In previous post we have installed Citrix Delivery Controller. So now we are ready to publish desktops and applications in our environment. Let’s start with Windows 2012 shared desktops.
I will show how to do this in 3 steps:
- How to install Virtual Delivery Agent
- How to create Machine Catalog
- How to create Delivery Group and publish desktop
Start “AutoSelect.exe” from XenDesktop 7.5 ISO. Select “Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Server OS” option.
I have installed Windows 2012 Standard server on Hyper-V. For Windows 2012 we are using Generation 2 virtual machine. In default configuration “Secure Boot” in enabled. For Virtual Delivery Agent we have to disable this option in VM configuration.
We want to publish desktops from only one Windows server.
In our installation we will manually select Delivery Controller.
And right now we have successfully installed “Virtual Delivery Agent” – “Citrix Desktop Service” is running.
Right now, we have already installed “Virtual Delivery Agent”. Agent was correctly registered in Delivery Controller. So we have to create Machine Catalog from which we will be taking machines for our desktops.
In Citrix Studio console go to Machine Catalogs and choose “Create Machine Catalog”.
We have Windows 2012 server so we have to create Windows Server OS catalog.
In this example we won’t use any technology to automatically provision servers.
Manually chose our server AD account.
We have to call somehow our catalog. Let’s call it “Windows Server 2012 Generic”.
In console we can check our catalog…
… with one server inside.
Right now we are ready to publish our desktop. We will also publish notepad application.
So again in Citrix Studio go to Delivery Groups and chose “Create Delivery Group”.
Chose “Windows Server 2012 Generic” catalog which we have created in 2nd Step.
Because we want to publish notepad we have to chose “Desktop and applications” delivery type.
Add access to our publication for specified user.
In this option we can chose which applications we want to publish. We can chose them from auto-discovered list …
… or select manually (in the same way as it was in XenApp 6.5).
Automatically put our desktop in StoreFront site.
The last step – chose name for our Delivery Group – let’s call it “Desktop 2012”.
In Studio we can see our Delivery Group.
Finally, we can do the test . Let’s open browser windows and enter StoreFront address – it’s located on Delivery Controller host.
And click on “Desktop 2012” icon to start our published shared desktop.
You can also go to “Apps” tab, to select published application.
Again in Citrix Studio console we can see, that we run 2 sessions (1 for notepad and 1 for Desktop 2012).
Now, we have published Windows 2012 Server desktop. Let’s do the same with Windows 2008 server.