Citrix DaaS

Get started: Plan and build a deployment


Since July 2023, Microsoft has renamed Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to Microsoft Entra ID. In this document, any reference to Azure Active Directory, Azure AD, or AAD now refers to Microsoft Entra ID.

If you’re not familiar with the components, terminology, and objects used with Citrix DaaS (formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service), see Citrix DaaS.

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  • The Success Center information is an essential partner to this product documentation.
  • Success Center articles and guides offer a broad solution-based perspective. They also contain links to service-specific details in this product documentation.

If you’re migrating from a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment, see Migrate to cloud.


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How to use this article

To set up your Citrix DaaS deployment, complete the tasks summarized below. Links are provided to each task’s details.

Review the entire process before starting the deployment, so you know what to expect. This article also links to other helpful information sources.


If you plan to use the Quick Deploy interface to provision Microsoft Azure machines, follow the setup guidance in Get started with Quick Deploy.

Plan and prepare

Use the Success Center Plan guidance to help establish goals, define use cases and business objectives, identify potential risks, and create a project plan.

In the Citrix Tech Zone documentation, see a step-by-step proof of concept guide for this service.

Sign up

Sign up for a Citrix account and request a Citrix DaaS demo.

Set up a resource location

A resource location contains resources required to deliver applications and desktops to users. Creating resource locations enables DaaS to use those resources. To learn more about resource locations, see Connect to Citrix Cloud.

Before creating machines, you must connect a resource location to DaaS:

If you’re using the Quick Deploy interface to provision Azure VMs, Citrix creates the resource location and Cloud Connectors for you.

Create a connection to the resource location

After you add a resource location and Cloud Connectors, create a connection to the resource location using the Full Configuration interface of Citrix DaaS.

This step isn’t necessary in either of the following cases:

  • You’re building a simple proof of concept deployment
  • You’re using the Quick Deploy interface to provision Azure VMs.

More information:

Install VDAs

Each machine that delivers applications and desktops to users must have a Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) installed on it.

  • For a simple proof of concept deployment, download and install a VDA on one machine.
  • If you’re using an image to provision VMs, install a VDA on the image.
  • For a Remote PC Access deployment, install the core version of the VDA for single-session OS on each physical office PC.

How-to and more information:

Create a catalog

After you create a connection to your resource location (if needed), you create a catalog. If you’re using the Full Configuration interface, the workflow guides you automatically to this step.

How-to and more information:

Create a delivery group

After you create your first catalog, the Manage workflow guides you to create a delivery group.

This step isn’t necessary if you’re using the Quick Deploy interface to provision Azure VMs.

How-to and more information:

Deploy other components and technologies

After you complete the tasks above that set up the Citrix DaaS deployment, follow the guidance in the Build area of the Citrix Success Center. You’ll find information about provisioning and configuring other components and technologies in the Citrix solution, such as:

Complete other tasks that apply to your configuration. For example, if you plan to deliver Windows Server workloads, configure a Microsoft RDS License Server.

Launch applications and desktops

After you configure your deployment, publishing occurs automatically. Applications and desktops that you configured are available to users in their Citrix Workspace. A user simply navigates to their Workspace URL and selects an application or desktop, which launches immediately.

Send the Workspace URL to your users. You can find the workspace URL in two locations:

  • From the Citrix Cloud console, select Workspace Configuration from the menu in the upper left corner. The Access tab contains the Workspace URL.
  • From the Citrix DaaS Overview page, the workspace URL appears near the bottom of the page.

More information:

  • Video about users launching applications and desktops from their Workspace:

    Video of launching applications and desktops

More information

The Citrix Cloud Learning series provides education courses that are organized by your path:

Get started: Plan and build a deployment