Citrix CXD-210 XENAPP and XENDesktop 7.1X Administration
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COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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This course is designed for students with little or no previous XenApp or XenDesktop experience. Obtain foundational knowledge of XenApp and XenDesktop required to be successful with the platform. Learn to install, configure, and manage a highly available environment comprised of XenApp and XenDesktop controllers, StoreFront, Citrix Receiver, Director, and Profile management. Refer to the topic outline for a detailed view of topics covered in the course.

Note: This course is based on XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR (Long Term Service Release) including the hands-on labs providing a stable platform for learning.


Students interested in learning to install, configure, and manage XenApp and XenDesktop including: Administrators, Implementers / Engineers and Architects.

Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students prepare for this course by taking the following course:

CXA-105 XenApp and XenDesktop Foundations It is also recommended to gain a basic understanding of the following concepts and technologies:

Familiarity with how to navigate and use Windows Server 2012 R2


Course to run is subject to a minimum enrollment. Course may run as a virtual instructor led course if the minimum enrollment is not met. For more information, please contact: or call 207.775.0244.


Upon successful completion of this course, learners are able to:
Describe the architecture and communications of XenApp and XenDesktop components
Understand the prerequisites for a successful XenApp and XenDesktop deployment
Install and configure a highly available XenApp and XenDesktop site
Deploy and deliver apps and desktops to end users using Machine Creation Services (MCS)
Understand the differences and benefits of Provisioning Services as an image management solution
Install and configure a highly available Citrix StoreFront site
Install and configure Citrix Receiver for end user access
Set up Citrix Profile management for end user data
Understand and configure printing within a XenApp and XenDesktop environment
Understand and configure Citrix policies for managing end-user session experience
Understand how to configure basic security features of XenApp and XenDesktop
Use Citrix Director to monitor and troubleshoot end user sessions and view environment trends

Module 1: Architectural Overview
FlexCast models (use cases)
Connection flow process
Layered approach methodology
Hosting platform considerations

Module 2: Initial Requirements and Lab
Citrix consulting methodology
Supporting infrastructure requirements
Supporting infrastructure licensing considerations
Preparing for Windows 10 and Server 2016 with AppDNA
Lab environment

Module 3: Installing and Configuring a XenApp and XenDesktop Site
Licensing considerations
Installation and management
Basic license server troubleshooting
Delivery Controller role
The XenApp and XenDesktop Site
Databases and the Local Host Cache (LHC)

Module 4: Provision and Deliver Application and Desktop Resources
The Virtual Delivery Agent
Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups
Provisioning methods and considerations
Provisioning methods: Machine Creation Services (MCS) in depth
MCS environment considerations
Creating resources

Module 5: Providing Access with Citrix StoreFront and Receiver
StoreFront installation and architecture
StoreFront authentication services
Self Service Password Reset
Citrix Receiver
Receiver configurations

Module 6: Understanding and Configuring Citrix Policies
Policies introduction
Policies for session management

Module 7: Application Presentation and Management
Application properties
File-type association
Workspace Control
Shortcut placement
Session Prelaunch and Session Lingering
Application groups

Module 8: Printing with XenApp and XenDesktop
Printing introduction
Print job routing
Printer driver management
Citrix Universal Print Driver and Server

Module 9: Citrix Profile Management
User profiles
Configuring Citrix Profile management

Module 10: Managing the XenApp and XenDesktop Site
Delegated administration
Logging and reporting
Introduction to Zones
Introduction to PowerShell
Reboot schedules for the Server VDA

Module 11: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Redundancy
Component failure review
Methods of redundancy
Configuring site and access infrastructure redundancy

Module 12: XenApp and XenDesktop Site Basic Network Security
Citrix administrator introduction to security considerations
Certificate authority
XML service security
External HDX connection security with NetScaler Gateway

Module 13: Monitoring the XenApp and XenDesktop Site
Introduction to Citrix Director
Navigating Director
Trends and reports
Alerts and notifications
Monitoring sessions
Interacting with sessions
Network monitoring with HDX Insight

Module 14: Introduction to Supporting and Troubleshooting XenApp and XenDesktop
Introduction to supporting XenApp and XenDesktop Site
Known issue awareness
XenApp and XenDesktop Hotfixes and the Long Term Service Release
Common Troubleshooting Tools