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Create Resource Locations on Amazon EC2 with Citrix Smart Tools

Dec 22, 2016

Before you can use the XenApp and XenDesktop Service, you must create a resource location that contains the on-premises or cloud infrastructure you will use to deliver applications and desktops to your users. You can create this resource location manually or you can use Citrix Smart Tools to create it for you.

Created for first-time users of the XenApp and XenDesktop Service, the Setting Up a Resource Location for the XenApp and XenDesktop Service with Citrix Smart Tools guide walks you through all the steps needed to create your first resource location successfully on Amazon EC2.

Using this guide, you will learn how to:

  • Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account and create the appropriate access keys.
  • Subscribe to NetScaler VPX in the Amazon Marketplace.
  • Use Smart Tools to configure and deploy the machines in your new resource location.

When finished, your new resource location will include the following components:

  • An Active Directory domain controller.
  • Two Citrix Cloud Connectors.
  • A XenDesktop Server VDA configured with RDS. (optional)
  • A XenDesktop Server VDA configured with Server VDI. (optional)
  • A StoreFront server (optional). If you elect not to deploy a StoreFront server, your resource location will be configured to use the cloud-hosted StoreFront that comes with Citrix Cloud. If you choose to deploy a StoreFront server, you will need to configure it for use with the XenApp and XenDesktop Service. For more information, see Setting up StoreFront with Citrix Cloud.
  • NetScaler Gateway (requires an Amazon Marketplace subscription to NetScaler VPX).

Smart Tools also performs the following tasks:

  • Create a virtual private cloud (VPC) with public and private subnets and provisions a NAT instance. The NAT instance enables machines in the private subnet to access the Internet. Citrix recommends allowing Smart Tools to create a new VPC for your resource location.
  • Provision a bastion host for administering Amazon EC2 machines in the private subnet of your VPC using RDP. The bastion host is deployed in the public subnet.

Download the guide