Citrix Desktop Virtualization Fast Track (CMB-207-1I)

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About this Course

This  fast-paced course provides the foundation necessary for students to effectively  centralize and manage desktops and applications in the datacenter and deliver  them as a service to users anywhere. Students will learn how to build XenApp  and XenDesktop environments; assign virtual desktops; deliver published  resources and printers to users; use policies to customize farm settings and  the user experience; and administer the environments. In addition, students  will learn how to build a Provisioning services farm to enable single-image  desktop management.

Audience Profile

This  course is intended for IT professionals, such as server, network, and systems  administrators familiar with Microsoft Windows environments, including Windows  2008 R2 administrators. Existing Citrix XenApp administrators interested in  increasing their desktop virtualization skills with Citrix XenDesktop, are  ideal candidates. Systems engineers, sales engineers, analysts, consultants,  and architects are also appropriate candidates for this course.

At Course Completion

Upon  completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Install and  configure a Citrix license server, import Citrix licenses, configure license  monitoring, and view license usage trends.
  • Install and  configure Citrix XenApp to create a new farm or join an existing farm.
  • Create  administrator accounts and assign custom administrative permissions to the  accounts.
  • Configure  the logging of administrative changes to a database.
  • Create and  apply worker groups that simplify the administration of published resources and  policies.
  • Install the  Web Interface role.
  • Create and  configure XenApp Web and XenApp Services web sites.
  • Customize  the layout, content, and appearance of a XenApp Web site.
  • Publish  application and server desktop resources for access by users and verify that  workspace control works correctly.
  • View and  manage user sessions from the administrative console.
  • Install  profiling software, profile an application for streaming, and link dependent  profiles to allow interaction between streamed applications.
  • Publish a  streamed application and verify that the streamed application works correctly.
  • Create  policies to improve performance, restrict user access, and shadow user  sessions.
  • Test  policies to verify that they produce the desired effect.
  • Configure  custom load evaluators and apply them to servers and applications.
  • Configure  and test failover using a load balancing policy.
  • Install  Citrix Receiver, configure and deliver a plug-in package, and verify that  self-service applications can be added from a client device.
  • Configure  printing including, printer auto-creation, driver compatibility lists, session  printers, and printing policies.
  • Configure a  XenApp Web site to use an ICA proxy.
  • Identify  tools that can be used to monitor XenApp servers and sessions.
  • Identify  additional components included with Citrix XenApp Platinum edition.
  • Configure a  XenServer host for desktop delivery.
  • Adjust  virtual machine properties.
  • Backup  virtual machine metadata to shared storage.
  • Import a  virtual machine.
  • Install  XenDesktop.
  • Add a  controller to an existing site.
  • Install,  configure and secure Web Interface.
  • Delegate  XenDesktop administration.
  • Prepare a  master virtual machine.
  • Assign users  to pooled virtual desktops and dedicated virtual desktops.
  • Modify  desktop catalogs, groups, and a master virtual machine.
  • Use policies  and Profile Management to restrict and allow XenDesktop features.
  • Monitor  XenDesktop sessions.
  • Shadow  XenDesktop sessions.
  • Install and  configure Provisioning services.
  • Create a  shared vDisk.
  • Create  streamed virtual desktops using Provisioning services.
  • Update a  vDisk.
  • Identify key  features of XenDesktop 5.5.


Before  taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have a basic understanding of  the following technologies:  Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Remote Desktop Services   Network and  storage devices, device drivers, and operating systems   Networking concepts,  such as DNS, DHCP, IIS, load balancing, and file and printing services   Active  Directory and group policy   Server,  desktop, and application virtualization concepts   Citrix  XenApp

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction  and Course Overview

  • Overview
  • Course  Outline
  • Citrix  Education
  • Course  Evaluation and Completion Certificate

Module 2:  Introducing Basic Administration for Citrix XenApp 6

  • XenApp 6  Editions
  • XenApp 6  Features
  • XenApp  Architecture
  • Delivery  Services Console   Review

Module 3:  Licensing XenApp

  • Overview
  • XenApp  Licensing
  • License  Administration Console
  • Installing  Licensing
  • License File  Management
  • High  Availability Considerations
  • Review

Module 4:  Installing XenApp

  • Overview
  • Installation  Decisions
  • XenApp  Server Role Manager
  • Web  Interface Installation Decisions
  • Unattended  Installation and Configuration
  • Hardware  Requirements
  • Software  Requirements
  • XenApp  Configuration Options
  • Review

Module 5:  Configuring XenApp Administration

  • Overview   Worker  Groups
  • Administrator  Privilege Levels
  • Configuration  Logging
  • Review

Module 6:  Installing and Configuring Web Interface

  • Overview
  • Architecture  and Communications
  • Web  Interface Installation
  • Site  Creation
  • Web  Interface Site Modification
  • Specifying  Citrix Plug-in Backup URLs
  • Site  Appearance
  • Workspace  Control
  • Citrix  Plug-ins and the Web Interface
  • Authentication  Configuration
  • Secure  Access Configuration
  • Client-side  Proxy Settings
  • Server  Configuration
  • Web  Interface Site Removal
  • Troubleshooting  Web Interface Issues
  • Review

Module 7:  Delivering Applications and Content

  • Overview
  • Published  Resources
  • VM Hosted  Apps
  • Organizing  Published Resources for Users
  • Advanced  Published Resource Settings
  • Published  Resource Configuration
  • Troubleshooting  Application Delivery Issues
  • Review

Module 8:  Streaming Applications

  • Overview
  • Application  Streaming
  • Citrix  Offline Plug-in
  • Citrix  Streaming Profiler
  • Application  Delivery Methods
  • Web Delivery  Method
  • Streaming to  Servers
  • Publishing a  Streamed Application
  • Configuring  Sites for Streaming Applications
  • Offline  Access Management
  • Troubleshooting  Streaming Issues
  • Review

Module 9:  Configuring Policies

  • Overview
  • Group Policy  Integration
  • IMA-based  Group Policies
  • Policy  Evaluation
  • Policy Rules
  • Policy  Filtering
  • Policy  Modeling and Troubleshooting
  • Review

Module 10:  Configuring Load Management

  • Overview
  • Load Manager
  • Load  Balancing
  • Load  Calculation
  • Load  Evaluator Configuration
  • Load Balancing  Policies
  • Preferential  Load Balancing
  • Troubleshooting  Load Management Issues
  • Review

Module 11:  Optimizing the User Experience

  • Overview
  • Optimizing  Session Performance
  • HDX  Broadcast Session Reliability
  • HDX  Broadcast Session Reliability Considerations
  • HDX RealTime
  • HDX  Plug-n-Play
  • HDX  MediaStream Multimedia Acceleration
  • HDX  MediaStream for Flash
  • SpeedScreen  Latency Reduction
  • HDX 3D Image  Acceleration
  • HDX 3D  Progressive Display
  • User  Profiles
  • Troubleshooting
  • User Experience Issues
  • Review

Module 12:  Configuring Self-Service Applications

  • Overview
  • Citrix  Receiver
  • Citrix  Merchandising Server
  • Citrix  Dazzle   Plug-ins
  • Troubleshooting  Self-Service Application Issues
  • Review

Module 13:  Configuring Printing

  • Overview
  • Printing  Concepts
  • Default  Printing Behavior
  • Printer  Provisioning
  • Printing  Pathways
  • Printer  Drivers
  • Citrix  Universal Printing
  • Administrator-Assigned  Network Printers
  • Workspace  Control and Proximity Printing
  • Printing  Preferences
  • Printing  Bandwidth
  • Troubleshooting  Printing Issues
  • Review

Module 14:  Securing XenApp

  • Overview
  • XenApp  Security Solutions
  • SecureICA
  • Citrix SSL  Relay
  • Access  Gateway
  • Web  Interface Configuration
  • Security  Configuration Best Practices
  • Troubleshooting  Access Gateway with XenApp
  • Review

Module 15:  Monitoring XenApp

  • Overview
  • Health  Monitoring and Recovery
  • EdgeSight  Monitoring   License  Usage Monitoring
  • Workflow  Studio Overview
  • Accessing  the Server Farm using PowerShell
  • Administering  the Server Farm using Commands
  • Review

Module 16:  Additional Components

  • Overview
  • SmartAuditor
  • Single  Sign-on
  • EasyCall  Voice Services
  • Branch  Optimization
  • Provisioning  Services
  • Power and Capacity Management
  • XenServer
  • Review

Citrix XenDesktop 5 Topics

The  following outline identifies the Citrix XenDesktop topics included in the  course. Note: Not all topics will be covered by  lecture. Students are expected to self-study select modules as designated by  the instructor.

Module 1:  Introduction and Course Overview

  • Course  Overview
  • Course  Outline
  • Connect with  Citrix Education

Module 2:  Introducing XenDesktop

  • Overview
  • Five Core  Strengths of XenDesktop
  • Desktop  Virtualization
  • XenDesktop  Product Family
  • FlexCast
  • HDX  Technologies
  • Hosted  Desktop Delivery
  • Quick Deploy

Module 3:  Configuring the Hypervisor for Desktop Delivery

  • Overview
  • Virtualization
  • Hypervisors
  • Windows  Virtual Machine Architecture
  • Templates  and Life-Cycle Operations
  • XenConvert
  • Virtual  Machine Resource Management
  • Events and  Alerts
  • Resource  Pools
  • Network  Components and Architecture
  • Storage
  • Remote  Storage
  • Troubleshooting  Hypervisor Issues

Module 4:  Installing and Configuring XenDesktop

  • Overview
  • XenDesktop Architecture
  • License File  Management
  • Security  Considerations
  • Active  Directory Considerations
  • Configuring  a XenDesktop Site
  • Web  Interface
  • Desktop  Delivery Communication Process

Module 5:  Managing Desktop Catalogs and Groups

  • Overview
  • Administration  Roles
  • Preparing a  Virtual Desktop for Delivery
  • Machine  Creation Services
  • Desktop  Catalogs
  • Desktop  Groups
  • Troubleshooting  Desktop Catalog and Group Issues

Module 6:  Customizing the User Experience

  • Overview
  • User Device  Types
  • Citrix  Receiver
  • Citrix  Merchandising Server
  • Profile Management
  • FlexCast for  Apps
  • XenDesktop  Policies
  • Troubleshooting  Customization Issues

Module 7:  Monitoring XenDesktop Sites

  • Overview
  • Desktop  Director
  • User and  Machine Management
  • User  Shadowing
  • Troubleshooting  Site Monitoring Issues

Module 8:  Streaming Desktops to Virtual and Physical Machines

  • Overview
  • Streamed  VHDs and Catalogs
  • Provisioning  Services
  • Installation  Planning
  • Storage  Requirements
  • Provisioning  Services Installation
  • Provisioning  Services Configuration
  • Store  Configuration
  • Troubleshooting  Provisioning Services Installation and Configuration

Module 9:  Creating a Shared vDisk

  • Overview
  • vDisk Image Modes
  • Write-Cache  Types
  • To Create a  vDisk
  • Master  Target Device
  • XenConvert  Overview
  • Troubleshooting  vDisk Creation Issues

Module 10:  Administering Provisioning Services Components

  • Overview
  • Provisioning  Services Hosts in the Console
  • Target  Device Management
  • Active  Directory Integration
  • vDisk  Management
  • Streamed  Desktop Catalogs
  • vDisk  Updates
  • Troubleshooting  Provisioning Services Issues

Module 11:  Delivering Local VM Desktops

  • Overview
  • Local VM  Desktops with XenClient
  • XenClient Installation
  • XenClient  Configuration
  • Synchronizer  Installation and Configuration
  • XenClient  User Experience
  • Troubleshooting  Local VM Desktop Issues
  • Module 12:  XenDesktop 5.5 New Features
  • What's New in XenDesktop 5.5?