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XenApp, XenDesktop & Provisioning Services 7.1x Administration (FastTrack)

This fast-paced administration course covers the major aspects of installing, configuring and managing a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop 7.1x environment as well as a full Provisioning Services 7.1x environment for image management.  Gain an understanding of the solution architecture and communications, and the factors that contribute to a successful deployment. This accelerated 5-day course will teach you how to deploy and deliver apps and desktops (MCS and PVS); install and configure StoreFront and Citrix Receiver; set up profile management; and configure policies, printing and basic security features. Also learn how to monitor and troubleshoot the environment with Citrix Director.

 

This course is currently based on  XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13

Target Audience:

Built for IT Professionals who need to install, configure, and manage XenApp, XenDesktop, and Provisioning Services. This course is taught at a faster pace and experience with previous versions or preparation with our free eLearning is recommended. It is an appropriate starting point or a refresher on version 7.1x for administrators, engineers, and architects.

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Learning Objectives

• Foundational knowledge of XenApp and XenDesktop required to be successful with the platform
• How to install, configure, and manage a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop site
• How to deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using both Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Provisioning Services (PVS) on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
• How to manage the end-user experience through policies and settings including profiles and printing
• How to install, configure, and manage a highly available Provisioning Services infrastructure for image management 

Pre-Requisites

This course requires little to no previous experience with the 7.x version of the platform; however, Citrix recommends this free eLearning: CXA-105 XenApp and XenDesktop Foundations. Previous knowledge of legacy versions of XenApp or XenDesktop is also beneficial due to the faster pace of this course.  

Course Content

Module 1: Architecture Overview
• Architecture
• FlexCast models (use cases)
• Layered approach methodology
• Connection flow process 
• Hosting platform considerations
Module 2: Initial Requirements and Lab
• Supporting infrastructure requirements
• Supporting infrastructure licensing considerations
• Preparing for Windows 10 and Server 2016 with AppDNA
• Lab environment 
Module 3: Installing and Configuring a XenApp and XenDesktop Site
• Licensing considerations
• Installation and management
• Basic license server troubleshooting
• Delivery Controller role
• The XenApp and XenDesktop Site
• Databases and the Local Host Cache (LHC)
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
Module 5: Providing Access with Citrix StoreFront and Receiver
• StoreFront installation and architecture 
• StoreFront authentication services
• Self Service Password Reset 
• Citrix 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
• Workspace Control
• Shortcut placement
• Session Prelaunch and Session Lingering
• Application groups
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 Zones
• Introduction to PowerShell
• Reboot schedules for the Server VDA
Module 11: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Redundancy
• Component failure review
• Methods of redundancy
• Configuring site and access infrastructure redundancy
Module 12: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Basic Network Security
• Citrix administrator introduction to security considerations
• Certificate authority
• XML service security 
• External HDX connection security with NetScaler Gateway 
Module 13: Monitoring the XenApp and XenDesktop Site
• Introduction to Citrix Director
• Navigating Director
• Trends and reports 
• Alerts and notifications
• Monitoring sessions
• Interacting with sessions
• Network monitoring with HDX Insight
Module 14: Introduction to Supporting and Troubleshooting XenApp and XenDesktop
• Introduction to supporting XenApp and XenDesktop Site
• Known issue awareness
• XenApp and XenDesktop Hotfixes and the Long Term Service Release
• Common Troubleshooting Tools
Module 15: Advanced Provisioning with Provisioning Services 
• Getting started with Provisioning Services
• Provisioning Services Architecture
Module 16: Provisioning Services Infrastructure 
• The PVS server role
• The Farm database
• The vDisk Store
Module 17: Streaming the vDisk
• Introduction to vDisks
• Machine preparation
• Streaming vDisks
• Boot methods
Module 18: Target Devices
• Introduction to target devices
• Data I/O
• Handling persistent and non-persistent data
Module 19: Integrating Provisioning Services with XenApp and XenDesktop
• XenDesktop Setup Wizard
• Device Collections
• Published Apps and Desktops
• Using Provisioning Services with XenApp and XenDesktop
Module 20: Provisioning Services Redundancy
• Farm component redundancy
• Store redundancy
• Database redundancy
Module 21: Supporting Provisioning Services
• Performing updates
• Auditing and support
• vDisk imagining 
• Migrating vDisk images
• Troubleshooting 

Exams & Certification

Certification:

Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (Partial preparation for CCP-V)

Pre-Reading

Citrix recommends this free eLearning: CXA-105 XenApp and XenDesktop Foundations

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Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.

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