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XenDesktop is the industry leader in desktop virtualization, delivering the only complete solution mobilizing windows apps and desktops for any use case.


A personalized desktop experience in any workstyle

Deliver a Personalized Virtual Desktop Experience (2:06)

Two minute chalk talk video introducing Personal vDisk technology available in XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-Box. For more info see http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop/

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

A quick look at how CloudGateway delivers a mobile experience to all employees

The best high definition user experience in the industry

Apps on demand with a self-service enterprise app store

Powerful centralized management and monitoring tools

HDX Insight and Director for total application visibility in XenApp and XenDesktop environments (37:31)

The new Citrix HDX Insight capability integrates with the Director console and leverages Citrix NetScaler and Citrix CloudBridge AppFlow to provide unparalleled visibility into application performance, availability and security so you can deliver the best virtual app and desktop user experience. We will provide tips for troubleshooting Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop deployments with Director and integrated EdgeSight analytics.

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.

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How do I 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.

How to deploy in the cloud

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Set Up SQL Server Mirroring (7:16)

Learn how to configure SQL mirroring for Citrix XenDesktop using three SQL Server 2012 instances: principal, mirror and witness. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Set Up a XenDesktop 7 Site (4:20)

Learn how to configure a new XenDesktop 7 site through Citrix Studio. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Deliver Applications (2:47)

Learn how to deliver applications using Citrix Studio in XenDesktop 7. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Configure Application Settings and File-Type Association (3:49)

Learn about the various options for published applications in XenDesktop 7 including file-type association. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop/

Deliver App-V Applications (3:47)

Learn how to deliver App-V applications in XenDesktop 7. App-V Client configuration, App-V site settings and App-V application publishing are all covered. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Configure server Load Balancing (3:44)

Learn how to implement server load balancing of connections to server-based VDAs. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Delegate Administration (3:48)

Learn how to implement delegated administration in XenDesktop 7 in order to provide granular access to others. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Set up Configuration Logging (2:42)

Learn how to work with the administrative logging aspects of XenDesktop 7. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Deploy the VDA for Remote PC Access (7:16)

Citrix XenDesktop 7 How-to: Learn how to deploy the VDA in both a manual and automated fashion for use with Remote PC Access. Get more info at http://www.citrix.com/xendesktop

Set up Remote PC Access (6:41)

Learn how to setup a Remote PC Access site in XenDesktop 7 as well as work through the general setup process and options of the feature.

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Best practices for implementing, administering and troubleshooting XenDesktop 7.5 (45:52)

Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 introduced a number of new concepts and processes for desktop administrators. Understanding these advancements and their effects is key to a stable XenDesktop environment. This session will discuss core deployment and configuration concepts and considerations, and provide proven practices for troubleshooting the top three XenDesktop issues: registration, connection and machine creation.

Optimizing server scalability and reducing bandwidth requirements for XenDesktop (44:28)

Learn how to maximize your investment in hardware and networking infrastructure by optimizing your Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp environment. Citrix Consulting will share recommended XenDesktop, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 optimizations that help increase server density and reduce bandwidth requirements. Receive guidance on selecting the right optimizations for your environment, including testing results that demonstrate the value of these optimizations over the default configuration.

Build HA, security and app visibility into XenApp and XenDesktop environments with NetScaler (40:27)

Citrix NetScaler features combined with Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop provide the perfect solution for connecting from anywhere at any time. NetScaler also ensures the best possible user experience with HDX in XenDesktop deployments while providing clear visibility of apps and desktops to the administrator. Learn best practices for optimizing XenDesktop with NetScaler.

Get more out of your XenDesktop deployment

XenDesktop works in concert across Citrix products to ensure the most complete virtualization solution in the industry.

Citrix Workspace Suite

Citrix Workspace Suite delivers secure access to apps, data and services from any device, over any network, to eliminate the cost and complexity of managing a diverse workforce.


Meet mobile device security and compliance requirements for BYO and corporate liable devices while giving users the freedom to experience work and life their way.


Ensure the very best quality of service, leveraging industry-leading app delivery controller and gateway.


Reduce storage cost and complexity by using ShareFile for on-demand sync of user data either on- or off-premises.


For branch and mobile users, accelerate XenApp, XenDesktop and other enterprise applications, and deliver optimized video streaming without straining your enterprise WAN.

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