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25th November 2011

With the Domain Controller and two XenApp Servers built, we can now configure Web Interface.
IP address
Roles: Active Directory / DNS / Licensing Server / Citrix Web Interface / SQL
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
Logon to DC01 and select Start\All Programs\Citrix\Citrix Web Interface Management, highlight XenApp Web Sites
node, and then hit the Create Site link:
Specify the IIS Site, path, and Name of your WI Site:
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Ensure 'At Web Interface' is selected for the Authentication point:
XenApp 6.5 Lab Build - Web Interface
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Confirm the site settings:
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Once the site is created, leave the 'Configure this site now' button checked and hit Next:
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Specify the Farm Name, and add in the two XenApp servers.
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Select the desired Authentication methods:
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Restrict the domains the users can authenticate to:
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Specify the logon screen appearance:
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Specify the Published Resource Type:
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Confirm Settings:
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If your users do not already have the Citrix client installed you can provide them with an option to install from your
web server. It requires a bit of messing about but given the alternative is redirecting users to the Citrix website its
worth it:
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Once the client is installed, logon with your domain user name and password and test you can launch applications:
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Posted 25th November 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, HomeLab, Web Interface, Windows Server 2008, XenApp 6.5

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10th October 2011
Now I will quickly run through the second Citrix server build, it is almost identical to the first Citrix server
[http://techyblabble.blogspot.com/2011/10/xenapp-65-lab-build-first-citrix-server.html] except we will join the existing
IP address
Roles: Active Directory / DNS / Licensing Server / Citrix Web Interface / SQL
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
As with the first Citrix server, carry out the following tasks:
J oin the domain
Add the Remote Desktop Services role
XenApp 6.5 Lab Build - Second Citrix Server
.NET Framework 3.51
Run through the XenApp installation until you reach the option to either Create a new server farm or Add to an
existing farm
Select Add this server to an existing server farm
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Select Existing Microsoft SQL Server database. If I had hosted the SQL Server Express database on the first Citrix
server then I could have selected the first option.
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Enter the DB Server, Instance name, and Database name
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Authenticate and test the connection
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The rest of the configuration is identical to the first Citrix server.
Posted 10th October 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, HomeLab, Windows Server 2008, XenApp 6.5

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7th October 2011
In the previous post I built a Domain Controller [http://techyblabble.blogspot.com/2011/10/xenapp-65-lab-build-
domain-controller.html] with Citrix Licensing, Web Interface, and SQLExpress. I will now proceed with the first
XenApp 6.5 server build
IP address
Roles: Active Directory / DNS / Licensing Server / Citrix Web Interface / SQL
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
I have already built the base O/S from the Windows Server 2008 template
[http://techyblabble.blogspot.com/2011/09/xenserver-windows-server-2008-template.html] and set a static IP address
in the previous post.
J oin CitrixLab.Local domain
XenApp 6.5 Lab Build - First Citrix Server
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Enable the Remote Desktop Services role
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Select Remote Desktop Session Host
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Set your desired authentication method
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TS CAL License Mode
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Add your user group to the Remote Desktop Users group
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Set your client experience options
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Hit Install on the next screen and reboot the server when prompted. Once the server is back up, add the .NET
Framework 3.5.1 Feature.
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Then we need to select our XenApp6.5 iso from the DVD drive menu in XenCenter. When theXenApp installer menu
appears, select Install XenApp Server
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Then press the Add server roles option
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Select the Edition based on your license
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License Agreement
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Select the XenApp Role
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And the subcomponents
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Review prerequisites
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Ready to install
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Specify License server and model
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Configure server - Create a new server Farm
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Specify advanced server settings
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Ready to configure
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Once the server is rebooted the server is ready for use, Launch the Citrix AppCenter (Start\All
Programs\Administrative Tools\Citrix\Management Consoles). I will cover the second XenApp server in the next
Posted 7th October 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, HomeLab, Windows Server 2008, XenApp 6.5

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3rd October 2011
Nowthat I have my Windows Server 2008 template, I will need to build three VMs:
IP address
Roles: Active Directory / DNS / Licensing Server / Citrix Web Interface / SQL
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
IP address
Role Terminal Services / Citrix XenApp 6.5
DC01 Build:
Double clicking the template I created earlier initiates the NewVM wizard
XenApp 6.5 Lab Build - Domain Controller
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Give the VM a name, I chose DC01 on Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit). Select Next on all of the remaining screens
and press Finish to create the VM and kick off the remainder of the setup process. Whilst DC01 is working away,
repeat the New VM wizards for XenApp01 and XenApp02.
Set the IP address, subnet mask. default gateway, and DNS entries
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Add the Active Directory Role
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After Active Directory is installed, we need to run DCPromo
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Create a new Forest
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Which I will call CitrixLab.local
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I opted to set the Forest Functional Level to Windows 2008 R2 as I do not intend to add any earlier versions of server
to this domain.
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Left the DNS option checked
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And left the default paths for the Database, logfiles, and Sysvol
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After setting the Directory Services restore password and reviewing the summary, I proceeded with the dcpromo.
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Add the Application Server and Web Server (IIS) roles
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And ASP.NET Role:
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Nowswitch the DVD drive of DC01 to the XenApp6.5 iso where we will install Citrix Licensing and Web Interface. Select
Manually install components
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Common components
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Citrix Licensing
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Load the 'Citrix License Administration Console', go to the Vendor Daemon Configuration menu, and press the Import
License button. Followthe instructions on that page if you are not sure of the process.
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Citrix Web Interface, first navigate to D:\Support\J Sharp20_SE and install the correct version of Microsoft Visual J #(32
or 64-bit), then select Web Interface fromthe Common Components menu
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Uncheck the 'Start creating sites now' and hit Finish. I will cover the configuration once both XenApp servers are built.
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Navigate to D:\Support\SqlExpress_2008 and run setup
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This concludes this part of the DC01 configuration.
Posted 3rd October 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, HomeLab, Windows Server 2008, XenApp 6.5

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30th September 2011
Before I start building my lab, I will create a Windows 2008 R2 Server template which will increase the build time of my
I have uploaded the installation iso to my NAS and created a CIFS iso library within XenCenter.
Press the New VM button and select Citrix XenApp on Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-Bit)
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Give it a name (default one will suffice)
XenServer Windows Server 2008 Template
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Select the correct ISO for Windows 2008 Server R2
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Select the home server where the VM will be placed
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Leave CPU and Memory as default
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Same for Storage, leave as default
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And Networking
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Hit Finish and XenServer will create the VM and boot off the ISO to start the Windows Server 2008 installation
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When the VM pops into XenCenter, highlight it and switch to console view and install Windows Server 2008. I won't
bother with screenshots, I amsure you know what the setup screen looks like :)
Once you have changed your Administrator password and logged on, select 'VM\Install XenServer Tools...' fromwith
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After the installation of XenServer tools has completed, run Windows Update and install all of the latest hotfixes/service
We are now ready to prepare the server for creating a template:
Run C:\Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe
Select the Generize option and set 'Shutdown options' to 'Shutdown'
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Once the VM has shutdown, right click it fromwithin XenCenter and select 'Convert to Template', hit 'Convert' and the
icon will change to blue - I also renamed the template to 'Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-Bit)
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In the next post, I will create a few servers based off this template.
Posted 30th September 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, HomeLab, Windows Server 2008, XenServer

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28th September 2011
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I decided to go with an ML110 G6 for my HomeLab with 8GB of RAM, hopefully it will motivate me enough to put it to
good use.
The server arrived today and after wrestling with numerous cables it is plugged in, and powered on. I have opted for
XenServer 6 for the hyper-visor which was released 2 days ago; the installation was quick and painless I amnow ready
to configure the host fromXenCenter:
Activating the yearly free license involves pressing the 'Activate Free XenServer' button from the 'Tools\License
Manager' menu, completing a form, and a license file is emailed to you within seconds. After which you upload the
license file to the host:
XenServer HomeLab install
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Next I created an iSCSI Target and LUN on my Synology DiskStation:
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And created a new Storage Repository connecting to DiskStation LUN:
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I amnow ready to start creating Virtual Machines, I amimpressed howeasy it was to get up and running.
Posted 28th September 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, HomeLab, ML110, Synology DS211j, XenServer

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25th September 2011
I amtoying with the idea of purchasing a server for a home lab, this will be running XenServer and a few Virtual
Machines which will run the following services:
Domain Controller
Web Interface
Access Gateway
SQL Server
Provisioning Server
Ideally I would like a server that is dual core and has at least 16GB of RAM, my initial thoughts was to purchase a
refurbished HP DL360 for around 640 but talked myself out of it; I do not have a rack, its a bit too large to be sat on
my desk, and is a tad expensive for a home lab.
I decided that a server
tower would be a
better option which got
me looking at an
ML110, Servers+
[http://www.serversplus.com/] have a G6 'Performance ESXi 5 Testbed' Bundle
[http://www.serversplus.com/servers/server_bundles/585458-035-ESXI5] for 383.94 inc. VAT which has 8GB of RAM
(2x4GB). It doesn't actually state if that is HP or Kingston RAM, I would assume that its Kingston as that is what's
displayed in the picture. If so then the extra 8GB would be relatively cheap as opposed to purchasing HP RAM.
Included in the bundle:
Intel Xeon Quad-Core X3430 2.4GHz
8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 Memory
1x 250GB Non Hot Plug SATA
1x300W PS
1 Year Warranty
Bootable vSphere ESXi 5 Installer USB Drive
HP are currently offering 100 off their MicroServers until the end of September 2011 (so I best decide quick!).
Again Servers+ [http://www.serversplus.com/] have a MicroServer 'ESXi 5 Testbed' Bundle
[http://www.serversplus.com/servers/server_bundles/633724-421-ESXI5] for 299.94 inc. VAT (199.94 with cash back)
which is 84 shy of the ML110 G6.
Included in the bundle:
Athlon II Neo N36L 1.3GHz Dual-Core CPU
8GB DDR3 Non-ECC UDIMM (2 x 4gb DIMM)
Samsung 22x DVD-RW
Internal SATA Cold Plug SATA 250GB Hard-Drive
Embedded RAID 0/1
1x Gigabit Ethernet
200W PSU
1 Year Warranty
XenServer Home Lab
2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive pre-loaded with vSphere ESXi 5 Installer (bootable)
OK its not as powerful as the ML110, but with 100 cash back, I
could buy 2 x HP MicroServers for 399.88 which is only 16
more expensive than one ML110.
I already have a Synology DS211j [http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS211j&lang=enu] which I
will use for my VM Datastore.
Despite the cost, I amleaning towards an ML110 - The extra horsepower and option to upgrade to 16GB RAM should
suit my needs. I also need to decide if I amactually going to use a home server for personal development.
Posted 25th September 2011 by J ohn Elstone
Labels: Citrix, DL360, HomeLab, HP, MicroServer, ML110, Synology DS211j, XenServer

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