The new AppCenter Console in XenApp 6 makes administration of the XenApp farm much easier. Policies, worker groups, applications and more are all configured within a single console. XenApp 6 introduces the concept of Worker Groups, which we’ll discuss later, and this can help segregate your tenants easily. In addition, inserting newly-provisioned servers into the farm is easy with Provisioning services and XenApp 6.
Key points - Deliver Services is a platform for authenticated service access“Dazzle Services” provider support for XenApp and other resource providers Currently XenApp/XenDesktop only, put plan to extendDatabase is key new component – serve most requests out of cacheWorkflow is glue to allow customization and approval/provisioining of requested appsAuthenticaiton Service is a separate delivery serviceUsed by Dazzle Services, Merchandizing server and anything else needing authentication (e.g. Streaming)Web Dazzle will be a new web based front end leveraging delivery services. 3rd parties encouraged to do the same
Project Mach 3 – 3x faster performanceProject Zoom – 2x faster app startup Project Laser – High speed printing from anywhereProject Mercury – Faster HD performance over the WANProject Dynamo – Adaptive HD performance
XenApp monitoring, alerting, and configuration can now be performed within Microsoft System Center products.
Pre-slide intro Citrix and Microsoft have a 20 year history, and counting, of partnership and innovation. We are clearly focused on collaboration from the Desktop to the Datacenter to ensure the most powerful, flexible and cost effective management infrastructure for applications and desktops – both physical and virtual – while providing a high definition, user-centric experience. Let me take you though a set of planned integrations between key virtualization offerings from Citrix Delivery Center, Microsoft System Center ConfigMgr and MDOP that are the next step to enable our customers and partners to leverage their investment in Citrix and Microsoft virtualization infrastructure. Initial Accelerating Application Virtualization Adoption Citrix Receiver is a new lightweight, universal software client that makes accessing virtual applications and desktops on any device as easy as turning on your TV. These plug-ins work with XenApp and XenDesktop and support functionality such as online and off-line app usage, virtual desktop delivery, secure access control, etc Click 1 Leveraging the Receiver’s extensibility Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is a natural and obvious fit and will be the first partner Plug-in. Planned delivery from Citrix is by end of 2009. How will it work? IT can configure the App-V plug-in and the Receiver ensures that the App-V client is present and up to date. Once the plug-in is configured XenApp and Dazzle can be used to deliver App-V packages to the Receiver which will handoff to the App-V client to launch the virtual app. The user doesn’t need to know if it is a virtual application. They click on the icon and run, just like any other app. The integration of the App-V Plug-in to Citrix Receiver will also provide Intelligent Failover from local execution to hosted execution in the datacenter depending on the users connectivity or the policy configured by IT. The addition of the App-V Plug-in to the existing suite of plug-ins will unify delivery of virtual applications whether hosted in the datacenter, running locally or running while disconnected. Click 2Centralize PC & App Mgmt LifecycleToday ConfigMgr does a great job managing desktops and applications and XenApp does a great job managing and delivering applications to any device, but clearly there is an opportunity to integrate, simplify and streamline to create and even more powerful desktop and app management environment. Click 3 In 2010, Citrix plans to deliver a XenApp connector to ConfigMgr. This next wave of integration will provide the following benefits:IT Admins will be able to manage and publish applications to XenApp from the ConfigMgr console.ConfigMgr will be able to automatically create server based collections and advertise XenApp applications to XenApp Server Farms ConfigMgr will be able to automatically create maintenance windows for application installation and updates on XenApp Servers. And finally admins can leverage XenApp to deliver Windows applications to desktops that it does not directly manage, such as non-Windows desktops and devices. This integration between ConfigMgr and XenApp will simplify application and desktop management - both virtual and physical. Click 4High Definition, user-centric experience on the desktop. In May of this year, Citrix introduced Dazzle, the first self-service “storefront” for enterprise applications. Dazzle gives corporate employees 24x7 self-service access to a broad array of applications, desktops and content, allowing them to choose exactly what they need, when they need it. In 2010 Citrix plans to integrate App-V apps into Dazzle. This will enable IT to publish both App-V and XenApp virtual applications in Dazzle. Users just select what they need and do not have to worry where the application is stored, where it is running or how it is packaged. This integration is a great step for our customers. As a partner who delivers solutions from Microsoft and Citrix you now have an even greater opportunity to demonstrate the strength of partnership…… need something stronger around the value to partners…. We hope you agree that by integrating our market leading virtual desktop and application management solutions, Citrix and Microsoft can simplify IT, while improving the end user experience.
I’m going to take a physical app I already have in CM that I use today to deploy to my end-users devicesand automate the deployment to my XenApp. The first step for me is to create a XenApp program for this existing packageStart in CM07 console with existing package, create XenApp Program, talk to the fact that this is wired up to a custom task sequencer that will be doing all the automation, next, next, finish
Like any other thing in CM07, I know need to deploy this in an advertisement Create advertisement, target to XenApp server group that’s been created automatically with the XenApp connector to reflect my Xen hierarchy.
Talk about the importance of mandatory assignments, how they need to be recurring or multiple individual assignments at different times
and that the Program rerun behavior needs to be set to “Rerun if failed previous attempt”
So, you can see the improved ways we can target/automate deployment of software from CM07 to Citrix servers. Now, lemme show you how in that same console you can make this app available to Xen clients as a published object. First, nothing up my sleeve. Go to XenApp console – show 2 apps there.
Go to Mac client – show 2 apps in Dazzle
OK – in the same console and the same workflow, I can now go to CM07 and publish this app for my users, and you’ll see it show up both as a pub’d object in XenApp, and show up in my client experience CM07 console – go to package and create Xen Pub’d object. Put users group on the object, show ALL the settings you can do in Xen today – you can do in CM07 console (as well as all app types like web URL, etc).
Quickly switch to Xen console, in seconds new app shows up.
Quickly switch to Mac, new app is in Dazzle, select it to “install”.
There ya have it. Baby step today to do better console and automation integration between these 2 products/companies to pave the way for our User Centric integration in 2011
Client Architect Future XenApp Farm Delivery Services Tier Dazzle Services Web Dazzle (TBD!) XenApp Farm 3rd Party Web XenApp Farm Access Gateway My Apps Database Authentication Service Merchandizing. Svc.
Dazzle App Picker Dazzle Client Architecture UI Receiver is the platform on which Dazzle is built App Picker acts as an installer to create App Stubs Stubs integrate well with windows and launch applications as if they were native. App Stub Dazzle Launcher ICA Engine Launcher Stub Installer Offline Engine Receiver Client Operating System(Win/Mac) Registry Start Menu
NITRO Mach 3 3x faster performance Zoom Instant app startup Laser High speed printing Mercury Faster WAN performance Dynamo Adaptive HD performance
NITRO Hypersonic 3x faster performance Zoom 2x faster app startup Laser High speed printing Mercury Faster WAN performance Dynamo Adaptive HD performance
Project Mach 3Breaking the speed barrier with high-definition virtual computing 3x faster performance Advances in Citrix Receiver deliver radically faster end user performance Just in time data transfer for optimal network utilization Dedicated, parallel processing of virtual channels yields efficient performance
Adaptive Orchestration Parallel Processing Content Specific Optimization NITRO
Project ZoomInstant startup of on-demand apps Instant app startup Advances in HDX Broadcast technologies deliver unprecedented launch speeds Connect to sessions in half the time Silent session pre-loading produces unparalleled responsiveness
Project LaserFaster printing at a fraction of the bandwidth High speed printing from anywhere Advances in HDX Plug-n-Play reduce print data and increase performance Automatically discovers and creates printer connections in real-time Use 10% of current bandwidth requirements
High speed printing from anywhere Automatically discover and create printer connections in real-time Use 10% of current bandwidth requirements Project Laser
Project MercuryBreakthrough WAN speed and efficiency Faster HDX performance over the WAN Advances in HDX WAN Optimization and HDX MediaStream optimize HDX traffic Highly responsive up to 300ms network latency Compresses, caches and prioritizes traffic
Project DynamoDynamic sense-and-respond rendering Adaptive HDX performance Advances in HDX Adaptive Orchestration sense & respond to the user’s environment HDX RichGraphics enhancements render a crystal clear, 3D Windows 7 experience Intelligent Quality of Service (iQoS) provides prioritized, policy-driven performance gains
Bitmap remoting and hardware-based decode High fidelity user experience Full range of client devices
Microsoft App-V integrationFlexible option for application delivery Description
Publish App-V packages directly from XenApp AppCenter
Manage App-V client plug-in using Citrix Receiver
Subscribe to App-V packages using Citrix Dazzle
App-V and other XenApp delivered application types can interact and share data
Delivers Citrix or Microsoft virtual applications from a single point of management
Management Pack for SCOM Provides monitoring, alerts and knowledge for XenApp Integrated in the SCOM console Included at no charge Citrix Connector for ConfigMgr Enables autonomous application install and server updates Zero downtime for maintenance Publish XenApp desktops and applications from ConfigMgr console Manage multiple XenApp farms from a single ConfigMgr console Microsoft System Center Integration
Value Through Integration From Desktop to Datacenter CYQ12010 CY1H2010 Accelerate App-V Adoption Next Generation User-Centric Computing Centralize PC & App Mgmt XD XA App-V Plug-in Receiver Managed End Point ConfigMgr/ XenApp Connector Un-managed End Point Non-Windows Device Citrix XenApp
XenApp Connector Add XenApp Collections Application hosting information and Application Publishing Autonomic server load management New node for Application Publishing
Step-by-Step System Center Configuration Manager Overview for Deploying an App to XenApp