Migration, Integration and Configuration of Citrix Cloud Deployments - Recommended Reading

It is common to be asked, "Is there a good blog or document that covers the subjects of migration, integration and configuration of Citrix Cloud deployments?"

There are, indeed, a number of excellent resources around - here's a recommended list to get you started. By all means drop me a line if you find (or create) something new.

Getting Started With Citrix Cloud

Here's a useful session presented at Citrix Synergy 2017  "What’s new with Citrix Cloud and what’s to come " showing what Citrix Cloud features are available as of this time: how Citrix Cloud components integrate, where they can fit and what is coming next. start-block-1657910_1280.jpg

Then there is a focused summary specifically on Citrix Essentials from Marius Sandbu Citrix Moving Forward with Citrix Cloud and Essentials Package ; with a link to a useful article on the Citrix Smart Tool SmartScale to limit resource utilisation: Citrix SmartScale and Microsoft Azure

From that, I'd move on to a curated Citrix Cloud How To - XA/XD leverage services like Azure, and linking Cloud Connectors: this has a number of other resources you can follow up on.

Then I'd put the kettle on, and invest in a whole packet of biscuits (Hob-Nobs if you can get them - great for stamina) for the two hours of Citrix Cloud Master Class 101 - Part 1: which talks about and through a number of services including Citrix's Customer Success Management service. Lots of key Citrix people delivering this; a long, useful resource. Part 2 should be out Sept 13/14th

Assess, Connect, Build

I had the opportunity to shadow RDS Gurus when they test drove XenApp Essentials;  which they wrote up here Test-Driving XenApp Essentials which includes a walkthrough of getting the service up and running, and which followed up on handy A Beginner’s Guide to XenApp and XenDesktop on Azurebuilding-42.jpg

In terms of delivery - a cloud hosted service is little different in terms of recognised overall project steps from any XA/XD implementation: you're going to do some form of assessment, you going to put the resource in place and then build it out - before you go on to manage and monitor. There's a good session from Synergy 2017 on this process for  XenApp/XenDesktop in Azure talking about architecture, concepts and design decisions and some lessons learned (e.g.D2v2 instance is the most optimal for XA which gets @ 19 task, 15 knowledge user (YMMV) )  - SYN318 A to Z: best practices for delivering XenApp, XenDesktop  

Then there's Nick Rintalan's blog on Citrix Scalability in a Cloud World which has links to performance benchmarks on AWS and Azure using LoginVSI. 

There is a XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure Cost Calculator with a spreadsheet version for Citrix AWS Calculator 

In terms of security, check out Aaron Parker's post on Integrating Citrix NetScaler with Azure AD and Conditional Accessa

If not Cloud, then What?

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You might also be thinking "given all this information, is my on-premises deployment of Citrix Software still relevant?" In which case, read fellow CTP Chris Rogers' blog On Prem is Dead. Long Live on Prem!

 

Always Learning

There are, of course, a number of forums and user groups you can attend. Don't forget the Design and Architecture forum on Citrix User Group Community and attending your local @mycugc event. If you've additional information, or questions - as I said, please do add to the comments and discussions: it is good to share.  

There are a number of webinar resources you can make use of - Delivering and Optimizing Citrix from Microsoft Azure by CTPs David Brett and Marius Sandbu for example, recorded on 20th July - you can watch it here.

 

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