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CXD 400 – Designing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop 7
5 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Virtualization Solution

Course Details

The Designing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop (CXD 400) course provides students with the ability to successfully assess and design a XenDesktop 7 apps and desktop solutions 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 organisation and will have access to all of the tools and reference materials required to support their work.

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. This course is offered as an instructor-led course with demonstrations and the practical application of concepts through activity-based and application-focused exercises.

 

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Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, learners are able to:

  • Identify the various components and communication protocols of the Excalibur architecture
  • Apply architectural understanding to desktop virtualization solutions
  • Conduct an organisational assessment focusing on business capabilities and requirements, applications, and users
  • Design desktop virtualization solutions
  • Verify and present design recommendations
  • Troubleshoot desktop virtualization designs

Outline

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 organisation to prioritize business drivers

Module 3: Data Capture

  • Identify the best strategy for data collection given a specific organisational 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 organisation
  • 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
  • Organise 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 catalogues 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 Layer

  • 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

Target Audience

  • Desktop Virtualization Solution Designers such as Architects, Consultants, and Engineers.

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have:

  • Intermediate knowledge of Citrix Desktop Virtualization Components/Concepts
  • Basic understanding of project management and documentation of best practices
  • Basic presentation skills
  • Windows Server Knowledge (Windows Server 2012) including
    • Active Directory
    • DHCP
  • Basic Networking Knowledge
  • SQL Server – General understanding of databases, permissions, security, high availability
  • General understanding of physical and virtual storage
    • NAS, SAN, SSD
    • CIFS
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere)
  • Completed the following courses or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge:
    • CXD-102 Introduction to XenDesktop 7
    • CXD-300 Deploying Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solutions