Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Current Release Update

This course is designed for students with previous XenApp and XenDesktop experience, who are interested in learning about leading practices and new functionality in the 7.7 and 7.8 releases. Learn about architectural changes, management enhancements, and how to get the most out of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 and 7.8 through real world scenarios. Students will have access to hands-on exercises within a virtual lab environment to configure and test features including AppDisks with AppDNA and Zones. At the end of this course students will be prepared to upgrade their environments and deliver new functionality to end users.

Course Outline

Module 1: Installation and Upgrade

  • Installation flow changes

  • Upgrade strategy

  • Upgrading the XenApp and XenDesktop site

  • Upgrading Provisioning Services

Module 2: StoreFront Management

  • Store centered management

  • Simplified resource aggregation and user mapping

  • Delegated authentication improvements

Module 3: Zone Architecture

  • Zones in FMA

  • Configuring primary and satellite zones

  • Zone design considerations

  • StoreFront Zone mapping and routing

Module 4: Provisioning

  • AppDisk architecture

  • Configuring AppDisks

  • Analyzing AppDisks with AppDNA

  • AppDisk layering considerations

  • Provisioning Services performance enhancements

Module 5: Application Management

  • Application centered management

  • Delivering App-V applications through Citrix Studio

  • Advanced application configuration in Citrix Studio

  • AppDNA enhancements for image and application management

Module 6: Maintenance and Monitoring

  • Integrating Microsoft System Center Operations Manager with Citrix Director

  • Configuring notifications and alerts in Citrix Director

  • Active Directory authentication with Citrix Director

  • Enhanced reboot scheduling in Citrix Studio


Students interested in learning how to implement the new features of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 and 7.8 using leading practices. Specifically: Administrators, Implementers / Engineers and Architects.

Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that students prepare for this course by taking the one of the following courses:

  • CXD-203 Managing App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

  • CXD-300 Deploying App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

  • CMB-300 Deploy and Manage Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Fast Track

It is also recommended to gain a basic understanding of the following concepts and technologies:

  • Familiarity with how to navigate and use Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10