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

Prerequisites

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

Other:

–         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.

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Click on Install XenApp Server

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Click on Add server roles

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Choose the license which is applicable

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

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For this installation select only “XenApp” and click Next

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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

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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

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Click on Finish

Configuring Citrix XenApp 6.5 – Step-By-Step

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Click on Specify Licensing

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Fill in the requested information and click Test connection

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Click on Close

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Fill in the requested information and click Apply

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Click on Configure

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

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Fill in the requested information and click Next

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Select Existing Microsoft SQL Server database and click on Next

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Fill in the requested information and click Next

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

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Click OK

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Click Next

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Fill in the requested information and click Next

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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

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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

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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

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Select the appropriate options and click Next

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Click on Apply

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Click on Finish

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Click on Reboot

After the server reboot the Citrix XenApp installation is finished.

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