Designing Citrix XenDesktop v7

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Course Overview

In Designing Citrix XenDesktop v7 Training Course, Participants will learn 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.

Course Content


  • 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
  • Troubleshoot desktop virtualization design

Business Drivers   

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

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

User Segmentation   

  • FlexCast models
  • Selecting the most appropriate method for segmenting users

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

Project Management   

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

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


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

Resource Req. Recommendations   

  • Identify recourse requirements
  • Make key design decisions regarding resource recommendations


  • 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


  • 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

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

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

Networking Layer   

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

Storage and Provisioning Layer   

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

Platform Layer   

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


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


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

Capstone Exercise

Customer Reviews

Thanks to Xpertised and the tutor who walked me through all the topics with Practical exposure which is helping me in my current project.

Course was quite helpful in terms of understanding of concepts and practicality. Its really a very friendly environment to learn. The timing were mutually chosen, as we both are working professional. I am quite satisfied with the course.


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