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CXD-252: Moving to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service on Citrix Cloud with Microsoft Azure

Code: CXD-252
Length: 5 Days

Navigate to the Citrix Cloud and Deploy XenApp and XenDesktop workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Delivery format(s)
Navigate the move from an on-premises environment into Citrix Cloud and learn to deploy resource locations onto Microsoft Azure. Learn the architecture, communications, and management of Citrix Cloud and the XenApp and XenDesktop Service and then migrate existing infrastructure and settings into Citrix Cloud. Plan machine catalog and virtual machine design based in Microsoft's public cloud and deploy those machines using Machine Creation Services. Additional Azure considerations include maintenance and power management. Learn to configure Citrix StoreFront and NetScaler Gateway as a service within Citrix Cloud or as managed machines in your datacenter or on the Azure platform for remote access.

This course is currently based on XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13 components and Citrix Cloud.


Experience deploying and managing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 in on-premises environment.

Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Azure platform including:

  •  Virtual machine management
  •  Storage
  • Azure Resource Manager portals
  • Networking

    • Understand the differences between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on-premises and the  Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service
    • How to install, configure, and manage Citrix Cloud Connectors
    • Deploy and manage Virtual Delivery Agent machines to on-premises resource locationsas well as in Microsoft Azure using MCS.
    • Integrate Citrix Cloud and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops with Microsoft Azure Active Directory


    Built for experienced IT Professionals familiar with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 in an on-premises environment moving to the Citrix Cloud and deploying their Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops workloads on Microsoft Azure.


    Module 1: Introduction to Citrix Cloud
    • What is Citrix Cloud
    • Citrix Cloud Services
    • Citrix Cloud Operation and Architecture
    • Citrix Cloud Administration

    Module 2: Citrix Cloud Connectors
    • Cloud Connector Architecture
    • Installing and configuring Citrix Cloud Connectors
    • Securing Citrix Cloud Connectors
    • Citrix Cloud with Multiple Domains

    Module 3: Introduction to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service
    • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Deployment Models
    • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service with
    On-Premises Resources
    • Configuring the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service
    • Delivering Apps and Desktop to End-Users Using
    On-Premises Resources with MCS

    Module 4: Managing the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service
    • Citrix Studio and Director
    • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Remote PowerShell SDK
    • Managing Multiple Resource Locations
    • Using PVS with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

    Module 5: Providing Access in Citrix Cloud
    • Selecting Between Workspace Experience and
    On-premises StoreFront
    • Consideration for Citrix ADC Gateway Locations
    • User Authentication

    Module 6: Operations and Support in Citrix Cloud
    • Citrix Smart Tools
    • Cloud Connector Operations
    • Monitoring your Environment

    Module 7: Public Cloud Considerations
    • General Public Cloud Considerations
    • Microsoft Azure as a Citrix Cloud Resource Location
    (Lecture only)
    • Amazon Web Services as a Citrix Cloud Resource Location
    (Lecture only)

    Module 8: On-Premises Migration to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service
    • Citrix Cloud Migration Options and Considerations
    • Migrating Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups
    • Migrating Policies and Settings
    • Considerations for Migrating to a Public Cloud

    Module 9: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on Azure Overview
    • Defining IAAS
    • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Azure Deployment Models
    • Azure Fundamentals Review
    • Azure Management
    • Azure Locations

    Module 10: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Integration with Azure Active Directory
    • Active Directory Basics
    • Active Directory Usage
    • Connecting On-premises Active Directory to Azure
    • Azure Role Based Access Control
    • Azure Locations

    Module 11: Connecting to Microsoft Azure
    • Azure Connectivity
    • Cloud Connectors in Azure
    • Creating Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Host
    Connections to Azure

    Module 12: Deploying Apps and Desktops using Machine Creation Services
    • Master Image Preparation
    • Machine Creation Services in Azure
    • Considerations for Deploying onto Azure

    Module 13: Providing Access to End Users
    • StoreFront Locations
    • Citrix ADC Locations
    • Multiple Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Zones in Azure Regions

    Module 14: Maintaining Infrastructure and VDAs in Microsoft Azure
    • Maintaining Infrastructure
    • Maintaining Resources
    • Power Management

    Module 15: Plan for a Successful POC
    • Planning your next steps

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