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Citrix VDI Handbook

  • Contributed By: Steve Beals, Emma Bland Special Thanks To: Uzair Ali, Rich Meesters, Michael McAlpine, David Johnson, Jeff Qiu, Brenden Lin, Jason Delgado, Sameer Sharma, Rainer Hasenzagle, Eltjo van Gulik, Adolfo Montoya, Mike El-Safah, Rody Kossen, Simon Graham

Welcome to the Citrix VDI Handbook. This guide is a collaborative effort between the Citrix Product Marketing, Product Management, and Professional Services teams and is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Citrix Infrastructure, a pivotal technology in modern enterprise IT environments. Citrix solutions empower organizations to deliver secure, virtualized desktops and applications to users anywhere, on any device, ensuring a seamless and productive user experience while simplifying IT management and enhancing security.

In this handbook, we will explore the fundamentals of Citrix, including its architecture, key features, deployment strategies, and leading practices. Whether you are a seasoned IT professional looking to optimize your current VDI implementation or a newcomer aiming to understand the benefits and intricacies of Citrix solutions, this handbook is an essential resource to help you navigate the complexities of virtual desktop and application delivery.

The Citrix VDI Handbook offers detailed information and best practices for deploying and managing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using Citrix technologies. It is a valuable resource for IT professionals, architects, and administrators responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining Citrix-based environments. The Citrix VDI Handbook follows the Citrix Professional Services methodology, which has been successfully employed across thousands of Citrix virtualization projects and consists of five phases:
 


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  1. Define: Builds the business case for virtualization by creating a high-level project roadmap, prioritizing activities, and estimating storage and hardware requirements.
  2. Assess: Key business drivers are rated to prioritize work efforts accordingly. In addition, the current environment is reviewed for potential problems and to identify use cases for the project. This information will set the direction for Citrix deployment, upgrade, or expansion.
  3. Design: Define the architecture required to satisfy key business drivers and success criteria identified during the assessment phase. Topics such as environment scalability, redundancy, and high availability are addressed.
  4. Deploy: During the deployment phase, the infrastructure is installed and configured as described in the design phase. Before users can access the environment, all infrastructure components should be thoroughly unit and regression-tested.
  5. Monitor: Define architectural and operational processes required to maintain the production environment.

The Citrix VDI Handbook is provided here as a full PDF document but is also available online by section via the links below.

Citrix VDI Handbook -2402 LTSR.pdf

 

The Citrix VDI Handbook provides content on the Assess, Design, and Monitor phases. Deployment information can be found in Citrix Product Documentation and Citrix Tech Zone.

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