Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp 6.5

This step-by-step blog describes the installation of the Citrix XenApp 6.5 installation including the database setup, the configuration of the licensing server and XenApp Farm. Before starting the installation you have to do some preparations. First of all you have to setup a Citrix Licensing server as described here.

For this installation I will use my current Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 which is installed on a separate server.  To create the database and configure it for use with a Service Account walk right through following steps.

XenApp 6.5 Database setup

  1. Create a Service Account with Domain User rights
  2. Within the SQL Server Management Studio add this Service Account to the Logins
  3. Create the XenApp database and make the Service Account the owner


Citrix XenApp 6.5 has the following prerequisites. You don’t have to install this prerequisites by yourself. If one of the following prerequisites is not already installed on the server the Citrix XenApp 6.5 will install it automatically for you.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Features:

–        .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features > .NET Framework 3.5.1
–        Desktop Experience
–        Group Policy Management
–        XPS Viewer

Windows Server 2008 R2 Roles:

–        Application Server
–        Remote Desktop Services

  • Remote Desktop Session Host

–        Web Server (IIS)

  • Common HTTP Features > Default Document
  • Application Development > ASP.NET
  • Application Development > ISAPI Extensions
  • Application Development > ISAPI Filters
  • Security > Windows Authentication
  • Security > Request Filtering
  • Management Tools > IIS 6 Management Compatibility


–         Microsoft Primary Interoperability Assemblies 2005
–         Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable (x86 en x64)
–         Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable (x86 en x64)

Installing Citrix XenApp 6.5 – Step-By-Step

Start the Citrix XenApp 6.5 setup.


Click on Install XenApp Server


Click on Add server roles


Choose the license which is applicable


Select “I accept the terms of this license agreement” and click Next


For this installation select only “XenApp” and click Next


Under “Default Components” select “XenApp Management” if the server will be a controller, select “Windows Desktop Experience Integration” if the server will be in Session host mode only. Select both if the server will be in Controller and Session host mode. Click on Next


The Citrix XenApp installation shows an installation summary. If there are prerequisites that has to be installed first, it will pop up in this summary and it will be installed automatically. In that case it may happen that a few server reboots are needed. Click on Install


Click on Finish

Configuring Citrix XenApp 6.5 – Step-By-Step


Click on Specify Licensing


Fill in the requested information and click Test connection


Click on Close


Fill in the requested information and click Apply


Click on Configure


If this is the first XenApp server in the XenApp farm click on Create a new server farm


Fill in the requested information and click Next


Select Existing Microsoft SQL Server database and click on Next


Fill in the requested information and click Next


Click on Enter Credentials to enter the credentials of the Service Account created during the preparations of this installation and click Test Connection


Click OK


Click Next


Fill in the requested information and click Next


In this dialog you can configure the Controller and/or Session-host modes, if this is the first server in the XenApp farm these options are grayed out. Click on XML Service


In this dialog you have the option the change the default XML Service TCP/IP port. By default this port is 80. Click on Receiver


In this dialog you can configure the Web Interface server/StoreFront server address. You can leave this empty and configure it later if needed. Click Remote Desktop Users


Select the appropriate options and click Next


Click on Apply


Click on Finish


Click on Reboot

After the server reboot the Citrix XenApp installation is finished.


About Robin Hobo

I am a Technology Specialist working for Microsoft with focus on the Modern Workplace. I am specialized in Microsoft Intune, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Windows 365, Windows 11 and Azure AD. Also interested in mental health, NLP and personal development.

For more information, see the About Me page or my LinkedIn profile.

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