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Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp 7.5 and publishing Desktops and Applications

On March 26, 2014, Citrix puts XenApp back on the market with the release of Citrix XenApp 7.5. This version of XenApp does not use the Independent Management Architecture (IMA) anymore like in previous versions but use the same FlexCast Management Architecture that XenDesktop use. What’s also new is in XenApp 7.5 is Cloud deployments, Full AppDNA support, Additional virtualization resource support, like VMWare vSphere 5.5, and the support for Web Interface 5.4 is back (XenDesktop 7.x didn’t support the Web Interface).

The installation of XenApp 7.5 and the XenDesktop 7.5 are almost the same. In this blog I show you the step-by-step instructions how to install XenApp 7.5, including the Delivery Controller, the Virtual Delivery Agent on a Windows 2012 R2 system, creating a Site, a Machine Catalog and the Delivery group to publish a shared Desktop and Applications.

I will use my current Citrix License Server, Citrix StoreFront Server and my Microsoft SQL Server within my environment.

XenApp 7.5 Preparations

For Citrix XenApp 7.5 you need to take the following preparations within your environment;

XenApp 7.5 Prerequisites

Citrix XenApp 7.5 Delivery Controller;

Citrix XenApp 7.5 Studio;

Citrix XenApp 7.5 Director;

Citrix XenApp 7.5 Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) for Windows Desktop OS;

Citrix XenApp 7.5 Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) for Windows Server OS;

Installing Citrix XenApp 7.5 Delivery Controller

Start the installation and click Start (next to XenApp)

Click on Delivery Controller

Select I have read, understand, and accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next

I have already installed StoreFront and the License Server on a separate server so I select only the Delivery Controller, the Studio and the Director. Click Next

I have Microsoft SQL Server 2012 already up and running in my environment so I select only Windows Remote Assistance. Click Next.

Click Next

Click Install

Select Launch Studio and click Finish

Click on Deliver applications and desktops to your users

Select A fully configured, production-ready Site, enter a Site name and click Next

Enter the database server and a database name. If the database not exits it will create automatically. Click Test connection

Click OK

Click Close

Click Next

Enter your Citrix License server and click Connect

Select the correct license and click Next

I use Citrix XenServer in my environment. Fill in the requested information of you hypervisor and click Next

Select  the network you want to use and click Next

Select the storage you want to use and click Next 

Click Next

Click Finish

Installing the Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) on a Windows 2012 R2 system

Before we continue with the configuration of the delivery controller, lets first install the VDA Agent on a separate Windows 2012 R2 server so that we can use it later to add it to the delivery group.

Start the XenApp / XenDesktop setup and click on Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Server OS

For now I will not use MCS or PVS so I select Enable connections to a server machine and click Next

Optionally you can install the Citrix Reveiver, click Next

Fill in the XenApp Delivery Controller FQDN installed in previous steps and click Test connection

Click Add

Click Next

Click Next

Click Next

Click Install

The Windows features like Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host and the Microsoft Desktop Experience are now installing.

Click Close to reboot the machine

After the reboot the setup continues. Click Finish

Creating the Machine Catalog and the Delivery group

Go back the the Delivery Controller console (Citrix Studio) and click on Set up machines for desktops and applications or remote PC access

Click Next

Select Windows Server OS and click Next

Select what is applicable and click Next

Click Add VMs (If not using MCS or PVS)

Add the machine you installed the Agent on in previous steps and click Next

Fill in a Machine Catalog name and the Machine Catalog description for administrators (anything you like) and click Finish

Click on Set up Delivery Groups to assign desktops and applications to your users

Click Next

Select the catalog and choose the number of machines you want to add to this delivery group. Click Next

Choose what you want to publish within this delivery group. In this case I will select Desktops and Applications. Click Next

Add a Active Directory security group or users for this delivery group. In this case the “Shared Desktop” will be published automatic to users that are member of delivery group. Click Next

XenApp will automatic scan the Windows Server hard disk for applications and will display a list of it. To customize a application or to limit the visibility of the application for a specific security group select the application and click Application Properties

Optionally. edit the Identification of the application, click on Delivery

Optionally. edit the icon or the category of the application (Visible within Storefront), click on Location

Optionally. edit the Locations of the application or add a command line argument, click on Limit Visibility

If you want to publish the application only to a specific user group add the users or security group and click OK

Edit and select all the applications you want to publish and click Next

Optionally you can configure the Citrix Receiver (if installed on the server) with the correct StoreFront server. Click Next

Fill in the Delivery Group name, Display name and Delivery Group description for users (anything you like) and click Finish

You are now ready to add the XenApp 7.5 delivery controller to your Citrix StoreFront store.

Logon to StoreFront to see the published desktop and application(s).

The Shared Desktop from XenApp 7.5.

The published app Adobe Reader XI within the Readers and Viewers catacory.

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