Pre-Read:  (get the most benefit from attending the workshop – please read the description of what’s covered below)
Who: Citrix Consulting and SE’s created and present the content, just the facts!
Why did we put the workshops together?
* Talking with customers we realized that a lot of deployments plateau once they hit 200-500 or 1000 desktops, or never get off the ground because IT professionals or business owners simply don’t know what they need to know in order to start a project, define requirements, and/or define success.
* customers ask us:

– Where do I start?
– What stages will my organization go through?
– Who needs to be on the team?
– What’s the time to value?
– Which users do I virtualize first?
– Where do I turn for help?
– What is Citrix’s commitment to my success?

What did Citrix Do?
* created a Desktop Transformation Model (a web platform) – that allows you to gather requirements about your project.
*  tool describes the project in 3 phases: Assess, Design, Deploy.
Assess discusses how to:
* define your appetite for risk ( how much downtime can a business afford to have )
* what’s the business objective?
* how to define user groups (automated with LakeSide Software Systrack fastback agents)
Design discusses considerations for:
* Storage Design
* Hypervisor Design
* Profiles and Database Design.
Deploy:
* How to select a group of test users
* Change Management – event notification
* Testing, Testing, Deploying
Where?
URL:  http://www.citrix.com/dta (please create a myCitrix account and login to create a project)
White Papers, and additional reading:
ASSESS
FlexCast:
Different types of workers across the enterprise have varying performance and personalization requirements. Some require simplicity and standardization while others need high performance or a fully personalized desktop. XenDesktop can meet all these requirements in a single solution with our unique Citrix FlexCast™ delivery technology. With FlexCast, IT can deliver every type of virtual desktop, hosted or local, physical or virtual – each specifically tailored to meet the performance, security and flexibility requirements of each individual user.
Local VM is completely offline synchronized version of a coroporate gold image, applied locally with user's persona.  Hosted VDI is a 1:1 implementation of a Workstation Image in the datacenter.
Just some of the ways to get a user to the "Right" desktop using Citrix FlexCast

 

Streamed VHD are LAN connected workstations that all boot from the same central golden image.  Hosted Shared Desktop is a multi user application virtualization delivery intrastructure.
Just some of the ways to get a user to the "Right" desktop using Citrix FlexCast
 
LakeSide FastTrack SysTrack:
Collect Information such as:
* When your users come into work
* What applications are popular
* How are the apps taxing the underlying resources (Disk, CPU, Ram)
Architecture very similar to EdgeSight
SysTrack “Master” server requires R2 SP1
Master leverages local SQL Express database (included w/ FastTrack bits)
“Web Services” and “VMP” installed on Master (requires IIS, .NET, Silverlight)
Agents installed on “child” systems (MSI format)
Agents use a local Jet/Access database to store data
Agents send ~100 kb per day to Master server via port 57632
Minimum of 2 weeks and 50 child systems are required for planning features
Had to install SP1 for R2 (for master server)
Had to install Silverlight (twice actually because it ships with an outdated version) on my client machine to look at the fasttrack URL
Have to enter your customer ID during the installation (or it won’t let you continue) and also last 4 digits of ID during first use of URL
SysTrack FastTrack has 3 parts – Master, Web Services and VMP
SysTrack Master specs – dual core or 2 vCPUs, 4 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD (VMs are fine)
TCP 57632 is the port it uses to communicate with “child systems”
Agent is MSI format…can be pushed with SCCM, etc.
SysTrack “Web Services” requires IIS, .NET 3.5 or 4.0 and Silverlight
VMP is the 3rd and final component to be installed (Virtual Machine Planner)
Local Jet Access db is used to store info locally on child systems
Agent uses less than 1% CPU and 30-50 MB of memory
Runs as a service with no device drivers or kernel components
Only 100k of storage sent from child to master (encrypted by default and highly compressed…and only a “summary”)
AppDNA
* get a test drive at: http://www.citrix.com/appdna
* analyze application compatibility
* imperative in large environments with many applications where you need to test interoperability of apps and OS’s, especially as you’re moving an application from XP > Win7 > 2008 etc.
* automatic application packaging > get an App-V sequence when it’s done
* review what application compatibility issues were automatically detected, and address them, see which apps candidates for the move.
DESIGN
Storage
This WP should be your best friend here – XenDesktop Planning Guide – Storage Best Practices http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX130632
Also good references
There a variety of different virtual desktop models. Each model is characterized by varying degrees of complexity in its implementation, varying changes in IT business practices and is associated with varying levels of capital and operational expenses.
Profiles
There a variety of different virtual desktop models. Each model is characterized by varying degrees of complexity in its implementation, varying changes in IT business practices and is associated with varying levels of capital and operational expenses.
Network
There a variety of different virtual desktop models. Each model is characterized by varying degrees of complexity in its implementation, varying changes in IT business practices and is associated with varying levels of capital and operational expenses.
DB Design
There a variety of different virtual desktop models. Each model is characterized by varying degrees of complexity in its implementation, varying changes in IT business practices and is associated with varying levels of capital and operational expenses.
Hardware Considerations
Good resources here:
RSC and Impact on XS Scalability: /blogs/2011/12/18/rsc-and-xs-scalability
Project VRC is also great here – http://www.projectvrc.com/
There a variety of different virtual desktop models. Each model is characterized by varying degrees of complexity in its implementation, varying changes in IT business practices and is associated with varying levels of capital and operational expenses.
Hypervisor Considerations
Good resources here:
RSC and Impact on XS Scalability: /blogs/2011/12/18/rsc-and-xs-scalability/
Project VRC is also great here – http://www.projectvrc.com/
There a variety of different virtual desktop models. Each model is characterized by varying degrees of complexity in its implementation, varying changes in IT business practices and is associated with varying levels of capital and operational expenses.
Design Best Practices
XenApp and XenDesktop Design Best Practice: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX132799
Thank you:
Nick Rintalan
Dan Feller
Florian Becker
Malathi Malla
Justin Zacks
Joseph Baker