In the first part of the study guide for 1Y0-200 exam towards CCA-V certification (Citrix Summer Challenge-Part1) I’ve listed two books that I wanted to read as part of my preparations. Unfortunately the number of positions regarding Citrix technologies and especially XenApp/XenDesktop is very limited in comparison with Microsoft or VMware products.One justification for that might be of course presence of Citrix eDocs (eDocs) which is a comprehensive library containing technical documentation for current and legacy solutions and technologies. However there is one BUT...but what about new beginners who would like to start their adventure with the Citrix technologies? In that particular case eDocs are probably the worst possible source of information as there is to much details packed into too many articles.Luckily for those you can get a nicely written book: Getting Started with XenDesktop® 7.x by Craig Thomas Ellrod. You can get it on Amazon or SafariBooks.
Just to underline: I have no affiliation with either the author nor Packt Publishing.
REVIEW of THE BOOK
This book takes you through the basic installation and configuration of Citrix XenDeskto 7 and explains it in easy way with pictures.It gives you solid fundamentals to understand XenDesktop architecture as well as StoreFront and Receiver. It shows how to configure NetScaler, licensing and generate needed certificates. It contains a chapter regarding basic troubleshooting. The last chapter provides basic explanation of private, public and hybrid clouds and how Citrix XenDesktop fits into that picture.I liked also the explanation of vDisk and how calculate hardware resources.
What I miss in this book is an in depth explanation of ICA and FMA architecture. In my understanding that should be described with all details as they are main fundamentals of XenDesktop 7.x. This knowledge will be needed by Citrix admin to troubleshoot problems in the future. I would as well focus more on the differences between FMA and IMA as many Citrix admins might have previous XenApp 5/6 experience. The last but not the least,in my opinion troubleshooting chapter could contain more hints and tricks.
If you don’t have any understanding of Citrix Desktop 7.x this is a must read to start with. Every step is explained and provides details what to configure. If you have worked with XenApp 5/6 this book will provide you as well some solid knowledge about XenDesktop 7. For the more experienced Citrix XenDesktop admin this book can be too easy and misses the depth for configuring and advanced troubleshooting of this great product.
To underline – the book doesn’t cover all topics from 1Y0-200 exam so it is just a good starting point. Much better resource will be of course study guide presented on my blog 🙂