Simplifying XenDesktop Deployments Leveraging Microsoft System Center Templates  cc by Paul Bettner Citrix Labs recently rolled out a tech preview of XenDesktop Service Templates that dramatically simplify the steps and effort behind deploying a XenDesktop DaaS environment using Microsoft System Center.

Recently Citrix announced Citrix Workspace Services, offering a cloud-based platform that allows you to rapidly build and deploy Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), virtual application delivery and mobility services from any cloud.

That vision relates to several projects that the Citrix Labs team has been working on, including the recently released XenDesktop System Center Service Templates.

Download the Citrix XenDesktop Service Template that best meets your needs (below), import the template into Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, answer a few basic configuration questions, then deploy the service.

Download the XenDesktop 7.1 template
Download the XenDesktop 7.5 template

For more detailed information, check out Chris Witeck’s blog post, watch the  ‘how to’ video on Citrix TV or reach out to Chris directly.

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