Level 1 – CXD-210 XenApp and XenDesktop 7.1x Administration

CXD-210 XenApp and XenDesktop 7.1x Administration

Level – 1 Course

Instructor Information



Instructional Method



Classroom or Virtual-Online

Target Audience




IT Professionals with little or no previous XenApp and XenDesktop experience.



Starting point for Administrators, Engineers, and Architects who

need to install, configure, and

manage XenApp and XenDesktop.

Gains basic knowledge on XenDesktop,

Ready to administer XenApp and XenDesktop 7.1x environments,

Ready to take XenDesktop Certification



To gain effective knowledge from this course, participants are required to have below pre-requisite knowledge

·         Foundational Knowledge of XenApp & XenDesktop and Windows Server Administration

Course Information


This foundational administration course covers the major aspects of installing, configuring and managing a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop 7.1x environment. Gain an understanding of the solution architecture and communications, and the factors that contribute to a successful deployment. This course will teach you how to deploy and deliver apps and desktops; install and configure StoreFront and Citrix Receiver; set up profile management; and configure policies, printing and basic security features. You will also learn how to monitor and troubleshoot the environment with Citrix Director.

Expectations and Goals

Upon completion of this course, participants will acquire below skills: 

·         Gain foundational knowledge of XenApp and XenDesktop required to be successful with the platform

·         How to install, configure, and manage a highly available XenApp/XenDesktop site

·         How to deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using Machine Creation Services (MCS) on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

·         How to manage the end-user experience through policies and settings including profiles and printing  



This course will be delivered in two modes, in accordance to the participant’s flexibility:

·         For Corporates:  8 Hours x 5 Days  = 40 Hours

·         For Institutions:  1 Hour x 40 Days = 40 Hours

Course Contents


In this course, below modules are covered:

·         Module 1: Architecture Overview

o    Architecture

o    FlexCast models (use cases)

o    Layered approach methodology

o    Connection flow process

o    Hosting platform considerations


·         Module 2: Initial Requirements and Lab

o    Citrix consulting methodology

o    Supporting infrastructure requirements

o    Supporting infrastructure licensing considerations

o    Preparing for Windows 10 and Server 2016 with AppDNA

o    Lab environment


·         Module 3: Installing and Configuring a XenApp and XenDesktop Site

o    Licensing considerations

o    Installation and management of the license server

o    Basic license server troubleshooting

o    Delivery Controller role

o    The XenApp and XenDesktop Site

o    Databases and the Local Host Cache (LHC)


·         Module 4: Provision and Deliver Application and Desktop Resources

o    The Virtual Delivery Agent

o    Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups

o    Provisioning methods and considerations

o    Provisioning methods: Machine Creation Services (MCS) in depth

o    MCS environment considerations

o    Creating resources


·         Module 5: Providing Access with Citrix StoreFront and Receiver

o    StoreFront installation and architecture

o    StoreFront authentication services

o    Citrix Receiver

o    Receiver configurations


·         Module 6: Understanding and Configuring Citrix Policies

o    Policies introduction

o    Policies for session management


·         Module 7: Application Presentation and Management

o    Application properties and File-type association

o    Workspace Control

o    Shortcut placement

o    Session Prelaunch and Session Lingering

o    Application groups


·         Module 8: Printing with XenApp and XenDesktop

o    Printing introduction

o    Print job routing

o    Printer driver management

o    Citrix Universal Print Driver and Server


·         Module 9: Citrix Profile Management

o    User profiles

o    Configuring Citrix Profile management


·         Module 10: Managing the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

o    Delegated administration

o    Logging and reporting

o    Introduction to PowerShell

o    Reboot schedules for the Server VDA


·         Module 11: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Redundancy

o    Component failure review

o    Methods of redundancy

o    Configuring site and access infrastructure redundancy


·         Module 12: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Basic Network Security

o    Citrix administrator introduction to security considerations

o    Certificate authority

o    XML service security

o    External HDX connection security with NetScaler Gateway


·         Module 13: Monitoring the XenApp and XenDesktop Site

o    Introduction to Citrix Director

o    Navigating Director

o    Trends and reports

o    Alerts and notifications

o    Monitoring sessions

o    Interacting with sessions

o    Network monitoring with HDX Insight


·         Module 14: Introduction to Supporting and Troubleshooting XenApp and XenDesktop

o    Introduction to supporting XenApp and XenDesktop Site

o    Known issue awareness

o    XenApp and XenDesktop Hotfixes and the Long Term Service Release

o    Common Troubleshooting Tools

Additional Information and Resources


·         After completion of this course you can take exam of : “Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA – V)