Citrix CCA-V and CCP-V (1Y0-204 and 1Y0-312): Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) Administration

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Citrix CCA-V and CCP-V (1Y0-204 and 1Y0-312): Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) Administration

Author: Greg Shields

This learning path covers the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) platform, formerly XenDesktop. The courses in this learning path discuss the topics and tasks associated with... Read more

What you will learn

  • Navigating CVAD architecture
  • Deploying an on-premises site
  • Delivering app and desktop resources
  • Managing user experience
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Integrating App layering
  • Integrating workspace environment management
  • Advanced management tasks
  • Migrating to Citrix Cloud

Pre-requisites

It is recommended to have a working knowledge of Windows Server 2016 or 2019 administration including installation, storage, Hyper-V, DNS, DHCP, Connectivity and Remote Access, networking, and Active Directory.

Citrix CCA-V and CCP-V (1Y0-204 and 1Y0-312): Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) Administration

This learning path covers the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) platform, formerly XenDesktop. The courses in this learning path discuss the topics and tasks associated with deploying and managing CVAD. By the end of this path, you’ll be confident in your fundamental and advanced level knowledge of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Administration.

These courses are further designed to assist in preparing for the exams associated with CCA-V (1Y0-204) and CCP-V (1Y0-312) certifications. We have determined that the best way to learn this content is to combine the topics from both certifications to create one path for viewers to follow. The content here goes beyond what’s needed for CCA-V certification, but the information will be pertinent for any aspiring CVAD admin.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Introduce the CVAD Architecture

by Greg Shields

Aug 26, 2020 / 1h 16m

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Whether you're new to Citrix, or have worked with it's many versions, you're aware of how large and complex a beast any Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops implementation can be. Very different from other solutions, you almost have to know everything about CVAD to truly appreciate...well...anything about it. It's for that reason that this learning path breaks apart the topics in installing and managing CVAD into one course for each of it's major components.

In this first course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Introduce the CVAD Architecture, you'll first get an introduction to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Next, you'll explore these courses' alignment with the CCA-V and CCP-V certifications. Next, you'll take a high-level look at the CVAD architecture. Finally, you'll discover the virtual machines and networks you'll want to build if you plan on following along. By the time you've finished, you'll be ready to start building your own Citrix CVAD infrastructure as you progress through the learning path.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Introduce the Learning Path and Objectives
  4. Explore the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Architecture
  5. Prepare Your Lab Environment

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Deploy an On-Premises Site

by Greg Shields

Aug 26, 2020 / 2h 4m

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This course begins with the on-premises deployment of the central core of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. In this course, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Deploy an On-Premises Site, this kicks off the learning path's demonstration environment with an initial build and configuration of license server, Citrix Hypervisors, Delivery Controllers, and StoreFront servers. These components in combination become the foundation of the delivery environment you'll be using in the courses to follow. First, you'll begin with the licenses and license server, fulfilling and downloading the necessary license files to get things going. Next, you'll dig deeply into the installation and configuration of Citrix Hypervisor. Then, you'll deploy and prepare a pair of Delivery Controllers. Finally, you'll perform some significant configuration to install and secure a set of highly-available StoreFront servers. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills you need to build a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Deploy Citrix License Server
  4. Deploy Citrix Hypervisor
  5. Deploy Delivery Controller
  6. Deploy StoreFront

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Deliver App and Desktop Resources

by Greg Shields

Aug 26, 2020 / 3h 25m

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With the initial construction of your on-premises CVAD, formerly XenDesktop, environment now complete, it's time to dig in and use it. In this third course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Deliver App and Desktop Resources, you'll explore the mechanics behind the creation of virtual machines and VM templates, their use in the creation of machine catalogs and delivery groups, and then the steps involved in getting users on the LAN, and from the outside, securely connected to desktops and apps.

First, you'll begin with the preparation of our virtual machine master images and the deployment of the Citrix VDA. Next, you'll use those VM templates to create a pair of machine catalogs; those catalogs you'll use to create a series of delivery groups that provision desktops and apps to specified user groups. Then, you'll switch over to the user's perspective and explore the deployment and use of Citrix's client-side app now called Citrix Workspace App. Finally, you'll securely extend the entire environment out to the rest of the world by deploying a pair of Citrix ADC appliances and enabling Citrix Gateway. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills to build a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Prepare Master Images and VDAs
  4. Deploy Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups Using Machine Creation Services
  5. Deploy Citrix Workspace App
  6. Deploy Citrix Gateway

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Manage the User Experience

by Greg Shields

Aug 26, 2020 / 2h 48m

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Throughout the entire build of our Citrix CVAD, formerly XenDesktop, environment so far, we've sort of waved our hands over the user's experience. You've learned about how pooled machine catalogs can delete user changes the moment they logout. But, most users want some continuity of their experience each time they login. In this fourth course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Manage the User Experience, you'll learn about defining and then managing that user's experience across the variety of user logins.

First, you'll explore the mechanics of Citrix Policies, which themselves are born out of traditional Active Directory Group Policies. Next, you'll move from the "science" of those policy mechanics to the "art" of which policies make sense for your particular deployment. Then, you'll dig deeply into Citrix printing, defining the printing experience across sessions both inside and outside the firewall. Finally, you'll take a look at Citrix Profile Management, the first, and probably oldest, of Citrix's solutions to deliver user profile data as part of the login process. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills to build a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Configure Citrix Policies
  4. Optimize User Experience Settings
  5. Configure Citrix Printing
  6. Deploy Citrix Profile Management

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Monitor and Troubleshoot

by Greg Shields

Aug 27, 2020 / 1h 9m

1h 9m

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With so many moving parts making up even just your small CVAD, formerly XenDesktop, lab environment, you can imagine how keeping track of system behaviors is no small task. Troubleshooting connections that don't connect or desktops that don't present can be difficult to impossible without the right tools. In this fifth course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Monitor and Troubleshoot, you will get to know, and in one case deploy, those monitoring and troubleshooting tools.

First, you'll begin with a look and a deployment of Citrix Director, Citrix's integrated monitoring solution that spreads across all the components you've installed so far. Next, once deployed, you'll explore the use of this powerful tool for solving a series of common Citrix environment issues. Finally, you'll go a mile wide and an inch deep into the broad array of troubleshooting tools Citrix has made available over the years. By the end of this course, you'll be armed with a quiver of troubleshooting tools that'll get you started in troubleshooting the most common of CVAD issues.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Deploy Citrix Director
  4. Monitor Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with Citrix Director
  5. Troubleshoot Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Integrate App Layering

by Greg Shields

Sep 21, 2020 / 2h 23m

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For decades, a goal of desktop management has been getting to "a single image", a single, central source from which all desktop configurations begin their lifecycle. With the release of Citrix App layering, that goal need no longer be unattainable.

In this sixth course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Integrate App Layering, you'll learn how Citrix App Layering fractures the traditional desktop image process into individual OS, platform, and app layers that can be logically assembled into layered desktop images. First, you'll learn the mechanics behind the Citrix App Layering approach. Then, you'll deploy and configure the Enterprise Layer Manager (ELM) appliance. Next, you'll prepare individual OS layers, platform layers, and app layers that assemble together to create layered desktop images. Finally, you'll explore the use of user layers and elastic layers for their additional flexibility in managing desktop images. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to finally achieve that single image goal for all your CVAD, formerly XenDesktop, desktops.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Understand App Layering
  4. Deploy the App Layering Appliance
  5. Prepare and Deploy Layered Images
  6. Deploy Elastic Layers and User Layers

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Integrate Workspace Environment Management

by Greg Shields

Oct 3, 2020 / 1h 25m

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Rounding out this mid-learning path exploration of the activities in user experience management, conclude with a look at what can seem at first to be a rather strange collection of features in a single tool. Workspace Environment Manager is a performance and resource management solution that is also a kind of Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences replacement, that can also convert PCs into thin clients, and then some other things.

So, yes, a strange collection, but also a powerful one.

In this course, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Integrate Workspace Environment Management, you'll begin by disentangling all these feature sets that make up the WEM solution to help you understand where it fits in our CVAD, formerly XenDesktop, environment. First, you'll deploy its services into the lab environment. Next, you'll use WEM to customize user experience configurations that will seem similar and very different than their equivalent with GPOs and GPPs. Finally, you'll dig into WEM's resource optimization and transformer features to help you understand where these capabilities fit best with your VDAs. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to continue on to explore advanced management, and migrate to Citrix Cloud.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Understand and Deploy Workspace Environment Management
  4. Explore User Experience Management
  5. Configure Resource Optimization and Transformer

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Explore Advanced Management

by Greg Shields

Nov 2, 2020 / 2h 53m

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In this eighth course out of nine, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Explore Advanced Management, you'll begin by implementing Session Recording to keep an eye on user activities in their sessions. Then, you'll explore SmartAccess and SmartControl along with smart cards and the Federated Authentication Service for advanced authentication and configuration control. Next, you'll discover at an architectural level the requirements for CVAD environment backups and preparations for disaster recovery. Finally, you'll expand your site into multiple geographic regions by exploring multi-zone and multi-site architectures. By the end of this course, you'll have more of the skills needed for building a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Configure Session Recording
  4. Explore SmartAccess and SmartControl
  5. Explore Smart Cards and Federated Authentication Service
  6. Explore Backups and Disaster Recovery
  7. Explore Multi-zone and Multi-site Architectures

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Migrate to Citrix Cloud

by Greg Shields

Nov 13, 2020 / 1h 35m

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The instructional design thesis for this learning path has always been "learn on-premises, and then translate what we've learned to Citrix Cloud". In this course, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD): Migrate to Citrix Cloud, you will conclude what you've learned so far and make that change in focus. First, you'll begin by being introduced to Citrix Cloud and the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service. You'll also configure the Citrix Cloud Connector in your on-premises environment. Next, you'll explore the steps in configuring CVADS with an on-premises resource location. Finally, you'll take a look at the migration steps in moving an on-premises CVAD infrastructure to CVADS in Citrix Cloud. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service, or CVADS, one of the many and increasing services now available in Citrix Cloud.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Introduce Citrix Cloud and Configure Citrix Cloud Connector
  4. Configure CVADS with an On-premises Resource Location
  5. Migrate On-premises CVAD to CVADS in Citrix Cloud