Catalog
  • vDisk Updates
  • Automatic Update
  • Incremental Update
  • Autoupdate Tool
  • Incremental Update Rollback
  • Scheduled vDisk Updates
  • vDisk Update Strategies
  • Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Issues

Delivering Local VM Desktops (21 topics)

  • Local VM Desktops with XenClient
  • XenClient Architecture
  • Synchronizer for XenClient
  • Test Your Knowledge: XenClient Components
  • XenClient Installation
  • To Install XenClient
  • XenClient Configuration
  • Receiver for XenClient
  • To Create a Virtual Machine
  • XenClient Tools
  • Synchronizer Installation and Configuration
  • Image Management
  • To Upload a Virtual Machine to the Synchronizer
  • To Assign Desktops to End Users
  • User Management
  • To Create a Local User or Group
  • To Link an Existing AD User or Group
  • Device Management
  • XenClient User Experience
  • Secure Application Sharing
  • Troubleshooting Local VM Desktop Issues


Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that learners have the following:
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server or enterprise database servers
  • Experience with Active Directory and Group Policy
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
  • Familiarity with application virtualization technologies, such as Citrix application streaming or Microsoft App-V
  • Basic understanding of Windows Server networking concepts, such as DNS, IIS®, load balancing, and file and printing services
  • Exposure to basic system administration concepts, including logging, software upgrade procedures and high availability operations
  • Familiarity with server monitoring tools
  • Basic understanding of VPN concepts, including SSL encryption and certificates
In addition, as stated above it is preseumed that the delegate will have significant experience with citrix Xenapp. This course is not aimed at those delegates who are new to Xenapp. Existing Xenapp experience should include:
  • XenApp farm architecture concepts: Farm, Zone, Data Collector, and Data Store.
  • Application publishing concepts and ICA/RDP protocol concepts.
  • Web Interface server, its role in a XenApp/XenDesktop farm, and the Web Interface server involvement in client communication.
  • Client software used to connect to a XenApp farm and how it works with Web Interface. Currently, this includes the Citrix Receiver/Citrix Online Plugin â€Ã¢â‚¬Å“ full and Citrix Online Plugin - web.
  • Administrators familiar with earlier versions of the products will be familiar with the Web client and PNAgent client terminology.
  • XenApp policy basics consistent with XenApp 5 and earlier products. The instructor will explain briefly whatâ€s new in policy management for XenApp 6 and 6.5. It is expected that attendees are already familiar with the use of policies for XenApp 5 (or earlier) and the settings that can be managed using XenApp policies.

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