Product Documentation

Install and configure

Sep 27, 2017

Use the following sequence to set up your XenApp and XenDesktop Service deployment. Review the referenced articles before starting each deployment step, to learn about what you see and specify during the deployment.


If you're not familiar with a XenApp and XenDesktop deployment, see Overview.

Before you begin any installation, review Prepare to install and complete any necessary tasks.

Add a resource location

In the XenApp and XenDesktop environment, resource locations contain the resources required to deliver applications and desktops to users. For guidance, see Set up Resource locations.


As an alternative to completing several resource location setup tasks manually, you can use a Citrix Smart Tools blueprint to add or fully deploy a resource location. For details, see Citrix Smart Tools.

Install Cloud Connectors in the resource location

Follow the guidance in Install Cloud Connectors.

Create a connection to the resource location

After you add a resource location, create a connection to the resource location.

Create a machine catalog

After you create a connection to your resource location, you create a machine catalog.

A catalog can contain physical or virtual machines. VMs can be created from a master image, using Citrix tools. You can also provide machines created with other tools. When using Citrix tools, you first create a master image on the host or provisioning server. Then, when you create the catalog in the XenApp and XenDesktop Service management console, you specify that image, which is used to provision the VMs.

Install VDAs

Each machine in your resource location that delivers applications and desktops to users must have a VDA. You can install the VDA directly on the physical or virtual machine. You can also create a master image that contains the VDA, and then use that image to provision VMs when you create a catalog (in the next step).

For more information, see Install VDAs. Details for a command-line VDA installation are provided in Install using the command line. Even if  you will install the VDA from the command line, we recommend reviewing Install VDAs to learn about the installers and the information you provide.

For a Remote PC Access deployment, install a VDA for Desktop OS on each office PC. There is a full-feature VDA installer as well as a core services installer for desktop OSs. You can use your existing Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) methods.

Alternatively, you can use Citrix Smart Tools to install VDAs, as well as other items in your resource locations. See Deploy resource locations.

Create a Delivery Group

After you create your first machine catalog, you are guided to create a Delivery Group.

A Delivery Group specifies which machines can be used in a selected machine catalog. You can specify which users can use those machines, and the applications available on those machines.

Alternatively, you can specify users and applications through Citrix Cloud library offerings, rather than directly in a Delivery Group.