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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 3 (template image creation)

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That is the next part of First Look series regarding new version of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. In the previous parts we did the following:

In the first part – we installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we will prepare the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

Let’s start by launching Installation Wizard. As you remember from first part you can choose between XenApp and XenDesktop installation.

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Now we have to choose “Create a Master Image” to prepare a template for new VMs. We can as well “Enable connections to server machine”.

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Let’s install now VDA on our template. As you see below installer detected that we are installing it on server machine and displayed the right agent.

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In the next step we can decide if prefer to have Receiver installed on the template image. As we are planning to deliver users application via XenApp I’ve chosen to install it.

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Now we need to specify how XenApp/XenDesktop server will locate the Delivery Controller. We have the following choices:

  • Do it later
  • Do it manually (the values you enter get hard-coded into the registry)
  • Choose locations from Active Directory (Registry keys get set via XenApp policy or Active Directory GPO)
  • Let MCS do it (MCS populates the Personality.ini file)

We are preparing the template to be used together with MCS and that is why I chose the last option.

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I’ve typed below the name of the Delivery Controller and clicked “Test connection” to check if it is available.

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After getting positive result (green tick) I’ve added that Delivery Controller.

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In the next step we can choose which features we would like to install on our template image.

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Setting Firewall rules and…

xd11and finally we get to the Summary page. We should review the configuration we decided to use. Please be informed that server restart will be needed.

xd12xd14Installer is copying data to our server.

xd15After few minutes (sometimes more) we will finally see page with every IT guy favourite button Finish.

xd16And that would be all for today. We have now our XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 template that will be used by MCS service in the future.

In the fourth part we will try to update our XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. Stay tuned! Please check other parts of the First Look series:

In the first part – we installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we prepared the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

In the fourth part – we upgraded XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp 7.6.

In the fifth part – we created machine catalogs and used previously prepared master image. We attached to the site as well upgraded XenApp 6.5 server.

In the sixth part – we delivered applications to the end users by creating delivery groups.

In the seventh part – we will configure StoreFront so that end users could launch their apps.

In the eighth part – we checked how Connection Leasing really works.

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9 thoughts on “First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 3 (template image creation)

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