XenDesktop Tech Info

Explore feature details, system requirements and deployment options.

How does XenDesktop work?

XenDesktop delivers virtual Windows® apps and desktops as secure mobile services to any device. Built on a third generation FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA), XenDesktop is the only hybrid cloud-ready platform that separates the management plane from the workload. IT can securely deliver published apps on-premises and manage workers and mobile workspaces either on-premises or in the cloud.

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User Experience


Monitoring with Director (4:27)

Third of Four videos describing the XenDesktop admin experience.

Linux VDA: Windows and Linux in a unified platform (2:33)

Demonstrates how, using the same tools (Director and Studio) within a single XenApp/XenDesktop site, an admin can simultaneously deliver Linux and Windows desktops. Visit the Linux VDA team blog for more information: http://blogs.citrix.com/team/linux-vdi/


Secure Remote Access to Office-Based PCs (1:09)

Business increasingly must face the issue of providing remote access to enterprise PCs while protecting highly sensitive intellectual property and customer data. Many organizations lock down the corporate network and turn to an SSL VPN solution for remote access, but this approach extends the secured network to unsecured remote devices, increasing risk rather than protecting against it. XenDesktop with Remote PC allows IT to centrally deploy secure remote access to Windows® PCs on a corporate network, giving users fast, high-fidelity remote access to all the corporate apps and data residing on an office PC.

Two-minute overview of Remote PC, a FlexCast delivery technology for providing secure remote access to office-based PCs.

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Reference architectures

Design guides

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Deploy XenDesktop

XenDesktop 7 enables a scalable, simple, efficient, and manageable solution for delivering Windows applications and desktops. Use the documentation below to learn more about deploying XenDesktop.

Deployment Options

Deploy on-premises

Deploy XenDesktop in your own environment and centralize management in your datacenter. You can work with a Citrix partner, utilize Citrix consulting services, or receive training to help with your deployment.


Deploy in the Cloud

Public Cloud

Deploy XenDesktop in a public cloud, such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.

Hybrid Cloud

Subscribe to Virtual Apps and Desktops Services through Citrix Workspace Cloud and manage users and workloads across multiple datacenters and clouds.

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Cloud Service Provider

Engage a Citrix Service Provider and subscribe to hosted enterprise-class virtualization to get started quickly with Desktops-as-a-Service.

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Deployment Documentation

Best practices and recommendations (43:52)

As Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop continue to evolve at an ever-increasing pace, how do you stay current with the latest technology? Are you incorporating these technologies and recommendations in your implementations? Are you aware of the new RAM caching feature with Provisioning Services? Do you know how XenApp scales on Citrix XenServer, Hyper-V, vSphere and even bare metal? Stay current with the latest tech updates in this fast-paced, must-see session.

In this session, you will learn:
• The latest sizing and density recommendations
• Updated best practices and design guidance
• Recommended storage optimization practices

More Resources

Citrix Connector for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (4:45)

In this video you get a high level overview of the value the Citrix
Connector 7.5 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager can bring to your organization. You'll learn about unified management of your physical and virtual assets and extending the reach of Configuration Manager application policy to virtually any device.