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[Tuning / XenApp 6.5 + AppCenter] In the localized console with the Load Evaluator

 

If you are using the french version of AppCenter, you have probably encoutered a little issue while assigning a load evaluator.

ISSUE

Suppose you want to use the built-in Load Evaluator ‘Advanced’.

When you create the new and assign the name of the Load Evaluator, if you write it with its name ‘Avancé’, instead of search it in the list ‘Calculateur de charge’, the affected servers will report a load index of 10,000 (full load), even if no users are using ressources on these XenApp servers.  read more

21/01/2013 | | XenApp | 165 views

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[VDI] POC for Citrix XenDesktop 4 + HDX 3D : Server components (2/4)

 

Inside this post, the following operations have to be conducted:
• Get the XenDesktop License (from the My Citrix web site)
• Installation of the DDC server
• Creation of the dedicated AD OU to the XenDesktop farm
• Assignment to the XenDesktop farm

STEP 1 : GET XENDESKTOP LICENSE

Security Prerequisites

  • Local Administrator, db_owner of the database (SQL Express for POC)
  • DDC joined to the Microsoft domain
  • Login account in My Citrix

Software Prerequisites

  • W2003 sp2 or R2
  • TS installed in application mode
  • IIS installed

Actions

Connect to the web site MyCitrix with the following URL : https://www.citrix.com/English/myCitrix/publicindex.asp
Fill with the number of desktops provided by the infrastructure in the field Quantity to Allocate
(for instance here : 20)
Fill with the hostname of the License server in the field Hostname of your Citrix license server
(for instance here : DDC)
Be aware : the hostname is case sensitive

STEP 2: SETUP OF CITRIX DDC 4.0

Actions prerequisite

  • Mount the ISO file DDC_VDA or the burnt CD on the operating system
  • Logon a local session or a RSAT session with Local administrative privileges

Informations prerequisite

  • Name of the XenDesktop farm

 

Step 3 : Creation of an AD OU

If you have unchecked the 2 configuration choices, the AD OU may be configured later with the Active Directory Configuration Wizard, tool and the License set with the License Management Console:

 

Either you have kept the two options checked or launched the two previous applications, you get the configuration screens below:

 

 

 

STEP 4 : LICENSE ASSIGNMENT

Actions in the License Management Console

  • Launch the menu Start > All Programs > Citrix > Management Consoles > License Management Console
  • Click Configure License Server

 

Actions in the Citrix Delivery  Services Console

  • Launch the menu Start > All Programs > Citrix > Management Consoles > Delivery Services Console
  • Browse in the let pane to Citrix Resources > Desktop Delivery Controller > [Farm Name]
  • Click Properties

[VDI] POC for Citrix XenDesktop 4 and HDX 3D : Blade PC components (part 3/4)

 

PREREQUISITES FOR BLADE PC

The preparation has to be done for each Blade PC, before the setup of the Citrix VDA.

The preparation of the Blade PC is divided in 5 steps:

  • Step 1: Configuration of the BIOS
  • Step 2: Uninstallation of the Citrix Display driver
  • Step 3: Sizing of the Graphic Card Buffer
  • Step 4: Setup of the NVidia components
  • Step 5: Configuration of one NVidia display

Step 1: Blade PC Prerequisites – Configuration of the BIOS

  1. Turn on the blade PC
  2. Press <F9> when the blade PC boots to enter in the BIOS configuration
  3. Press <enter> on the menu System Options
  4. Select the menu Remote Console Mode
  5. Press <enter>
  6. Select the menu User Mode
  7. Press <enter>

  1. Press <esc>
  2. Press <esc>
  3. Press <F10>
  4. The blade PC reboots
  5. Wait for the screen, to display describing the Workstation is now in USER MODE
  6. No graphic local session is possible. Any graphic session is remote by now.

Step 2: Blade PC Prerequisites – Uninstallation of the Citrix display driver

  1. Launch the menu Start > Computer
  2. Click Manage
  3. Browse in the center pane to Display adapters
  4. Select Citrix Systems Inc. Display Driver
  5. Click Uninstall

Step 3: Blade PC Prerequisites – Graphic Card buffer sizing

  1. Lauch regedit.exe
  2. In the left pane, go to the key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
  3. Click New / DWORD (32-bit) value
  4. In the right write the name of the new key, SessionImageSize
  5. Double-click on the key (A windows entitled Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value appears)
  6. Write 80 in the field Value Data
  7. Click OK

Step 4: Blade PC Prerequisites – NVidia component setup

Prerequisite information : URL of the download of the NVidia component

  1. Double-click on the NVidia msi file downloaded from the HP internet site (here the date is 10 Mar 2011)
  2. A windows entitled NVIDIA Install appears : follow the next screens of setup

Step 5: Blade PC Prerequisites – Configuration of one NVidia display

  1. Launch the NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. In the left pane, browse to Display / Setup Multiple displays
  3. In the right pane, uncheck HP Panel (2 of 2) if needed
  4. Make sure that only one monitor is checked.

SETUP OF CITRIX XenDesktop COMPONENTS FOR BLADE PC

Once the set of previous steps have been followed, the Citrix components have to be installed:

  • Step 1: Installation of Citrix VDA
  • Step 2: Installation of Citrix HDX 3D
  • Step 3: Check of Citrix HDX 3D

Step 1: Citrix XenDesktop Components for Blade PC – Installation of Citrix VDA

This step must be done for each blade PC or virtualized desktop.

Information prerequisite : The name of the XenDesktop farm

  1. Browse to the folder where the VDA client has been uncompressed (for instance here : XDE400VDAWX64005)
  2. Launch a DOS windows with the line command msiexec /I XdsAgent.msi INSTALLONWDDM=1

  1. Follow the next screens of setup
  2. Check that the setup has detected the correct XenDesktop farm

Follow the next screens to end the setup and restart the Blade PC

Step 2: Citrix XenDesktop Components for Blade PC – Installation of Citrix HDX 3D

This step must be done for each blade PC or virtualized desktop.

  1. Browse to the folder HDX3D_Pro_Graphics_1_1 where the Citrix HDX 3D binaries have been uncompressed.
  2. Browse to the child folder : RTM_with_12.0.1_client_health_Check_Tool > Server
  3. Launch the binary for x64 platform, here : HDX3D_PROGFX_x64SERVERMSI

Follow the next screens to end the setup and restart the Blade PC

Step 3: Citrix XenDesktop Components for Blade PC – Check of Citrix HDX 3D

This step must be done for each blade PC or virtualized desktop.

  1. Browse to the folder HDX3D_Pro_Graphics_1_1 where the Citrix HDX 3D binaries have been uncompressed.
  2. Browse to the child folder : RTM_with_12.0.1_client_health_Check_Tool > Health Check Tool
  3. Double click HDX 3D Pro Graphics – HealthCheck.exe

Check all the results are colored with green.

If a result is in red, click Suggestions to follow the Citrix instructions to solve the problem.

[VDI] POC for Citrix XenDesktop 4 and HDX 3D (part 1/4)

 

The purpose of this post is to present a feedback on a pilot project based on Citrix HDX 3D and XenDesktop 4 I have achieved for a great company. The study is presented in 4 parts:

  • Part 1 : Scope of the POC and required architecture
  • Part 2 : Installation of Server Components
  • Part 3 : Installation of Components for Blade PC
  • Part 4 : Results

Scope of the POC

The justification of the POC is to validate the functional and performance aspects of a business application having to manage huge 3D images.

Out of the scope

Virtual Desktop Provisioning: the aim of the POC is to check the performance capabilities of the Nvidia Quadra graphics chipset. Only after this validation done, that the delivery of  desktop built on Windows 7 x64,HDX 3D and the business application will be industrialized with Virtual Desktop Provisioning. In the context of the POC, the blade PCs are manually installed.

Issues encountered

  • Citrix : version of HDX 3D component compatible with Windows 7 x64
  • NVidia : version of NVidia Quadro Pro driver for Windows 7 x64 and validated by HP on their hardware

Architecture Diagram

All the server components of the Citrix XenDesktop architecture used for the POC have been deployed on a single server.

Components of the POC for XD4 HDX 3D

Source

A complete checklist of components for a POC with XenDesktop 4 can be found at:

http://support.citrix.com/servlet/KbServlet/download/23962-102-648214/XenDesktop%20POC%20Checklist_Final.pdf

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

Memory

  • 1 Gb for the DDC
  • 1 Gb per physical host (hypervisor)
  • 2 Gb per workstation – Vista / Windows 7

Storage

  • 1x DDC server – 20 Gb
  • 1x build workstation – 20 Gb
VIRTUALIZATION HOTST REQUIREMENTS [Optional]

Understanding

The virtual infrastructure is not at all required in the context of this POC for the business application and 3D. It was anyway chosen because of the choice by the client to the test environment..

Software requirement

  • VMware Environment with version 3.x or later installed and Virtual Center 2.5 or later available

Administrative privilege

NETWORK REQUIREMENT

  • 1 Gb NIC minimum, dual 1 Gb NICs recommended

ACTIVE DITECTORY REQUIREMENTS

Domain Administrator Account

  • Required for the installation of the DDC and initial security configuration

AD Test User Accounts

  • These users have to be placed in a global group, which is referred to as the XD POC Users group.

Dedicated Organizational Unit (OU)

AD Group Policy

  • An Organization Unit (OU) for the XenDesktop POC has to be created. All policy inheritance has to been blocked on that OU.

DDC REQUIREMENTS

Software required before setup

Before installing Citrix DDC, all the following components must be installed on the targeted computer, when a all the DDC components has to be deployed on a single server, which is the case of the POC:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (Standard or Enterprise Edition, with Service Pack 2 installed)
  • Terminal Services running in application mode.
  • Microsoft IIS 6.0 with ASP.Net
  • IE Enhanced Security disabled

Software added (if not present on the operating system) by the setup of Citrix DDC

  • Microsoft .NET Framework, Version 3.5, with Service Pack 1.
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 1.5.0_15.

Citrix binaries required for setup

  • DDC_VDA.iso : size of 1 219, the software is delivered as an ISO file by Citrix, so it required to mount the ISO file with a tool as DAEMON Tools or to burn a CD

Computer requirement

  • Memory (RAM) : 768 Mb minimum, 2 Gb recommended
  • Disk space : 20 Gb for OS and installation
  • Network interface : 100 Mb minimum, 1 Gb recommended
  • IP address : static IP address
  • Active directory : must be the member of the domain
LICENSE SERVER REQUIREMENTS

In the context of the POC, an evaluation mature ladies license is used. The license service is installed on the same server as the one hosting the DDC.

Software required

  • Citrix License Server version 11.6.1 to manage the evaluation license

BLADE PC REQUIREMENTS

For performance reasons, physical Blade PC with Windows 7 x64 hosting the desktop to deliver to the test users. The VDA is installed on these machines to manage communications and broker connections.

Computer requirement

  • Physical Blade PC

Software requirement

  • Windows 7 US x64
  • Citrix VDA
ENDPOINT REQUIREMENTS

Endpoint devices retained in this POC are test workstation with Windows VISTA for the XenDesktop Receiver and as a management station for administration. The Desktop Receiver is installed on this workstation along with all the management consoles. The Workstation should have the .Net Framework 3.5 sp1 installed.

NETWORK REQUIREMENTS

IP addresses

  • 1x build workstation IP address
  • 1x DDC server IP address
  • Xx workstation IP addresses; each virtual desktop will need an IP address

Preferred

  • A separate VLAN for the XenDesktop servers and workstations
  • Switches : disable Spanning Tree or enable Port Fast (STP Fast Link)

[Tuning] IIS Configuration for the Web Interface 5.X

 

Symptom

The first connection on a Web Interface 5.x on Windows 2008 has a load time over 5 minutes to display the page of the application publication.

Solution

By adding to the ASP file NET.CONFIG the following line

<generatePublisherEvidence enabled= »false »>

and by executing the command :

C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_compiler -v /Citrix/XenApp

The web interface provides display time of about 5s.