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Hi Guys,

My question is when preparing a server for the install of the Virtual Delivery Agent, how should the applications be installed?

The way I do it currently is run the installer via the RDS installer in the Control Panel.

Also how would this be done on XenDesktop (Windows 7 or Windows 8 VDI) would it be the same, install it via the RDS installer in the control panel?
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by:Carl Webster
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For a desktop OS, that is not necessary but there is nothing wrong with doing it that way.

For a server OS, that is a good way to do it.  Any application that is written to Windows standards and the installer is written to Windows standards will automatically switch the server in and out of install mode so the application is installed "terminal server" aware.
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So for example if I install MS Office I can just run the installer from the office media and that should suffice?

Also for the desktop OS is this the same? Should I do it via the RDS for the installer?
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Yes, Office will put the server automatically in and out of install mode.

Desktop OS cannot have TS/RDS mode so it makes no difference.  Just install all apps on a desktop OS the way you always have.  Only Server OS is different (if you are going to install the XA/XD VDA on a server OS to offer up apps to multiple users).
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by:Rizzle
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Right ok,

So to finish up:

Server side: MS apps auto put the server into install mode when being installed, only some apps require the RDS install option via Control Panel,

Desktop side: Just install apps in the normal way but what about if an app isn't written by MS?
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by:Carl Webster
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You are correct.

Some of us old timers still do the old command prompt, change user /install, install app, change user /execute routine.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781026(v=ws.10).aspx
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That will apply for the Desktop OS's (Windows 7 & Windows 8) as well right? (change user command line)

You definitely cant do the Control Panel RDS install for Desktop OS?

Server side for apps non MS run it via the control panel or the manual procedure above?
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by:Rizzle
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To conclude is the below correct:

For MS apps on a server OS : The installer itself will put the server into install mode
For non MS apps on a server OS: Use the installer in the Control Panel

For MS apps on a Desktop OS: Just run the installer normally
For non MS apps on a Desktop OS:  ???
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No, only a server OS with RDS role installed would use the change user stuff.  A desktop OS cannot and will not use it.

Never tried to install an app on a desktop OS from Control Panel.

If it is a "proper" Windows app, it should do the /install and /Execute itself.  I never trust apps from anyone but MS to do that so I use the Control Panel or /install /execute stuff.

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For MS apps on a server OS : The installer itself will put the server into install mode
For non MS apps on a server OS: Use the installer in the Control Panel

For MS apps on a Desktop OS: Just run the installer normally
For non MS apps on a Desktop OS:  Just run the installer normally
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by:Rizzle
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Brilliant Carl,

Thanks for clearing that up! no doubt I will need you again soon on something Citrix related (You best come to my aid again lol!)

I do have another Citrix based question open if you want to take a peek and see if you can provide some input :p
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Send me a link to the question.  I am getting ready to go to Barcelona and Oslo to speak at two conferences but will see what I can help you with.
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JoHarder is a former Citrix architect for XenApp 6.0 and there is no one better to help you with that issue.
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