To deliver desktops and applications to users, the machine administrator creates a catalog of machines. The assignment administrator allocates machines from the machine catalog to users by creating Delivery Groups.
Cloud-provisioned machine catalogs
This release supports hosting a Site in a cloud environment managed by either Citrix CloudPlatform (CloudPlatform) or Amazon Web Services (AWS). Keep the following in mind when creating cloud provisioned machine catalogs:
Prepare to create machine catalogs
Before you begin, ensure that you:
Create machine catalogs
Use the Create Machine Catalog wizard to create new machine catalogs. The wizard prompts you about your environment and helps you select the machine catalog type that fits your requirements based on your responses.
Test the machine catalog
After creating or changing a machine catalog, you can run tests to ensure that the machine catalogs are ready for use.
Each machine in a machine catalog needs a corresponding Active Directory computer account. If you plan to create random or static machine catalogs and you have access to an Active Directory domain administrator account, you can allow Studio to create new accounts when you create the machine catalog. If you do not have the necessary permissions, ensure that you have a sufficient number of unused Active Directory computer accounts available for the machines before you start the Create Machine Catalog task.
You can select the existing computer accounts to use by browsing the Active Directory when you create the machine catalog or, alternatively, you can import a .csv file containing a list of account names. Studio requires the following format for computer accounts imported from .csv files.
[ADComputerAccount] ADcomputeraccountname.domain ...
For existing and physical machine catalogs, you select or import existing accounts and assign each virtual or physical machine to both an Active Directory computer account and to a user account. For machines created through Provisioning Services, Active Directory computer accounts for target devices are managed using Provisioning Services and existing Active Directory tools. For more information about Active Directory integration with Provisioning Services, see Provisioning Services.
For information about managing a machine catalog's Active Directory or Organizational Units (OU) accounts, see Manage desktop computer accounts.
The Create Machine Catalog wizard guides you through the machine catalog creation process. Machine catalog creation is the first step in delivering desktops to users.
Steps for creating machine catalogs vary based on choices you make for the tasks that users perform, the devices to which the desktops and applications are delivered, or user experience requirements.
The major differences result from your choice of one of the following machine catalog types:
Before you start the Create Machine Catalog task, ensure that you have all the prerequisites in place for the particular type you intend to use.
|Machine catalog type||Requirement|
Desktop OS and Server OS
Remote PC Access
Specify Machine Accounts or Organizational Units. These features let you add the machines corresponding to users or user groups.
To enable power management for Remote PC Access catalog machines, select the option to use a power management connection. With this option, users can remotely turn on their machines.
Desktop OS machine catalog that allows customization
Active Directory user and computer accounts to assign to the virtual machines or blade PCs.
If the Machine Catalogs node is not visible, you must complete one of the initial configuration tasks presented when you first start Studio before you begin creating the first machine catalog.
You have now created a machine catalog that provides the machines on which users' desktops reside.
To deliver desktops from the machines in your machine catalog to users, you must allocate the machines to users by creating Delivery Groups. For more information, see Create a new Delivery Group.