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.

Site Creation

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:

  1. Deliver Applications and Desktops to your users (Our choice)
  2. Enable your users to remotely access their physical machines
  3. 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

Next, we’re going to chose the option ‘A fully configured, Production Ready Site (Recommend for new user)” and give the site a name


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

One thing to note, is that you’ll need to load your licenses into the license server ahead of time or use the 30 day trial

When dealing with XenDesktop, we have a few ways of provisioning virtual machines:

  1. Provisioning Services (PVS)
  2. 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


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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