Citrix XenApp 6.5 Advanced Administration

Days5    Code CXA3011

This course provides learners with the skills necessary to monitor, maintain, optimize and troubleshoot Citrix XenApp 6.5 environments running on Windows Server 2008 R2 software.

Course Details

This course provides learners with the skills necessary to monitor, maintain, optimize and troubleshoot Citrix XenApp 6.5 environments running on Windows Server 2008 R2 software. Learners are introduced to the tools used to monitor the XenApp farm, record farm activity and generate reports. In addition, learners take away the skills needed to maintain data and server integrity and to scale, optimize and troubleshoot the XenApp farm. This course encourages learning by doing and includes many hands-on exercises that reinforce and expand on the course content.

This course is intended for IT professionals, such as server, network, and system administrators familiar with Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2008 R2 environments. System engineers, analysts, consultants, architects and Citrix partners are appropriate candidates for this course. Existing XenApp administrators, especially those with basic XenApp 6.5 experience and those who are interested in achieving CCAA or CCEE certifications, are ideal.


The following are preparatory recommendations for this course:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Remote Desktop Services

  • Working knowledge of the architecture and administrative tasks associated with Citrix XenApp 6.5

  • Basic knowledge of XenServer, EdgeSight, Branch Repeater and XenDesktop

  • Familiarity with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

  • CXA-206-1 Citrix XenApp 6.5 Basic Administration

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Troubleshooting the XenApp Environment

    Troubleshooting Methodology
    Logon Issues
    User Sessions
    Server Resources
    Exercise 1-1: Troubleshooting an AppCenter Issue
    Exercise 1-2: Troubleshooting Web Interface and XML Issues
    Exercise 1-3: Troubleshooting Launching a Hosted Application
    Exercise 1-4: Troubleshooting Streaming Applications

  • Module 3: Creating Farm Redundancy

    Eliminating Single Points of Failure
    Disaster Recovery
    Load Balancing
    XenApp and NetScaler Integration
    Exercise 3-1: Load Balancing Web Interface and XML Services Using Citrix NetScaler
    Exercise 3-2: Testing Load Balancing through Citrix NetScaler
    Exercise: 3-3: Installing and Configuring Web Interface on Citrix NetScaler

  • Module 5: Optimizing the XenApp Environment

    Performance Tuning
    Windows Server Tuning for XenApp
    XenApp Tuning
    Virtual Memory Optimization
    CPU Optimization
    Virtual Machine Sizing
    Accelerating ICA Traffic with Branch Repeater
    QoS through Branch Repeater
    Exercise 5-1: Enabling Multi-Stream ICA Policies for Specific ICA Traffic
    Exercise 5-2: Enabling CPU and Memory Optimization

  • Module 7: Optimizing Printing

    Printing Architecture Review
    Managing Printers
    Citrix Universal Printer
    Printing Performance Policies
    Non-Native Printer Drivers
    Printer Driver Isolation
    Printing Tools
    Troubleshooting Printing
    Exercise 7-1: Verifying Printer Driver Compatibility with XenApp
    Exercise 7-2: Replicating Print Drivers Using PowerShell
    Exercise 7-3: Troubleshooting a Printer Issue with the Citrix Group Policy Modeling Wizard

  • Module 9: Monitoring XenApp with Standard Utilities

    XenApp Monitoring
    XenApp Utilities
    Citrix Utilities
    Third-party tools
    Execise 9-1: Using Desktop Director to View Session Data
    Exercise 9-2: Monitoring XenApp using Performance Monitor
    Exercise 9-3: Monitoring XenApp Using Command Line Utilities

  • Module 2: Scaling the XenApp Environment

    Farm Configuration Recommendations
    Farm Scalability
    Scripted Installation
    Server Build Scripting
    XenApp Server Templates
    Data Store Database Migration
    Dedicated Data Collector
    Web Interface Planning
    Delivery Services
    XenApp and XenDesktop Integration
    XenApp and Provisioning Services Integration
    XenApp and Merchandising Server Integration
    Exercise 2-1: Preparing to Clone a XenApp Server
    Exercise 2-2: Cloning a XenApp Server
    Exercise 2-3: Preparing a XenApp Server for Scripted Configuration
    Exercise 2-4: Performing a Scripted Configuration

  • Module 4: Maintaining the XenApp Environment

    Farm Setting Migration
    Data Store Database Maintenance
    Data Store Database Recovery
    Local Host Cache
    XML Service Overview
    Routine Operations
    Power and Capacity Management
    Exercise 4-1: Updating the Mozilla Firefox Streaming Profile
    Exercise 4-2: Performing Data Store Maintenance Commands
    Exercise 4-3: Configuring Power and Capacity Management
    Exercise 4-4: Creating a Restart Schedule for the XenApp Servers

  • Module 6: Optimizing the User Environment

    Access methods
    Application Compatibility
    Application Streaming
    General Guidelines For Improving Application Performance
    User Profiles
    Session Pre-Launch
    User Connection Configuration
    Exercise 6-1: Configuring Profile Management
    Exercise 6-2: Profiling an Application Requiring A Service
    Exercise 6-3: Configuring Session Pre-Launch

  • Module 8: Securing XenApp

    Setting Rights and Permissions
    SSL Certificates
    XenApp Security with Access Gateway
    Exercise 8-1: Creating and Distributing a Root CA Certificate
    Exercise 8-2: Encrypting External ICA Traffic Using ICA Proxy
    Exercise 8-3: Restricting External Application Access
    Exercise 8-4: Encrypting XML Traffic With SSL Relay

  • Module 10: Monitoring XenApp with EdgeSight

    EdgeSight Components
    Real-Time Information
    Active Application Monitoring
    Exercise 10-1: Viewing EdgeSight Historical Data
    Exercise 10-2: Viewing EdgeSight Real-Time Data

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