Jump Start your XenDesktop 7.5 Deployment


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This session will take a technical look into XenDesktop 7.5 and how to approach an deployment. We’ll cover general architecture, new features and how to best move to the platform.

Webinar recording: http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/11383

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  • Hello and welcome to this webinar.

    I’m Allen Furmanski and I’ve been with Citrix for over 6 years. I’m a Lead Technical Specialist on the Citrix Worldwide Readiness and Enablement Team based on Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • XenDesktop 7.5 is based on the FlexCast Management Architecture.

    FMA was first introduced in XenDesktop 5.0 back in late 2010.

    Whereas the previous Independent Management Architecture (or IMA) consists of a single Windows service and various subsystems for server to server communication, FMA consists of several Windows services and controllers only connect directly to the database (not to one another).

  • Leo Singleton’s blog on anonymous user support for XenApp on FMA http://blogs.citrix.com/2014/04/21/part-5-anonymous-user-support-for-xenapp-on-fma/
  • Remote PC Access is a feature of Enterprise and Platinum Editions.

    The feature has been available since XenDesktop 5.6 Feature Pack 1 in 2012.
  • Upgrading from XenDesktop 5.x is also possible as is doing a migration from XenDesktop 4.x.
  • There are 3 deployment scenarios
  • Notice that in this diagram we have Active Directory in both on-prem and cloud offerings. We have a single license server on-prem. On the front-end, NetScaler along with StoreFront helps to present the resources as a single entity.

    With StoreFront, highly available multi-site configurations allows you to have a single resource, such as a desktop, that is delivered from multiple backend sites (ie. One or more on-prem sites and one or more cloud sites).
  • These steps are typically performed by the Infrastructure Engineer with the exception of the last step which is more product specific and could be done by the Service Designer.
  • These steps are done by the Service Designer.
  • These steps are done by the Service Designer
  • The Volume Worker is a CentOS-based Linux template that is prepared with a special RPM package and tagged accordingly in CloudPlatform.
  • This is a screenshot of configuring the CloudPlatform connection during site setup.
  • With a valid Platinum license today, customers can install and leverage AppDNA for their applications without needing to install the latest XenDesktop or XenApp 7.5 product.
  • Web Interface will not be supported on 2012 or 2012R2. We are also not introducing any new features for it. It will be maintained through the Lifecycle Management Team for bugfixes. The end-of-life scheduled for mid next year will likely be updated to reflect this.
  • End-of-life for Server 2003 R2 is much later than Windows XP
  • There is no timebomb or technical limitation that will prevent XP from working.
  • New meta-installer
    Migration script
    Hybrid cloud provisioning
    (refer to demo script)
  • CXA-103 Citrix XenApp 7.5 Architecture and New Features
    o   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 Update
    o   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 DataCenters
    Why 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.
    24x7x365 unlimited worldwide Citrix Technical Support
    Guidance on installing and optimizing your environment
    Peace of mind for your IT staff

    What 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.
    Proactive management for your environment
    Designated advocate at Citrix
    One-on-one relationship
    Reduced support costs and risks
    More Benefits if needed:
    Detailed knowledge and understanding of unique customer environment
    Issue prevention through proactive approach
    Quick access to other Citrix resources
    Reduce risk of downtimes
    Priority - No waiting times on the support line
    Quickest way to resolve complex issues
    Smooth transition to new products and releases
    Knowledge transfer
    Preferred Access to Technical Support events
    Customized support according to unique needs
    To learn more about our Support Programs visit http://www.citrix.com/support/programs.html.
    Calculate value of Premier Support: http://citrix.com/pscalculator
  • Jump Start your XenDesktop 7.5 Deployment

    1. 1. Jump Start your XenDesktop 7.5 Implementation Allen Furmanski Lead Technical Specialist May 27, 2014
    2. 2. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.2 Overview Cloud Provisioning AppDNA FAQs Demos Agenda
    3. 3. Overview
    4. 4. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.4 Citrix Studio Storefront / Receiver for Web/Web Interface Receiver DB Server OS Workers Desktop OS Workers Delivery Controller Provisioning Services XenDesktop 7.5: FlexCast Management Architecture VDA VDA Citrix Director
    5. 5. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.5 New Features • Eliminate CAPEX for seasonal needs • Leverage global clouds for proximity to users • Same management consoles and skillsets • Multi-touch experience • High-performance over mobile networks • Hosted Mobile Mail • Full AppDNA product • P2V app migration • Windows XP/Server 2003 app migration Hybrid cloud provisioning Platinum Mobility Promotions AppDNA Complete App Migration Toolkit HDX Mobile Optimization technologies Free XenMobile MDM OR 20% off XenMobile Enterprise • 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 Simple deployment & management *Feature Matrix available http://www.citrix.com/go/products/xendesktop/feature-matrix.html
    6. 6. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.6 StoreFront 2.5 – What’s New Optional HTTP Basic authentication for native clients Resource filtering by types or keywords Account redirection Efficient (Parallel) resource enumeration Store customization SDK (Resource filtering SDK) Receiver for Web • Domain pass-through authentication • Smart card authentication • Post credentials authentication • NetScaler Gateway single sign-on with smart card • Firefox and Chrome plugin blocking warning • Receiver for HTML5 update • Mandatory apps • Store for unauthenticated/anonymous users (6.x XenApp farms only)
    7. 7. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.7 Remote PC Access with Wake-on-LAN
    8. 8. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.8 Upgrading from XenDesktop 7.x
    9. 9. Cloud Provisioning
    10. 10. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.10 XenDesktop and XenApp enable you to easily harness the flexibility, elasticity and economics of the largest, most popular public clouds Hybrid Cloud Provisioning (coming soon) Apps AppsDesktops Desktops Windows Server Windows Server XenDesktop Controller
    11. 11. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.11 Supported AD deployment scenarios in the cloud Infrastructure/ Workers Active Directory (On-prem) Zone with Shared Network Infrastructure/ Workers Active Directory (In Cloud) Zone with Isolated Network Infrastructure/ Workers Domain Controller (Secondary) Zone with Isolated Network Active Directory (On-prem)
    12. 12. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.12
    13. 13. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.13 CloudPlatform Interoperability Steps
    14. 14. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.14 CloudPlatform Interoperability Steps
    15. 15. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.15 CloudPlatform Interoperability Steps
    16. 16. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.16 Volume Worker What exactly does it do? The volume worker is a lightweight, Linux-based instance, whose sole purpose is to act as the in-cloud portion of the service to transfer the identity disk to the Cloud instance
    17. 17. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.17 CloudPlatform as a Hosting Provider
    18. 18. AppDNA 18
    19. 19. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.19 Accelerating App Deployment With XenDesktop 7.5 and XenApp 7.5, Platinum customers are entitled to a copy of AppDNA 7.5 • All features enabled • Unlimited usage Downloadable from the Citrix.com website or Platinum ISO disk image Platinum license will give access to: • Unlimited application imports – test some or all applications in the enterprise • Unlimited compatibility analysis with either Windows Server or Desktop OSes • Effort Calculator to estimate size and scope of your migration effort • Ability to automate all operations No need to upgrade first to latest XD/XA version – can use to migrate applications from older versions of XD/XA
    20. 20. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.20 Activating AppDNA with XD/XA Platinum License License screen has an additional entry for Platinum • Will work with XenDesktop 7 or XenApp 6.5 FP2 onwards • Allows customer to test apps for compatibility with any Windows version Implementation details • AppDNA is downloadable from the same website as Platinum download • In ‘Configure AppDNA’, specify connection to Citrix license server • If a valid license detected, will unlock all AppDNA modules for unlimited apps
    21. 21. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.21 Quick AppDNA Use 1. Install AppDNA ~ about an hour 2. Import some target applications 3. Review AppDNA Effort Calculator report 4. Understand how to plan and deploy the project AppDNA Server MS SQL Server App App App App
    22. 22. FAQs 22
    23. 23. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.23 Q: Web Interface support is coming back but what product versions will it be supported with? A: Web Interface 5.4 will be supported with XenDesktop 7.x and XenApp 7.5. The recommendation is still to leverage StoreFront as Web Interface is being phased out.
    24. 24. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.24 Q: What am I entitled to with AppDNA in Platinum licenses? A: Customers can use AppDNA for all of their apps though the focus is on virtualizing the apps.
    25. 25. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.25 Q: If I’m at XenDesktop 7.1 now with active SA can I use XenDesktop 7.5? A: Yes. Active SA is all that is required. The SA date for the product is March 19th.
    26. 26. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.26 Q: What options do I have for legacy apps on Server 2003 R2? A: Standing up a XenApp 5 farm along side a XenDesktop 7.5 site could be one option for Server 2003 support. With XenDesktop Enterprise and Platinum licenses, another option is VM-hosted apps to deliver apps from Windows XP VDAs (which is similar to 2003 R2 but not as scalable as RDS).
    27. 27. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.27 Q: Will Windows XP still be available as a VDA option even with end-of-life approaching? A: Windows XP VDAs will continue to work with the 5.6 VDA. Microsoft ended support for XP on April 8, 2014 though so Citrix also no longer supports it.
    28. 28. Demos 28
    29. 29. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.29 XA/XD 7.5 Webinar Series
    30. 30. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.30 Next Webinar: XenApp Troubleshooting Title: Maintaining and Troubleshooting your XenApp 7.5 Environment Description: This session will step through the most common issues you can experience with XenApp 7.5. In addition, we’ll also cover the best troubleshooting tools to maintain your environment. When: June 10th & 11th June 10th – Register Now June 11th – Register Now
    31. 31. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.31 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.
    32. 32. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.32 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 certified 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.
    33. 33. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.33 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.
    34. 34. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.34 WORK BETTER. LIVE BETTER.
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