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XenApp 7.5 is already available for some time and it’s time to prepare step-by-step instruction. In fact installation and configuration process for XenApp 7.5 and XenDesktop 7  (described in my previous posts:  XenDesktop 7 Deep Dive series ) is quite similar or almost the same.

I decided to write a next series of posts covering the most important steps required to install and configure XenApp 7.5 components. In some steps I will use existing components in my LAB but in such case I will provide a link to XenDesktop 7 Deep Dive article where installation and configuration of this element was described.

The XenApp 7.5 quick installation guide series consist of the following articles:

Part 1 – Installation and site configuration

Part 2 – Install and configure VDA

Part 3 – Create and configure machine catalog

Part 4 – Create and configure delivery group

Part 5 – Configure StoreFront

Part 6 – Configure Receiver

For those of you who need more information about XenApp 7.5 / XenDesktop 7.5 features please see the following articles:

XenApp 7.5 missing features

XenDesktop 7 missing features

XenApp 7.5 installation

XenApp 7.5 iso is available for download from Citrix website, so I downloaded the iso file and mounted the iso in the designated Windows Server 2012 R2 VM.

1. Wait for the installer welcome screen and click Start close to XenApp section. 


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2. Click Delivery Controler


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3. Accept the license agreement and click Next


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4. I will use existing StoreFront and License Server so I select only the Delivery Controller, Studio, Director. Click Next


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5. I will use existing SQL Express Server so I select only the Install Windows Remote Assistance. Click Next


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6. Click Next


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7. Click Install


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8. Click Finish


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XenApp 7.5 Site Configuration


9.  Launch Desktop Studio and on a welcome screen click Deliver applications and desktops to your users.


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10. Leave a default selection and fill in a site name and click Next


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11. Wizard is populating the standard database name based on the site name created in the previous step as it is shown in Figure 10. I would like to keep my own naming convention for databases and have to update database name as it is shown in Figure 11.


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12. Click OK


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13. Enter a license server name or leave default settings on Licensing page. A 30-day trial license is included in the installer. When your own license server is specified and connected select proper license type. Click Next


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14. Enter the address of your hypervisor and valid credentials. Click Next


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15. Enter the name of the resources. Click Next


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16. Select the type of storage based on the hypervisor configuration. Click Next


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16.  I won’t use App-V at this stage, so I will leave a default selection and click Next


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17. Click Finish


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18. Verify the successful site creation. You can also click Test Site Configuration to verify the site configuration.


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At this point XenApp 7.5 Site has been configured and we are now ready to configure Machine Catalog and Delivery Group. Before we start with machine catalog and delivery groups I will install and configure VDA client on separate Windows 2012 R2 servers. Stay tuned for Part 2 – Create and configure delivery group.