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Deployment Guide: Windows 10 Deployment Guide

  • Contributed By: Gerhard Krenn Special Thanks To: Russell Peters


This guide provides high level instructions to install the Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) on Windows 10. Deploy Virtual Machines (VMs) with Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS) via Citrix DaaS

The following steps covered in this Guide

  • Install VDA
  • Optimize Windows 10 for MCS
  • Create a Machine Catalog and deploy VMs
  • Create a Delivery Group and assign VMs
  • Configure Citrix Workspace and Citrix Files clients



This guide assumes that the reader has a basic understanding of the following technologies:

Citrix Cloud, Citrix DaaS and basic Windows administration

  1. A Windows 10 VM in Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or an on-premises virtual environment

  2. A Citrix Cloud account with Citrix DaaS permissions

  3. A domain account with the ability to create machine accounts in the desired OU

  4. A Citrix.com account to download software

    • Citrix VDA
    • Citrix Optimizer

Windows VM Preparation

  1. Join VM to the domain

  2. Launch windows settings and check for updates

  3. Install applications required for the image template and any OS configuration

Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent


It is recommended to use the latest VDA version for optimal performance, security, and functionality

  1. Log in to Citrix.com/downloads and download the latest version of the VDA

  2. Run the VDA setup file "VDAWorkstationSetup_xxxx.exe" as an administrator.

  3. Select Create a master MCS image, click Next


  4. If you would like the full workspace experience or to deliver virtual applications, select the Citrix Workspace App, click Next


  5. If you require access to Citrix Files/Content and Collaboration select the Citrix Files for Windows (Outlook integration option is also available), click Next



    For a full list of VDA install options see Install VDA or use the Citrix VDA Command line Helper Tool.

  6. Enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of each Cloud Connector (at least two are recommended for tolerance). After initial registration, VDA retrieves a list of remaining controllers (read more about VDA Registration - Auto-Update functionality).

  7. Select Test Connection and if successful select Add

  8. Click Next


  9. Depending on your specific requirements, select the firewall configuration accordingly, click Next


  10. Review the summary and click Install


  11. Confirm that everything was installed successfully, check the box to restart machine and click Finish


Citrix Optimizer

  1. Log in and download Citrix Optimizer from Citrix Optimizer

  2. Run Citrix Optimizer as an administrator

  3. Select the appropriate Windows 11 Build


  4. Select Analyze


  5. Once the analyses are complete View results

  6. Select all the desired optimizations and select Optimize

  7. View the results and click Done


Create Machine Catalog and Deploy VMs



We are using Microsoft Azure as a resource location in this scenario. For a full list of supported Hypervisors and Clouds see Hosts / virtualization resources

Hosting Connections

The available resources are based on the hosting connections already added in Citrix Studio. See the following article for information on creating DaaS hosting connections

  1. Log into Citrix Cloud


  2. Select the DaaS tile


  3. Select Manage

  4. From within Web Studio, select Machine Catalogs, then Create Machine Catalog


  5. Select Multi-session OS for Windows 10 AVD or Operating System as appropriate based on your deployment, click Next


  6. Select Machines that are power managed

  7. Deploy machines using Citrix Machine Creation Services, select the appropriate Resource, click Next


  8. Select Master Image previously created

  9. Select the minimum functional level and click Next


  10. Select Storage and License Types based on your environment


  11. Enter the number of Virtual Machines you would like to create, along with the machine size, click Next


  12. Select Network Interface Card to be associated with the VM, click Next


  13. Configure Disk Settings and Write Back Cache as appropriate, click Next


  14. Select the appropriate Resource Group provisioning method, click Next


  15. Select whether to create new AD accounts, where to create them and the naming convention to be used, click Next


  16. Add the Domain credentials to be used to perform the account operations, click Next


  17. Verify the Summary, add a Machine Catalog name and Machine Catalog description, then click Finish



Wait for the machine catalog to create and the new VM disk. Time depends on the number of VMs specified

Create Delivery Group

  1. Log into Citrix Cloud and select the DaaS tile

  2. Select Manage

  3. From within Web Studio, select Delivery Group, then Create Delivery Group, click Next


  4. Select the Machine Catalog you created (previously)

  5. Choose the number of machines that you created or want to add to the Delivery Group, click Next


  6. Select the Users assignment method (We are using Citrix Cloud for assignment in this scenario). Click Next


  7. If adding applications to be published separately add these here (We are only publishing a desktop in this scenario). Click Next


  8. Select the Scope if appropriate, click Next


  9. Select the appropriate License Type, click Next


  10. Provide the Delivery Group name and Display name, click Finish


  11. Once created, view the machines and check their registration status


Assign Users to Desktop

  1. Log in to Citrix Cloud and from the landing page select View Library


  2. Locate the new Windows 10 Desktop resource in the Library, select the ellipsis (3 dot menu item in the top right corner), and select Manage Subscribers


  3. Add users or groups to assign desktop


Client Configuration


Best practice is to automate the configuration of the Citrix Workspace App and Citrix Files clients

Once the user has launched the virtual desktop and logged in they are able to carry out the following tasks

Citrix Workspace app

  1. From the start menu launch Citrix Workspace


  2. Add the URL to your Citrix environment


  3. Enter your User name and Password


  4. Once authenticated you see any assigned resources in the workspace or populated in the start menu

Citrix Files


This assumes the option to install Citrix Files was selected when installing the VDA above

If not the latest version can be downloaded from Citrix Files for Windows

  1. Check Citrix Files status from the icon in the system tray. If offline, right-click the icon and select login

    Azure VM

  2. Open Windows Explorer and check Citrix Files S: drive is available


Citrix Files For Outlook


This assumes the option to install Citrix Files for Outlook was selected when installing the VDA above

If not the latest version can be downloaded from Citrix Files for Outlook

  1. Open Outlook and the Citrix files plug-in is visible along the Outlook tool bar. If you are logged on to the VM with a valid Citrix Files account, the authentication passes through and enables Citrix files functionality


  2. Select the icon to view the default settings



Best practice would be to have Citrix Files and Citrix Files for Outlook settings configured centrally

For information on deploying and configuring Citrix Content and collaboration see the following article Citrix Content and Collaboration

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