XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization software that allows multiple users to access and run Microsoft Windows desktops that are installed at a centralized location separated from the devices from which they are being accessed.
Pre-installed server with Windows Server 2008R2, 2012 or 2016 for the Desktop Delivery installation.
Minimum of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 or higher.
Active Directory Domain.
Installation of the desktop controller
Step 1: Download the latest XenDesktop from the MyCitrix website.
Step 2: Start AutoSelect.exe installer and choose XenDesktop in Windows Server 2012R2.
Step 3: Select the Delivery Controller.
Step 4: Accept the license agreement and click Next.
Step 5: Select all components and click Next.
Step 6: Let the Firewall rules be set automatically. Click Next.
Step 7: Check the summary and click install to start the installation.
The installation will now take place for about 5 – 15 minutes…
Step 8: Choose I do not want to participate in Call Home option and click Next.
Step 9: Click Finish to start the Citrix Studio, after all the installations has been proceeded successfully.
Configuring the Citrix XenDesktop site
Step 10: Choose the deliver application and desktop to your users option.
Step 11: Enter your Site name for your deployment and click Next.
Step 12: Choose your database names and select the SQL database location in your database. Click Next.
Step 13: Already, you installed the license server on this server, so let the server address be local. If you have existing licenses, then add them and click Next.
Step 14: Select the No Machine Management and click Next.
Step 15: These options can be left default – unchecked – click the Next.
Step 16: Check all the settings and click Finish to start the deployment.
The Site configuration is now taking place. When the Site configuration is finished, we start with the VDA configuration part.
Create the new Windows 8 master image
Pre-install a Windows 8 Virtual Machine VDA (Virtual Desktop Agent).
Install the Citrix VDA
Step 17: Log in to the Windows 8 desktop, mount the Citrix 7.15 and run the Autoselect.exe again.
Step 18: Choose the XenDesktop.
Step 19: Select the Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Desktop OS option.
Step 20: Select the create a master image and click Next.
Step 21: Choose No, install VDA in standard mode option and click the Next.
Step 22: Let these settings be default – Click Next.
Step 23: Let these settings also be default – Click Next.
Step 24: Enter your desktop controller address and click the test button. When receiving the green check, select the Add and click the Next.
Step 25: Check the checkbox and click the Next.
Step 26: Let the Firewall rules be set automatically. Click the Next.
Step 27: Check the summary page and click install, when all the settings are correct.
Step 28: Choose I do not want to participate in call home and click Next.
Step 29: Click finish, when all the checkmarks are green to restart your XenDesktop – VDI master Virtual Machine afterwards.
Create the new Windows 8 MCS Machine Catalog
Step 30: Switch back to our delivery controller in Windows Server 2012R2 and start the Citrix Studio console to create a new Machine Catalog based on the just created Windows 8 master image.
Step 31: Choose the machine catalogs.
Step 32: Click Next on the introduction screen.
Step 33: Select the desktop Operating System and click Next.
Step 34: Check whether the Power Managed and Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS) options are not selected and click the Next.
Step 35: Choose static to save changes on a separate Personal vDisk. Click the Next.
Step 36: Add the machine details to get the hostname for the window 8 machine and click Next.
Step 37: Name the machine catalog as Windows8 and click Finish to start the MCS machine deployment procedure.
Create Delivery Group
Step 38: Open the Delivery Group option in the menu and click Create Delivery Group.
Step 39: On the intro screen, click Next.
Step 40: Increase the number of desktops that you need to add to the delivery group and click Next.
Step 41: Select the desktops option and click Next.
Step 42: Restrict access to the VDI’s by selecting restrict use of this delivery group option and add the group that is needed to access the delivery group. Click Next.
Step 43: Fill in a display name for the desktop, that is seen by users in StoreFront. Let all the other settings be default and click Ok and Next in the previous screen.
Step 44: Please check all the settings at the summary field and fill a name in the delivery group. Click Finish to add the new delivery group.
Step 45: Open the Citrix StoreFront and click Create Store.
Step 46: On the intro screen, click the Next.
Step 47: Fill a name in the store name and click the Next.
Step 48: Add delivery controller name and add the server. Click Next.
Step 49: Make sure whether the enable remote access option is not selected and click Next.
Step 50: Make sure whether the user name and password is selected and click the Next.
Step 51: Click the Create.
Step 52: Store created successfully. Click Finish.
Step 53: Open the Citrix Studio and open the delivery group menu. Click the edit delivery group and choose the StoreFront, and then add the StoreFront server URL and click Apply.
Test the new Citrix Xendesktop environment
Step 54: Log in to Internet Explorer by entering the StoreFront web address.
Step 55: Install Syncfusion Dashboard Designer Setup and shut down the windows 8 installed VM, before clicking the windows8 icon in Xendesktop viewer.
Step 56: Open the Syncfusion Dashboard Designer in Xendesktop.
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