The purpose of this document is to provide guidance around designing a virtual desktop deployment that leverages Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop 4 for the infrastructure. This document is not to be considered a replacement for other XenDesktop design guidance, but rather as an addendum that will assist in design decisions specifically related to using Microsoft Hyper-V as the hypervisor.
This document represents a more detailed level of guidance from the XenDesktop Modular Reference Architecture available at https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX124087.
The information contained in this document was gathered during the joint Citrix and Microsoft testing of XenDesktop on Hyper-V.
This document assumes the reader is already familiar with the basic architecture of XenDesktop and has a detailed understanding of the functionality.
This document is not a step-by-step guide for implementing Microsoft technologies such as App-V or System Center with XenDesktop but rather this document focuses on optimizing a Hyper-V installation with XenDesktop based on business requirements.
For simplicity, the document starts with an overview of the XenDesktop architecture when deployed using Microsoft Hyper-V. The next section covers the design decisions that are specific to the Hyper-V environment. The final portion discusses some of the considerations when deploying XenDesktop to a large environment. After reading this document, the reader will be able to effectively design a XenDesktop deployment on Microsoft’s hypervisor.