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Citrix XenDesktop Administration 7.6 LTSR

Special Notices

Please note: This course is currently in 'early availability'. This means that courseware and labs may be subject to errors. Delegates attending during the early availability period will receive access to final course deliverables once the course is available in general availability

Designed for students with little or no previous XenApp or XenDesktop experience. Obtain foundational knowledge of XenApp and XenDesktop required to be successful with the platform. Learn to install, configure, and manage a highly available environment comprised of XenApp and XenDesktop controllers, StoreFront, Citrix Receiver, Director, and Profile management. Refer to the topic outline for a detailed view of topics covered in the course.

Audience
Students interested in learning to install, configure, and manage XenApp and XenDesktop including:

  • Administrators
  • Implementers / Engineers
  • Architects

Note: This course is based on XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR (Long Term Service Release) including the hands-on labs providing a stable platform for learning. Training on the current release (CR) is available as instructor led training at an additional cost. For more information on the long term service release program, please visit the program page.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the architecture and communications of XenApp and XenDesktop components
  • Understand the prerequisites for a successful XenApp and XenDesktop deployment
  • Install and configure a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop site
  • Deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using Machine Creation Services (MCS)
  • Understand the differences and benefits of Provisioning Services as an image management solution
  • Install and configure a highly available Citrix StoreFront site
  • Install and configure Citrix Receiver for end user access
  • Set up Citrix Profile management for end user data
  • Understand and configure printing within a XenApp and XenDesktop environment
  • Understand and configure Citrix policies for managing end-user session experience
  • Understand how to configure basic security features of XenApp and XenDesktop
  • Use Citrix Director to monitor and troubleshoot end user sessions and view environment trends

Pre-Requisites

Citrix course materials are only available to delegates in e-courseware format. Delegates will be provided with instructions on how to access their e-courseware on day one of the event. Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either three monitors (to view courseware, labs and instructor demos simultaneously) or two monitors and a mobile device. Delegates will be required to have an active TCC (Training.Citrix.com) account in order to access course materials and labs.

Please set up Your TCC account up in advance of the course using the following link:

https://www.citrix.com/welcome/create-account/create-account-form.html

Please note: It is highly recommended that the delegate uses a personal email address (rather than company email) to set up their TCC account. If you do not wish to reference your company name when setting up your TCC account we recommend you use 'EDUCALC' as reference.

Should you encounter any issues in setting up your TCC account please ensure that you raise this directly with Citrix in advance of your event by visiting http://training.citrix.com then on the home page click, Help, then select Classroom Support, and submit a Critical or High priority request notifying Citrix of the course start date.

Technical pre-requistes

Citrix recommends students prepare for this course by taking the one of the following courses:

  • CXA-105 XenApp and XenDesktop Foundations (free eLearning)

It is also recommended to gain a basic understanding of the following concepts and technologies:

  • Familiarity with how to navigate and use Windows Server 2012 R2

Course Content

Module 1: Architectural Overview

  • FlexCast models (use cases)
  • Architecture
  • Layered approach methodology
  • Hosting platform considerations

Module 2: Initial Requirements and Lab

  • Citrix consulting methodology
  • Supporting infrastructure prerequisites
  • Supporting infrastructure licensing considerations
  • Lab environment

Module 3: Installing and Configuring a XenApp and XenDesktop Site

  • Licensing considerations
  • Installation and management
  • Introduction to basic license server troubleshooting
  • Delivery Controller role
  • The XenApp and XenDesktop Site
  • Databases
  • XML traffic security

Module 4: Provision and Deliver Application and Desktop Resources

  • The Virtual Delivery Agent
  • Machine catalogs and delivery groups
  • Provisioning methods and considerations
  • Provisioning methods: Machine Creation Services (MCS) in depth
  • MCS environment considerations
  • Creating resources

Module 5: Providing Access with Citrix StoreFront and Receiver

  • StoreFront installation and architecture
  • Receiver
  • Receiver configurations

Module 6: Understanding and Configuring Citrix Policies

  • Policies introduction
  • Policies for session management

Module 7: Application Presentation and Management

  • Application properties
  • File-type association
  • Shortcut placement
  • HDX Monitor

Module 8: Printing with XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Printing introduction
  • Print job routing
  • Printer driver management
  • Citrix Universal Print Driver and Server

Module 9: Citrix Profile Management

  • User profiles
  • Configuring Citrix Profile management

Module 10: Managing the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

  • Delegated administration
  • Logging and reporting
  • Introduction to PowerShell

Module 11: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Redundancy

  • Component failure review
  • Methods of redundancy

Module 12: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Basic Network Security

  • Citrix administrator introduction to security considerations
  • Certificate authority
  • StoreFront consideration for external access
  • XML service security considerations
  • External HDX connection security with NetScaler Gateway

Module 13: Monitoring the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

  • Introduction to Citrix Director
  • Navigating Director
  • Monitoring sessions
  • Interacting with sessions
  • Network monitoring with HDX Insight

Module 14: Introduction to Supporting and Troubleshooting XenApp and XenDesktop

  • Introduction to Supporting XenApp/XenDesktop Site
  • Known Issue Awareness
  • XenApp and XenDesktop Hotfixes and the Long Term Service Release
  • Common Troubleshooting Tools

Exams & Certification

Certification Preparation
In addition to field experience and self-study on Provisioning Services, this course helps prepares candidates for the Managing XenDesktop 7.6 Solutions exam. By passing the Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Solutions exam, candidates will gain the Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA-V) certification.

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