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Citrix® XenAppTM 6.5 Advanced Administration (CXA-301-1I)

Course Objectives

The following are preparatory recommendations for this course:

  • Experience operating a XenApp farm, including administering users, publishing applications, and setting policies
  • Basic understanding of the components of a XenApp environment and server roles
  • Basic knowledge of the purpose and goals of virtualization technology
  • Basic experience installing and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 with Remote Desktop Services
  • An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device drivers and operating systems
  • Basic understanding of network security principles

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Troubleshooting the XenApp environment
  • Scaling the XenApp environment
  • Creating farm redundancy
  • Maintaining the XenApp environment
  • Optimizing the XenApp environment
  • Optimizing the user environment
  • Optimizing printing
  • Securing XenApp
  • Monitoring XenApp with standard utilities
  • Monitoring XenApp with EdgeSight

Course Outline

1. Troubleshooting the XenApp Environment

  • Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Logon Issues
  • User Sessions
  • Server Resources

2. Scaling the XenApp Environment

  • Farm Configuration Recommendations
  • Farm Scalability
  • Scripted Installation
  • Server Build Scripting
  • XenApp Server Templates
  • Data Store Database Migration
  • Dedicated Data Collector
  • Web Interface Planning
  • Delivery Services
  • XenApp and XenDesktop Integration
  • XenApp and Provisioning Services Integration
  • XenApp and Merchandising Server Integration

3. Creating Farm Redundancy

  • Eliminating Single Points of Failure
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Load Balancing
  • XenApp and NetScaler Integration

4. Maintaining the XenApp Environment

  • Farm Setting Migration
  • Data Store Database Maintenance
  • Data Store Database Recovery
  • Local Host Cache
  • XML Service Overview
  • Routine Operations
  • Power and Capacity Management

5. Optimizing the XenApp Environment

  • Performance Tuning
  • Windows Server Tuning for XenApp
  • XenApp Tuning
  • Virtual Memory Optimization
  • CPU Optimization
  • Virtual Machine Sizing
  • Multi-Streaming
  • Accelerating ICA Traffic with Branch Repeater
  • QoS through Branch Repeater

6. Optimizing the User Environment

  • Access Methods
  • Application Compatibility
  • Application Streaming
  • General Guidelines for Improving Application Performance
  • User Profiles
  • Session Pre-Launch
  • User Connection Configuration

7. Optimizing Printing

  • Printing Architecture Review
  • Managing Printers
  • Citrix Universal Printer
  • Printing Performance Policies
  • Non-Native Printer Drivers
  • Printer Driver Isolation
  • Printing Tools
  • Troubleshooting Printing

8. Securing XenApp

  • Setting Rights and Permissions
  • XenVault
  • SSL Certificates
  • XenApp Security with Access Gateway

9. Monitoring XenApp with Standard Utilities

  • XenApp Monitoring
  • XenApp Utilities
  • Citrix Utilities
  • Third-Party Tools

10. Monitoring XenApp with EdgeSight

  • EdgeSight Components
  • Real-Time Information
  • Reports
  • Alerts
  • Active Application Monitoring


Lab 1: Troubleshooting the XenApp Environment

  • Troubleshoot an AppCenter Issue
  • Troubleshoot Web Interface and XML Issues
  • Troubleshoot Launching a Hosted Application
  • Troubleshoot Streaming Applications

Lab 2: Scaling the XenApp Environment

  • Prepare to Clone a XenApp Server
  • Clone a XenApp Server
  • Prepare a XenApp Server for Scripted Configuration
  • Perform a Scripted Configuration

Lab 3: Creating Farm Redundancy

  • Load Balancing Web Interface and XML Services Using Citrix NetScaler
  • Test Load Balancing through Citrix NetScaler
  • Install and Configure Web Interface on Citrix NetScaler

Lab 4: Maintaining the XenApp Environment

  • Update the Mozilla Firefox Streaming Profile
  • Perform Data Store Maintenance Commands
  • Configure Power and Capacity Management
  • Create a Restart Schedule for the XenApp Servers

Lab 5: Optimizing the XenApp Environment

  • Enable Multi-Stream ICA Policies for Specific ICA Traffic
  • Enable CPU and Memory Optimization

Lab 6: Optimizing the User Environment

  • Configure Profile Management
  • Profile an Application Requiring a Service
  • Configure Session Pre-Launch

Lab 7: Optimizing Printing

  • Verify Printer Driver Compatibility with XenApp
  • Replicate Print Drivers Using PowerShell
  • Troubleshoot a Printer Issue with the Citrix Group Policy Modeling Wizard

Lab 8: Securing XenApp

  • Create and Distribute a Root CA Certificate
  • Encrypt External ICA Traffic Using ICA Proxy
  • Restrict External Application Access
  • Encrypt XML Traffic with SSL Relay

Lab 9: Monitoring XenApp with Standard Utilities

  • Use Desktop Director to View Session Data
  • Monitor XenApp using Performance Monitor
  • Monitor XenApp using Command Line Utilities

Lab 10: Monitoring XenApp with EdgeSight

  • View EdgeSight Historical Data
  • View EdgeSight Real-Time Data


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