Advanced Concepts for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Overview

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops includes capabilities to handle almost every user requirement. Many of these capabilities are advanced topics, often reserved for those specific scenarios. These advanced capabilities are what makes this solution so powerful. Being able to meet every requirement within a single product.

Architecture

Learn about the components and interactions within the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops solution. The architecture items are helpful when planning your solution and firewall requirements.

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Design Guidance Read More: Communication Ports Used by Citrix Technologies
Video View: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service - Cloud-Hosted Management Plane
Video View: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops - On-Premises Management Plane

App Layering

Gain a deep understanding of the Citrix Layering technology that simplifies the image management for VDI and hosted-shared environments including use cases and technical concepts.

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Tech Overview Read more: Understanding App Layering
Feature Video View demo: User Personalization Layer
PoC Guide Follow the Guide: Using Azure Files for User Personalization Layers

Automated Configuration Tool

Learn how to use the Automated Configuration tool to automate moving your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops configuration to your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service deployment, as well as moving your configuration between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service deployments.

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PoC Guide Follow the Guide: Getting Started with the Automated Configuration Tool

Disaster Recovery Planning

This guide assists with business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) architecture planning and considerations for both on-prem and cloud deployments of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Disaster Recovery is a significant topic in breadth of scope in and of itself. Citrix acknowledges this document is not a comprehensive guide to overall Disaster Recovery strategy. It does not consider all aspects of Disaster Recovery and at times takes a more layman’s terms perspective on various Disaster Recovery concepts.

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Design Guidance Read More: VDI and DaaS Disaster Recovery Planning

Federated Authentication Service

The Federated Authentication Service provides single sign-on to Windows-based virtual apps and desktops when using a non-Active Directory based identity provider

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Feature Video View demo: Federated Authentication Service
PoC Guide Follow the Guide: Federated Authentication Service with Azure Active Directory

Google Chrome

Tech Paper focused on installation, configuration, and various optimizations for Google Chrome browser running on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

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PoC Guide Follow the Guide: Deploying Google Chrome in a Virtual Desktop Environment

HDX

To meet different user requirements, Citrix HDX protocol allows for different graphics modes to be configured. The purpose of this article is to outline the different HDX modes and how they are configured. It gives you a starting point from where you can configure your environment to best fit the needs of your users, your workload, and the current network conditions.

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Design Guidance Read more: HDX Graphics Overview
Feature Video View demo: Adaptive Display
Feature Video View demo: Adaptive Throughput
Feature Video View demo: Adaptive Transport
Feature Video View demo: Browser Content Redirection
Feature Video View demo: Microsoft Teams Optimization

Image Management

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops provides multiple approaches for image provisioning and image lifecycle management, Machine Creation Services and Provisioning Services. The approaches used are different, resulting in different benefits for the users and admin.

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Tech Brief Read More: Image Management Tech Brief
PoC guide Follow the Guide: Windows 10 Deployment Guide

Migration

Learn how to migrate your on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service utilizing Citrix Cloud

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PoC guide Follow the Guide: Migrate from On-Premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to the cloud-based service
PoC guide Follow the Guide: Migrate from On-Premises VMware to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service with Microsoft Azure

Remote PC Access

Remote PC Access is an easy and effective way to allow users to access their office-based, physical Windows PC. Using any endpoint device, users can remain productive regardless of their location. However, organizations want to consider the following when implementing Remote PC Access.

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Design Considerations Read More: Remote PC Access Design Considerations
Doc Read More: Use Case Examples for Remote PC Access

Security Practices

Tech paper focused on security recommendations and security practices for administrators. Use this guide to navigate security planning, implementation, and ongoing operation.

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Tech Overview Read More: Keylogger and Screen Sharing Protection Technical Overview
Guide Follow the Guide: Keylogger and Screen Sharing Protection - On-Premises Control Plane
Design Guidance Read More: Security Practices for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops
Design Guidance Read More: Antivirus Recommendations for DaaS and VDI

ServiceNow

Learn how to integrate ServiceNow within your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment including key technical concepts and use cases. The integration helps automate, monitor, and manage Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments seamlessly and easily with ServiceNow.

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Doc Read More: Integrating ServiceNow with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

StoreFront

Learn about more advanced StoreFront design topics for enterprise deployments that must take into account Citrix Gateway for secure remote access and multi-site aggregation and application de-duplication.

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Design Guidance Read More: Designing StoreFront with Gateway Integration
Design Guidance Read More: Designing StoreFront and Multi-Site Aggregation

User Profile Management

The use of Citrix Profile Management greatly enhances the end-user experience. Citrix Profile Management is designed to remove profile bloat and significantly speed logon times, while reducing profile corruption. Learn how to leverage profile management within a DaaS environment.

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Design Guidance Read More: Using Azure Files with Citrix User Profile Management

Workspace Environment Management

Learn how Workspace Environment Management uses intelligent resource management and Profile Management technologies to deliver the best possible performance, desktop logon, and application response times for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops sessions, as well as enhances the security of the deployment.

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Tech Brief Read More: Workspace Environment Management Tech Brief
Feature Video View demo: CPU Optimization
Feature Video View demo: Logon Optimization
Feature Video View demo: RAM Optimization
Advanced Concepts for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops