XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR lab on a single machine (updated)

Having built a powerful Windows desktop with the following configuration, I would like to share the requirements and high level deployment process for a single machine XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR lab.

The host machine and virtual configuration recommendation is as follows: 

  1. Windows Server 2016 Standard evaluation with Hyper-V server role and management tools
  2. RAM and SSD storage will be much appreciated of course, the more the better.
  3. All virtual machines have single vNIC, minimum 2 GB RAM (Hyper-V dynamic), 2vCores CPU as well as basic 40GB dynamic Hyper-V disk. The following virtual machines pre-created based on sysprepped Windows 2016 Standard template:
    1. DC01. Includes Active Directory domain services, DNS, file server (for Citrix UPM), certificate services (for Storefront SSL certificate) and DHCP (for PVS).
    2. CTX01. Includes Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR Delivery Controller, Citrix Licenser server and Citrix Storefront 3.12. Initially a demo 30-day license can be used (included by Citrix) or a new trial license can be issued from MyCitrix account website. The Citrix server roles can be consolidated except for XenDesktop VDA.
    3. VDA01. Includes Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR VDA (session machine), which can be a server or desktop OS VDA.
    4. SCVMM01. Includes System Center Virtual  Machine Manager (for use of Citrix MCS provisioning technology)
    5. PVS01. Includes Citrix PVS server (for use of Citrix PVS provisioning technology), running also PXE and TFTP services.
    6. Master01. This used as the master image for creating PVS vdisk.
    7. (Optionally) Netscaler VPX Express can be used for evaluating HDX proxy with Netscaler Gateway.

The Citrix lab high level deployment process is based upon guidance from Citrix CTP Carl Stalhood: http://www.carlstalhood.com/xaxd/xenappxendesktop-7-15-ltsr/ 

Update April 2018:

I have included a few more virtual machines which will supplement all aspects of a fully functional environment, in terms of Citrix optimization and systems monitoring, firewalling and backup. I am XenDesktop_LTSR715_Lab_VM a rough estimation of required virtual machine configuration and licenses, in order to help you better plan your lab environment.

 

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