XenApp 7.6 Installation / Configuration

ok so I remember the days when you installed Server 2000/2003 as TS, then installed Citrix on top of that, published a few apps, provided access to those apps via security groups, configured IIS, etc.  Simple 4 or 5 hour install from start to finish and your users were off and running

Well fast forward about 15 years  :-) and about 9 frustrating hours into this, I now find myself in need of utilizing Citrix again for publishing apps instead of giving my users RDP access.  

I've installed 2008 R2, walked through the installation of XenApp 7.6 using the Citrix user guide, but dang.. this thing for ONLY publishing apps (i have no desire to do anything else with it) is such a beast and am having issues with it's configuration and access.  Obviously it's something I'm either doing wrong or not doing at all.

Are there any good, idiot-proof  step by step guides for someone that hasn't touched Citrix in 15 years and will ONLY be using this for application access via the web and only utilizing 1 server for the Citrix environment.  It's use it more of a convenience than that of a need so it's not critical nor even important to be redundant, load balanced, using multiple servers, etc.  The end users will have access to NOTHING else other than the apps I want them to have access to.

Thanks in advance
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Todd WSystems AdministratorAsked:
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Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:
10,000 foot view of the process:

Install 2008 R2, install Controller and what other options you need (licensing, Studio, etc). THat is your main management server now. Like having a dedicated Collector back in the day.

Create a VM with 2008 R2. Join to domain.
Install the VDA.
Install your applications.
Shutdown server.
Take snapshot.
In Studio, create Machine Catalog using your snapshot.
In Studio, create delivery group using the machine created in the machine catalog.
Edit delivery group and go thru the properties changing what you need to change.
Edit each published application you selected during the delivery group creation and select "place shortcut on user's desktop" (if you want icons on the user's desktop).

Now the hard part, StoreFront. You have to setup StoreFront. You can use Web Interface 5.4 Update 2 if that will speed things up for you.

Users connect to StoreFront and access the published apps.
Todd WSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
so does Citrix only work in a VM environment now?  I have no VM environment, nor do I intend to use one.

I was under the impression that I could run the entire shooting match off the single physical server I wanted to install it on?
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - FellowCommented:
You do not have to use VMs at all but the new XD/XA is really wired to that direction.

As to using only one server for everything, I don't think so. You will have to have a management server to run the Controller and Studio (and possibly Licensing and StoreFront/Web Interface). The second server can have the VDA installed and you can use that as your XenApp server.  In Studio, when you create the Hosting Connection, from the dropdown list select "No Management".

You will create a non power managed machine catalog and add the machine by ad account.

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Todd WSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
that's disappointing.. oh well back to restricted RDP access then.. Carl thank you for the information sir.
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