*PART 7* Implementing Citrix for Beginners, Publishing Apps and Desktops Edited



welcome to part 7 of our video series in this video I'll walk you through maybe I should move my my closer I walk you through the configuration of our machine catalogs and deliberate groups as well as go through some some over all configurations of how we can publish those applications as well as those desktops so first thing first let's jump down to our hosting section here under our studio console so if you don't have studio open yet just open that up on your job your delivery controller and that was a hiccup and we're gonna create a hosting connection so you might be asked yourself Ryan why do we need to even create a hosting connection well we need to create a hosting connection in order to do power management activities and to utilize machine creation services for our image management solution so essentially it's going to communicate with the hardware level of your hosts so here you'll if you're using that server this is going to be great for you but it's the same idea if you're using hyper-v or if you're using why am i blinking ESXi so here you'll see I have my IP dot 11 there so what you're gonna want to do is put the address of your hosts so there for me it's not 11 oh let's see if I remember what I have for my username a password and I'll call this one server left yes my naming conventions are amazing but it does help in my own home lab it is my left host that's how I named that there so you can use shared storage you can use local storage it's really up to you and how your layouts configured I'm gonna choose local storage on mine next call this XenServer left and 0 for network to 0 I'm pretty sure that's the right network I want to use pretty pretty sure but we'll find out GPU type sure why not even though I don't have a GPU and let's just finish so that should create our first hosting connection here let's add a second one just so you can see what that looks like I'm not gonna add all four of my hosts cuz I'll just take up too much time and of course it's not 12 I should have known that let's add a connection here one 92168 0.12 through somehow I guess my password right I'm very surprised by that actually all that's on server 3 cuz that's my third Jose I'm just gonna do local storage to the hypervisor we're gonna choose next and let's call this then server 3 and 0 for network 0 and finish so we should have both of both of our hosting connections here and you know what I probably should've remembered exactly I think we use this one in this one so we should be good from a hosting connection perspective so let's jump up to machine catalogs once you've created your your hosting connection to to your various service and the way I like to explain machine catalogs is they're essentially your grouping of machines based on operating system so if you have let's say Windows 2012 r2 pool and a Windows 7 pool you'd have two different machine catalogs each with the machines under that pool so we're gonna go ahead and on the right we're gonna create a machine catalog we'll choose next let's do serve Reverse why not and we could use machine creation services here so essentially what this will do you'll see we have an option for power minute if I choose let's say my host I'm on right now my Zen app server will show up here I can choose that I can assign the network to it and I can create and provision an X amount of machines so if I wanted five machines I can do that I can choose a ram I can definitely use machine creation services the later version where we're able to cache a right side into memory which is just going to improve overall performance and what this will do is it'll automatically provision these for me it'll take a snapshot of that virtual app server and provision machines from that snapshot and even create like I can show you besides a memory to that it'll create them the machine names based on the the naming scheme I created so I don't have room on my hosts because this is a live environment so I'm not gonna actually create machines VM machine creation services I'm gonna say that are not power managed and I'm just gonna publish this one virtual app server but if you have questions about how much in creation services work where you may be while video that explains that process please let me know by writing in the comment box below any feedback is highly appreciated I wanted to create content that my viewers are interested in seeing so so happy to help out there let's go ahead let's go through this process let's add our computer and I don't remember the name so hopefully it's just so sorry Brian deaf sex a to find your computer name choose next and I will call this Windows 2012 r2 and she's finish and what this is gonna do this is gonna create our machine catalog with our machine located here so we're gonna want to do the same thing with our virtual desktop so again knowledge machines that are not power managed it's the same process as before it's gonna be a little different here we have the option of giving users a random desktop every time they log in or giving them a static desk saw the differences between is when we have a random desktop a pooled VESA every time I connect into my Citrix environment I might be landing on a different desktop so it might be if you hear squeaking in the background my dog was playing with this toy mickey hey button so again pulled this up sorry distracted there every time I log in I'm gonna get a new desktop so if I'm on desktop one today two hours later when I reconnect that might be on desks off to right as a static desktop as soon as I log in and that desktop spot and that will always be dedicated to mine there's pros and cons of each a static desktop will be used more likely if you're actually gonna do some customization and allow users to this is what he's chewing so allow users to actually make installations cut do more customizations rather random desktop will wipe itself every single time a user disconnects and Reid logs in so I'm gonna do a random desktop and we're gonna add our computer here and I do not remember the host name for the life of me on this table so let's take a look at that and do doo doo doo doo doo doo let's give it a second here while it's locking me in so again once we have our machine catalogs created it doesn't do anything right we haven't actually published and your resources out that is when we have to go in and actually configure what we call delivery groups which is how we assign our machines to our users and our resources to our users that's fine what this hosting this I should have known Brian – master maybe that is not the one I installed my PDA on let's try number two okay you know what let's just do this and let's see if we find it here this one's probably a friend – 110 she's okay next and call this one Windows 10 as I'm publishing a Windows 10 desktop with this machine catalog and all right so we got both of our machine catalogues created let's jump down to your delivery groups and we're gonna create a delivery group so to do next let's see our Windows 2012 r2 first and you'll see I can choose a number machines and here we can see the list of the number of machines that are associated to this machine catalog so you could have multiple delivery groups configured to point to the same machine catalog for example if I have users and HR and I have some users and sales and I'm utilizing the same applicant pool but those users need different resources because they use different applications in them and their day to day job I might have one machine catalog for my Windows 2012 r2 pool but I might have two different delivery groups that are sharing resources from that machine catalog and maybe each of them have have three virtual servers assigned to that delivery group so hopefully that makes sense here we can choose what users we're going to give access to this delivery group so if I had a jar I could type of HR here if I a citrix group again type citrix here this one will allow any authenticated users to use this delivery group which is what I'll shoes for the sake of this video series under applications we're going to choose add from start menu and here if your V is able to communicate appropriately to your delivery controller you should see all of your applications populate here automatically so I can go and I can publish calculator I can publish Chrome notepad plus plus Windows Media Player if I wanted to which I actually don't let's choose pink here let's choose okay so you see here I have my applications I can publish this out as a desktop as well so this would be a hosted share desktop and the way I always like to explain this when I'm talking about Citrix to to my partners or my customers is that a who secure desktop is very similar to a virtual desktop except it's a multi-tenant desktop meaning if I connect and you connect at the same time rather than us having our own individual VDI we're able to share the resources of that application server so that CPU and RAM we're sharing in the backend so not only does this improve our overall scalability but it's also going to reduce our costs because we need less hardware to to manage users and it's gonna make in general management easier because now we have less servers to manage in our virtual environment so you think you can have a whole lot less application servers and you need vis because a VDI is a one-to-one relationship a hosted shared desktops potentially a 20 to one relationship depending on how we size that so say if you are looking at virtual apps first virtual desktops the real reason you to ever move to a virtual desktop environment is one application compatibility if you have to run an application on a desktop operating system or two you need the hardware you need the the GPU the high graphics for applications like like an AutoCAD or something along those lines we need to where do you need dedicated GPU to that machine or of course there is number three or if you need customization on your VDI which at that point why even go to feed yeah I just have a desktop bents that's good get it typically be your third option so choose ok here just so you can see what that looks like let's use necks and again we'll call this I don't know let's let's say this is my finance team of course everybody has access to this but just so you have a better idea and we'll create another delivery group as well so we'll choose the Windows 10 this time again we're gonna allow anyone to have access to this we're gonna add actually we love we could add an application from the Start menu and it does not like my operating system so which one did I use it's a question let me double check that's probably this one here Monica 110 so this is my fiancees machine that I created for her so let's recreate that machine catalog really quick desktop OS not param image random by computers let's see if we see it this time there it is when it goes this 10 new and I'm finished and let's try that again sorry about that guys least you get to see me create a machine catalog for the second time as I'm sure most of you're aware technology never goes right the very first time so here and now hopefully we see we still don't see applications why hey let's just pretend we do here we can also publish it us off you can call this Windows 10 pretend this is working because you will still see it we have a description if we want to you can add tags to it but we'll just keep it simple for now and we'll call this HR desktops and once you finish and if all goes well if we browse now to our storefront server which actually let me do that on this Windows 10 box here obviously it's cleaner when we access this from a desktop operating system Cedric stop crying about local / Citrix / store web okay I'm not sure why we're getting a certificate error but that's fine all right let's login and we should see some resources now as soon as we log into this so there you go we can favor it some resources here we can favorite our desktops if we want to we can go ahead and launch them don't say you want to open it no if I have receiver installed on this yeah so I don't I perceiver install on this what it looks like it's opening okay without much difficulty so I'm pretty straightforward to publish resources in the following videos let's go through a little bit of policies and some other settings that are here maybe how we can create different groups within our configuration console and we still need to hit the the networking piece with our NetScaler for load balancing and remote access but again if there's anything in particular my audience you guys were looking to see as we go through this since our even a one-off video please let me know if you like this video give me a thumbs up otherwise thanks everyone hope you enjoyed this video

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