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Learn to successfully assess and design a XenDesktop 7 app and desktop solution based on the top key projects and architectures that a majority of Citrix customers implement, across different industries and use cases. You may also have an opportunity to build a design for your organization, and you will have access to all of the tools and reference materials required to support your work.


This course prepares you for the 1Y1-400 Designing Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solutions exam, a requirement for the Citrix Certified Expert - Apps and Desktops certification.

  • Identify the various components and communication protocols of the Excalibur architecture
  • Apply architectural understanding to desktop virtualization solutions
  • Conduct an organizational assessment focusing on business capabilities and requirements, applications, and users
  • Design desktop virtualization solutions
  • Verify and present design recommendations
  • Troubleshoot desktop virtualization designs


Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have:

  • Intermediate knowledge of Citrix Desktop Virtualization Components/Concepts
  • Basic understanding of project management and documentation best practices
  • Basic presentation skills
  • Windows Server Knowledge (Windows Server 2012), including Active Directory and DHCP
  • Basic networking knowledge
  • Knowledge of SQL Server and general understanding of databases, permissions, security, and high availability
  • General understanding of physical and virtual storage, including NAS, SAN, SSD, and CIFS
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere)
  • Completion of or equivalent knowledge of topics covered in:
    • Introduction to XenDesktop 7 (CXD-102)


This course is recommended for desktop virtualization solution designers such as architects, consultants, and engineers.

1. Architecture

  • Various components included in the XenDesktop 7 architecture
  • How the various components communicate and which protocols they are using
  • Apply architectural understanding to desktop virtualization solutions
  • Troubleshoot desktop virtualization design

2. Business Drivers

  • Specific business drivers for multiple verticals
  • Facilitate a discussion with the project team at an organization to prioritize business drivers

3. Data Capture

  • Best strategy for data collection given a specific organizational environment.
  • Types of application data to collect, the method for collecting them, and application data collection tools

4. User Segmentation

  • FlexCast models
  • Selecting the most appropriate method for segmenting users

5. Application Assessment

  • Process of application assessment
  • Rationalization of applications in a given case organization
  • Assess a suite of applications based on business needs and compatibility to a given XenDesktop delivery model

6. Project Management

  • Importance of project management for a successful implementation
  • Roles for a project plan

7. User Design

  • Make key decisions regarding user groups and device (endpoint) design
  • Organize user groups for design document
  • Identify and prioritize top user issues
  • Design user profile strategy
  • Design a printing strategy

8. Receiver

  • Define how applications will be delivered
  • Design Citrix Receiver deployment and maintenance

9. Resource Req. Recommendations

  • Identify recourse requirements
  • Make key design decisions regarding resource recommendations

10. Access

  • Design an authentication point (Storefront and NetScaler Gateway) strategy
  • Determine session and access policies, including user authentication and remote access
  • Design virtual desktop operating systems access
  • Calculate bandwidth for the desktop virtualization solution

11. Desktop

  • Make key design decisions regarding machine catalogs and groups
  • Design a personalization strategy including user profiles, user policies, and personal vDisk usage
  • Design an appropriate printing strategy

12. Application Delivery

  • Design a solution that meets application inventory and integration requirements
  • Identify characteristics of the applications that will impact placement as well as the application delivery architecture for the XenDesktop environment
  • Design an application delivery strategy

13. Desktop Delivery

  • Design a Desktop delivery topology, including Sites, XenDesktop Controllers per site, and load balancing
  • Design the underlying infrastructure, including database selection, license servers and Active Directory Integration
  • XenDesktop user and virtual desktop baseline policies

14. Networking Layer

  • Make key high availability design decisions
  • Integrate the XenDesktop infrastructure with the network infrastructure
  • WAN optimization, Multistream ICA, and DHCP functionality

15. Storage and Provisioning Layer

  • Make key design decisions regarding storage solutions
  • Features of and differences between PVS and MCS
  • Design a provisioning strategy with either PVS or MCS

16. Platform Layer

  • Make key design decisions regarding the hypervisor to be used in desktop virtualization solutions
  • Make accurate hardware c

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