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Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Best Practise, Citrix, Citrix Consulting, HDX, XenDesktop

Citrix Virtual Desktop handbook

Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

Citrix Worldwide Consulting have released a whitepaper called Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x, its a 150 pages document that is a “MUST READ” document if you are about to design and implement Citrix XenDesktop 7.

About Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

Introduction

In traditional business environments, workers suffer from productivity loss in many ways, including  downtime during PC refreshes, patches and updates, or simply when they are away from the office.  Application and desktop virtualization centralizes apps and desktops in the datacenter, rather than on local devices. This allows IT to deliver apps and desktops to users on demand, to any device, anywhere. Take the following response from a desktop virtualization user:

Unfortunately, organizations sometimes struggle to achieve this level of success. Why does one organization succeed while another organization struggles? If we compare the factors between success and failure between desktop virtualization and other technology related projects, we see that there is little difference:

  1. Lack of justification – Without a solid business reason, desktop virtualization is simply a new way to deliver a desktop. A business justification gives the project team a goal to strive towards.
  2. Lack of a methodology – Many people who try and struggle to deploy a desktop virtualization solution do so because they jump right in without understanding or implementing the appropriate prerequisites. A structured methodology provides the path for the project.
  3. Lack of experience – For many who embark on a desktop virtualization project, there is a lack of experience, which creates a lack of confidence in the design. Architects begin to second-guess themselves and the project stalls.

Our hope is that this handbook can alleviate the anxiety associated with desktop virtualization by showing how challenges can be resolved in a manner that is technically sound, but also feasible and effective for organizations facing deadlines and other organizational challenges.

Citrix Consulting has successfully employed the methodology, experience and best practices shared within this handbook across thousands of desktop virtualization projects.

The Citrix Virtual Desktop 5.x and Virtual Desktop 7.x handbooks are not the only resource to guide you through the desktop virtualization journey. Citrix also provides Project Accelerator; an interactive online tool creating customized sizing and design recommendations based on the methodology, best practices and expert advice identified within this handbook.

Source

CTX139690 – Download Citrix Virtual Desktop 7.x handbook here

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Citrix XenDesktop 7.x Database Sizing

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix

Citrix have released this great whitepaper about you size XenDesktop 7.x database’s.

Overview

A typical XenDesktop 7 deployment consists of three databases, as follows:

  • Site Configuration Database
  • Stores the current configuration and state of the XenDesktop deployment
  • Monitoring Database
  • Stores historical data for display within Director
  • Configuration Logging Database
  • Tracks configuration changes made to XenDesktop deployment

By default, the Configuration Logging and Monitoring databases (the secondary databases) are located on the same server as the Site Configuration Database. Initially, all three databases have the same name. Citrix recommends that you change the location of the secondary databases after you create a Site. A typical deployment also makes use of the Temporary Database, TempDB, provided by SQL Server. Each database serves a different purpose and grows at a different rate.

This document provides information about each database, and highlights the major considerations to take into account when sizing databases to support XenDesktop 7.x

Source

CTX139508 – Download Citrix XenDesktop 7.x Database Sizing document here

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