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XenDesktop 7.1 Quick Start Guide

This deployment guide is intended to provide an admin with intermediate skills with the information needed to quickly get a Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 environment up and running in a VMware vSphere 5.1 and Tintri environment. With this document in hand, you can have your Proof of Concept environment up with as little time and effort as possible so that you can spend your time focusing on what matters most to you: the applications running inside your infrastructure, not the infrastructure itself.

If you already have a working XenDesktop environment up & running, we suggest you move on to our follow-up white paper to this Guide: XenDesktop 7.1 on Tintri: Provisioning and Machine Creation Deep Dive.

This guide will walk you through creating Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVD) based on Windows 8.1. Users connect to their virtual desktops in a one to one relationship. One user connects to one Virtual Machine and a large enough pool of VMs needs to be created to provide a dedicate VM to each concurrent user. Generally speaking, when referring to “VDI”, HVD is the model im- plied and is the model covered in this guide. Another type of VDI is HSD – Hosted Shared Desk- tops, which is based on Windows Server VMs. HSD is referenced multiple times in this guide, but isn’t explicitly covered.

What differentiates this guide from similar guides available from other storage providers is what you won’t find in this guide. The lack of configuration details for the underlying storage is not an oversight and this guide contains everything you need to deploy a successful VDI environment.

Tintri VMstore VM-aware appliances are purpose-built for Virtualization and are designed to support both VDI and server virtualization in the same appliance. You do not need any special storage knowledge beyond the basics of virtualization to be able to successfully deploy a XenDesktop infrastructure. The complex configurations (RAID levels, disk groups, LUNs, spindle calculations, flash pools, etc) required to ensure performance and stability on other storage products simply aren’t required with a Tintri array.

Citrix offers a 90 day evaluation of XenDesktop 7.1 which allows for up to 99 seats to be licensed. This guide has been written in a way that maximizes your evaluation time on a fully- functional working XenDesktop environment, not the setup process. Although the desktops in this guide are based on Windows 8.1, the same process can be used to create Windows 7-based desktops just as easily.