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New Virtual Lab – XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V R2

New Virtual Lab – XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V R2

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A couple of weeks back, I blogged about the launch of App-V 4.6, and the large amount of resources that were made available to coincide with that launch.  From documents, through to downloads, there was a huge amount of information, but one particular resource that many have found useful was the virtual labs, where you can play around with, test, and demonstrate the technology in your own time, in the comfort of your own browser.

One of the virtual labs that was on the list was XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V.  Now, at the time, I didn’t focus on this particular lab, as it was an App-V focused post, however, seeing as more and more discussions are taking place around VDI, with Citrix being an integral part in many of these discussions, I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight the lab, and exactly what’s in there, as it looks pretty darn good to me, and is particularly useful if you’re evaluating your options when it comes to VDI.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Citrix XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V R2

This lab is intended for IT Professionals who would like to deliver virtual desktop computers using Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Citrix XenDesktop. Users will work through the steps to simulate deploying multiple virtual desktops, and will first capture a reference image using the Citrix Provisioning Server for Desktops. Next, the user will verify that the computer can be booted from a diskless client computer. The user will create multiple virtual machines using the reference computer as a template. Finally, the user will use the Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to create a group of virtual desktops and deploy them to end devices. At the end of this lab, the user will have worked through all the steps required to implement Citrix XenDesktop using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Hyper-V Server

It’s 60 minutes long, but the nice thing about this lab is, it walks you through a process of actually creating the reference VM, and follow this through to deployment with technologies like Provisioning Server, SCVMM and Hyper-V.  Very useful if you want to understand the lifecycle of a vDesktop.

If you’re interested in checking it out, it’s free, and it’s online here.

  • Hi Matt, the link you've provided is now saying "no longer available", is the lab available anywhere else?

  • Hi Simon,

    Not sure - i've just tried it myself and it gives me the same response - I've emailed a discussion list internally to see if anyone has any info.  If you're looking for guidance, there's a good guide here:

    I'll let you know if the downtime was temporary, or permanent.



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