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Designing Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solutions

  • Course Code CXD-400
  • Duration 5 days

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Course Overview


This course provides students with the ability to successfully assess and design a XenDesktop 7 app and desktop solution based on the top key projects and architectures that a majority of Citrix customers implement, across different industries and use cases. Students may also have an opportunity to build a design for their organization and will have access to all of the tools and reference materials required to support their work.

Course Schedule


Target Audience

  • This course is recommended for desktop virtualization solution designers such as Architects, Consultants, and Engineers.

Course Objectives

  • 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

Course Content

  • Module 1: Architecture
  • Identify the various components included in the XenDesktop 7 architecture
  • Determine how the various components communicate and which protocols they are using
  • Apply architectural understanding to desktop virtualization solutions
  • Troubleshoot desktop virtualization design
  • Module 2: Business Drivers
  • Identify specific business drivers for multiple verticals
  • Facilitate a discussion with the project team at an organization to prioritize business drivers
  • Module 3: Data Capture
  • Identify best strategy for data collection given a specific organizational environment.
  • Identify the types of application data to collect, the method for collecting them, and application data collection tools
  • Module 4: User Segmentation
  • Identify the different FlexCast models
  • Identify considerations in selecting the most appropriate method for segmenting users
  • Module 5: Application Assessment
  • Understand the process of application assessment
  • Demonstrate 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
  • Module 6: Project Management
  • Understand the importance of project management for a successful implementation
  • Identify roles for a project plan
  • Module 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
  • Module 8: Receiver
  • Define how applications will be delivered
  • Design Citrix Receiver deployment and maintenance
  • Module 9: Resource Req. Recommendations
  • Identify recourse requirements
  • Make key design decisions regarding resource recommendations
  • Module 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
  • Module 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
  • Module 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
  • Module 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
  • Identify the XenDesktop user and virtual desktop baseline policies
  • Module 14: Networking Laye
  • Make key high availability design decisions
  • Integrate the XenDesktop infrastructure with the network infrastructure
  • Understand WAN optimization, Multistream ICA, and DHCP functionality
  • Module 15: Storage and Provisioning Layer
  • Make key design decisions regarding storage solutions
  • Identify the features and differences between PVS and MCS
  • Design a provisioning strategy with either PVS or MCS
  • Module 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
  • Module 17: Operational
  • Understand potential migration approaches
  • Design a system monitoring strategy
  • Make key design decisions regarding decisions regarding application delivery
  • Migration approach
  • Backup and System Monitoring
  • Backup
  • System Monitoring
  • Module 18: Verification
  • Verify assess and design decisions using Citrix online tools
  • Develop a complete stakeholder presentation
  • Effectively present and support design decisions
  • Capstone Exercise

Course Prerequisites

  • 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
  • SQL Server - General understanding of databases, permissions, security, high availability
  • General understanding of physical and virtual storage NAS, SAN, SSD and CIFS
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere)
  • Completed the following courses or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge in CXD-102 Introduction to XenDesktop 7 and CXD-300 Deploying Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solutions

Test Certification

  • This course prepares learners for the 1Y1-400 Designing Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solutions exam, a
    requirement for the Citrix Certified Expert – Apps and Desktops.
  • This exam and certification are currently in development and are expected to release in Q4 2013.