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1 TechTalk: Deep dive on VM Hosted Apps, New in XenApp! Cris Lau, Sr. Product Manager Madhav Chinta, Sr. Software Engineer

2 Citrix Delivery Center - XenApp VM hosted application Configuring for VM hosted application delivery Q & A Agenda

3 Users Apps Citrix Delivery Center XenDesktopXenServer Netscaler Workflow Studio XenApp

4 Citrix XenApp is… An end-to-end application delivery system for all Windows applications, both client/server and desktop Highest security Best performance & scalability Lowest total cost of ownership

5 XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 The fastest, most powerful XenApp yet Innovative and flexible options for dynamic application delivery 1 Smart engineering for advanced enterprise-class management 2 Enhanced performance for a high definition user experience 3

6 Dynamic application delivery VM hosted application delivery

7 Innovative and flexible options for app delivery Local Apps VM Hosted Apps Ensures app compatibility Reduces validation cycles, faster time to market Apps that won't run on TS, require special devices or consume lots of resources Hosted virtual desktops, VMs or blade PCs Server Hosted Apps Best TCO – 50% savings Highest security Any device, anywhere Minimal bandwidth New Eliminates app conflicts Enables user mobility Seamless experience

8 Innovative options for dynamic application delivery VM Hosted Apps Description Host and deliver apps from centralized virtual machines −Apps run on dedicated Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 Complementary option to server-hosted app delivery −Apps that won’t run on TS, require special devices like USB, keyboard, biometrics or consume too many server resources Benefits Fastest way to roll out a new app −Reduce time required to test and validate applications Instant user productivity −Ensure seamless user experience regardless of how app is delivered 100% application compatibility −Enables full USB-support and greater app compatibility Hosted virtual desktops, VMs or blade PCs Enterprise and Platinum editions

9 Host and deliver apps from centralized virtual machines Apps run on dedicated Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 environments Apps accessed via same method as other XenApp managed apps Enables Full USB-support and greater app compatibility Complementary to server-hosted app delivery Valuable "niche" option for delivering an app Apps that won’t run on Terminal Services or need 1:1 environment Apps that require special devices like USB*, keyboard, biometrics Apps that consume too many server resources Potential stop gap while app validation for server-hosting completed Least TCO efficient of 3 delivery methods (local, server, VM) Still more cost effective compared to traditional app deployment Available in Enterprise and Platinum Edition What is VM hosted application delivery? * USB isochronous devices/connections not supported

10 Innovative options for dynamic application delivery Seamless apps from VM images TS HostingVM Hosting Address application compatibility barriers via new delivery model Include as a complementary solution to the base TS model XenApp becomes the way to deliver apps from any Windows OS Enable full USB support and higher application compatibility

11 Application runs in virtual machine (Windows XP, Vista, 7) App can be delivered to any device (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) Users consume one license for all app sessions (VM or server hosted) VM hosted application delivery 1. Admin creates standard desktop image or vDisk with installed app Connection Broker Desktop Delivery Controller XenApp Web or Services Site Account Authority User accounts, Citrix Licensing (XenApp) Enterprise Database VDA Enterprise Storage Images and vDisks 2. User clicks app icon and Citrix Receiver contacts connection broker 4. User interacts with app remotely. Screen updates, mouse clicks and keystrokes sent between user and server. XenApp Workers Hosted apps on physical or virtual PC’s and blades 3. Pooled VM is booted for user. App executes within VM and remote displays to user in seamless mode.

12 Deployment considerations VM Hosted apps are independent Server hosted & VM hosted independent Single view enabled by Citrix Receiver XML relay (broker) for server-hosted and VM Hosted apps cannot run on same machine 1 published app per VM (e.g. no session sharing) Workstations Need to be in same or trusted domain Not required to be in same OU Configured with farm OU during install or via GPO Active Directory Typically, each farm is in it's own OU Create empty OU and delegate access Contains service connection points and DDC group servers Used for discovery and VM-to-server auth. Can also use "Registry-based discovery" instead of OU User Access Online plugin stand-alone or via Receiver or Receiver for Web USB plug and play device remoting for Win 32 and Linux only

13 Requirements for VM hosted apps Virtual Machines Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 Xen, Hyper-V and VMWare supported Data Store SQL Server 2005, 2008, Express Management Console Windows XP/Vista, Server 2003/2008 Broker Windows Server 2003 Licensing server/requirements Windows Server 2003/2008 Microsoft IIS 5.0 higher or Apache Requires Microsoft Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktops (VECD) license Web server Windows Server 2003/2008 IIS 5.0 or higher Clients Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux, Java EPOC, Symbian, Blackberry DOS, IBM OS/2, Windows 16-bit

14 Configuring a VM hosted Application Madhav Chinta, Sr. Software Engineer

15 1.Create a virtual disk or image 2.Install the virtual desktop agent and other plugins 1.E.g. Online plugin, offline plugin, single sign-on plugin, etc.* 3.Configure/install desired application(s) in virtual disk or image 1.Primary application installed* 2.Helper apps may be installed, server hosted* 3.Use a script or batch file to launch primary app and Citrix online plugin if needed 4.Copy the shortcut into the "Seamless Initial Program" folder 1.C:\program files\Citrix\ICA Service\SeamlessInitialProgram 2.Only one shortcut is allowed; helper apps will be launched when needed 3.More than one shortcut returns error at launch time 4.Create a shortcut to a batch file or script if multiple apps need to be launched Configuring a VM hosted application

16 Virtual Machine or OS Image Standard image with app installed Virtual Machine infrastructure Supports Xen, Hyper-V and VMWare virtual machines Desktop Delivery Controller (DDC), Virtual Desktop Agent (VDA), Configuration/Policy Database, Provisioning services (optional) Management console Installation and management interfaces same as XenDesktop Flag set during install media modifies management interface Citrix Receiver Consolidation point for server-hosted and VM Hosted apps Online plugin and Receiver for Web (WI) can also be used VM hosted application component overview

17 Q & A

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