Citrix XenApp on VMware Best Practices

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Recently I found a blogpost from Alex Fontana at the VMware community blogs with the following information:

Desktop application delivery and management can be tedious and time-consuming. Many organizations have chosen to leverage application virtualization and take a software as a service (SaaS) approach to desktop applications. By deploying software such as Citrix XenApp IT organizations are able to centralize the management, administration and delivery of popular Windows-based applications. This model of centralized administration and delivery of services is not new to VMware customers who have for years used virtualization technology to consolidate server workloads.

This guide provides information about deploying Citrix XenApp in a virtualized environment powered by VMware vSphere™. Key considerations are reviewed for architecture, performance, high availability, and design and sizing of virtualized workloads, many of which are based on current customer deployments of XenApp application servers on VMware. This guide is intended to help IT Administrators and Architects successfully deliver virtualized applications using Citrix XenApp on VMware vSphere.

The following topics are covered in detail:

  • VMware ESX host best practices for Citrix XenApp
  • Virtual hardware, guest operating system, and XenApp best practices
  • Monitoring performance
  • vSphere enhancements for deployment and operations

The complete PDF can be downloaded here.

The most important recommendations are mentioned in the first part of the PDF, the second part is mostly about how to leverage the best features from vSphere but all together a useful document.



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