Part 4: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Site Creation
After we’ve successfully installed the Delivery Controller, Studio (Management Console), and Director (Monitoring), we now need to configure the site. This is where we’ll need to ensure that our License Server and SQL servers are up and running.
- Part 1: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Introduction
- Part 2: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – What’s the difference between FMA and IMA?
- Part 3: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Delivery Controller, Studio, Director, and StoreFront
- Part 4: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Site Creation
- Part 5: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Virtual Delivery Agent
- Part 6: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Configuring StoreFront
- Part 7: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Publishing Applications and Desktops using PVS
- Part 8: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Publishing Applications and Desktops using MCS
- Part 9: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Installing Receiver and Configuring Single Sign-On (SSO)
- Part 10: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Installing Provisioning Services (PVS)
The creation of a Citrix site is actually quite simple, however like with many products, make sure to plan carefully when deploying your first site. It is also worth noting, that we can have multiple different sites.
The first step is to launch Studio from the Delivery Controller and you should be presented with three options:
- Deliver Applications and Desktops to your users (Our choice)
- Enable your users to remotely access their physical machines
- Connect this delivery controller to an existing site
Since this is going to be our first XenDesktop deployment and since we don’t have any sites, we’re going to create one from scratch
We now need to provide the database server information for the XenDesktop Site. In my lab, I have a dedicated SQL Server 2012 server which we’re going to be using for this demonstration. I’ve also chosen to name the Site database CTXDB, but you should name it according your organization standards
If you don’t create the database ahead of time, you will be prompted with the following warning to which you can click OK and have Citrix will create the database for you
Once the database has been created, we’ll need to specify the license server information. In my lab, my PVS server also acts as a License Server
- Provisioning Services (PVS)
- Machine Creation Services (MCS)
If you chose option one, you’ll need to provide some information as to what type of hypervisor you’re going to be using and all the login information required for XenDesktop to be able to provision virtual machines.
In our lab, we’re going to be using both MCS and PVS, so I’ll have a blog covering both. For now, we’re going to chose MCS and provide all the necessary information
We now need to specify some information for the VDI resources. The info is quite basic, we’ll need to define a network, a resource pool, and a name for the resource itself
Select the appropriate datastore
For the App-V section, I chose not to enable it, but we’re going to be talking about it later on in another blog post
Now, we just need to confirm all the settings are correct and click on Finish to provision the new site