Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service

Quick Deploy

Introduction

Quick Deploy offers a quick way to get started with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service.

In the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, the Manage tab includes the following options (among others):

  • Full Configuration or Web Studio: These consoles guide you through creating a connection, a machine catalog, and then a delivery group. These consoles offer advanced configuration features, and can be used for any supported host type.
  • Quick Deploy: The Quick Deploy console offers faster deployment of apps and desktops, or Remote PC Access. This deployment method offers basic configuration, without advanced features.

    Quick Deploy is valid for:

    • Creating Remote PC Access catalogs for existing machines.
    • Provisioning virtual machines and catalogs for delivering desktops and apps in Microsoft Azure.

Differences between console interfaces

The following table compares the deployment methods.

  Feature Quick Deploy Full Configuration/Web Studio
Deploy Deploy using Azure Yes Yes
  Deploy using other cloud services No Yes
  Deploy using on-premises hypervisors No Yes
  Citrix-managed images available Yes No
Deliver Deliver Windows apps and desktops Yes Yes
  Deliver Linux apps and desktops Yes Yes
User experience Remote PC Access Yes Yes
  Simplified user experience Yes No

If you are familiar with using Full Configuration or Web Studio to create and manage catalogs, Quick Deploy has the following differences.

  • Different terminology.
    • In Quick Deploy, you create a catalog.
    • In Full Configuration or Web Studio, you create a machine catalog. In practice, it is often referred to as simply catalog.
  • Resource location and Cloud Connectors.
    • Quick Deploy automatically creates a resource location containing two Cloud Connectors when you create your first catalog.
    • In Full Configuration or Web Studio, creating a resource location and adding Cloud Connectors are separate steps that you must complete before creating a catalog.
  • Images used to create catalogs.
    • Quick Deploy offers several Citrix-managed images of Windows and Linux machines. You can use these images to create catalogs. You can also use these images to create images and then customize them to suit your unique deployment needs. (This feature is known as the image builder.) You can also import images from your own Azure subscription.
    • In Full Configuration or Web Studio, you customize images from the supported host you’re using. Citrix-managed images are not available.
  • Catalog displays:
    • Catalogs that are created using Quick Deploy are visible in the Quick Deploy, Full Configuration, and Web Studio displays.
    • Catalogs that are created in Full Configuration or Web Studio are not visible in the Quick Deploy display.
  • Delivery groups and application groups.
    • You do not create delivery groups in Quick Deploy. In Quick Deploy, you configure all the deployment items in the catalog: machines, applications, desktops, and users (subscribers).

      Citrix automatically creates a delivery group for each Quick Deploy catalog, using the same name as the catalog. That action occurs behind the scenes. You don’t need to do anything to create the delivery group. The delivery group appears only in the Full Configuration and Web Studio interface, not in the Quick Deploy interface.

    • In Full Configuration and Web Studio, you create a delivery group and indicate which machines it contains. Optionally, you also specify applications, desktops, and users. You can also create application groups.

  • Layout and user interface.
    • The Quick Deploy interface has a different layout and style from the Full Configuration and Web Studio interfaces. The Quick Deploy interface contains more on-screen guidance.

The interfaces are not mutually exclusive. You can use Quick Deploy to create some catalogs, and then use Full Configuration or Web Studio to create other catalogs.

Important:

You can use Full Configuration or Web Studio to edit a catalog created with Quick Deploy. However, if you use Full Configuration or Web Studio to change that catalog or its corresponding delivery group, you can no longer edit that catalog in the Quick Deploy interface. The catalog appears in Manage > Quick Deploy, but it cannot be managed or deleted in that interface. You must use Full Configuration or Web Studio to make any further changes to that catalog.

If you’re familiar with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure service, the Quick Deploy interface in the Virtual Apps and Desktops service is the same for equivalent features (such as catalog creation, and image building and importing). The Quick Deploy interface is easy to use, especially if you’re not familiar with the Full Configuration or Web Studio interfaces.

Quick Deploy in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service is not the same as the Quick Create feature in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure service.

Replacement of earlier Azure Quick Deploy interface

Quick Deploy replaces the earlier interface named Azure Quick Deploy.

  • If you did not use Azure Quick Deploy to create a catalog, that interface does not appear as a Manage menu option.
  • If you previously used Azure Quick Deploy, a message recommends you start using Quick Deploy. Although you can choose to continue using the earlier interface, it will be removed in a future release.

    The Quick Deploy display includes all the catalogs you created using Azure Quick Deploy.

    If you started creating a catalog in Azure Quick Deploy, but did not finish it, that catalog appears in the Quick Deploy catalog list. However, the only available action in Quick Deploy is to delete it.

Requirements

  • Quick Deploy supports only Azure workloads. It is not available with any other cloud host types, services, or hypervisors.
  • Quick Deploy is available only in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, Premium, Advanced, and Workspace Premium Plus editions.
  • You must have a Citrix Cloud account and a subscription to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service.
  • If you purchased Citrix Managed Azure Consumption funds, you can use the Citrix-managed Azure subscription when you create catalogs and images.

    If you did not purchase those consumption funds (or prefer to use your own Azure subscription), you must have an Azure subscription.

  • You must have appropriate permission in the Virtual Apps and Desktops service to see the Manage tab. For details, see Delegated administration.

Citrix Gateway consideration

If you use your own Citrix Gateway, it must have access to the VNet specified in the catalog creation wizard. A VPN can provide that access.

The Citrix Gateway Service works automatically with Quick Deploy catalogs.

Configuration summary

Complete the following procedures to use Quick Deploy.

Note:

Many workflows in the Quick Deploy interface are equivalent to workflows in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure service.

The configuration summary in this section contains links to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure service articles for procedural details. In those linked articles, ignore information about Citrix-managed Active Directory and the quick create method for creating catalogs.

The following guidance applies to using Quick Deploy for machines that deliver desktops and apps. To set up a Remote PC Access deployment using Quick Deploy, follow the guidance in Remote PC Access.

  1. Sign in to Citrix Cloud and then select My Services > Virtual Apps and Desktops in the upper left menu.
  2. Select Manage > Quick Deploy.
  3. If you want to use a Citrix-managed Azure subscription to create a catalog (and you purchased Citrix Managed Azure Consumption Funds), you can use the Citrix-managed Azure subscription when you create catalogs and images. Continue to the next step.

    If you want to use your own Azure subscription to create a catalog, click the Add your Azure subscription link on the Quick Deploy welcome page. Follow the on-screen guidance. For reference, see add your Azure subscriptions to the service.

  4. When creating a catalog, you can use one of the Citrix-managed images. Or, you can create and customize a new image or import an image from Azure. If you want to build or import an image, complete that task before creating a catalog.
  5. Click the Create Catalog link on the Quick Deploy welcome page to create a catalog.

    If you’re creating the first catalog, Quick Deploy automatically creates a resource location and two Cloud Connectors when the catalog is created.

  6. Add users to the catalog.
  7. After you create a catalog and add users to it, notify users where to find their desktops and apps by giving them the Workspace URL. The Workspace URL is the same for all catalogs and users.

    On the Quick Deploy Manage dashboard, view the Workspace URL by expanding User Access and Authentication on the right. For information about configuring workspaces for users, see Configure workspaces.

Management from the Quick Deploy interface

Important:

If you want to continue using the Quick Deploy interface to manage the catalogs you created there, do not use the Full Configuration or Web Studio interface to edit them.

You can use the Quick Deploy interface to:

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