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i am planing to learn citrix i am looking for some traing material.. where can i find books and material for this..............?

i am planning to learn citrix presentation server 4 and get certified on this.. can some give links where can i find the best training material for this. And any suggestions how to learn this in a better way.. iam just a begineer in this...
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cyanitCommented:
You could try this site:
http://www.citrixguide.com/
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thegordoCommented:
Hi there

Are you looking for website material or books? Or would you be looking for training courses?

I have listed some areas for you below:

Websites:
I have a website which has some good links to the best sites as well as 'how to material':
www.citrix-support.com

Or here are some of the best sites:
www.dabcc.com
www.brianmadden.com
www.schinning.net
www.msterminalservices.org
www.thinplanet.com

For Books:
www.brianmadden.com/books

The best books I have found are the Kaplan Jones books:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_b/203-5087695-3331167?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=citrix+kaplan

QA-IQ are probably the best for training courses and certification - quite good value and a couple of the trainers are pretty good...
http://www.qa-iq.com/courses/searchresults.aspx?keywords=citrix&scope=title

If you need any more info which is more specific, let me know...

JG



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sasidhar_reddyAuthor Commented:
hi Thegordo
i want to learn it by myself...  :-) .. can you please tell me how to start with and to practise what all i need.

Thanks in advance
Sasidhar
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msguruCommented:
CBT Nuggets have good material:-
http://www.cbtnuggets.com/webapp/product?id=294
Also, of course, Citrix training - which is through their training partners (some are on-line):-
http://www.citrix.com/English/SS/education/training.asp

The best way to learn in my opinion, is to install the product yourself!  Start from downloading the manual for Presentation Server 4.  Here's a great link with all the Citrix Presentation Server manual downloads:-
http://geekswithblogs.net/wallabyfan/archive/2005/10/21/57625.aspx

Get a trial version of Citrix Presentation Server - ask either a reseller, or if you have an account manager at Citrix - then ask for a favour (although they are not supposed to send trial discs out).  You'll end up getting the Citrix Access Suite, which includes Presentation Server - along with a license key that you can activate on the Citrix web site.

If you need Microsoft Operating System software (e.g. Windows ;-), and you don't already have you own licenses - then here's a couple of options:-
http://partner.microsoft.com/actionpack
http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions

You will need some hardware to run it all on... here's the first step - check the Presentation Server manual for the minimum specs required to run it!

Best of luck!
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thegordoCommented:
I would agree with msguru...

The best way to learn is to buy a couple of books and then build a test environment yourself. Then you can install the OS, configure terminal services, install citrix and its datastore (SQL db) and then publish apps to users.

You can install most of the components on one server for evaluation purposes or you could use vmware...
http://www.brianmadden.com/content/article/HowTo-Build-a-Complete-Citrix-MetaFrame-Lab-with-VMware-Workstation

Good luck - any problems let us know!

JG
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thegordoCommented:
Another good link is this one from DABCC.. he is a well know citrix expert who wrote MIAB as a guide on how to build a good citrix environment....

http://www.dabcc.com/miab/miab30/Implementation-Phase-1.-Implementation-Phase-Overview-MIAB-3.aspx

The above version of MIAB is for Metaframe XP though...

He is still working on a guide for the current version....

Just in case you are confused...
The citrix offering has had a few name changes in past years....

Metaframe XP 1.0
Presentation Server 3.0
Presentation Server 4.0
Presentation Server 4.5 <current version>

Cheers

JG

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msguruCommented:
For a free trial version of Windows Server:- http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/ (note, when it expires - it expires!).

Free VMware Server:- http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
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tropez9Commented:
Here is where Citrix recommends you go to "Find Citrix Courses, Exams, Training Locations and Training Schedules to help you build your skills and increase your knowledge with your Citrix environment."

http://findcitrixtraining.com/
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