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Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Citrix Studio - Configure VMware Connection

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In Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Citrix Studio Configure New Site, we examined the basic configuration of Citrix XenDesktop site using Citrix Studio. In this article, the focus is on connecting the Citrix platform to VMware Hypervisor by the way of vCenter and the SDK.  

  1. The VMware vSphere server configured in a lab with storage
  2. The correct Active Directory permissions are assigned to a Role in vSphere or a specific service account
  3. Citrix XenDesktop is installed on separate server and the Site for POC configured 
Log in to the XenDesktop Controller built for proof-of-concept, run Citrix Studio, expand Configuration, and click on Hosting, the right-hand side "Add Connection and Resources."

IMAGE1.pngAdd Connection and Resources

In the Connection page, select VMware vSphere as the Host type.

Enter https://vspherepoc01.vcissgroup.com/sdk as the vSphere URL. The URL must contain the FQDN of the vSphere server. This is where XenDesktop requires vSphere connectivity to SDK. Refer to Part Two for the HTTPS certificate steps.
IMAGE2.pngNote: This runs in the context of a logged-on user who must have vSphere permissions or an appropriate role.

Enter the "Address", "Username", "Password" and "Connection Name" > Choose "Studio tools (Machine Creation Services)" > Click Next

IMAGE3.pngClick Next > XenDesktop connects as the Active Directory service account or uses the ID of the user currently logged on and performing the installation.
  • Permissions must match those provided in Step One for vSphere permissions
IMAGE4.pngOn the Storage screen, one should see the storage logical unit numbers (LUNs) available to the Citrix XenDesktop Site Controller. This is the storage configured as a prerequisite step. We have allocated two datastores of 1 TB each. We are creating "Random Pooled Desktops" so select "Use same storage for virtual machines and vDisks" > Next.

IMAGE5.pngThe summary screen provides a quick overview of the connection address, name, networks, and storage. Click Finish.
In Citrix Studio there exists a new "Hosting Connection".  
IMAGE7.pngNow we want to run the built-in tests using the "Test Resources" option in Citrix Studio. Expand "Configuration" > Click "Hosting" > on the right-hand side click "Test Resources."
IMAGE8.pngTest resources executes a series of tests then produces a report.

IMAGE9.pngCheck the report and remediate any issues found.  
In this section, we configured the XenDesktop site and created a hosting connection to VMware vSphere using the SDK. This was done without error because we addressed the SSL certificate issue in prior steps. After configuring the hosting section we ran the "Test Resources" task and reviewed the report.

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