Product Documentation

Create a Site

Aug 19, 2013
After you install the core components, Citrix Studio offers the following Site creation choices:
  • Create a deployment — Configures a full deployment Site or a basic Site (basic Sites are usually created by advanced users).
  • Create a Remote PC Access deployment — Allows designated users to remotely access their office PCs through a secure connection. The Remote PC Access Site configuration creates a machine catalog named Remote PC Access Machines and a Delivery Group named Remote PC Access Desktops.

If you create a full deployment now, you can add a Remote PC Access deployment later. Conversely, if you create a Remote PC Access deployment now, you can add a full deployment later.

From the Studio Welcome page, you can also add a Delivery Controller to another Site. For information about that task, see Adding a Controller.

The following table summarizes the type of information you provide when creating a Site.
Full deployment Site Basic Site Remote PC Access Site
Site name X X X
Database X X X
License X X X
Host X    
Network X (if using a Host, and using Machine Creation Services to create VMs)    
Storage X (if using a Host, and using Machine Creation Services to create VMs)    
App-V Publishing X    
Users     X
Machine Accounts     X

Create a full deployment Site or a Remote PC Access Site

  1. Start Studio, if it is not already open.
  2. On the Welcome page, select whether you want to create an application and desktop delivery Site or a Remote PC Access deployment Site.
  3. On the Introduction page, type a Site name. If you are creating a Site other than Remote PC Access, select either a full deployment Site (recommended) or a basic Site.
  4. On the Database page:
    • By default, the locally installed instance of SQL Server 2012 Express is used to create the Database, and its location is provided. The default database name is 'Citrix<site-name>'.
    • To use another installed database server, enter its server name and database name. You can test the connection to the database.
      Database type What to enter With this database configuration
      Standalone or mirror servername The default instance is used and SQL Server uses the default port.
        Servername\INSTANCENAME A named instance is used and SQL Server uses the default port.
        servername,port-number The default instance is used and SQL Server uses a custom port. (The comma is required.)
      Other cluster-name A clustered database.
        availability-group-listener An Always-On database.

    After you click Next and are alerted that the services could not connect to a database, indicate that you want Studio to create it.

    If your database is locked down and you do not have edit permission, click Generate database script. This generates two scripts that your database administrator can use to set up the database and optionally, database mirroring. These scripts must be run before you can finish creating the Site.

  5. On the Licensing page:
    • If you installed the License Server on the same server as the Delivery Controller, the License server field is filled in for you.
    • If the License Server is not installed on the same server as the Controller, specify the license server address in the form name:[port], where name is a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), NetBIOS, or IP address; FQDN is the recommended format. If you omit the port number, the default is 27000.

    You cannot proceed until a successful connection is made to the license server.

    Choose either the 30-day free trial, which allows you to add license files later, or use an existing license. You can also download licenses or add a license file.

  6. (Appears only when creating a full deployment Site.) On the Host Connection page:
    • Choose the type of Host you are using, its address, and the credentials to access it.
      • If you are not using a Host, or if you will use Studio to manage user desktops hosted on dedicated blade PCs, select the Host type None.
      • For XenServer Hosts, provide the credentials of a VM Power Admin or higher-level user.

        Citrix recommends using HTTPS to secure communications with XenServer. To use HTTPS, you must replace the default SSL certificate that was installed on XenServer with a certificate from a trusted authority; see CTX128656.

        You can also configure high availability if it is enabled on XenServer. Citrix recommends that you select all servers in the pool to allow communication with XenServer if the pool master fails.

    • Specify a connection name, which will be displayed in Studio. Choose a name that will help identify the Host type and deployment address.
    • Specify whether you will use Machine Creation Services (MCS) or other tools to create VMs.
  7. (Appears only when creating a full deployment Site, and using a Host and MCS.) On the Network page, enter a name for the resources and select a network for the VMs to use.
  8. (Appears only when creating a full deployment Site, and using a Host and MCS.) On the Storage Page:
    • Choose the storage type: Shared or Local. Shared storage (the default) is available through the network. If you use shared storage, you can enable the use of IntelliCache to reduce load on the storage device. Local storage is on the Host. For more information about using IntelliCache with XenDesktop, see Use IntelliCache with XenDesktop.
    • If you plan to use Personal vDisks to store user-installed applications and user profiles, specify whether they will use the same storage as VMs (default), or different storage.
  9. (Appears only when creating a full deployment Site.) On the App-V Publishing page, indicate whether you want to specify App-V management and App-V publishing server information now. If you choose Yes, enter the server addresses.
  10. (Appears only when creating a Remote PC Access Site.) On the Users page, click Add Users. Select the users and user groups that will be allowed to access their office PCs remotely. Then click Add users.
    Note: You must add entries on this page; there is no default action that automatically adds all users.
  11. (Appears only when creating a Remote PC Access Site.) On the Machine Accounts page, add the machines associated with the users and user groups. Use one of the following methods:
    • Click Add machine accounts. Select the machine accounts, and then click Add machine accounts.
    • Click Add OUs. Select the domain and Organizational Units. By default, only items in the folders are included; to also include items in subfolders, enable the Include subfolders checkbox. Click Add OUs.
  12. On the Summary page, review the information you specified. After confirming the settings, click Finish.

After creating the Site, follow the Studio guidance to create Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups.

Test a Site configuration

When creating a full deployment Site, configuration and environment tests are run automatically afer you click Finish. You can also run the tests on demand.

To run the Site configuration and environment tests after a Site is successfully created:
  1. From Studio, click the Studio (Site-name) entry at the top of the left pane.
  2. In the center pane, click Test configuration.

Test progress is displayed, and you can view an HTML report of the results.