VDI-in-a-Box Tech Info

VDI-in-a-Box runs on off-the-shelf servers, eliminating over 60% of traditional VDI infrastructure. Explore feature details, deployment guides, and system requirements to learn more.

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How do I deploy VDI-in-a-Box?

VDI‑in‑a‑Box radically simplifies virtual desktop setup, taking you from zero to production in under an hour.

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How-to videos: Fundamentals

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Fundamentals (3:51)

This video describes the basics of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, a Shared-Nothing VDI virtual appliance that provisions and manages virtual desktops using inexpensive off-the-shelf servers and delivers high-availability without requiring shared storage.

Sizing your VDI-in-a-Box infrastructure (8:10)

This video shows you how to properly size your VDI-in-a-Box
infrastructure for your intended workload.

Importing the VDI Manager (3:20)

This video shows how quickly and easily you can setup an off-the-shelf server to deliver virtual desktops using Citrix VDI-in-a-Box. This is a first in a series of videos demonstrating the ease-of-use and features of VDI-in-a-Box.

Assigning VDI Manager a static IP address (1:42)

This video shows you how to assign a Static IP address to your Citrix VDI-in-a-Box virtual appliance. This is helpful for maintaining grid stability, and ensuring reliable communication between the servers in your grid.

Importing a Windows image (5:41)

This video shows you how to import a virtual machine into the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box VDI Manager. The virtual machine is then used to create your golden image

Generating desktops from a template (3:20)

This Citrix VDI-in-a-Box tutorial shows you how to create templates and automatically provision desktops across the vdiGrid using a golden image.

Assigning users to templates (2:49)

This Citrix VDI-in-a-Box tutorial provides an overview of templates and images in VDI-in-a-Box as well as how to create desktop pools and create administrative policies to manage and provision the desktops.

Accessing your virtual desktop from Windows/Mac/Linux (2:33)

This video shows you three different ways to access your VDI-in-a-Box Virtual Desktop from Windows/Mac/Linux based endpoints - Web browser, Citrix Receiver and Java client.

Citrix Tutorial - Joining a new Server to your VDI-in-a-Box Grid (2:45)

This VDI-in-a-Box tutorial will show you how to add an additional server to the vdiGrid, enable load balancing, and enable the high availability.

How-to videos: Advanced

Using the built-in HTML5 Receiver (2:07)

VDI-in-a-Box comes with a built-in HTML5 Receiver allowing users to connect to their VDI-in-a-Box desktops using only a web browser.

Shadowing user sessions with Microsoft Remote Assist (2:26)

A video describing how to use the inbuilt shadowing functionality of VDI-in-a-Box to enable administrators to connect to user sessions using Microsoft Remote Assist.

Managing SSL Certificates in Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 (2:41)

This video will introduce the new Manage SSL Certificate interface found in VDI-in-a-Box 5.4

Using the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync (2:48)

This video explains how to install and configure the Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync for use with a VDI-in-a-Box grid

Using StoreFront (6:38)

This video describes the process and infrastructure necessary to deploy
Citrix StoreFront for use with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box

Using multiple datastores (4:12)

This video describes the advantages and methods of using up to three
separate datastores with VDI-in-a-Box

Exporting VDI-in-a-Box golden images (1:33)

This video walks through the process of exporting a VDI-in-a-Box image

Backing up and restoring personal desktops (7:33)

This video will discuss how to backup and restore personal desktops in VDI-in-a-Box.

VDI-in-a-Box grid-wide virtual IP (3:23)

How to set up Connection load-balancing using Grid-Wide virtual IP.

Configuring active directory failover (2:57)

Learn how to configure VDI-in-a-Box to work with a redundant Active Directory infrastructure.

Managing profiles with Citrix User Profile Management (3:36)

This video shows you how to configure your VDI-in-a-Box desktops to work with Citrix User Profile Management to ensures that your personal settings are applied to your virtual desktop and applications.

Migrating from VDI-in-a-Box to XenDesktop (3:32)

Brief video explaining how to use the built-in "Migrate to Citrix Studio" functionality in VDI-in-a-Box to easily migrate all images and settings from VDI-in-a-Box to XenDesktop.

Get more out of your
VDI-in-a-Box deployment

VDI-in-a-Box works with products across the Citrix portfolio to simplify IT and meet the needs of end users.

Citrix Receiver

Easy-to-install software provides access to apps, desktops, and data from any device.


Simple, cost-effective web conferencing for increased productivity and collaboration.


Secure, on-demand data sharing and storage with reduced cost and complexity.