XenApp XenDesktop best practice config and security guides

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
Do there exist any citrix (or 3rd party) best practice guides for configuring XenApp AND XenDesktop, or any documents that discuss best practice security of both Citrix tools that can be used as audit/security benchmarks......
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    Thats great. Do Citrix have any tools like Microsofts BPA (best practices analyzers) to review the configurations based on best practice, or are there any 3rd party tools to do such, if so can you provide details?

    Just before I print the guide off, if you are a citrix guru, if you are about to move into a citrix xenapp/desktop environment, what are the main design issues and risks you need to review and thrash out at design phase, and are there perhaps a top 10 key areas of concern during design phase you could list off?
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    I must admit I am not aware of any Citrix best practice analyzers. However if you look at the websites of the likes of Carl Webster, there are tons of scripts etc that you can use.

    Why the mixed XA/XD out of interest?

    Whichever you choose, I'd probably first be looking at a proof of concept - Citrix isn't a panacea by any means and with XA 6.5 being x64 only there can be application compatibility problems. Perhaps investigate virtualising your apps?

    It's not so easy to list a top-ten as each environment is different and unique - I usually tend to come at this from a backwards angle - what are the problems/issues you are trying to solve? What has led you to the conclusion that Citrix is the way forwards?

    One thing I would stress with XD is to make sure you scale the storage properly - check out the predicted IOPS and scale above it. This can sometimes be a deciding factor due to the costs involved.
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    >Why the mixed XA/XD out of interest?

    Still understanding the basics as not from a citrix background, i just got a copy of a design document for both for review and raise any concerns. Is a blended combination not common, is it normally one or the other?

    Can you link to Carls website? What kind of issues are his scripts checking for?
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    by:Tony1044 (though that's from memory :-) ) he has a world of information on there.

    Tomas Koenig is another top resource (Google his name - I may have it spelt slightly wrong).

    Mixed environments are not totally unusual - there can be a case for them but if you're starting from a green fields site (i.e. new from scratch) then it's more normal to choose one over the other.

    XD is gaining a lot of ground because, if nothing else, you can run native desktop applications. You have much more control over the desktop environments etc.

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