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CVA-500-2 - Architecting a Citrix Virtualization Solution

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Course Description

​The CVA-500-2 Architecting a Citrix Virtualization Solution courseware teaches Citrix architects how to analyze and design a comprehensive Citrix virtualization solution. Based on the Citrix Consulting Services Methodology, the course will provide students with the key considerations for managing the project, assessing environment readiness and risks and designing the appropriate solution according to Citrix best practices. Students will gain real-world insight from the field and practice assessment and design exercises based on challenging, enterprise-level scenarios.

Course Objectives

Course Audience

​This course is intended for IT professionals, such as Server, Network and Systems Engineers. Systems Integrators, Systems Administrators and Application Engineers are also appropriate candidates for this course.

Course Outline

Project Management
  • Overview
    • Objectives
  • Citrix Consulting Methodology
    • Phases
      • Analysis
      • Design
      • Build/Test
      • Rollout/Support
      • Milestones, Checkpoints and Guidelines
  • Assessment and Design Projects
    • Assessment Projects
      • Key Benefits
      • Timeline
    • Design Projects
      • Key Benefits
      • Timeline
    • Key Activities
      • Project Team Overview
        • Roles and Responsibilities
        • Requirements and Expectations
        • Statement of Work Review
      • Project Kickoff
      • Requirements Gathering
  • Business Requirements
  • Technical Requirements
    • Findings Presentation
  • Documentation
    • Status Reports
    • Risk Memos
    • Assessment Documents
    • Design Documents
Business Goals
  • 3-to-5 Year Plan
  • Growth
  • IT Projects
User Community
  • User Groups
  • Endpoints
    • Operating Systems
    • New Endpoints
    • Replaced Endpoints
    • Repurposed Endpoints
    • Reused Endpoints
  • Usage Habits
  • User Locations
  • User Satisfaction
Operating System Delivery
  • Desktop Images
  • Image Build Process
  • Desktop Maintenance
Application Delivery
  • General Applications
    • Productivity suites
    • Foundational applications
  • Special Applications
    • Resource Intensive
    • Challenging
    • Custom
  • Application User Groups
  • Application Virtualization
    • Virtualized Applications
    • Architecture
    • Virtual Application Delivery
Server Virtualization
  • Current Solution
  • Physical Server Assessment
    • Data collection
    • Excluded Servers from Virtualization
    • Consolidation Scenarios
Infrastructure
  • Server Hardware
  • Network Architecture
  • Windows Server and Active Directory
  • Enterprise Storage
  • Databases
Security and Personalization
  • Authentication
  • Permissions
  • A/V
  • Logon Scripts
  • Profiles
  • Active Directory Policies
Operations and Support
  • Monitoring and Management
  • Testing and Change Control
  • Support
  • Disaster Recovery
Conceptual Architecture
  • Executive Summary
  • Enterprise Design
Virtualization Infrastructure Design
  • Virtualized Components
  • Server Hardware
    • Hardware Configuration
    • Blade Considerations
  • Network Configuration
    • Addressing and VLANs
    • NIC Performance and Redundancy
    • Network Terminology
    • Internal and External Networks
    • Physical Network Connectivity
  • High Availability
  • Storage
    • Capacity and Performance
    • Storage Types
    • Storage Terminology
  • Resource Pool Design
  • Capacity Planning
  • Physical Server Migration
Operating System Delivery Design
  • Provisioning Services Operating System
  • Hardware
  • Capacity Planning
  • HA
  • Cache
  • Farm Design
  • A/V
  • Bootstrap Redundancy
  • Device Collections
  • Optimization
  • SQL Database
  • vDisk Storage Location
  • Enterprise Storage
  • vDisk Type
  • Write Cache Encryption
Application Delivery Design
  • Applications
  • Integration
  • Application Streaming Cache
    • Without Caching
    • Pre-Caching
  • Optimizations
Desktop Delivery Design
  • Desktop Delivery Controller
  • Farm Design
  • Virtual Machine Specifications
  • Desktop Groups
  • Desktop Images
    • Internal and External Users
    • Pooled Users
    • Dedicated Users
  • Profiles Design
  • Policy Design
  • Desktop Monitoring
Access Design
  • Resource Delivery
  • Access Scenarios
    • Internal Site Access
    • External Site Access
  • Access Gateway Deployment Modes
  • Server Load Balancing
Delivery Optimization
  • ICA Acceleration
    • Bandwidth Allocation
    • Compression
    • Quality of Service
    • Virtual Channels
  • WAN Acceleration
    • ICA Traffic Types
      • Printing Traffic
      • File Access Traffic
      • Multimedia Traffic
      • Display Traffic
    • Application Types
      • Front Buffer
      • Back Buffer
    • Branch Repeater Deployment Modes
    • Hardware Architecture
    • Network Architecture
    • Infrastructure Services
      • Protocol Analysis
  • Branch Repeater and Access Gateway Integration
    • Deployment Modes
      • Branch Repeater with Access Gateway in One-arm Mode
      • Branch Repeater Alternative Mode
    • Repeater Plug-in Integration
    • Acceleration Rules
      • HTTP Traffic Considerations
    • Firewall Rules
    • Roaming Branch Users
Business Continuity Design
  • Component Failover
  • Site Failover
Capstone Exercise

Course Prerequisites

​The following preparatory recommendations describe the experience and knowledge students should possess to ensure successful completion of this course. Experience with or understanding of the following Citrix products:

  • Citrix XenAppTM 4.5 or higher
  • Citrix XenServerTM 5.0 or higher
  • Citrix Provisioning ServicesTM 5.0 or higher
  • Citrix XenDesktop 3.0 or higher
  • Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition 9.0 or higher
  • Citrix Branch Repeater 5.0 or higher
  • Citrix EdgeSight for Endpoints 5.0
  • Citrix EdgeSight for XenApp 5.0
Experience using the following Windows Server and Microsoft technologies:
  • Active Directory
  • Terminal Services
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • Group Policy Objects
  • SQL Server
  • Performance monitoring tools
  • Troubleshooting tools
Experience with, or strong understanding of, the following:
  • Server virtualization, including hypervisor configuration and virtual machine management tools
  • Server hardware, including NIC configuration, power, cooling and rack enclosure configurations
  • Virtual networking, including VLANs and addressing
  • Enterprise-level storage technologies
  • Citrix XenApp application virtualization
  • Citrix XenDesktop, including Provisioning Services
  • SSL VPN functionality
Completion of the following courses or demonstrate equivalent knowledge:
  • CXA-201-1 - Implementing Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008
  • CXS-200-1 - Implementing Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition 5.0
  • CXD-200-1 - Implementing Citrix XenDesktop 3
  • CXA-300-1 - Advanced Administration for Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008
  • CVE-400-1 – Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution
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