Managing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (CXD-203)


The Managing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 course provides students with the skills required to effectively support a Citrix application and desktop virtualization solution in a Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.

During this course, students will learn how to successfully manage, monitor, support and troubleshoot a XenDesktop 7.6 solution, which includes growing the implementation to accommodate changes in the environment (adding new applications, new users, new desktops, and new policies) and troubleshooting common issues.

Target Audience

This course is recommended for Operators and Administrators that need to manage an existing XenApp or XenDesktop 7.6 solution.


Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have:

  • An understanding of server, desktop and application virtualization concepts
  • Experience with Windows Server 2012 R2, specifically:
    • Active Directory
      • Domains
      • Groups and User Accounts
      • Organizational Units
      • Group Policy Objects
  • Experience with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 user interfaces
  • Basic storage knowledge (manage existing storage types, add new storage)
  • Basics of Citrix licensing
  • Familiarity with at least one hypervisor (XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere)
  • Basic understanding of the different types of profiles (local, roaming, mandatory)
  • Completed the following courses or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge:
    • CXD-102 Introduction to XenDesktop 7
    • CXA-104 Citrix XenApp 7.6: Overview

Course Objectives

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

  • Understand the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 architecture, components, and communication
  • Delegate administration and manage licenses
  • Manage the XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure
  • Create and manage machine catalogs and Delivery Groups
  • Manage StoreFront
  • Create and manage policies and end-user profiles
  • Manage sessions, sites, and end users with Director
  • Manage printing
  • Manage Provisioning Services

Course Outline

Provided is the topic outline for the Managing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 course:

Module 1: Understanding the Architecture of a XenApp and XenDesktop Solution

  • XenApp or XenDesktop
  • XenApp and XenDesktop Architecture Overview
  • User Layer
    • Citrix Receiver
  • Access Layer
    • Citrix NetScaler
    • Citrix StoreFront
    • Discussion Question
  • Control Layer
    • Delivery Controller
    • Machine Creation Services
    • Citrix Provisioning Services
    • Hypervisor
    • Virtual Delivery Agent
    • Discussion Question
  • Resource Layer
    • Applications
    • Operating System Image
    • Citrix Profile Management
    • Policies
    • Personal vDisk
  • Management Layer
    • Citrix Studio
    • Citrix Director
    • Discussion Question
    • XenApp and XenDesktop Sites
    • Ports
    • New Features
    • Deprecated Features
    • Discussion Question
    • Reinforcement Exercise: XenDesktop 7 Components
Module 2: Managing Licenses and Delegating Administration
  • Managing Licenses in Studio
    • Discussion Question
    • Types of Licenses
    • Downloading, Allocating, and Importing a License File
      • To Download, Allocate, and Import a License File
  • Discussion Question
  • Adding a License Administrator
    • To Add a License Administrator
  • Managing Delegated Administration
    • Administrators
    • Roles
    • Scopes
      • To Add an Administrator
      • To Create a Custom Scope Using Studio
      • To Edit a Custom Scope
      • To Create a Custom Role
      • To Edit a Custom Role
      • To Edit an Administrator's Permissions
    • Running a Delegated Administration Report
      • To Run a Delegated Administration Report
    • Discussion Question
    • Using PowerShell
    • Discussion Question
  • Monitoring Configuration Logs
    • To Display Configuration Log Content
    • To Generate Configuration Log Reports
    • To Change the Configuration Log Settings
  • Discussion Question
  • Troubleshooting: Managing Licenses and Delegated Administration
  • Reinforcement Exercise: Configuring Roles and Scopes
Module 3: Managing and Monitoring the Hypervisor
Architecture Overview
Creating a Virtual Machine from an ISO
Creating a Virtual Machine
To Create a Virtual Machine From an ISO §ï‚§ To Install a Windows OS onto a Virtual Machine
Installing XenServer Tools
To Install XenServer Tools on a Virtual Machine
Generalizing the Virtual Machine
To Generalize the Virtual Machine
Creating a Template
To Create a Template from a Virtual Machine
Managing Virtual Machines within a Hypervisor
Creating a Virtual Machine
To Create a Virtual Machine Using XenCenter
o Taking a Snapshot
To Take a Snapshot in XenCenter
Discussion Question
Restoring a Virtual Machine From Sysprep
To Restore a Virtual Machine from Sysprep
Copying a Virtual Machine
To Copy a Virtual Machine Using XenCenter
Discussion Question
Reverting to a Snapshot
To Revert to a Snapshot in XenCenter
Discussion Question
Adjusting Virtual Machine or Template Resources
Adding Storage to a Virtual Machine or Template
To Add Storage to a Virtual Machine or Template in XenCenter
Adjusting the Storage Allocated to a Virtual Machine

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