XenDesktop 4 on vSphere 4.1

I recently setup a XenDesktop 4 lab to show our customers the difference between both VMware's View 4.5 and XenDesktop 4. I am using VMware's vCenter 4.1 which is the most recent version at the time of this post. I am using the Express version since my lab will be small. Here are my notes for the install:

Software Used:
  • Windows 2003 x86 - This will be the Citrix broker for the desktops and the web server.
  • Windows 7 x86 - This will be the desktop we are connecting to with the Citrix plugin.
  • Windows Active Directory - I will not be going through the setup in this walk through.
  • vSphere 4.1 & vCenter 4.1 - This should be configured prior to this walk through.
Step 1. Windows 2003 / Citrix Delivery Controller - I assume that you have installed VMware Tools, joined the server to the existing Active Directory and ready to install the Xen Broker. I have ISO mounting software and will transfer the DDC_VDA.iso to the desktop to run the installer.


Step 2. Windows 7 Desktop - Once you have all of the updates load on the Windows desktop then you need to mount the DDC_VDA and install the Desktop Components like you did for the Windows 2003 Server. Then once installed and rebooted you need to install the update for the XenDesktop which you downloaded.

Step 3. vCenter 4.1 SDK setup - Log into the vCenter Server and navigate to the folder where the proxy.xml file is located. "c:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Virtual Center\". It is probably in your best interest to make a backup of the file before you make any changes. Now using WordPad open the proxy.xml. Look for the following:
<e id="5">
     <_type>vim.ProxyService.LocalServiceSpec</_type>
     <accessMode>httpAndHttps</accessMode>
     <port>8085</port>
     <serverNamespace>/sdk</serverNamespace>
</e>
Make sure that the is set to httpAndHttps like the above code. Then save and restart the vCenter Service in the Windows services section.

Step 4. Configure the Delivery Controller - Now that we have the SDK proxy setup properly we can now configure the pools for the desktop(s).

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