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Number of servers and hardware spec needed to build XenApp 7.6 farm?

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Hello there,

I need to build XenApp 7.6 farm with Provisioning Servers, to publish Apps. As we already have XD 56 farm, and would like to leverage StoreFront Servers and Netscaler.

In that case I was thinking of:

2 x PVS 7.6 servers
2 x ZDC servers (XML)
4 x XenApp 7.6 servers (Prod) with write cache drive
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Leverage 2 x SF servers by aggregating 2 x XML servers to list Publsihed App from the XA 7.6 farm.

Please advise.

Thanks and Regards
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by:Sekar Chinnakannu
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ITs entirely depend the users and the load how much apps going to take. If the old environment has the similar and the load is ok when users accessing then its good to go with same setup.
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by:amichaell
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That's about right.

-2 x PVS
-2 x Controllers (ZDCs and zones don't exist with XA 7.x)
-Your StoreFront and License server can reside on your Controllers if you wish
-The number of production XA servers you'll need depends upon your users and apps, though I recommend having a dedicated VM set aside for making updates to your vDisk.
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by:Dirk Kotte
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if you wish to use more than one StoreFront server, you need a loadbalancing solution like NetScaler.
you have to configure the base URL within SF, and i am not successfully to call the second SF server directly because this URL don`t match at this second server.
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by:goprasad
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Can we leverage SF severs with 2.0 version in XenApp 7.6 farm, will there be any compatibility issue? As XA 7.6 farm will on Windows 2012 servers and existing SF servers are on W2K8 R2.

Please advise.

Thanks and Regards
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"StoreFront 2.0 is the minimum supported version with this release."
http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenapp-xendesktop-76/xad-system-requirements-76.html#xad-system-req-76__other

but i would suggest to upgrade the SF Installation.
There should be some new Features, which are not available in the old Version.

The underlying OS has no relevance.
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by:amichaell
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2012 R2 or 2008 R2 will work with SF, though I recommend 2012 R2 as there are some built in IIS performance enhancements that you would have to manually configure with 2008 R2.
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