Citrix XenDesktop 5 – Installation

Citrix XenDesktop 5 is available for download since this morning, very early… I was about to go to sleep when it became available; and believe it or not, I went to sleep 😉

So what’s new in XenDesktop 5 ? Is it a “Production Ready” software or will we need to wait for a FP1 and some updates ? First let’s go for an installation, the goal of this operation is to replace my actual XenDesktop 4.

So here we go, autorun is launch :

Everything went fine, the first part of the installation was very smooth. Now the second part is about choosing between the four Editions you want to use.

  • Express. A free download to help IT professionals get started with VDI, which supports up to 10 users.
  • Platinum. A comprehensive enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution with advanced management and security, in addition to the features of Enterprise edition.
  • Enterprise. An enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution with on-demand applications and FlexCast delivery technology, in addition to the features of VDI edition.
  • VDI. For scalable Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementations with Citrix HDX technology.

As you might have notice in the screen shots above, I chose not to install Citrix License Server and Web Interface, I already have these component in my lab at home.

As I decide to not install all the component on one box, the “Quick Deploy” Option is not available. So I will continue with the “Desktop Deployment Option” I guess. Right after I chose this option, the database selection and configuration menu appears.

Ok, I’m not a DBA, I hope everything will be fine ! I created previously my database on my SQL 2008 R2 server… So I click OK :

Nice… Something tel me the installation won’t last only 5 minutes…

Hmmm… The database exists… ok I will generate information to manually create the database with the “Generate…” button :

So this options generates two file, one script to create a database schema for a XenDesktop site and another script only required if database mirroring is enabled to execute on the mirrored SQL Server database instance.

I did it, everything ran smoothly, un ran the script with SQLCMD on my DataBase server.

Then I’ve been able to continue the installation :

Of course, I created my XenDesktop database and a user dedicated to it, so I needed to authenticate with this user :

Next, configuration of the hypervisor, you can chose between, XenServer, Hyper-V and VMWare

Be careful the version of each hypervisor, the is a list I think you should better to respect :

  • Citrix XenServer 5.6 Standard and Enterprise editions. You must use this version if you intend using Machine Creation Services. For information on system requirements, see the XenServer Administrator’s Guide and the XenServer Installation Guide.
  • Citrix XenServer 5.5 Update 2 Standard and Enterprise editions.
    Note: Machine Creation Services will not work with this version of XenServer.

    For information on system requirements, see the XenServer Administrator’s Guide and the XenServer Installation Guide.

  • VMware vSphere 4.1 (ESX 4.1 and vCenter 4.1, and ESXi 4.1 and vCenter 4.1 ). For information on system requirements, see the VMware documentation at http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vs_pubs.html/
  • VMware vSphere 4 Update 1 (ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0). For information on system requirements, see the VMware documentation at http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vs_pubs.html/
  • VMware Infrastructure 3 (ESX 3.5 Update 5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6). For information on system requirements, see the VMware documentation at http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vi_pubs.html/
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2; Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Standard Edition; Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition). For information on system requirements, see the Microsoft documentation at http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/virtualmachinemanager/en/us/default.aspx/

Next, the storage. Of course I don’t have a SAN (yet 🙂 ) so I will continue with local storage :

This is soon the end, here comes the configuration summary window :

This is it, it took me more than 5 minutes to complete the setup and the configuration of course that wasn’t the “Quick Deploy” mode.

The next steps are :

Migrating Existing XenDesktop 4 VMs to XenDesktop 5

XenDesktop 4 vs XenDesktop 5, what are the differences

Sources :
eDocs XenDesktop 5

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