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Citrix XenDesktop 7 CCA-AD CCP-AD

Course Duration: 10:55:47
Introduction to Citrix XenDesktop 7 and Citrix Certification
Kick start your learning of Citrix XenDesktop 7 with this series by veteran CBT Nuggets trainer Greg Shields. This series delivers the knowledge you need, whether you’re looking to pass the 1Y0-200 and 1Y0-300 exams or just want to get up-to-speed on XenDesktop 7’s new technologies. Get started with Greg in this introductory Nugget.
Understanding the XenDesktop 7 Architecture and Components
In this Nugget, you will learn the four primary application delivery use cases XenDesktop 7 can support. You'll also get an initial view at the XenDesktop components that connect together to create an application delivery infrastructure.
Installing and Preparing XenDesktop Core Components
In this Nugget, you will learn how to install XenDesktop 7’s Delivery Controller, Studio, Director, License Server, and StoreFront, as well as configure a Full Deployment in Citrix Studio.
Managing Citrix Licensing
In this Nugget, you will learn how to explore and handle license activation, add licenses and set product edition, manage licenses in the LAC, and manage LAC administrators.
Creating Master Images and Installing the Delivery Agent
In this Nugget, you will learn how to create and customize virtual machines, install the VDA, and design a strategy for thick versus thin image creation.
Creating Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups
In this Nugget, you will learn how to plan for machine catalogs and delivery groups, make decisions about application delivery based on experience, source, infrastructure, and persistence requirements, and create desktop and server OS machine catalogs and delivery groups.
Configuring the Citrix StoreFront Store
In this Nugget, you will learn how to tune Delivery Group applications, configure StoreFront for HTTPS, configure authentication methods, manage a StoreFront store, and configure the Receiver for Web experience.
Deploying and Using Citrix Receiver
In this Nugget, you will learn how to configure email-based account discovery, customize client installation behavior in StoreFront, customize Receiver installation via command-line switches, update Receiver installation files, and configure advanced web.config settings.
Configuring Remote PC Access
In this Nugget, you will learn how to configure a Remote PC Access Machine Catalog and Delivery Group, install the Remote PC Access VDA, and create a PC to user mapping to facilitate access.
Integrating Microsoft App-V
In this Nugget, you will learn how to facilitate an application delivery solution for VDI, server-based computing, and direct desktop installations, integrate App-V with Delivery Controller, add an App-V package, configure the App-V client on a candidate desktop, and provision an App-V application in Citrix Studio.
Configuring Citrix Studio Policies
In this Nugget, you will learn how to configure, assign, and prioritize a Citrix Studio policy, work with policy templates, understand policy processing and precedence order, compare and model policies, and manage Citrix policies in the Active Directory Group Policy Management Console.
A Comprehensive Review of Citrix Studio Policies
This one's a BONUS Nugget! In this Nugget you will explore the full range of Citrix Policies available in Citrix Studio. Get some free Citrix consulting as Greg helps you understand which policies you'll want to implement, and which you can safely ignore.
Managing User Profiles
In this Nugget, you will learn how Citrix Profile Management addresses the "last write wins" problem as well as the "everything gets copied" problem. You'll also learn where Profile Management configurations are contained, how automatic configuration works with XenDesktop 7, and how to configure Profile Management policies.
Monitoring and Managing Sessions with Citrix Director
In this Nugget, you will learn how Citrix Director exposes relevant information for non-administrator personnel like Help Desk and IT Technicians. You'll also learn how to configure Director rights and roles, configure advanced IIS settings and Windows Remote Assistance, and how to use Director in solving common Citrix session problems.
Configuring XenDesktop Printing
In this Nugget, you will learn how to address the major use cases with printing in XenDesktop environments (session printers, universal print driver, and so on), how to install the Universal Print Server, and the comprehensive best practices for implementing Citrix printing policies.
Preparing for and Installing Citrix Provisioning Services
In this Nugget, you will learn Provisioning Services' role in XenDesktop delivery, how to prepare for and install PVS, and how to complete an initial configuration of PVS services.
Creating and Managing Private Mode vDisks
In this Nugget, you will learn the differences between Private Mode and Standard Mode vDisks, as well as how to prepare DHCP for PXE boot, create bootable media with the PVS Boot Device Manager, install PVS target device software, create a vDisk with the PVS Imaging Wizard, and provision desktops with Private Mode vDisks.
Creating and Managing Standard Mode vDisks
In this Nugget, you will learn the unique advantages (and complexities) of Standard Mode vDisks, as well as how to determine and set a write cache location, create a Standard Mode vDisk, provision desktops with Standard Mode vDisks, and automate using the Streamed VM Setup Wizard and XenDesktop Setup Wizard.
Managing vDisk Updates
In this Nugget, you will learn how to manually update a vDisk, configure vDisk Update Management, configure PVS farm properties, and enable Auto-Add.
Configuring Delegated Administration
In this Nugget, you will learn how to configure roles, scopes, and administrators in Citrix Studio, as well as how to assign administrators in Provisioning Services.
Securing External Access with NetScaler
In this Nugget, you will learn how to import and license the NetScaler VPX VM, configure NSIPs, SNIPs, MIPs, and VIPs, configure servers, services, and virtual servers, configure SSL and certificates, configure Access Gateway, configure Active Directory integration, configure ICA proxy, configure NetScaler integration for StoreFront, and configure pre-authentication policies.
Configuring High Availability for XenDesktop 7
In this Nugget, you will explore the locations, servers, and infrastructure services that require high availability in a production XenDesktop 7 environment. You'll also explore a few of the specific configurations that are necessary to configure high availability for XenDesktop components.
Configuring Citrix XenServer for XenDesktop 7
In this Nugget, you will learn how to install and configure XenServer, configure Storage Repositories, configure a Resource Pool and High Availability, configure VMs, and backup & restore XenServer data.

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This Citrix XenDesktop 7 video training with Greg Shields covers the latest version of Citrix’s flagship application and desktop delivery platform. It discusses the core topics in managing, troubleshooting, and deploying a production-ready XenDesktop solution, including traditional XenApp concepts. It further reviews the concepts that prepare a candidate for passing the 1Y0-200 and 1Y0-300 exams to obtain the Citrix Certified Associate and Citrix Certified Professional certifications.

Recommended skills:
  • Familiarity with Windows Server 2012
  • Familiarity with hypervisors and virtualization management concepts
  • Familiarity with application delivery concepts – VDI, server-based computing, Remote Desktop Services

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Citrix XenDesktop 7

Related certifications:
  • Citrix Certified Associate – CCA-AD
  • Citrix Certified Professional – CCP-AD

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals
  • Desktop administrators
  • Application administrators

Learn XenDesktop 7, and prep for two certifications at once! Veteran CBT Nuggets trainer Greg Shields covers objectives for the Citrix 1Y0-200 and 1Y0-300 exams in this series.

Greg presents the step-by-step concepts necessary to deploy and manage a production-ready XenDesktop 7 environment, including topics like VDI, server-based computing, Machine Creation Services, Provisioning Services, NetScaler, Citrix StoreFront, and Citrix Receiver. As bonus content, Greg further presents on the administration skills necessary for success with XenServer.

This series is for IT pros with experience in Windows Server 2012 and a familiarity in core application delivery topics and technologies. Greg delivers useful training for IT pros seeking to pass the 1Y0-200 and 1Y0-300 exams, as well as those looking to expand their knowledge of Citrix XenDesktop 7 delivery platform.

Introduction to Citrix XenDesktop 7 and Citrix Certification

00:00:00 - If you take a look at the history of application
00:00:02 - delivery in IT, you'll find that there's been a lot of
00:00:04 - forks in the road.
00:00:06 - Way back in the earliest days, the way in which we IT
00:00:09 - professionals would deliver applications to users was,
00:00:11 - well, by walking around with some media-- a DVD, or CD,
00:00:15 - or-- in the earliest of days-- even floppy disks.
00:00:17 - Well, if you're like me and you spend a lot of time
00:00:20 - sitting in front of people's desktops wiling away the hours
00:00:24 - as applications got installed one floppy disk at a time, you
00:00:27 - can recognize why we in IT have spent a lot of time and
00:00:30 - investment into creating automated delivery solutions
00:00:33 - for applications.
00:00:35 - Our users will argue that receiving their applications--
00:00:38 - having access to them-- is probably the most important
00:00:41 - thing that we do in IT.
00:00:43 - Well, over the years, the ways in which those applications
00:00:46 - have been delivered have grown--
00:00:48 - not only in scope, but also in number.
00:00:51 - We can use automated solutions to deliver applications
00:00:54 - directly onto desktops.
00:00:56 - We can use newer technologies like terminal services and--
00:00:59 - what we're here to talk about-- the Citrix to deliver
00:01:01 - them using remote control protocols.
00:01:04 - So over time, well, the ways in which applications got
00:01:07 - delivered went from one single solitary somewhat mind melting
00:01:12 - method to a vast menagerie of options.
00:01:16 - It's only in recent years that companies like Citrix have
00:01:20 - recognized that the variety of solutions, perhaps, could be
00:01:23 - best managed if they were once again unified
00:01:26 - into a single solution.
00:01:27 - And that's what you're seeing here today with Citrix
00:01:29 - XenDesktop 7.
00:01:31 - In this version--
00:01:32 - more so than any version of the past--
00:01:34 - you will have the option to deliver your applications to
00:01:37 - users atop servers, atop desktops.
00:01:40 - You can deliver them as applications.
00:01:42 - You can deliver them as desktops themselves.
00:01:45 - There's a whole lot of options from a
00:01:47 - single unified solution.
00:01:49 - My name is Greg Shields.
00:01:50 - And over the next series of Nuggets, we're going to spend
00:01:53 - some time talking about the 1YO-200 and 1YO-300 CCA exams.
00:01:59 - More importantly, I hope to give you all the information
00:02:01 - you need to be successful in managing and deploying
00:02:04 - application and desktop solutions atop the Citrix
00:02:07 - XenDesktop 7.x platform.
00:02:10 - Unlike pretty much all of Citrix's previous releases,
00:02:13 - this is the first time that they've really unified the
00:02:16 - classic server based computing world with the more
00:02:20 - newfangled VDI world.
00:02:22 - And so for central console, I can now create VDI
00:02:26 - environments.
00:02:27 - I can create a server based computing environments and
00:02:29 - deliver applications via whatever mechanisms make sense
00:02:33 - for the user, for the application, and for the
00:02:35 - device that were ultimately sending them to.
00:02:38 - We've got something like 20 or 20 plus Nuggets here that
00:02:40 - we're going to spend some time with in going through all the
00:02:43 - steps that you'll need to go through to create this
00:02:46 - environment, and then recognize how to manage it
00:02:48 - once it's in production.
00:02:50 - Our goal why we're here today is to help develop your
00:02:52 - skills, to assist you for preparing for, installing, and
00:02:55 - configuring, and doing that ongoing maintenance of a
00:02:58 - Citrix XenDesktop 7.x infrastructure.
00:03:02 - Now from this moment on, you'll hear me use the term
00:03:03 - XenDesktop 7, but XenDesktop Version 7- at least at this
00:03:07 - point-- already has additional versions.
00:03:09 - I think there's a 7.1 version.
00:03:11 - There are going to be additional ones by the time
00:03:12 - you read this as well.
00:03:14 - The goal here is to use the 7 infrastructure to help you
00:03:17 - prepare yourself for the ways in which Citrix intends for
00:03:21 - you to get applications delivered-- the strategies in
00:03:24 - which you get those applications delivered.
00:03:26 - Along the way, we're going to spend some time helping you
00:03:28 - prepare for those all important
00:03:29 - 1YO-200 and 1YO-300 exam.
00:03:32 - I also hope to spend some time talking to you about my own
00:03:35 - personal experiences and some of the best practices I've
00:03:37 - learned over the years in delivering applications with
00:03:39 - technologies like Citrix.
00:03:41 - There's a bit of a mind shattering and reconfiguration
00:03:46 - that has to happen here for you to really truly appreciate
00:03:49 - how Citrix has created this application delivery
00:03:52 - infrastructure.
00:03:54 - Hopefully, over this period of 20 plus Nuggets, you'll have
00:03:57 - an opportunity to rethink your entire approach for how you
00:04:02 - deliver those applications, and why you would deliver them
00:04:04 - through the different options that will be exposed to you.
00:04:07 - You may find that there's a couple of these Nuggets
00:04:09 - upcoming that are going to be a little challenging to really
00:04:12 - understand at first.
00:04:15 - It might take a couple of listen throughs for you to
00:04:16 - really grasp exactly what it is that Citrix is trying to
00:04:19 - accomplish here with XenDesktop 7.
00:04:22 - Now, in this Nugget, I want to just kick off things by
00:04:25 - helping you understand just a bit about the exams
00:04:27 - themselves.
00:04:29 - Throughout this series, we're going to focus in on the
00:04:30 - technology.
00:04:31 - While we're focusing in on that technology, I want you to
00:04:33 - also just prepare yourself should you be interested in
00:04:37 - taking those exams.
00:04:38 - If you're only interested in learning about the solution,
00:04:41 - don't sweat it.
00:04:41 - Because this is not an exam prep series by any stretch.
00:04:45 - But the idea here is to help you gather the knowledge you
00:04:48 - need to be successful with the exams, while at the same time
00:04:51 - being successful in delivering that all important environment
00:04:54 - that is what your daily job entails.
00:04:56 - We will in this Nugget talk about Citrix's version 7
00:04:59 - certification--
00:05:00 - where these exams fit with the
00:05:02 - certification program in general.
00:05:04 - We'll talk about the intended audience for the CCA.
00:05:07 - If you want to be a CCA, these exams are designed for a
00:05:12 - certain level of experience that you may or may not have
00:05:16 - at this point.
00:05:17 - Got a few notes on the exam itself-- just somethings you
00:05:19 - should be aware of and where you can go should you
00:05:21 - want to take it.
00:05:22 - And then also I want to spend some time talking about the
00:05:25 - outline that I've set up for this series.
00:05:27 - Now in putting together this training course--
00:05:29 - this series of Nuggets--
00:05:31 - what I wanted to do was implement the technologies in
00:05:35 - using the path that you might be implementing them
00:05:37 - yourselves.
00:05:38 - We'll start out with some of the simpler solutions like
00:05:41 - XenDesktop 7 atop Machine Creation Services, which is
00:05:45 - the mechanism by which XenDesktop communicates with
00:05:47 - your favorite hypervisor.
00:05:49 - We'll then move into other technologies like Provisioning
00:05:51 - Services, which is another approach for delivering the
00:05:54 - assets that you'll layer your applications on top up.
00:05:57 - We'll talk a bit about appv We'll talk also about
00:05:59 - NetScaler should you want to extend your application
00:06:02 - delivery infrastructure out into untrusted
00:06:04 - zones, like the internet.
00:06:06 - So all of these are aligned up in a very specific order,
00:06:09 - based on how you will probably end up implementing them in
00:06:13 - your own environment.
00:06:14 - If taking the exam is your goal, I'll spend a minute just
00:06:17 - talking about the objectives for the exam and how you might
00:06:19 - prepare yourselves for that exam.
00:06:21 - And then give you an idea of how you might construct your
00:06:23 - own network at home, so that you can follow along as we go
00:06:26 - through all the demonstrations here in this series.
00:06:29 - I tend to use VMware workstation as the tool for
00:06:32 - creating the virtual machines.
00:06:34 - If you have another virtualization solution you
00:06:36 - prefer, you're welcome to use it.
00:06:37 - But VMware workstation is the one that I'm using here as
00:06:40 - we're going through all of the demonstrations.
00:06:43 - Be aware that Citrix has made some fairly interesting
00:06:45 - changes to their certification path with the
00:06:47 - release of version 7.
00:06:49 - And in fact, the entirety of Citrix certification has
00:06:52 - evolved with this release.
00:06:54 - In the past, Citrix's certification could vary
00:06:57 - depending on which of the products or focuses that you
00:07:00 - were intending on certifying in.
00:07:02 - There were CCAs, and CCEAs, and CCIAs, and various changes
00:07:07 - over the years.
00:07:08 - Well, with this release, Citrix has actually unified
00:07:11 - their certifications into a single three tier structure
00:07:14 - for all the different focuses.
00:07:17 - There is an apps and desktops focus, which is the one we'll
00:07:20 - be talking about in this series.
00:07:21 - There's also a network focus that focuses more on
00:07:24 - technologies like NetScaler.
00:07:26 - But irrespective of which focus you're interested in,
00:07:29 - there are going to be three different levels of
00:07:32 - certification that you'll have to be aware of.
00:07:34 - At the lowest level is the Citrix Certified
00:07:36 - Associate or the CCA.
00:07:39 - The actual certification will be the CCA dash and then
00:07:42 - whatever the focus is.
00:07:43 - So in our case CCA dash AD.
00:07:46 - Passing the CCA or obtaining the CAA requires passing a
00:07:49 - single exam.
00:07:51 - Once you've passed that exam, you then qualify to begin
00:07:53 - taking the CCP, which is the next level-- the CCPAD.
00:07:57 - That is also a single exam.
00:07:59 - And the CCE at the top level is a third exam.
00:08:02 - So these days, if you want to end up getting the maximum
00:08:05 - amount of certification that you can, all it takes is three
00:08:08 - exams to get there.
00:08:10 - Now what's interesting about how they've updated this exam
00:08:14 - structure is that they've also aligned the structure to the
00:08:17 - types of content that you need to prepare for for each of the
00:08:21 - exams and for each of the levels in the tier.
00:08:23 - Obtaining certification for each tier requires passing--
00:08:26 - as I said-- just that single exam plus any of the exams in
00:08:30 - all the tiers below.
00:08:31 - So if you're looking to get a CCE, you've got to go all the
00:08:33 - way to three.
00:08:34 - Now in the case of XenDesktop 7 the exams are going to be
00:08:37 - 1YO-200, 300, and 400.
00:08:41 - What's important to recognize here is the word at the very
00:08:45 - beginning of the title for each of the exams--
00:08:49 - managing, deploying, and designing.
00:08:52 - In creating this new structure, Citrix has now
00:08:55 - aligned the content that is important to recognize for the
00:08:57 - exam with the types of actions an individual will need to
00:09:01 - accomplish with an environment.
00:09:03 - So what this means is that at the first level 1YO-200 the
00:09:07 - types of content that they're going to be testing you on
00:09:10 - will have to do with managing an existing infrastructure--
00:09:13 - so dealing with troubleshooting that
00:09:15 - infrastructure, dealing with managing it in production,
00:09:18 - operating it.
00:09:19 - Those kinds of tasks.
00:09:21 - Their expectation is as an entry level person or a tier
00:09:24 - one type individual, you will probably be dealing with an
00:09:27 - infrastructure that exists already.
00:09:29 - So testing you against the management topics is
00:09:32 - appropriate as the first phase of the game.
00:09:35 - As you increase your level of investment and experience with
00:09:39 - Citrix's products, you will then go on to actually
00:09:41 - deploying solutions.
00:09:43 - And so it is this second exam where we'll talk about many of
00:09:46 - the deployment tasks.
00:09:48 - We won't in this series, but there is also a third exam
00:09:51 - that talks about the design tasks.
00:09:54 - So not necessarily clicking the buttons to get XenDesktop
00:09:57 - implemented, but all the boxes that you'll need to put on
00:09:59 - paper in order to get it ultimately designed before you
00:10:02 - ever start clicking those buttons.
00:10:04 - So those three focuses should be at the forefront of your
00:10:08 - mind as you focus on passing that exam.
00:10:11 - I mentioned also that Citrix has an intended audience for
00:10:13 - each of these exams.
00:10:15 - For the 1YO-200 exam the intended audience here are
00:10:19 - those who manage, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot
00:10:23 - XenDesktop 7 solutions and may hold these following job
00:10:27 - titles-- systems administrators, technical
00:10:29 - support staff, integrators, Citrix consultants.
00:10:32 - So again the 1YO-200 exam is designed for just managing an
00:10:37 - existing infrastructure and dealing with one that is
00:10:40 - already in production.
00:10:41 - As you begin to create new infrastructures, the 1YO-300
00:10:45 - exam focuses on those topics if you're the person who
00:10:48 - builds, tests, and rolls out such infrastructures.
00:10:51 - You're an engineer, you're a desktop virtualization
00:10:53 - consultant, or a partner.
00:10:55 - Now also associated with a 300 exam--
00:10:57 - and again this content I've just pulled off of Citrix's
00:11:00 - exam prep guide.
00:11:01 - So there's nothing that should be a surprise here if you've
00:11:04 - actually downloaded their prep guide.
00:11:07 - The intended audience also possesses an intermediate
00:11:09 - level of knowledge of app and desktop virtualization
00:11:12 - technologies and has experience deploying app and
00:11:15 - desktop virtualization solutions in an enterprise
00:11:17 - environment.
00:11:19 - When we're talking about the different delivery mechanisms
00:11:21 - that XenDesktop supports, be aware that there really
00:11:25 - focused on three different use cases.
00:11:27 - And these are the use cases you'll see down here.
00:11:29 - The first is classic XenApp hosted shared desktops.
00:11:34 - Same thing here for XenApp hosted applications on
00:11:36 - delivering applications to users.
00:11:38 - Or classic XenDesktop VDI type environments.
00:11:43 - So both the VDI route and the application or PC refresh
00:11:47 - route are all the ones that we'll be testing against on
00:11:50 - that 1YO-300 exam.
00:11:53 - Down here are also are just a couple of notes.
00:11:55 - These are again also pulled off of Citrix's enablement
00:11:57 - guide or prep guide for the exam.
00:12:00 - The 1YO-200 is a 66 question exam, written in English with
00:12:04 - a passing score of 66%, which of my mind seems like really
00:12:08 - not that many questions.
00:12:09 - Although Citrix is giving you a very gracious 205 minutes to
00:12:12 - complete that exam--
00:12:14 - plenty of time.
00:12:15 - If you're a non-native English speaker, you can be granted up
00:12:18 - to 30 minutes for a time extension.
00:12:20 - Depending on what your situation is that 'll either
00:12:22 - be automatic, or you'll need to apply for it.
00:12:24 - So plenty of time there for your questions, plenty of time
00:12:27 - to take your time and really understand what those
00:12:29 - questions are.
00:12:30 - As you move to the 300 level exam, the number of questions
00:12:33 - actually goes down to 57 minutes, but the amount of
00:12:35 - time goes up to 240 minutes.
00:12:38 - The passing score is still 66%.
00:12:41 - The exams are administered through Pearson Vue.
00:12:43 - There's the website when it comes time to schedule.
00:12:47 - And be aware that the first exam is going to be $150 US
00:12:51 - for 1YO-200, but $300 for 1YO-300.
00:12:55 - So twice as much if you plan on taking that next step up.
00:12:59 - Also I want to talk here just about the outline that we'll
00:13:03 - be going through together here with this series.
00:13:06 - I think I mentioned earlier that the whole point of this
00:13:08 - series is to try to introduce you to the new topics as you
00:13:12 - would organically introduce them if you were doing this
00:13:15 - studying on your own.
00:13:17 - And so we begin with installation.
00:13:20 - You got to get this stuff installed.
00:13:22 - A process that used to be fraught with danger, these
00:13:24 - days is actually quite a bit streamlined.
00:13:26 - You can get a new XenDesktop server up and running in not
00:13:29 - that much time.
00:13:30 - And that's a great change from some previous versions.
00:13:33 - We then go through how to license things, and how to
00:13:35 - create your master images, and install that delivery agent.
00:13:37 - So how to create those basic core golden images that will
00:13:41 - become the foundation by which all of your applications will
00:13:44 - get delivered.
00:13:45 - We'll then create machine catalogs and delivery groups.
00:13:50 - As you'll find out, machine catalogs are collections of
00:13:52 - machines that share similar behaviors or similar
00:13:55 - characteristics.
00:13:56 - Delivery groups then address those machines with the rules
00:14:00 - for how users will connect up to the resources exposed on
00:14:03 - those virtual machines or physical machines.
00:14:06 - We will then configure the Citrix storefront store, which
00:14:09 - is the user's front door to access the applications that
00:14:12 - you will have available.
00:14:13 - They will access that front door using the Citrix receiver
00:14:16 - client, which you'll need to deploy out to those users.
00:14:19 - Or with this version, you can have users deploy it to
00:14:22 - themselves even if they don't have administrative
00:14:24 - privileges.
00:14:25 - We'll then talk about an interesting edge case called
00:14:27 - Remote PC access.
00:14:29 - So you can actually use XenDesktop as a mechanism to
00:14:32 - proxy access for users to their own PCs, if they need to
00:14:37 - access them from outside networks.
00:14:39 - You can accomplish that by just creating a different set
00:14:42 - of machine catalogs and delivery groups and
00:14:44 - delivering those out.
00:14:45 - We'll then talk about applications and how you can
00:14:47 - layer technologies like Microsoft App-V to stream
00:14:51 - those applications down onto your assets, server, or
00:14:54 - desktop machines when it comes time to deliver the
00:14:56 - applications.
00:14:58 - We'll talk about Citrix Studio Policies, which in this
00:15:00 - version and recent versions has become the single go-to
00:15:05 - point for configuring the user experience of the environment
00:15:10 - you've set up.
00:15:10 - There's lots of Studio Policies.
00:15:12 - And in fact, most of the management has been moved into
00:15:16 - Studio Policies so that they could be delivered, either as
00:15:19 - a policy through Citrix or as a group policy
00:15:21 - through Active Directory.
00:15:23 - Now number 11, we'll talk about the structure of
00:15:26 - implementing the policies.
00:15:28 - But I also have a little bonus Nugget here--
00:15:30 - Number 12--
00:15:31 - that will be a review of the Citrix Studio Policies.
00:15:34 - Not with an eye towards how they're implemented, but more
00:15:37 - of an eye towards why and when they'll be implemented.
00:15:40 - This one is more the--
00:15:41 - I guess I can call it the free consulting hour here.
00:15:48 - I have spent a lot of time working with Citrix.
00:15:50 - And over the years there's some good ways in which you
00:15:53 - implement the policies.
00:15:53 - And I hope to be able to relay to you why you would implement
00:15:58 - them and what use cases you might.
00:15:59 - Because there's a whole bunch of them that can make your
00:16:01 - mind spin as you start to go through them.
00:16:04 - We'll talk about user profiles and how to implement
00:16:05 - technologies that could improve user profiles and make
00:16:08 - them roam around the different assets
00:16:09 - that you'll make available.
00:16:11 - Talk about this Citrix Director and how you could
00:16:12 - enable access to your help desk people, so that they can
00:16:15 - troubleshoot things on your behalf.
00:16:17 - But in a very limited controlled sense.
00:16:19 - Printing in Citrix technologies has
00:16:21 - always been a nightmare.
00:16:22 - Well in this version, printing gets even that much less of a
00:16:25 - nightmare with some new technologies like the Citrix
00:16:28 - Printing services and Citrix Printing server that I think
00:16:30 - you'll really appreciate.
00:16:31 - We will then move into a number of Nuggets on
00:16:34 - Provisioning Services.
00:16:36 - And these Nuggets here are the backbone of that entire
00:16:40 - Provisioning Services infrastructure.
00:16:42 - You don't have to implement Provisioning Services.
00:16:44 - And in many circumstances, you won't want to.
00:16:47 - But if you do intend on delivering these assets--
00:16:51 - again, servers or desktops--
00:16:53 - in a way that they can be delivered at the moment that
00:16:55 - they're needed and be provisioned at the moment that
00:16:58 - their booted, well Provisioning Services offers
00:17:00 - an infrastructure to accomplish that.
00:17:02 - We'll talk about how to install it and prepare for it,
00:17:04 - and how to deal with Provisioning Services vDisks
00:17:07 - in both private and standard mode.
00:17:09 - As well as how to update those vDisks when it comes time to
00:17:13 - apply Windows patches, or application
00:17:15 - changes, and so forth.
00:17:16 - Really interesting technology--
00:17:18 - one that you want to take a look up before you implement.
00:17:20 - Because it has its uses, and it also has a few concerns
00:17:22 - associated.
00:17:24 - We'll spend just a minute on Delegated Administration.
00:17:26 - Citrix has a great model for doing delegated administration
00:17:29 - with this version.
00:17:30 - And a mind numbing Nugget on securing
00:17:32 - external access with NetScaler.
00:17:35 - You'll also see-- at least from a high level white
00:17:37 - boarding perspective--
00:17:38 - how to configure high
00:17:39 - availability for those solutions.
00:17:42 - And in what places you'll need to incorporate high
00:17:44 - availability technologies in order to ensure your
00:17:47 - environment is always available for users.
00:17:49 - This last Nugget is optional.
00:17:51 - If you plan on implementing your assets on top of the
00:17:54 - XenServer hypervisor, well then you could take a look at
00:17:57 - this last Nugget that is a very short introduction in
00:18:00 - configuring XenServer for XenDesktop.
00:18:03 - But recall, XenDesktop actually works with all of the
00:18:05 - major hypervisors--
00:18:06 - VMware, hyper-v, and XenServer.
00:18:09 - So you have options for which of the hypervisors you'll want
00:18:12 - to choose for hosting your infrastructure.
00:18:15 - I mentioned that this series focuses on two of the three
00:18:17 - exams in the CCA certification tiered structure.
00:18:22 - And these two again--
00:18:23 - 1YO-200, 1YO-300.
00:18:26 - There is an exam prep guide that you can find online.
00:18:30 - A lot of the information I've talked about here in this is
00:18:33 - pulled from that prep guide-- in some cases pulled directly
00:18:36 - from the prep guide.
00:18:37 - That prep guide will give you all of the detailed
00:18:40 - information to prepare for the exam.
00:18:42 - It will give you details about the objectives and
00:18:45 - specifically the types of actions that you'll want to
00:18:48 - understand, if you want to be successful in
00:18:50 - passing that exam.
00:18:52 - I've copied just some of the objective percentages here for
00:18:55 - 200 and 300.
00:18:56 - About 30% for managing that solution, 15% for maintaining,
00:19:01 - 21% for monitoring, and 35% for troubleshooting that
00:19:05 - XenDesktop 7 solution.
00:19:06 - You can focus your studies on the types of actions that are
00:19:09 - most important to be successful with the exam.
00:19:12 - On the 300, about 1/3 is for installing the technology and
00:19:16 - just about 2/3 on configuring its technical components.
00:19:19 - Only a very small 8% there on testing configurations.
00:19:22 - So if you figure, there's some 60 odd questions for 200 and
00:19:26 - 50 odd questions for 300, you can then take those numbers
00:19:29 - and multiply them by these percentages to get a feel for
00:19:33 - what number of questions you'll have that associate
00:19:36 - with each of these major objectives.
00:19:40 - We will be working with a full network here-- a CBT Nuggets
00:19:44 - network that I encourage you to actually replicate at home.
00:19:48 - We learn by doing and by replicating the
00:19:51 - demonstrations, by replicated all the different actions that
00:19:54 - you'll see me accomplish here in this series, that will not
00:19:57 - only get you your own desktop infrastructure.
00:20:00 - But it will also help you understand exactly why we're
00:20:03 - going through the steps that we are.
00:20:04 - This network will have a domain controller.
00:20:06 - We will be working predominantly with a single
00:20:08 - XenDesktop server xd1.
00:20:10 - We'll only incorporate xd2 in that almost very last Nugget
00:20:14 - when we talk about high availability.
00:20:16 - We'll be putting our assets on top of two Xen server
00:20:18 - machines-- xs1 and xs2.
00:20:21 - And we'll have a server here called appv that we'll use for
00:20:23 - deploying appv applications, or hosting appv applications.
00:20:28 - All of these will be located in a domain-- at least here--
00:20:30 - that I call company.pri.
00:20:32 - My domain is in the subnet
00:20:35 - It's a 24-bit mask on the subnet.
00:20:38 - So
00:20:42 - And then I also have another machine out here-- my
00:20:44 - NetScaler virtual machine--
00:20:46 - that we'll talk about for that one
00:20:47 - single Nugget on NetScaler.
00:20:49 - Personally, I prefer using VMware workstation.
00:20:52 - It's a great solution that I can put right here on my
00:20:54 - desktop to help you.
00:20:55 - You can use whatever hypervisor you see fit for
00:20:58 - deploying out your test infrastructure,
00:21:01 - as you prepare yourself.
00:21:02 - So again, highly recommend playing along as you see the
00:21:07 - different demonstrations and things here in the series.
00:21:10 - I've been working with CBT Nuggets for a very long time.
00:21:12 - And it is always a joy to get to put together these series.
00:21:16 - And I look forward over the next series of Nuggets for the
00:21:18 - opportunity to work with you, share with you, and learn with
00:21:21 - you about managing and deploying app and desktop
00:21:24 - solutions atop Citrix XenDesktop version 7.x.
00:21:28 - Once again, my name is Greg Shields.
00:21:30 - We're going to have a lot of fun.
00:21:31 - I hope this has been informative for you.
00:21:33 - And I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Understanding the XenDesktop 7 Architecture and Components

Installing and Preparing XenDesktop Core Components

Managing Citrix Licensing

Creating Master Images and Installing the Delivery Agent

Creating Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups

Configuring the Citrix StoreFront Store

Deploying and Using Citrix Receiver

Configuring Remote PC Access

Integrating Microsoft App-V

Configuring Citrix Studio Policies

A Comprehensive Review of Citrix Studio Policies

Managing User Profiles

Monitoring and Managing Sessions with Citrix Director

Configuring XenDesktop Printing

Preparing for and Installing Citrix Provisioning Services

Creating and Managing Private Mode vDisks

Creating and Managing Standard Mode vDisks

Managing vDisk Updates

Configuring Delegated Administration

Securing External Access with NetScaler

Configuring High Availability for XenDesktop 7

Configuring Citrix XenServer for XenDesktop 7

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Greg Shields

Greg Shields

CBT Nuggets Trainer

Microsoft MVP; VMware vExpert; Citrix CTP

Area of Expertise:
Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, System Center, Hyper-V, virtualization and cloud, Microsoft Exchange, PowerShell, VBScript, Windows deployment. Columnist and author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of industry white papers.

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