StoreFront planning guide

Citrix has released a new planning guide. This time it is the planning guide for StoreFront.

Citrix StoreFront, which is the successor to Citrix Web Interface, authenticates users to XenDesktop sites, XenApp farms, and AppController (SaaS Apps), enumerating and aggregating available desktops and applications into stores that users access through Citrix Receiver for Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Win8/RT or Receiver for Web sites. It has been built on a modern, more flexible and powerful framework which enables Storefront to provide next generation features, such as:

  • Unified StoreFront that delivers SaaS & Native Mobile applications (through AppController) as well as XenApp and XenDesktop resources
  • Simplified Account Provisioning, which enables users to connect to assigned desktops and applications by simply entering their email or server address, or by opening a Provisioning File in Receiver.
  • Access from any Receiver with a consistent user experience, including automatic fallback to an HTML 5 client if a native client isn’t available locally and can’t be installed
  • Synchronization of resource subscriptions across all platforms and devices (Follow-me Apps & Data)

This planning guide provides details about the StoreFront architecture and key design decisions.

You can download this planning guide here.

Citrix planning guides for XenApp/XenDesktop/Provisioning Services

Citrix has released 3 planning guides yesterday.

XenApp and XenDesktop printing guide,

XenDesktop and Hyper-V planning guide,

Provisioning Services networking planning guide,

High availability for XenApp and XenDesktop planning guide (new per 19-sept-2012).

Enjoy reading.

Personal vDisk Technology Planning Guide

Citrix has released a planning guide for XenDesktop 5.6 personal vDisk implementation.


Personal vDisks are available in all versions of XenDesktop 5.6. Generally, the use of a Personal vDisks is evaluated when there is a strong desire for personalization of the virtual desktop. This could include a need to use a variety of departmental applications with a small, distinct user groups or general personalization that is beyond what is available in the user profile. However, there is no defined limitation of Citrix Personal vDisk technology to these specific use cases. It is entirely possible to utilize Personal vDisks in scenarios that may not maximize flexibility or virtual desktop density, yet are entirely appropriate to the enterprise environment.

The use of Personal vDisks should be part of the consideration of most virtual desktop implementations, particularly when considering Dedicated Desktops. When considering Personal vDisks, the following topics should be reviewed during a virtual desktop implementation design. Continue reading “Personal vDisk Technology Planning Guide”