Designing your XenApp 7.5 Environment
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Like this? Share it with your network

Share

Designing your XenApp 7.5 Environment

  • 16,035 views
Uploaded on

The ...

The

This webinar will touch on the architectural changes in XenApp 7.5. The session will also cover the Citrix Consulting Methodology, which focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins.

More in: Technology
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
16,035
On Slideshare
15,622
From Embeds
413
Number of Embeds
10

Actions

Shares
Downloads
1,928
Comments
0
Likes
21

Embeds 413

http://www.slideee.com 251
http://lalmohan.co.nz 94
https://twitter.com 29
http://citrixevangelist.wordpress.com 23
https://www.linkedin.com 7
http://www.linkedin.com 5
http://www.google.com 1
http://citrixstuff.wordpress.com 1
http://www.tech-addict.fr 1
http://translate.googleusercontent.com 1

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • A key element in the success of Citrix Consulting is the proven methodology which takes each project through the critical steps from inception through operations. Our approach focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins, so that the end project minimizes your risk and delivers maximum business impact.Define: Citrix Consulting can assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies through:Solution developmentRoadmap initiatives and strategic planningHardware and storage estimationPrioritization.Asses: Think of the center of our diagram as the heart of your project. During the Assess phase, Citrix Consulting reviews your current environment, identifies use cases, and gathers detailed requirements for your project. This information allows us to elaborate on the project success criteria and set goals for your Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.Design:The design phase defines the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will meet and hopefully exceed your success criteria. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy and high availability are addressed. Citrix Consulting will apply best practices for performance tuning to help your environment perform at its best. That means that your environment is rigorously tested during this phase to make sure your deployment runs smoothly.Monitor: Citrix Consulting can be engaged to perform continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities for the long-term health of your Citrix environment. Wehave the experience to keep your environment stable and your users happy with onsite and remote delivery capabilities.
  • Let’s compare the differences between desktop virtualization and session virtualization. Overall, they both consist of users accessing resources which are executed on a hardware layer. Where they differ is in the following:With DV, each resource (desktop) is assigned to 1 user. SV has many users going to a single resource. These users share the same operating system, same application, same instance. The difference ist hat the boundary between users is within the CPU and within memory. Users only see their own session. They only access their own RAM. As you can imagine, this type of a solution should be more scalable. Let’s look at just how much more scalable it is
  • today, XenApp admins manage their XA farm and XD admins manages desktop virt in their XD farm. On the left, a traditional (albeit simplified) XenApp Deployment – it uses the IMA (Independent Management Architecture) to deliver applications to end usersOn the right, you can see a typical desktop infrastructure, this is capable of delivering desktops to end users using the new FMA architecture (Flexcast Management Architecture)The delivery infrastructure is, of course, hidden from the end user today by the web interface and in more recent versions of XD & XA storefront which is becoming the preferred means of access. These two architectures are very different; each with their own needs, requirements and management… and as organizations merge their XA and XD teams together under one infrastructure/one team….
  • Under XenDesktop 7, under a single architecture, customers/admins deploys a single architecture for delivering applications and desktops. This unified architecture, along with simplified management console (Studio & Director) enables administrator of
  • The foundation of the solution oriented thinking is based on our 5-layer model. The User Layer defines the user requirements. Each group of users will have requirements specific to them. What are they? The access layer helps us understand how users will gain access to the environment, which is really trying to determine how users will gain access to their resources. The resource layer defines those resources. What applications and desktop will the user receiveOnce the top 3 layers are complete for each user group, we then start developing the underlying infrastructure. One infrastructure to support everythingWe start with the control layer that maintains the environment for us. It makes sure the resources are ready, the policies are in place and proper security is being administered. Ad finally, we end up with the hardware layer, which is the physical implementation of the overall solution
  • What makes this model extremely flexible is as follows: We might have numerous user groups, each with different requirementsDepending on our business and user requirements, we might have different ways to access our resources. We can have our access policies mapped to a single user group or shared across multiple groups. A single user group can access one resource, multiple user groups can access the same resources, or resources can only be accessed by a certain user group under certain conditions. This is how we align the technical solution with your business objectives.Regardless of how we define our user, access and resource layer, we still utilize an integrated control platformWith the entire solution running on an integrated hardware layer.
  • Desktop lock makes things seamless. Logon like normalWhen logon successful, instead of seeing local desktop, you get your virtual desktopUsers are not able to get to the local desktop. Only an admin logon will work
  • Most important diagram – Storefront Services is intended to be a single (logical) aggregation point that serves all users regardless of which device they are using and whether they are local or remote. The system has intelligence to determine and understand the context for each request and act accordingly.For instance, remote requests coming through AG will then launch ICA connections through AG automatically.
  • In many env, It sets up failover via DNS round robin, which does load balance requestsThis solution, and so many other Lbing solutions lack intelligence to dig deeper to see if services really available. Most just look to see if server is on the network with simple Ping. What happens is that if a service fails, users will get sporadic failures as the request gets LB’ed to the failed service
  • VPX Express (free) / VPX 10 (2.000USD)With automated failover using NetScaler VPX Express, we test to see if the service is active in addition to the server. That means it checks to see if SF is accessible and if DC is responding to requestsIf a service is down, it is automatically taken out of rotation until it starts responding againThe build in wizards makes this easy so you don’t have to be a networking genius to get it done
  • Homogenous Aggregated Sites‘Best’ site determined by a combination of Static preference ordering, group membership, site availability, session tracking.Heterogeneous Site AggregationPresent such equivalent apps to users as a single aggregated app, handling launch and other operations depending on factors such as site availability, existing user ICA sessions, etc. Site Selection Using AD Group (‘Home Farm’)Enables a user’s AD group membership to be used to filter the list of sites that are used for that user.Disaster Recovery SitesEnables sites for disaster recovery only.
  • But simply gaining access isn’t enough. We need to make sure that the pathway we take is the most optimal. Take the following examples with regards to HDX Optimized Routing:Without optimization, our user will be load balanced to one data center. Their authentication, enumeration and application access network path will go through the first data center even though the resource they are trying to access is in data center B. Not optimal. A better way, with optimization is to redirect the user’s application access network pathway to the gateway that is in the same data center as the app. So even though the authentication traffic (red line) goes through data center A, the ICA or HDX Traffic (green line) goes through data center B, which is a more direct network pathway
  • Mobile users are mobile, which means they might try to access the XenApp hosted app from an external location, an internal location and even from behind a paywall (internet cafés or hotels). However, many organizations do not allow internal people from accessing resources located within the DMZ, as DMZ resources are typically meant to be accessed by external users only. We don’t want users to have to re-configure their endpoint device whenever they come to the office. Imagine the number of support calls!Instead, we deploy Beacons within StoreFront. Beacons (web sites) identify whether a user is connected to an internal or external network. Internal users are connected directly to resources while external users are connected via Citrix NetScaler Gateway. Citrix Receiver continuously monitors the status of network connections (e.g. link up / link down or change of the default gateway). When a status change is detected, Citrix Receiver will first check that the internal beacon points can be accessed before moving on to check the accessibility of external beacon points. StoreFront provides Citrix Receiver with the http addresses of the beacon points during the initial connection process and provides updates as necessary. It basically works like thisIf I can only access the external beacon, I will use the Gateway Connect methodIf I can access the internal AND external beacons, I will use Direct Connect methodIf I can NOT access either external or internal, then my Internet connection is blocked and I won’t try to make a connection
  • CXA-103 Citrix XenApp 7.5 Architecture and New Featureso   Free 2-hour online course introducing XenApp 7.5 technology. Students will explore the key components required in a XenApp 7.5 implementation, the new FMA-based architecture, as well as key use cases. Other topics covered include design implications, VDA registration and Hybrid Cloud Provisioning.CXA-207 Citrix XenApp 7.5 Skills Updateo   2-day course with access to a live lab environment. Available in instructor-led or virtual instructor-led training.o   Recommended for IT professionals with prior XenApp experience, version 6 or later – includes architects, systems engineers, server administrators wanting to update their skills to XenApp 7.5.o   Students will build the skills needed to implement and configure a XenApp 7.5 environment that includes the core Citrix components; Delivery Controller, Director, Studio, MCS, NetScaler, Provisioning Services, and Receiver.
  • What is it?Premier Support:Citrix Premier Support provides 24x7x 365 unlimited worldwide supports for Citrix software products covered by Subscription Advantage. Available at the time of product purchase or with a Subscription Advantage renewal, Premier Support is offered on a per license basis.Available for XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer (version 6.1 and below), NetScaler VPX, CloudBridge VPX, NetScaler Gateway VPX and Universal Licenses, EdgeSight, Provisioning Server for DataCentersWhy get it?By having Support in place, it’s an assurance for the success of your Citrix investment. We act as an extended part of your team – there anytime you have a question. Be sure to add Premier Support to your Subscription Advantage, so you’re not left without support.Benefits: 24x7x365 unlimited worldwide Citrix Technical SupportGuidance on installing and optimizing your environmentPeace of mind for your IT staffWhat is it?Enterprise Support: Designed for enterprises that have complex environments or high-user populations with over 2,500 license seats of a single or combination of Citrix software products, Citrix Enterprise Support covers multiple products and unlimited licenses at a fixed cost. It provides 24x7x365 unlimited worldwide support, unlimited support incidents and expedited level two technical expertise for software products. What is it?Technical Relationship Management:A Citrix Technical Relationship Manager (TRM) provides complete account management. The TRM is a highly trained single point of contact dedicated to your IT environment and will proactively support your Citrix investment as well as help troubleshoot and resolve complex issues quickly. This service can be sold as an add-on to any support agreement. A base TRM comes with 200 service hours, but additional service hours can also be purchased.Why get it?With a TRM, you ensure that your organization has a dedicated resource and obtains that 1:1 relationship with your team. The TRM builds an on that relationship becoming familiar with your Citrix environment , proactively managing your account and helping to anticipate issues.  Benefits:Proactive management for your environmentDesignated advocate at CitrixOne-on-one relationshipReduced support costs and risks More Benefits if needed:Detailed knowledge and understanding of unique customer environmentIssue prevention through proactive approachQuick access to other Citrix resourcesReduce risk of downtimesPriority - No waiting times on the support lineQuickest way to resolve complex issuesSmooth transition to new products and releasesKnowledge transferPreferred Access to Technical Support eventsCustomized support according to unique needsResources: To learn more about our Support Programs visit http://www.citrix.com/support/programs.html. Calculate value of Premier Support: http://citrix.com/pscalculator

Transcript

  • 1. Designing your XenApp 7.5 Environment April 2014 Andy Baker Senior Architect Thomas Berger Senior Architect
  • 2. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Agenda 2 • Methodology • XenApp Overview • Key Design Decisions ᵒ User Layer ᵒ Access Layer ᵒ Resource Layer ᵒ Control Layer ᵒ Hardware Layer • Design Resources • Questions
  • 3. Methodology
  • 4. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute 2Assess 4Deploy 3Design 5Monitor1Define Methodology
  • 5. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Methodology 2Assess 4Deploy 3Design 5Monitor Assist in the definition of the strategy that will help your business take full advantage of these technologies 1Define
  • 6. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute 1Define Methodology 4Deploy 3Design 5Monitor Review your current environment, identify use cases and gather detailed requirements for the project. 2Assess
  • 7. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute 1Define Methodology 2Assess 4Deploy 5Monitor Define the architecture and operational processes required to implement and maintain the production environment that will satisfy your success criteria. 3Design
  • 8. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute 3Design 1Define Methodology 2Assess 5Monitor Create and configure the environment to meet specifications from the Design phase. 4Deploy
  • 9. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute 4Deploy 3Design 1Define Methodology 2Assess 5Monitor Perform the continued monitoring and administrative tasks in several different capacities.
  • 10. XenApp Overview
  • 11. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Session Virtualization Desktop Virtualization Session Virtualization Resource Layer User Layer Hardware Layer Access Layer
  • 12. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Delivery Services Console XenApp 6.5 Farm (IMA) XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 Site (FMA) Citrix Studio Web Interface Receiver DB DB IMA IMA CBP XenApp Controller Server OS Workers Desktop OS Workers Delivery Controller Power & Capacity Mgmt Provisioning ServicesPVS WMI PVS Console PCM Console Today: Separation of Owners & Roles Different Desktops & Apps Architectures EdgeSight Console VDA
  • 13. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Citrix Studio Storefront / Receiver for Web / Web Interface Receiver DB Server OS Workers Desktop OS Workers Delivery ControllerProvisioning Services FlexCast: Unified Service Delivery Team FlexCast Management Architecture VDA VDA Citrix Director Provisioning Console XenDesktop / XenApp Site (FMA)
  • 14. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Key Benefits of FMA • Unified Management Infrastructure • Citrix (Desktop) Director • Simplified Upgrades ᵒ +/- one major version • Unified Provisioning ᵒ MCS and PVS ᵒ Hybrid Cloud Provisioning
  • 15. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute XenApp 7.5 – New Features • Eliminate CAPEX for seasonal needs • Leverage global clouds for proximity to users • Same management consoles and skillsets • Easier than competitors to deploy and manage • Publish dozens of apps in less than a minute • Built-in performance monitoring • Up to 8% more users per server compared to previous versions • Multi-touch experience • High-performance over mobile networks • Application compatibility • Application remediation • P2V App Migration Hybrid cloud provisioning Simple deployment & management Platinum Mobility Promotions AppDNA Complete App Migration Toolkit HDX Mobile Optimization technologies Free XenMobile MDM or 20% off XenMobile Enterprise
  • 16. Key Design Decisions
  • 17. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Who are the users and what are our requirements How do users gain access to our resources What resources will we deliver How will we manage and maintain the solution What do I need to make this happen The 5-layer model User Layer Access Layer Resource Layer Control Layer Hardware Layer
  • 18. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute The Flexibility of the 5-Layer Model User Layer Hardware Layer Resource Layer Control Layer Access Layer User Layer Resource Layer Access Layer User Layer Resource Layer Access Layer User Layer Access Layer Resource Layer
  • 19. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute ********** User Layer – Endpoint • Provide each user group with appropriate endpoint • Desktop Lock: ᵒ Provides seamless user experience ᵒ Auto-connect to user’s personal virtual desktop ᵒ Only administrator access to local desktop
  • 20. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute User Layer – Bandwidth 20 • Bandwidth requirements fluctuate based on application • Seamless apps require less bandwidth • Use the following formula to estimate bandwidth requirements H = Users with video without Flash Redirection D = Users with video with Flash Redirection X = Users that require 3D graphics Z = Additional 1000 to 2000kbps to support peaks (<10 users)
  • 21. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer - Architecture Site 2 HA Pair or scale-out cluster NetScaler Gateway Storefront Services Site 1 Scale-out cluster with web LB SaaS / Mobile
  • 22. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute •Virtual appliance with same functionality as NG MPX •Designed to upgrade Secure Gateway •Capacity for medium-size deployments (500 users per appliance) •Available for Citrix XenServer, VmWare ESX, Microsoft HyperV hypervisors •Designed for secure access •High capacity (5,000 users per appliance) •Upgradable to NetScaler for additional functionality •Multi-function appliance (secure access, load-balancing, acceleration) •Highest capacity (10,000+ users per appliance) •Most reliable hardware •Ideal for business continuity across multiple datacenters Access Layer – Appliance Options NetScaler Gateway VPX NetScaler SDX 88xx or higher NetScaler Gateway MPX
  • 23. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer – Failover Challenges StoreFront • DNS round robin commonly used • Lacks intelligence • Sporadic service denials
  • 24. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer – Automated Failover StoreFront Delivery Controller NetScaler • Validates functional services on functional servers • Adds/removes services automatically • Built-in configuration wizards
  • 25. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer – StoreFront Multi Site • Homogenous aggregated sites • Heterogeneous site aggregation • Site selection using AD Group (‘Home Farm’) • Disaster recovery sites sites US Disaster Recovery EU DR1 sites US1 US2 EU1 EU2 sites SFEU SFUS Dev
  • 26. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer – StoreFront Optimized Routing Without optimization With optimization
  • 27. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer – StoreFront Location Aware Gateway Connect Direct Connect No Connect
  • 28. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Access Layer – StoreFront Sizing 28 Test CPU Activities per Second Activities per Hour One Server 75% 291 17,519 90% 375 22,525 Two Servers 75% 529 31,789 90% 681 40,872 • StoreFront servers configured with 4 vCPUs and 4GB of RAM • Heavy usage (means logon, enumerate, subscribe, unsubscribe, logoff) • StoreFront is CPU intensive, not memory
  • 29. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Resource Layer – XenApp VM Specification 29 • vCPUs per VM will vary according to NUMA architecture • 1 vCPU = 1 virtual core with hyper threading • 2 * 8 pCore = 16 pCores * 2 = 32 vCores / 4 vCPU = 8 2008 R2 VMs & 128GB • 2 * 8 pCore = 16 pCores * 2 = 32 vCores / 8 vCPU = 4 2008 R2 VMs & 128GB Operating System vCPU RAM Master Image Write Cache / Difference Disk Medium Users per VM Server 2008 R2 4 16 60 15GB 25 Server 2012 R2 8 32 60 30GB 55
  • 30. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Control Layer– Image Management (MCS) VDI SHVD • Top 3 hypervisors XenServer Hyper-V vSphere • Workloads ᵒ Desktop VM ᵒ Server VM • Management time ᵒ 30 min for 1,000 VMs • Medium-low storage I/O impact MCS
  • 31. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Control Layer – Image Management (PVS) VDI SHVD Physical Servers Physical PCs PVS • Top 3 hypervisors ᵒ XenServer ᵒ Hyper-V ᵒ vSphere • Workloads ᵒ Desktop VM ᵒ Server VM ᵒ Physical Server ᵒ Physical PC • Low storage I/O impact • Management time ᵒ 15 min for 1,000 VMs ᵒ Reboot speed rollbacks ᵒ Automated image updates
  • 32. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Control Layer – SQL 2012 Edition 32 Feature Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express Scalability and performance Compute capacity OS maximum 4 Sockets or 16 cores 4 Sockets or 16 cores 4 Sockets or 16 cores 1 Socket or 4 cores Maximum memory utilized OS maximum 64GB 64GB 64GB 1GB Maximum database size 524PB 524PB 524PB 524PB 10GB High availability AlwaysOn failover cluster instances Yes Yes (2 nodes) Yes (2 nodes) - - AlwaysOn availability groups Yes - - - - Database mirroring Yes Yes (synchronous only) Yes (synchronous only) Witness Only Witness Only
  • 33. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Control Layer –Sizing 33 Component Number vCPU RAM Storage NetScaler Gateway 2 2 2 3.2 StoreFront 2 2 4 60 Delivery Controllers 2 2 4 60 SQL Servers 3 2 4 60 License Server 1 2 4 60 Hyper-V SCVMM 1 2 4 100 • Infrastructure sizing example for 500 user deployment • 2 x Dual Xeon E5-2690 2.9GHz servers can host infrastructure and 385 users!
  • 34. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Hardware Layer – Storage 34 Storage Type Benefits Concerns Appropriate For… Local Storage • Inexpensive • Simple to deploy • Virtual machines are inaccessible if physical server is offline • Limited number of disk spindles (based on server design) • Longer operational processes as each local store must be updates Rack servers Direct Attached Storage • Moderate expense • Virtual machine migration when server is offline • Failure on DAS array can impact multiple physical servers • DAS interconnects consume valuable space in a blade chassis • Limited number of connections to a DAS array Rack servers Centralized Storage • Shared master image across physical servers • Virtual machine migration when physical server is offline • Simple expansion • Advanced features to help offset costs • Expensive • Complex • Often requires storage tiers to control hosts Blade servers
  • 35. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Hardware Layer – IOPS per User 35 • PVS typically generates less IOPS than MCS • MCS generates less IOPS for Server 2012 on Hyper-V due to larger block sizes with VHDX files 0 5 10 15 20 25 Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 2012 IOPS Peak Average Steady State IOPS (95th Percentile) Provisioning Services Machine Creation Services
  • 36. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Hardware Layer – Read / Write Ratio 36 • PVS and MCS are very similar on Windows Server 2012 • Optimize XenApp write cache storage for writes and not reads 0% 20% 40% 60% 80%100% Windows 7 - MCS Windows 7 - PVS Windows 8 - MCS Windows 8 - PVS Windows 2012 - MCS Windows 2012 - PVS Percent Read/Write Ratio Read Write
  • 37. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Hardware Layer – Users per Server 37 • Based on Dual Xeon E5-2690 2.9GHz (16 total cores) • XenApp hosts ~25% more users that XenDesktop • Server 2012 hosts ~10% more users than Server 2008 R2 • Decrease by ~10-20% for AV • Decrease by 20% for Office 2013 not Office 20070 50 100 150 200 250 300 Win 7 Win 8 Win 2008r2 Win 2012 UsersperServer Optimized for Scale Optimized for UX
  • 38. Design Resources
  • 39. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute XenApp Blueprint 39 http://www.citrix.com/products/xenapp/tech-info.html • High-level architectures based on common scenarios • Provides descriptive design guidance • Based on Citrix Consulting leading practices and in-depth validation by Citrix Solutions Lab
  • 40. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Project Accelerator 40 http://project.citrix.com • Allows key design decisions to be changed • Based on Citrix Consulting leading practices and in-depth validation by Citrix Solutions Lab • Generates architectural diagram and sizing plan • ~14,000 projects
  • 41. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Virtual Desktop Handbook 41 http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX139331 • Detailed information on design decisions • Based on Citrix Consulting leading practices and in-depth validation by Citrix Solutions Lab • Provides useful tips and experience from the field • 4:3 aspect ratio • More than 55,000 downloads
  • 42. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Next Webinar: XenDesktop Design • Title: Designing your XenDesktop 7.5 Environment • Description: This webinar will touch on the architectural changes in XenApp 7.5. The session will also cover the Citrix Consulting Methodology, which focuses on ensuring that projects are properly planned and designed before implementation begins. • When: April 29th & 30th • April 29th – Register Now • April 30th – Register Now
  • 43. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Fuel your talent with continuous learning. •Citrix Education offers the following technical training for professionals: • CXA-103: Citrix XenApp 7.5 Architecture and New Features • CXA-207: Citrix XenApp 7.5 Skills Update •Visit bit.ly/CTXTRAINING to save 10%* •*Offer expires 90 days from receipt of this message. Not valid with any other promotions, packages or discounts. Applies only to new purchases. Regional limitations may apply.
  • 44. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Simplify your journey, let us guide you. •Accelerate your implementation and minimize risk by taking advantage of Citrix Consulting. You’ll get the expertise of seasoned Citrix Consulting Architects to successfully deploy Citrix solutions in any phase of your project. • Visit bit.ly/CTXCONCULTING to learn more about our proven methodology.
  • 45. © 2014 Citrix | Confidential – Do Not Distribute Citrix Support Program Options • Access to Technical Support Engineers when you need it … Unlimited 24x7x365 Citrix Worldwide Technical Support • Flexible to meet your changing organizational needs … Unlimited number of technical contacts from your team • Assist your teams with support tools and knowledge …. Learn best practices for optimizing your Citrix infrastructure • Affordable Technical Support direct from Citrix … Per-license pricing model allows you to pay as you grow • Enterprise Support … Available for over 2500 licenses • Technical Resource Management … Single point of contact dedicated to your IT environment Visit bit.ly/CTXSUPPORT to learn more about our proven methodology.
  • 46. Work better. Live better.