XenDesktop 5 on vSphere 4.1 (Part 1.)

I recently upgraded our XenDesktop 4 lab to XenDesktop 5 to show off some of the new features. As with the last lab 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 2008 R2 x64 - 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 2008 R2 / 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 XenDesktop5.iso to the desktop to run the installer.

Step 2. Windows 7 Virtual Desktop. Now transfer the XenDesktop5.iso to the Windows 7 Desktop. Now install the Desktop components.

Now that you have the broker setup and the master image you will need to configure the broker to host the VDI images. Please check out the Configure XenBroker posting.


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