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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 on Hyper-V 2008 R2 with SCVMM 2012 - Part 1

Introduction

n this multi-part series of blog posts, I will deploy Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 using Hyper-V 2008 R2 and System Centre 2012 as the virtualisation platform. I won't go into a lot of detail on how to install each component and I won't include a lot of screenshots because it just isn't necessary, there is plenty of next, next, finish involved. If you are following along with this and you get stuck, please post a comment and I will promptly reply.
 
This is not designed to be a best practice deployment, it's designed to be a full-featured lab deployment. It will probably help those getting started with XenDesktop more than those that have been using it for a period of time. There will also be some useful Hyper-V and System Centre components in the procedures.
 

Infrastructure

The environment, when complete, will consist of:
  • A Windows Server 2008 R2 Server running the Hyper-V role – Because it is a single-server deployment, I'll be using the GUI. If this were a larger deployment, the decision made here would be different. Hyper-V Server or Server Core would have to be considered as an alternative
  • A Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Controller, also running DNS, DHCP and KMS
  • A SQL Server 2008 R2 Database instance that will be used for all SQL Server instances
  • A SCVMM 2012 Server for managing Hyper-V and giving the Desktop Controller something to chat with
  • A Citrix XenDesktop Controller that will also run Web Interface and Desktop Director and a Citrix Licensing Server
  • A Citrix Provisioning Services Server
  • Various Windows 7 Guests (Pooled, Dedicated, Existing, etc.) with various applications installed
  • A few Windows 7 Master Images
  • A NetScaler VPX (free version) for remote access
 

Server Configuration

The following servers will be deployed:
Name
Role
IP Address/Mask
vCPU
vRAM
vDisk
DC1
Domain Controller
192.168.10.100/24
2
2GB
40GB
SQL1
SQL Server
192.168.10.101/24
2
4GB
40GB
SCVMM1
System Centre
192.168.10.102/24
2
4GB
40GB
CTXCTR1
Citrix Controller
192.168.10.103/24
2
2GB
40GB
 
 
 
 
2GB
 
VPX
NetScaler VPX
192.168.10.105/24
--
--
--
HV1
Hyper-V Server
192.168.10.110/24
N/A
N/A
N/A
<Type>VDI###
Virtual Desktops
10.0.0.11-100/24 (DHCP)
1
2GB
40GB
<Type>MASTER
Master Image
10.0.0.11-100/24 (DHCP)
1
2GB
40GB

Deploy the VMs (HV1)

Deploy a VM for each of the servers using the configuration information above. Run up an install of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, set the password, hostname and network information. Then continue on here.

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