IT TRAINING

Citrix CXD-400 – Designing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop 7

In this course you will learn how to assess and design a XenDesktop 7 app and desktop solution while taking into consideration important projects and architectures that most Citrix customers implement regardless of industry and use cases.

You will also learn how to build a specific design for your organization as well as the tools and references needed to support your work.

Who needs to attend

Who needs to attend?
This course is aimed at desktop virtualization solution designers, architects, consultants and engineers.

what you will learn

What you will learn
Upon completion you will know how to:

  • Identify the various components and communication protocols of the Excalibur architecture
  • Apply architectural understanding to desktop virtualization solutions
  • Conduct an organizational assessment focusing on business capabilities and requirements, applications, and users
  • Design desktop virtualization solutions
  • Verify and present design recommendations
  • Troubleshoot desktop virtualization designs
Prerequisites

Prerequisite
Students need to have:

  • Intermediate knowledge of Citrix Desktop Virtualization Components/Concepts
  • Basic understanding of project management and documentation best practices
  • Basic presentation skills
  • Windows Server Knowledge (Windows Server 2012), including Active Directory and DHCP
  • Basic networking knowledge
  • Knowledge of SQL Server and general understanding of databases, permissions, security, and high availability
  • General understanding of physical and virtual storage, including NAS, SAN, SSD, and CIFS
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere)
  • Completion of or equivalent knowledge of topics covered in:
  • Introduction to XenDesktop 7 (CXD-102)
  • Deploying App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (CXD-300)
Course outline

Course Outline

1. Architecture

Various components included in the XenDesktop 7 architecture
How the various components communicate and which protocols they are using
Apply architectural understanding to desktop virtualization solutions
Troubleshoot desktop virtualization design

2. Business Drivers

Specific business drivers for multiple verticals
Facilitate a discussion with the project team at an organization to prioritize business drivers

3. Data Capture

Best strategy for data collection given a specific organizational environment.
Types of application data to collect, the method for collecting them, and application data collection tools

4. User Segmentation

FlexCast models
Selecting the most appropriate method for segmenting users

5. Application Assessment

Process of application assessment
Rationalization of applications in a given case organization
Assess a suite of applications based on business needs and compatibility to a given XenDesktop delivery model

6. Project Management

Importance of project management for a successful implementation
Roles for a project plan

7. User Design

Make key decisions regarding user groups and device (endpoint) design
Organize user groups for design document
Identify and prioritize top user issues
Design user profile strategy
Design a printing strategy

8. Receiver

Define how applications will be delivered
Design Citrix Receiver deployment and maintenance

9. Resource Req. Recommendations

Identify recourse requirements
Make key design decisions regarding resource recommendations

10. Access

Design an authentication point (Storefront and NetScaler Gateway) strategy
Determine session and access policies, including user authentication and remote access
Design virtual desktop operating systems access
Calculate bandwidth for the desktop virtualization solution

11. Desktop

Make key design decisions regarding machine catalogs and groups
Design a personalization strategy including user profiles, user policies, and personal vDisk usage
Design an appropriate printing strategy

12. Application Delivery

Design a solution that meets application inventory and integration requirements
Identify characteristics of the applications that will impact placement as well as the application delivery architecture for the XenDesktop environment
Design an application delivery strategy

13. Desktop Delivery

Design a Desktop delivery topology, including Sites, XenDesktop Controllers per site, and load balancing
Design the underlying infrastructure, including database selection, license servers and Active Directory Integration
XenDesktop user and virtual desktop baseline policies

14. Networking Layer

Make key high availability design decisions
Integrate the XenDesktop infrastructure with the network infrastructure
WAN optimization, Multistream ICA, and DHCP functionality

15. Storage and Provisioning Layer

Make key design decisions regarding storage solutions
Features of and differences between PVS and MCS
Design a provisioning strategy with either PVS or MCS

16. Platform Layer

Make key design decisions regarding the hypervisor to be used in desktop virtualization solutions
Make accurate hardware calculations, including VDI hardware, shared hardware, application hardware, and control hardware

17. Operational

Potential migration approaches
Design a system monitoring strategy
Make key design decisions regarding decisions regarding application delivery
Migration approach
Backup and System Monitoring

18. Verification

Verify assess and design decisions using Citrix online tools
Develop a complete stakeholder presentation
Effectively present and support design decisions

Follow on
There are no follow-ons for this course.

Certification programs
Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V)