Installing, Configuring, and Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

Author: Greg Shields

This learning path covers the Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp platform, focusing specifically on XenDesktop/XenApp 7.15 LTSR (Long Term Service Release). The seven courses in this... Read more

Installing, Configuring, and Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

These courses get you up and running with the knowledge you need to install, configure, and manage Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR.


Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Introduction

by Greg Shields

Mar 14, 2018 / 41m

Intermediate • 41m

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Whether you're new to Citrix, or have worked with it's many versions, you're aware of how large and complex a beast any XenDesktop implementation can be. Very different from other solutions, you almost have to know everything about XenDesktop to truly appreciate...well...anything about XenDesktop. It's for that reason that this learning path breaks apart the topics in installing and managing XenDesktop into one course for each of it's major components. In this first course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Introduction, you'll first get an introduction to Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR -- Citrix's second "Long Term Service Release" for XenDesktop. Next, you'll explore these courses' subtle alignment with the CCA-V and CCP-V certifications. Finally, you'll discover the virtual machines you'll want to build if you plan on following along. By the time you've finished, you'll be ready to start building your own XenDesktop infrastructure as you progress through the learning path.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 55s
  2. Introduction
    27m 7s
  3. Build Your Lab Environment
    12m 18s

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Delivery Controller

by Greg Shields

Mar 14, 2018 / 3h 16m

Intermediate • 3h 16m

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Take a look in this course at the central core, the communication broker that connects XenDesktop's components together, that being XenDesktop Delivery Controller. In that central location, Delivery Controller's job starts with accepting incoming user requests, and, based on the rules you configure, connecting each individual to the right application or desktop inside the data center. In this second course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Delivery Controller, you'll first begin with a high-level look at everything that makes a XenDesktop deployment, the sum total of components that connect users to their applications and desktops. Next, you'll install Delivery Controller and the XenServer hypervisor. Finally, you will dig into Citrix Licensing. By the time you're finished, you'll have walked through some initial configurations in the Citrix Studio management console.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 49s
  2. Introduction
    6m 58s
  3. Explore the Citrix Architecture and Components
    38m 53s
  4. Understand Requirements for XenDesktop Installation
    29m 8s
  5. Configure Citrix Licensing
    36m 32s
  6. Install Delivery Controller and Configure for HA
    17m 27s
  7. Install XenServer and Configure for HA
    47m 46s
  8. Explore Citrix Desktop Studio
    18m 12s

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Machine Creation Services

by Greg Shields

Mar 14, 2018 / 2h 56m

Intermediate • 2h 56m

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With your pair of Delivery Controllers now installed and configured, next up is the creation of machine catalogs both using -- and, in some cases, not using -- Machine Creation Services. MCS is one of Citrix's two solutions for rapidly provisioning out desktops and servers from machine template images. And, some might argue, it's the easier of the two to configure and use over time. In this third course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Machine Creation Services, you'll first begin by exploring the architecture of Machine Creation Services. Next, you'll provision a series of machine catalogs for desktop and server operating systems. Finally, once created, you'll dig into the delivery groups and application groups that connect users to the applications on those machines. By the time you're finished, you'll understand the tasks in updating virtual machine templates and then rapidly deploying them using MCS automations.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 52s
  2. Introduction
    5m 5s
  3. Explore MCS Architecture
    28m 40s
  4. Prepare Master Virtual Machines and Install VDA
    39m 1s
  5. Create Machine Catalogs Using Machine Creation Services
    37m 50s
  6. Create Delivery Groups
    50m 23s
  7. Update Master Virtual Machines Using Machine Creation Services
    13m 8s

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Provisioning Services

by Greg Shields

Apr 25, 2018 / 3h 10m

Intermediate • 3h 10m

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This course offers a quick sidebar into XenDeskop's other provisioning solution. Provisioning Services arrives as an optional, additional technology for creating new Windows instances that can coexist with Machine Creation Services implemented in the immediately previous course. While both approaches are useful for rapidly deploying Windows instances, Provisioning Services does so via a unique approach in streaming down an operating system from a network-based virtual disk store. These Provisioning Services vDisks become the starting point for each new machine. With them, along with PVS's streaming infrastructure, you need only power on a machine to create a new OS instance. In this fourth course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Provisioning Services, you'll begin by exploring the unique architecture of Provisioning Services. First, you'll learn about its streaming technology. Next, you'll install and configure a highly-available PVS infrastructure and its required prerequisites. Finally, you'll dig into the different approaches for managing target device write caching and then build a series of vDisks for deployment. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with the knowledge you need to determine which of XenDesktop's two solutions you prefer for provisioning your virtual machines.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 24s
  2. Introduction
    7m 2s
  3. Understand the Provisioning Services Architecture
    31m 40s
  4. Install Provisioning Services
    47m 58s
  5. Provision Machines Using Provisioning Services
  6. Update Machines Using Provisioning Services
    22m 58s
  7. Manage Provisioning Services and Configure for HA

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler Gateway

by Greg Shields

May 11, 2018 / 3h 34m

Intermediate • 3h 34m

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In this course you'll return back to the main storyline in the deployment of a XenDesktop Infrastructure, focusing this time on the "last mile" of connectivity all the way down to each user's device. To accomplish this task, you'll focus your attention on three Citrix components: StoreFront services for hosting application and desktop icons, Citrix Receiver for enabling the rich user experience, and NetScaler for securing those connections outside the LAN. In this fifth course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler Gateway, first, you'll walk through the installation and configuration of a pair of highly-available and secure StoreFront servers. Next, you'll explore the surprisingly broad array of options that are available for installing and subsequently configuring the Citrix Receiver client, some of which require little to no involvement by you the administrator. Finally, you'll extend secure access to published applications and desktops out to external, untrusted environments. By the end of this course, you'll get to know some of the other useful features, like service load balancing, that the NetScaler can provide for both internal and external resources.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 2s
  2. Introduction
    9m 59s
  3. Install StoreFront and Configure for HA
    57m 31s
  4. Deploy Citrix Receiver
    47m 1s
  5. Secure Remote Access Using NetScaler Gateway
    59m 22s
  6. Load Balance XenDesktop Components Using NetScaler Gateway
    38m 58s

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Citrix Policies, User Profiles, and Workspace Environment Management

by Greg Shields

Jun 5, 2018 / 5h 10m

Intermediate • 5h 10m

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This course, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Citrix Policies, User Profiles, and Workspace Environment Management, continues with the installation and configuration of your XenDesktop environment with a focus on the end user's experience: the look-and-feel, the allowed attached devices, and the entirety of what administrators allow (and don't allow) when users log in. Accomplishing this task isn't something that's done from a single console, nor even a single product or technology. Managing the user's experience in XenDesktop requires a combination of tactics that range from Active Directory Group Policies, to Citrix Policies, to Workspace Environment Management, to even Citrix App Layering. In this sixth course out of seven, you'll explore the art and science in Citrix Policy configuration. First, you'll see how policies are configured; and, then for the art, you'll walk through the long list of policies as you learn which can be useful and which can be safely ignored. Next, you'll delve into the special considerations needed in managing user profiles across both the Citrix Profile Management and Workspace Environment Management Solutions. Finally, you'll dig into application layering with Citrix's App Layering solution, where you'll get to see how fracturing a Windows desktop into its many disparate components can make it easier to deploy and manage over time. By the end of this course, you'll have a strong familiarity with the right tools you'll need to best manage your XenDesktop users' experience.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 13s
  2. Introduction
    6m 43s
  3. Understand and Configure Citrix Policies
    48m 33s
  4. Manage the User Experience with Citrix Policies
    58m 4s
  5. Configure Printing Policies and the Universal Print Server
    41m 36s
  6. Integrate Citrix Profile Management
    44m 24s
  7. Integrate Workspace Environment Management
    1h 28s
  8. Integrate App Layering
    48m 5s

Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Director

by Greg Shields

Jun 6, 2018 / 47m

Intermediate • 47m

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The past six courses in this learning path have been a journey through the installation, configuration, and integration of the major components that comprise a production-ready XenDesktop environment. As you've seen, there are a lot of them. With a lot of components come a lot of interconnections, which are cumbersome to install but even more difficult to troubleshoot when your environment goes live. Enter Citrix Director. This solution offers more than just monitoring. It offers a single pane of glass for understanding the behaviors (both good and bad) in a XenDesktop environment. It also surfaces a lightweight web-based interface for help desk personnel and front line technicians to quickly trace a user who calls in with an issue down to a root cause of their problem. Citrix Director is meant as a visualization solution for both you the administrator as well as your front-line support. In this final course out of seven, Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR: Director, you will explore this and more. First, you'll walk through the installation of Citrix Director. Next, you'll perform a bit of tuning to customize it for your needs. Finally, you'll peek into it's dashboards, trending reports, and user-specific instrumentation that'll ensure everyone managing your XenDesktop environment knows what behaviors are occurring. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with the information you need to troubleshoot issues and find the actual issue when users call in to report that "Citrix is slow today".

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 21s
  2. Introduction
    3m 34s
  3. Install and Configure Citrix Director
    19m 33s
  4. Monitor XenDesktop with Citrix Director
    21m 32s

What you will learn

  • Installing, configuring, and managing XenDesktop Delivery Controller
  • Provisioning desktops with Machine Creation Services
  • Installing Provisioning Services and provisioning desktops
  • Installing, configuring, and managing StoreFront, Receiver, and NetScaler Gateway
  • Managing Citrix policies, user profiles, and Workspace Environment Management
  • Installing and Managing Citrix Director


It is recommended to have a working knowledge of the concepts covered in the following courses:

  • Installing Windows Server 2016
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Storage Solutions
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 DNS
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 DHCP
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Connectivity and Remote Access
  • Implementing and Securing Windows Server 2016 Core Networking
  • Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016
  • Group Policy Fundamentals
  • Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services in Windows Server 2016