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Set up the Virtual Apps and Desktops service

This article provides an overview of the tasks required to set up the Virtual Apps and Desktops service. For a list of service features that are not available in Citrix Cloud Government, see Virtual Apps and Desktops service for Citrix Cloud Goverment.

Request a service trial

If you don’t have a subscription to the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, you can request a trial. Service trials last for 60 days and have all the same functionality as the production service. To request a trial, follow the steps described in Request a service trial.

Prepare a master image and install the VDA

Prepare one or more virtual machines with the desktop configuration or applications you want to deliver to users. Afterward, install the Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) software on each machine. Join each machine to your domain before installing the VDA.

For instructions, Install VDAs

Configure the service

To configure the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, complete the following tasks:

  • Create a host connection. A host connection enables the Virtual Apps and Desktops service to provision and manage the machines in your hypervisor or cloud environment.
  • Create Machine Catalogs. Machine Catalogs are collections of identically configured machines that are created from the VDAs you prepared earlier. Users access the applications or desktops on these machines through their workspaces.
  • Create Delivery Groups. Delivery Groups allow you to define which users or user groups can access certain applications or desktops. When users access their workspace, the applications or desktops that appear are governed by the Delivery Groups to which those users belong.

Citrix Gateway

Citrix Gateway provides users with secure access to Virtual Apps and Desktops applications across a range of devices. If you have an existing on-premises Gateway, you can use it with the Virtual Apps and Desktops service to ensure external users can access their applications securely. If you need to create a new Gateway deployment to use with the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, refer to Deploy a Citrix ADC VPX instance.

Additional features

To learn more about using the other features in the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, refer to the following articles:

Next steps

After you set up the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, configure workspaces for your users. Through workspaces, your users can access the applications and desktops that you make available to them.

Set up the Virtual Apps and Desktops service