Part 3: Deploying XenDesktop 7.6 – Delivery Controller, Studio, and Director

In Part 3 of the series, we’re going to be covering the installation of the DCs (Delivery Controller), Studio (Management Console), and Directory (Monitoring tool – EdgSight).

Before proceeding the with installation of XenDesktop, we need to ensure we have some of the per-requisits covered:

Delivery Controller Requirements

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Datacenter Editions
  • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Datacenter Editions
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions

Other Requirements:

  • Disk space: 100 MB. Connection leasing (which is enabled by default) adds to this requirement; sizing depends on the number of users, applications, and mode (RDS or VDI). For example, 100,000 RDS users with 100 recently-used applications require approximately 3 GB of space for connection leases; deployments with more applications may require more space. For dedicated VDI desktops, 40,000 desktops require at least 400-500 MB. In any instance, providing several GBs of additional space is suggested.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 (Windows Server 2008 R2 only).
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 (4.5.2 is also supported).
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0 (included with Windows Server 2008 R2) or 3.0 (included with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012).
  • Visual C++ 2005, 2008 SP1, and 2010 Redistributable packages.

Database Requirements

Supported Microsoft SQL Server versions for the Site Configuration Database (which initially includes the Configuration Logging Database and the Monitoring Database):

  • SQL Server 2014, Express, Standard, and Enterprise Editions.
  • SQL Server 2012 SP1, Express, Standard, and Enterprise Editions. By default, SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express is installed when installing the Controller, if an existing supported SQL Server installation is not detected.
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2, Express, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions.

The following database features are supported (except for SQL Server Express, which supports only standalone mode):

  • SQL Server Clustered Instances
  • SQL Server Mirroring
  • SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups

More info can be found here on the Citrix Website. Now that we have our base covered with the pre-requisits, we can proceed with the installation.

Installation Procedure

The steps here are fairly simple and the screenshots themselves are self explanatory


Andrey Pogosyan

Andrey Pogosyan is a Virtualization Architect who’s focus is on infrastructure virtualization involving mainly VMware and Citrix products. Having worked in the IT industry for 10+ years, Andrey has had the opportunity to fulfill many different roles ranging from Desktop Support and all the way up to Architecture and Implementation. Most recently, Andrey has taken a great interest in the datacenter technology stack encompassing Virtualization, mainly VMware vSphere\View, Citrix XenApp\XenDesktop and Storage (EMC, HP, NetApp).

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