How to install Citrix XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2

This is a how to install Citrix XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2

Before installing XenApp, ensure that the prerequisite software and Windows roles described in the system requirements documentation are installed. After installing the prerequisites, restart the computer before installing XenApp. During a wizard-based installation, the installer automatically installs prerequisites but the XenApp installation might fail after the prerequisites are installed. If this occurs, restart the computer and begin installing XenApp again. I did experience that the prerequisite if not followed the right way, made problems with the installation of XA, so follow it!

Okay let’s begin, I assume that you have a Windows Server 2008 R2 freshly installed and updates are in place. Also, remember to make it a member of your domain!

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The new installer will install all the features you need, so there is no need to install Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Services anymore. As you can see I have just installed a fresh Windows Server 2008 R2, and made it a member of the domain.

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The installation media for XA 6 is an iso file, this installation guide is made on XenServer 5.5, so I’ve mounted the iso file and started the autorun installer.
Klick on Install XenApp Server

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The XA 6 installer will now review your server, and when it finishes click on Add server roles

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The usual Terms of License Agreement appears, click it and then go Next.

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Choose which features you wish to install, this guide focuses on XenApp, and I’ll get back to the setup of Web Interface in a new guide next week.
When your options are selected click on Next.


Now you have the option to install some extra features. I’ve chosen the XenApp Management interface,Singel Sign-On Plugin and Power and Capacity Management Agent.

Click Next.


Next up is a summary of prerequisits needed to install XenApp Tech Preview for Windows Server 2008 R2. Here you will se the new installer in action, you can hoover over the info signs for information on each instance. The installer will install all the required features for you.
Click Next


Another info screen, review and click Install


During the setup phase of XenApp you’ll most likely be prompted for some software installation. Go with the flow, and click Always trust software from “Citrix Systems” and Click Install


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When the installer finishes, you’ll be prompted with an overview of all the installed components. Review to check if anything went wrong(it should not, but to be on the safe side do it!)
Click Finish

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Note that you need to Configure the XenApp 6 server, I’ve choose to do so, but you can leave it and perform this task on a later stage.
This guide will now do the basics. So, click on Configure


I’m going to create a new farm for this setup guide.

Enter a name for the new farm that you wish to create. The First Citrix admin account should be domain\administrator, if it’s not filled in, do so!
Click next

Enter your license server, or if don’t want to, you can do this later.

Click Next

Now we shall configure the Database connection, if you have a existing Microsoft SQL Server then choose this option, if not and you are fine with just running the SQL Express version on the same server as we installed XenApp on, then please do.
Since I have an SQL Server, I’m going to choose this option, and Click Next.

Now enter your SQL Server name and you will also need to go to the SQL Server to create a new database. Mine is called XenApp6, call it what you like and enter the name under Database name.
Choose which type of authentication you are using, I’m using Integrated Windows authentication.
Click Next


Now enter the Password for the administrator account and hit OK


Click Next

Now do a quick test to check the connection with the database server. When finished click Next.

Now choose wether to allow shadowing of users or not, I will allow it.
Click Next

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Since I choose to install the Power and Capacity Management Agent, put in a Farm name for it and a WorkLoad Name, and click Next.

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Since I’ve also choose to install Citrix Singel Sign-On aka Password Manager, we now need to Select the type of Central Store we want to use. I’m going with the Microsoft Active Directory, and click Next.

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Now review these 3 options on the left and as you can see I just for fun went with a Custom Zone Name for my new XenApp for Windows Server 2008 R2. Click Next, when finished.

Next you will see a summary of the configurations that you are about to apply. Take a quick review and hit theĀ  Apply button when ready.

Sit back and relax for a few and when all “lights” are green and you get the message Server configured successfully! you are good 2 go, click Finish.

A Reboot is now required! Click on the Blue highlighted Reboot text to reboot the server.

After that there is the first Configure and run discovery process for the new Administrator GUI, called Citrix Delivery Services Console.( used to be Citrix Access Management Console )

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Although a new name the discovery process is more or less the same as before with Citrix Access Management Console(AMC).
Click Next to begin….

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We will focus on the XenApp configuration, so highlight the XenApp option and click Next.

Just hit the Add Local Computer button and then click Next

Click Next!

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IF all is okay, then you’ll see no errors listed as in this example, then Click Finish.

You are done, now go play with it!