Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution

5 days


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.

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 .


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.

Skills Gained

  • Prepare the storage NICs, resource pools, and networking configurations for a XenServer host.
  • Configure Provisioning Services for the environment.
  • Migrate an existing XenApp farm and provision new XenApp servers.
  • Manage user personalization settings with Citrix Profile management.
  • Create a master virtual desktop for XenDesktop.
  • Configuring Access Gateway VPX.
  • Increasing password security using Single Sign-on.
  • Monitor the virtualized environment with Citrix EdgeSight.
  • Reducing power consumption with Power and Capacity Management.


  • Before taking this course, Citrix recommends that learners possess the following:
  • Experience using the following Citrix products:
  • Citrix XenServer 5.6 or higher
  • Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 or higher
  • Citrix XenApp 6.0 or higher
  • Citrix XenDesktop 5.0 or higher
  • Experience using Windows Server 2008, including:
  • Active Directory
  • Terminal Services
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Base OS, including server roles
  • Group Policy Objects
  • Experience using Microsoft SQL Server2
  • Completion of the following courses or demonstrate equivalent knowledge:
  • CXS-203-1 - Citrix XenServer 6.0 Administration
  • CXA-206-1 - Citrix XenApp 6.5 Administration
  • CXA-301-1 - Citrix XenApp 6.5 Advanced Administration
  • CXD-202-1 - Citrix XenDesktop 5 Administration

Course Outline

  • Describe the phases of the Citrix Consulting Methodology and distinguish between Assessment and Design projects.
  • Determine the type of information to be collected about the existing desktop infrastructure and supporting processes.
  • Describe how applications can be delivered within a Citrix virtualization infrastructure.
  • Identify the server performance metrics that determine whether a server is a good virtualization candidate.
  • Identify areas of the network architecture that should be included in an infrastructure assessment.
  • Identify which factors to check when assessing security and the user authentication process.
  • Gather data about testing, control and support processes, as well as user issues, backup and recovery plans in an environment.
  • Define the purpose of the conceptual architecture diagram, documentation and validation process.
  • Evaluate and recommend delivery methods for application types.
  • Recognize tuning and optimizations that can improve the performance of the operating system and server.
  • Describe the design considerations for the Desktop Delivery Controller and Citrix XenDesktop farms.
  • Identify options for providing Provisioning Services bootstrap redundancy and available network optimizations for Provisioning Services.
  • Determine the optimal shared storage design to provide high availability for vDisks and the optimal vDisk type to implement in an environment.
  • Determine the appropriate network design for a XenServer implementation in an environment.
  • Determine how to configure an Access Gateway implementation for an environment.
  • Describe general ICA protocol optimization techniques.
  • Evaluate design considerations for integrating Branch Repeater into an Access Gateway design.
  • Recognize how risk can impact a virtualization solution.

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Course Location Days Cost Date
Onsite5 4500 $4500 2019-06-17
Onsite5 4500 $4500 2019-06-17