Citrix XenDesktop Certification

Overview

This course provides the foundation necessary for administrators to effectively centralize and manage desktops in the datacenter and deliver them as a service to users anywhere. Students will learn how to select a desktop delivery model for each user group based on their needs, build proof-of-concept and production XenDesktop environments assign virtual desk tops to users and customize the user experience through policies. This course also provides instruction on how to build a Provisioning services farm to enable single-image desktop management, and how to host virtual machines on the client device using Citrix XenClient. Audience

This course is designed for IT professionals, such as server, network and system administrators, system engineers, analysts, consultants, architects and Citrix Partner Network members.

Preparatory Recommendations:

Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have the following:

  1. A basic knowledge of the purpose and goals of virtualization technology
  2. An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device drivers and operating systems
  3. Basic experience installing and administering Windows Server 2008 R2
  4. Basic understanding of server, desktop and application virtualization concepts

Key Skills

Upon completion of this course, students are able to:

  1. Determine the best Flexcast delivery model for each user group.
  2. Build a XenDesktop proof-of-concept environment.
  3. Configure a XenServer host for desktop delivery.
  4. Build and configure a production XenDesktop site.
  5. Manage virtual desktops as a single entity by creating a desk top catalog.
  6. Modify a desktop image without impacting user productivity.
  7. Restrict or allow certain XenDesktop features using policies.
  8. Monitor site activity and troubleshoot issues in Desktop Director.
  9. Install and configure Provisioning services.
  10. Copy a des ktop image to a virtual disk that can be streamed to virtual and physical target devices.
  11. Identify the XenClient infrastructure.
  12. Install and configure Synchronizer for XenClient.

Instructional Method

This course is available in either classroom or self-paced online formats, and inc ludes access to a live lab environment, as well as demonstrations and the practical application of conc epts through hands-on exercises.

Course Length

30 hours

Certification Preparation

This course prepares students for the CCA for Citrix XenDesktop 5.

Registration

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Module 1: Introduction and Course Overview

  1. Course Overview
  2. Course Outline
  3. Connect with Citrix Education

Module 2: Introducing XenDesktop

  1. FlexCast
  2. Use Cases
  3. Virtual Desktop Models
  4. HDX Technologies
  5. Hosted Desktop Delivery
  6. Quick Deploy
  7. Quick Deploy System Requirements

Module 3: Configuring the Hypervisor for Desktop Delivery

  1. Overview
  2. Virtualization
  3. Virtualization Components
  4. Hypervisors
  5. Hypervisor Role in Desktop Delivery
  6. Windows Virtual Machine Architecture
  7. Installation from an ISO
  8. To Create an ISO Library
  9. Windows Virtual Machine Device Support
  10. Windows Virtual Machine Creation
  11. XenServer Tools
  12. Templates and Life-Cycle Operations
  13. Virtual Machine Templates
  14. To Provision a New Virtual Machine Using a Template
  15. Virtual Machine Export and Import
  16. Virtual Machine Duplication
  17. Snapshots
  18. Virtual Machine Operations
  19. XenConvert
  20. To Convert a Server or Desktop to a Virtual Machine
  21. Virtual Machine Resource Management
  22. Events and Alerts
  23. Resource Pools
  24. Virtual Machine Movement
  25. Network Components and Architecture
  26. External Networks
  27. Internal-only Network
  28. NIC Bonds
  29. To Create a NIC Bond in XenCenter
  30. VLANs
  31. Storage
  32. Storage Repositories
  33. Remote Storage
  34. Storage Capability Comparison
  35. Troubleshooting Hypervisor Issues

Module 4: Installing and Configuring XenDesktop

  1. Overview
  2. XenDes ktop Architecture
  3. Production Site Configuration
  4. License File Management
  5. Obtaining License Files
  6. Security Considerations
  7. Active Directory Considerations
  8. Supported Active Directory Environments
  9. Active Directory-Based Controller Discovery
  10. Active Directory Objects
  11. Configuring a XenDesktop Site
  12. To Configure a XenDesk top Site
  13. Web Interface
  14. Web Interface Considerations
  15. Desktop Delivery Communication Process
  16. Access Gateway
  17. ICA Proxy Mode
  18. Access Gateway Deployment Scenarios
  19. Access Gateway Communications
  20. Access Gateway Authentication
  21. Single Sign-on to Web Interface
  22. SmartAccess

Module 5: Managing Desktop Catalogs and Groups

  1. Overview
  2. Adminis tration Roles
  3. To Add an Administrator Account
  4. Preparing a Virtual Desktop for Delivery
  5. Virtual Desktop Agent Installation
  6. Virtual Desktop Agent Wizard Settings
  7. Manual Firewall Configuration
  8. Machine Creation Services
  9. Machine Creation Services Host and Storage Requirements
  10. Desktop Catalogs
  11. Machine Types
  12. Pooled Machine Type
  13. Dedicated Machine Type
  14. Existing Machine Type
  15. Physical Machine Type
  16. Streamed Machine Type
  17. Virtual Desktop Updates
  18. To Modify the Master Virtual Machine
  19. To Revert to the Previous Master Virtual Machine
  20. Desktop Groups
  21. Desktop Group Types
  22. Desktop Group Examples
  23. To Create a Desktop Group
  24. Power Management
  25. Pools and Buffers
  26. To Configure Power Management
  27. Troubleshooting Desktop Catalog and Group Issues

Module 6: Customizing the User Experience

  1. Overview
  2. User Device Types
  3. Display Modes
  4. Citrix Receiver
  5. Citrix Receiver for Windows
  6. Citrix Receiver for Windows System Requirements
  7. Citrix Receiver for Macintosh
  8. Citrix Merchandising Server
  9. Citrix Merchandising Server Architecture
  10. Profile Management
  11. User Profiles
  12. User Profile Types
  13. Redirecting User Data
  14. Managing User Profiles
  15. Profile Management Logon Process
  16. To Enable Profile Management
  17. FlexCast for Apps
  18. Application Delivery Method
  19. XenDes ktop Policies
  20. Policy Creation
  21. To Create a Policy
  22. Policy Settings
  23. Policy Setting Best Practices
  24. Policy Prioritization
  25. Troubleshooting Customization Issues

Module 7: Monitoring XenDesktop Sites

  1. Overview
  2. Desktop Director
  3. Installing Desktop Director
  4. Accessing Desktop Director
  5. Desktop Director Pages
  6. Filters
  7. Searching for a User or Machine
  8. User and Machine Management
  9. Managing Machines
  10. Managing End Users
  11. User Shadowing
  12. To Shadow a User
  13. Troubleshooting Site Monitoring Issues

Module 8: Streaming Desktops to Virtual and Physical Machines

  1. Overview
  2. Streamed VHDs and Catalogs
  3. Provisioning Services
  4. Citrix Provisioning Services Infrastructure
  5. Citrix Provisioning Services Components
  6. Key Serv ices
  7. Provisioning Services Administration
  8. Installation Planning
  9. Network Boot Services
  10. Boot Process
  11. DHCP Deployment Options
  12. DHCP Configuration
  13. Provisioning Services Farm Design
  14. Farms
  15. SQL Database Server
  16. Service Account Permissions
  17. Sites
  18. Stores
  19. Write Caches
  20. Storage Requirements
  21. Sample vDisk Storage Requirements
  22. Provisioning Services Installation
  23. To Install Provisioning Services
  24. Provisioning Services Configuration
  25. To Configure a Provisioning Services Farm
  26. Store Configuration
  27. Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Installation and Configuration

Module 9: Creating a Shared vDisk

  1. Overview
  2. vDisk Image Modes
  3. Standard Image Mode
  4. Difference Disk Image Mode
  5. Private Image Mode
  6. Write-Cache Types
  7. Cache on Server Disk
  8. Cache on Server Disk: Local Storage
  9. Cache on Server Disk: Shared Storage
  10. Cache on Device
  11. Hard Drive
  12. Cache on Device
  13. Hard Drive: Local Storage
  14. Cache on Device
  15. Hard Drive: Shared Storage
  16. Target Device-based RAM Cache
  17. Target Device RAM
  18. To Create a vDisk
  19. Imaging Wizard
  20. vDisk File Creation
  21. VHD Format
  22. vDisk Mounting
  23. Formatting a vDisk
  24. Master Target Device
  25. Boot Order
  26. Master Target Device Software
  27. To Create a Windows Master Target Device using the Imaging Wizard
  28. XenConvert Overview
  29. To Image Windows Target Devices with XenConvert
  30. Troubleshooting vDisk Creation Issues

Module 10: Administering Provisioning Services Com ponents

  1. Overview
  2. Provisioning Services Hosts in the Console
  3. Target Device Connections
  4. Provisioning Services Host Properties
  5. Target Device Management
  6. Target Device Collection
  7. Target Device Views
  8. Target Device Properties
  9. Active Directory Integration
  10. Domain Pass word Management Process
  11. Automatic Password Renegotiation
  12. To Integrate Active Directory
  13. vDisk Management
  14. vDisk Properties
  15. To Create a vDisk File
  16. To Unassign vDisks from Target Devices
  17. To Delete a vDisk
  18. vDisk Locks
  19. vDisk Back up
  20. Streamed Desktop Catalogs
  21. To Create a Streamed Desk top Catalog
  22. vDisk Updates
  23. Automatic Update
  24. Incremental Update
  25. Autoupdate Tool
  26. Incremental Update Rollback
  27. Scheduled vDisk Updates
  28. vDisk Update Strategies
  29. Troubleshooting Provisioning Services Issues

Module 11: Delivering Local VM Desktops

  1. Overview
  2. Local VM Desktops with XenClient
  3. XenClient Architecture
  4. Synchronizer for XenClient
  5. XenClient Installation
  6. To Install XenClient
  7. XenClient Configuration
  8. Receiver for XenClient
  9. To Create a Virtual Machine
  10. XenClient Tools
  11. Synchronizer Installation and Configuration
  12. Image Management
  13. To Upload a Virtual Machine to the Synchronizer
  14. To Assign Desktops to End Users
  15. User Management
  16. To Create a Local User or Group
  17. To Link an Existing AD User or Group
  18. Device Management
  19. XenClient User Experience
  20. Secure Application Sharing
  21. Troubleshooting Local VM Desktop Issues

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