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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.

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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
  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 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 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 to learn more about our proven methodology.
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  34. 34. © 2014 Citrix. Confidential.34 WORK BETTER. LIVE BETTER.