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CXD-202-1 Citrix XenDesktop 5 Administration

This course provides the foundation necessary for administrators to effectively centralize and manage desktops in the datacenter and deliver them as a service to users anywhere. Students will learn how to select a desktop delivery model for each user group based on their needs, build proof-of-concept and production XenDesktop environments, assign virtual desktops to users and customize the user experience through policies. This course also provides instruction on how to build a Provisioning services farm to enable single-image desktop management, and how to host virtual machines on the client device using Citrix XenClient.

This course also includes one hour of content on XenDesktop 5.5 new HDX enhancements featuring quality video and audio on WAN connections, full Windows 7 aero graphical experience, and simplified HDX configuration. Please Note: This is not included in the courseware manual, however, instructors have been provided with this new content for classroom review.


This course is designed for IT professionals, such as server, network and system administrators, system engineers, analysts, consultants, architects Citrix Partner Network members.

Preparatory Recommendations

  • Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students have the following:
  • A basic knowledge of the purpose and goals of virtualization technology
  • An understanding of computing architecture, including network and storage devices, device drivers and perating systems
  • Basic experience installing and administering Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Basic understanding of server, desktop and application virtualization concepts

Key Skills

  • Upon completion of this course, students are able to:
  • Determine the best Flexcast delivery model for each user group.
  • Build a XenDesktop proof-of-concept environment.
  • Configure a XenServer host for desktop delivery.
  • Build and configure a production XenDesktop site.
  • Manage virtual desktops as a single entity by creating a desktop catalog.
  • Modify a desktop image without impacting user productivity.
  • Restrict or allow certain XenDesktop features using policies.
  • Monitor site activity and troubleshoot issues in Desktop Director.
  • Install and configure Provisioning services.
  • Copy a desktop image to a virtual disk that can be streamed to virtual and physical target devices.
  • Identify the XenClient infrastructure.
  • Install and configure Synchronizer for XenClient.

Instructional Method

This course is available in either classroom or self-paced online formats, and includes access to a live lab environment, as well as demonstrations and the practical application of concepts through hands-on exercises.

Certification Preparation

This course prepares students for the CCA for Citrix XenDesktop 5.

Topic Outline

Introducing Xen Desktop

  • Five Core Strengths of Xen Desktop
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Xen Desktop Product Family
  • Test Your Knowledge: Xen Desktop Product Family
  • Flex Cast
  • Use Cases
  • Virtual Desktop Models
  • Test Your Knowledge: Virtual Desktop Models
  • HDX Technologies
  • Hosted Desktop Delivery
  • Quick Deploy
  • Quick Deploy System Requirements
  • To Run Quick Deploy

Configuring the Hypervisor for Desktop Delivery

  • Virtualization
  • Virtualization Components
  • Hypervisors
  • Hypervisor Role in Desktop Delivery
  • Test Your Knowledge: The Hypervisor Role in Desktop Delivery
  • Windows Virtual Machine Architecture
  • Installation from an ISO
  • To Create an ISO Library
  • Windows Virtual Machine Device Support
  • Windows Virtual Machine Creation
  • XenServer Tools
  • Test Your Knowledge: To Create an ISO Library
  • Test Your Knowledge: Windows Virtual Machine Creation


You can also join our Most Advanced VMware vSphere  Administration Training with Xen Desktop and Xen Server.