Training Citrix Virtualisation (CVE400/CVA500) FastTrack – 5 days

Class overview :

This is an intensive 5-day course combining CVA500 ‘Architecting a Citrix Virtualization Solution’ and CVE400 ‘Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution’ courses

Class goals :

Upon completion of this course, learners are able to:

  • Explain the benefits and considerations for VM storage, including local host disk, iSCSI SAN, Fibre Channel SAN and NFS SAN
  • Explain how network considerations, including network topology, utilization requirements and the number of interfaces, affect a virtualization host server
  • Configure network connectivity and storage for the XenServer host
  • Configure a resource pool for optimal performance
  • Identify information in the project documentation that is required for project decision-making purposes
  • Create an order of execution plan that reflects the tasks required to implement the virtual solution and organizational goals
  • Identify the available Provisioning Services server optimizations
  • Install, configure and test a Provisioning Services configuration
  • Configure XenApp for optimal performance in a virtualized environment
  • Prepare, install and configure a provisioned XenApp server within a Citrix virtualization solution
  • Identify the components that comprise a XenDesktop virtual solution
  • Provision a XenDesktop pool in a virtual solution
  • Identify the uses and differences of EdgeSight for Load Testing, EdgeSight for Endpoints and EdgeSight for XenApp
  • Configure an EdgeSight alert to trigger a Workflow Studio workflow
  • Identify common workflows that can be automated using Workflow Studio
  • Perform a XenApp server upgrade using the vDisk update process
  • Describe the phases of the Citrix Consulting Methodology and distinguish between Assessment and Design projects
  • Determine the type of information to be collected about the existing desktop infrastructure and supporting processes
  • Describe how applications can be delivered within a Citrix virtualization infrastructure
  • Identify the server performance metrics that determine whether a server is a good virtualization candidate
  • Identify areas of the network architecture that should be included in an infrastructure assessment
  • Identify which factors to check when assessing security and the user authentication process
  • Gather data about testing, control and support processes, as well as user issues, backup and recovery plans in an environment
  • Define the purpose of the conceptual architecture diagram, documentation and validation process
  • Evaluate and recommend delivery methods for application types
  • Recognize tuning and optimizations that can improve the performance of the operating system and server
  • Describe the design considerations for the Desktop Delivery Controller and Citrix XenDesktop farms
  • Identify options for providing Provisioning Services bootstrap redundancy and available network optimizations for Provisioning Services
  • Determine the optimal shared storage design to provide high availability for vDisks and the optimal vDisk type to implement in an environment
  • Determine the appropriate network design for a XenServer implementation in an environment
  • Determine how to configure an Access Gateway implementation for an environment
  • Describe general ICA protocol optimization techniques
  • Evaluate design considerations for integrating Branch Repeater into an Access Gateway design
  • Recognize how risk can impact a virtualization solution

Content of Citrix Virtualisation (CVE400/CVA500) FastTrack

Host Server Concepts

  • Key Virtualization Terms
  • Hardware Configuration
  • Memory Considerations
  • CPU Considerations
  • Network Considerations
  • Virtual Machine Management
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Identifying Media Storage Considerations
  • Differentiating Between Local Storage and SAN
  • Determining RAM Scalability
  • Determining CPU Scalability
  • Determining Network Interface Strategies
  • Determining HA Priority Levels
  • Identifying Storage Overcommitment Risks

XenServer Integration

  • ISO Storage
  • Pre-Installation Considerations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Configuring XenServer Networking
  • Configuring XenServer Storage
  • Creating a Resource Pool
  • Testing High Availability

Project Planning and Implementation Strategies

  • Project Roles
  • Project Documentation
  • Implementation Planning
  • Implementation Case Studies
  • Identifying Gaps in Documentation
  • Interpreting Project Documentation and Identifying Goals

Provisioning Services Integration

  • Network Support of Streaming
  • Provisioning Services Optimizations
  • Streaming Other Workloads
  • Troubleshooting
  • Installing and Configuring Provisioning Services Server
  • Creating and Configuring the vDisk
  • Testing the Configuration
  • Adding Additional Server to Farm
  • Configuring Load Balancing and HA for Provisioning Services

XenApp Integration

  • Application Delivery
  • XenApp Configurations
  • Provisioning Services with XenApp
  • XenApp Migration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Installing XenApp
  • Provisioning XenApp Servers
  • Configuring XenApp Servers

XenDesktop Integration

  • Virtual Desktop Components
  • Desktop Groups
  • XenDesktop Management
  • NetScaler VPX
  • Troubleshooting
  • Installing the Desktop Delivery Controller
  • Installing the Additional Desktop Delivery Controllers
  • Configuring the XenDesktop Farm
  • Creating a Virtual Desktop VM
  • Provisioning the XenDesktop Pool
  • Configuring the Desktop Group
  • Testing the Desktop Pool
  • Configuring NetScaler VPX

Virtualized Environment Monitoring

  • EdgeSight
  • EdgeSight for Load Testing
  • Installing EdgeSight for Load Testing
  • Installing EdgeSight Server
  • Configuring the EdgeSight Server
  • Installing EdgeSight Agent Database Server
  • Installing EdgeSight Agent on XenDesktop Desktops
  • Configuring EdgeSight
  • Testing the Monitoring Environment

Virtualized Environment Maintenance

  • Workflow Studio Overview
  • Workflow Automation
  • Sample Maintenance Workflows
  • XenApp and XenDesktop Server Backup
  • Configuring a XenServer Metadata Backup Schedule
  • Performing a XenServer Hotfix Update
  • Performing a XenApp Application Update
  • Upgrading a Provisioned XenApp Server
  • Configuring Lab Manager
  • Configuring Citrix Receiver for Citrix Dazzle

Project Management

  • Overview: Objectives
  • Citrix Consulting Methodology
  • Assessment and Design Projects
  • Documentation

Business Goals

  • 3-to-5 Year Plan
  • Growth
  • IT Projects

User Community

  • User Groups
  • Endpoints
  • Usage Habits
  • User Locations
  • User Satisfaction

Operating System Delivery

  • Desktop Images
  • Image Build Process
  • Desktop Maintenance

Application Delivery

  • General Applications
  • Special Applications
  • Application Virtualization

Server Virtualization

  • Current Solution
  • Physical Server Assessment


  • Server Hardware
  • Network Architecture
  • Windows Server and Active Directory
  • Enterprise Storage
  • Databases

Security and Personalization

  • Authentication
  • Permissions
  • A/V
  • Logon Scripts
  • Profiles
  • Active Directory Policies

Operations and Support

  • Monitoring and Management
  • Testing and Change Control
  • Support
  • Disaster Recovery

Conceptual Architecture

  • Executive Summary
  • Enterprise Design

Virtualization Infrastructure Design

  • Virtualized Components
  • Server Hardware
  • Network Configuration
  • High Availability
  • Storage
  • Resource Pool Design
  • Capacity Planning
  • Physical Server Migration

Operating System Delivery Design

  • Provisioning Services Operating System
  • Hardware
  • Capacity Planning
  • HA
  • Cache
  • Farm Design
  • A/V
  • Bootstrap Redundancy
  • Device Collections
  • Optimization
  • SQL Database
  • vDisk Storage Location
  • Enterprise Storage
  • vDisk Type
  • Write Cache Encryption

Application Delivery Design

  • Applications
  • Integration
  • Application Streaming Cache
  • Optimizations

Desktop Delivery Design

  • Desktop Delivery Controller
  • Farm Design
  • Virtual Machine Specifications
  • Desktop Groups
  • Desktop Images
  • Profiles Design
  • Policy Design
  • Desktop Monitoring

Access Design

  • Resource Delivery
  • Access Scenarios
  • Access Gateway Deployment Modes
  • Server Load Balancing

Delivery Optimization

  • ICA Acceleration
  • WAN Acceleration
  • Branch Repeater and Access Gateway Integration

Business Continuity Design

  • Component Failover
  • Site Failover
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