Design Guidance for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops
In a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops design, there are multiple paths you can take to create a solution that aligns with the user requirements. The following guidance focuses on those areas that are critical for almost every design, regardless of scenario. Additional, and often more advanced, topics can be found in the Advanced Concepts section.
Step 1: Delivery Models
A Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops solution can take on many delivery forms. The organization’s business objectives help select the right approach as the different models impact the local IT team’s management scope. Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops management scope changes based on using a locally managed deployment, a cloud service deployment and a cloud managed deployment.
|Read more: Delivery Model Comparison|
Step 2: Desktop Models
Selecting the best virtual desktop model starts with properly defining user groups and aligning the requirements with the capabilities of the virtual desktop models. Learn how different factors play a role in selecting the correct virtual desktop model for a user group.
|Read more: Virtual Desktop Model Comparison|
Step 3: Image Management
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops utilizes two different image management models: Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services. Learn about the different decision factors involved in choosing the right provisioning model for image management.
|Read more: Image Management Provisioning Model Comparison|
Step 4: Single Server Scalability
In the early stages of design, administrators need to create a rough estimate on the overall scale of the end solution based on users and workload. Learn how to calculate an estimate for how many users you can have on a single server, what are the different variables that have an impact on scalability and recommendations to improve it.
|Read more: Server Sizing Considerations for On-Premises Deployments|
|Read more: Sizing Considerations for Azure Instances|
Step 5: Bandwidth Requirements
|Read More: Estimating User Bandwidth Requirements|
Step 6: Microsoft 365
Historically, Microsoft Office is one of the most common applications delivered via Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. This is due to its ability to provide the user with the latest version of Office with the best user experience for a wide range of use cases. With Microsoft 365, the value of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has not changed. To deliver Microsoft 365 to users properly, we provide the following recommendations to enable an optimized user experience while minimizing the potential impact to the underlying infrastructure.
|Read more: Microsoft 365 with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops|
Step 7: Baseline Policy Design
Policies provide the basis to configure and fine-tune Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments, allowing organizations to control connection, security, and bandwidth settings based on various combinations of users, devices, or connection types. Learn about the different decisions related to the baseline policy design.
|Read more: Baseline Policy Design|
Step 8: Baseline Printing Design
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops supports various printing solutions. It is essential to understand the available technologies and their benefits and limitations to plan and successfully implement the proper printing solution.
|Read more: Baseline Printing Design|
Step 9: Fault Tolerance
Learn how Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Cloud services are architected and built for resiliency. Understand how Service Continuity features enable users to connect to the resources that are accessible even if some or all of the cloud services are unreachable. Learn how local host cache helps provide high availability in the event of a service issue
|Read more: Citrix Cloud Service Resiliency|
|Read more: Local Host Cache|