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Tutorial on how to Deploy Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 1912 LTSR

  • Deploy Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop – Single Server Deployment

Deploy Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop –Single Server Deployment

Tutorial on how to quickly setup a new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 1912 LTSR with the following components in a Windows 2019 Server Standard

  • Delivery Controller
  • Studio
  • Director
  • Citrix License Server
  • StoreFront

Installation of Delivery Controller (DDC)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops control plane is built on Microsoft Azure, providing IT a single management interface that enables you to manage all your environments from one cloud-based location. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service provides you with the tools you need to deploy apps and desktops at scale, including.

  • What is Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops? Citrix builds on their long-standing partnership with Microsoft and offers multiple VDI deployment options for Citrix solutions on Microsoft Azureincluding virtual apps, desktops, data and networking.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for Azure is a desktop and app virtualization service available through Azure Marketplace or agreements with Citrix. Use familiar tools to manage on-premises Citrix deployments alongside Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure, supporting cloud modernization while maximizing your existing investment.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service. $15 USD.Per user, per month. Deployed as a cloud service to deliver the latest features of your Windows and Linux applications and desktops to any device. Unified management over all apps, images, and environments - both on-prem and cloud-hosted - from a single console.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (XenApp & XenDesktop) Subscribe to RSS notifications of new downloads. Best practices for upgrade Before you start the upgrade process, make sure you check the following Citrix Documentation here. End-user adoption resources.

Delivery Controller is the server-side component that is responsible for managing user access, plus brokering and optimizing connections. Controllers also provide the Machine Creation Services that create desktop and server images.

Download Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1912 LTSR (Around 2.8GB) via Citrix Portal

Mount the downloaded ISO file and click on AutoSelect. Click Start to install Virtual Apps and Desktops

Click Get Started to install 1st Delivery Controller

Select I have read, understand, and accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next to continue

Click Next

Click Next

A warning message will be prompted if the VM is less than 6GB RAM

Click Next

Click Install

Uncheck Collect Diagnostic Information if you do not want to send information to Citrix Cloud and click Next

Reboot the server once installation is completed successfully

Installation of StoreFront

Citrix StoreFront is an enterprise application store that provides an interface for users to access XenDesktop and XenApp virtual desktops and applications remotely.

Click AutoSelect on the mounted ISO file, and select Citrix StoreFront

Accept the license agreement and click Next

Click Next to deploy IIS Roles automatically

Click Install

Reboot the server manually to finish the installation of StoreFront

Initial Configuration Using Citrix Studio

Studio is the management console where you configure and manage your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment.

Launch Citrix Studio to setup a Site by clicking on Deliver Applications and Desktop to your users

Select A Fully Configured, Production-ready Site (Recommended for new users) and specify a Site Name to create a new Site

The following 3 x Databases are created in Local SQL Express

  • Site DB – CitrixAENTISSite
  • Monitoring DB – CitrixAVENTISMonitoring
  • Logging DB – CitrixAVENTISLogging

Select Use the free 30-day Trial to install trial license to Citrix Licensing Server


Machine Creation Services (MCS) is used to provision Virtual Machines (VMs) for Hosted Share Applications & Dedicated Windows 10 machines via VMware vCenter.

Accept the Certificate Warning if Self Sign Certificate is used in vCenter

Select Use storage shared by hypervisors to store provisioned VM in Shared Datastore

Click Next to continue

Click Finish to start to provision the new site with the configuration specified

Click Test Site Configuration to verify there is no error found on the new provisioned site

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Initial Configuration of StoreFront

Refer to Change Citrix StoreFront URL From HTTP to HTTPS to

  • Change the StoreFront Base URL from HTTP to HTTPS
  • Set Citrix StoreFront as Default Page in IIS
  • Allow user to login with thier AD Credential without specify AD Domain

Preparing Master Image for Servers OS

Prepare a Master Image for Server OS by following How to Prepare Master Image for Citrix MCS

Creating the Machine Catalog for Server OS

A machine catalog is a collection of desktops or physical computers that are managed as a single entity. To deliver applications and desktops to users, the machine administrator creates a catalog of machines and the assignment administrator allocates machines from the machine catalog to users by creating delivery groups.

Go to Citrix Studio and click on Machine Catalog – Set up machines for desktop and application or remote PC access

Click Next to continue

Select Multi-Session OS and click Next to continue

Select Machines that are power managed (for example, virtual machines or blade PCs) and Citrix Machine Creation Service (MCS). Click Next to continue

Select the Master Image called CITRIX-MASTER-SRV

Enter the number of VMs which will be deployed from Master Image and click Next to continue

Select the Organization Unit (OU) where the new VMs will be stored and enter the naming pattern, CITRIX-APP## in Account Naming Scheme

Enter a Machine Catalog Name & Description and click Finish

A new VM called CITRIX-APP01 will be provisioned in VMware Host

Refer to Disk Usage of VM provisioned by Citrix MCS to understand more on the Disk Size of VMs prepared by MCS

Client Accessing Citrix Apps from Internal Network

Download & Install Citrix Workspace app for Windows (132MB) by accepting default settings

App Protection – Protect corporate data against key logging and screen capture malware by scrambling keystrokes and saving screen shots as blank images as an add-on for on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Refer to the following links for more information

Login to with credential of domain users using Google Chrome

Click on Apps – Notepad and the ICA file will be downloaded instead of opening it in Citrix Workspace for now

Right click on the ICA file downloaded and select Open With. Select Citrix Connection Manager with Always use this app to open .ica files is checked

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Applications will be launched automatically when users click on the published icon now

Client Accessing Citrix Apps from Internet

Citrix Virtual Apps And Desktop Cost

Citrix NetScaler is required for users to access Citrix Apps from Internet, and you can refer to Integrate NetScaler VPX with StoreFront to integrate NetScaler VPX with StoreFront to allow users to access from Internet