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Migrate XenDesktop 7 environment to new domain?

Posted on 2014-11-18
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We currently have two domains housed in a vmware environment. One of them runs Citrix XenDesktop 7.5.

Due to some restructuring, we are consolidating into one domain.

OPTIONS:
We will have to migrate all users from the non-Citrix domain into the Citrix domain (ADMT, Exchange, GPO, etc.)
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We will have to migrate the Citrix XenDesktop environment into the other domain. (Move PVS, SQL, DDC, etc.)

I've looked for an article or paper that discusses migrating XD7 servers to a new domain and haven't found one.

To me, it seems like a rock/hard place, catch 22,  <insert other interchangeable, worn out phrase>, on which task/project would be easier to manage. From a management perspective, we don't care which one takes place, only that it was as easy as possible.

Any solid architectural guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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In my opinion, it would be easiest to move the non-Citrix domain into the the Citrix domain. I'll tell you why.

There is no migration tool - as far as I know - which enables you to easily migrate all your Citrix components to a different domain. There would be either a lot of editing configurations to adapt to the new domain suffix (including redoing your PVS images), or you would have to rebuild your entire Citrix environment from scratch on the new domain. Seems like an aweful lot of work, plus the fact that you're effectively reducing your Citrix capacity whilst moving.
I don't know how business-critical XenDesktop is for your company, but in general it's one of the cornerstones.

It's easier just migrating your users, mailboxes and policies to the new domain since that can mostly be automated through Windows PowerShell.
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Spot on with advice I received from others.
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Glad to have been of passistance.
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