One of the questions I hear most often from Citrix customers and partners is, “How can we extend our current XenApp deployments to Microsoft Azure?”

Typically the uses case that I see are:

  • I need to serve sets of remote branch office users cost effectively
  • I want to provision my on-premises data center for nominal not peak capacity
  • Our vendor support agreement for (usually aging) on-premise infrastructure (e.g.: storage or servers) is expiring soon

Earlier this year, at Citrix Summit, Loay Shbeilat and I presented “XenApp on Azure” (check out this blog post for a synopsis) where we discussed two ways of connecting your existing data center to Azure – Site-to-Site VPN and Express Route.

Site-to-site VPN is a simple and cost-effective option for small-to-medium workloads (branch office users, for example) whereas Express Route is meant for larger enterprise workloads that require, say, disaster recovery, backup and apps/services requiring high-intensity data transfer (such as corporate HQ users).

If you are starting to experiment with Azure, here’s a simple step-by-step walkthrough guide that explains how you can extend your XenApp 7.8 deployment into Azure using site-to-site VPN. You can find a more recent version of the same walkthrough guide in the form of a blog post.

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