With Windows Server 2019, Getting Started with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Has Never Been Easier! Here’s How…

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Introduction and Overview

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 General Availability (GA) released on October 2nd 2018. In this blog post, I’ll show how getting started Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has never been easier! If you’re not familiar, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is the rebranding of XenApp and XenDesktop, Citrix flagship product for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployments. In a production deployment, you may decide to break up the logical components of the Citrix architecture, as demonstrated in the Technical Overview on Citrix Product Documentation:

In this blog post, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to get started, running all core roles on a single Windows Server 2019 virtual machine, including: StoreFront, Delivery Controller, SQL Database, Studio, Director, Licensing, and the Server VDA. This single server deployment is perfect for basic evaluation environments and minimizes the complexity normally associated with a multi-node, multi-tier architecture. The only component in the above diagram that I will not be deploying/configuring is the Citrix Gateway (component provided by NetScaler).

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