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Is it okay to set up a pilot Citrix Farm in the same domain as a production Citrix Farm?

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I currently have a very old Citrix Farm that is running Presentation Server 4.5 in my domain. We are planning to replace the existing farm with a new Xen App 6.5 Citrix Farm with Xen Desktop. Is it recommended to create a pilot Xen App 6.5 Citrix Farm in the same domain as a production farm?  I am taking a class on Xen App 6.5 soon and I would like to work with the product prior to taking the class and I would like to model my current environment as much as possible with printers etc.
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Sure you can do that with no issues.  XenApp 6.5 requires a separate database for the data store.  You can have both farms running and neither will see or know about the other.  You can use Web Interface to transition users to the new 6.5 farm.

http://carlwebster.com/using-one-citrix-web-interface-site-with-multiple-xenapp-farms-3/

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Do I need to make sure that the two farms have different names? I believe the current farm name is ESCGNV.
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Not necessary I believe , as the farms are completely different as long as you know where to go for what should not be any issue. As the datastores will be different , servers are different , I don't see any issues with the same name.

But its better to use a slightly different name to avoid any confusion.
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It would be easier on you but since there are two different databases, it will not matter.  I personally would use different names.

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