Running Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V R2

Citrix XenDesktop is hypervisor agnostic – meaning you can use any major hypervisor like XenServer, VMware ESX, or Microsoft Hyper-V as the underlying hardware virtualization layer. Microsoft and Citrix teamed up to create a lab where you can experiment running Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V R2 for yourself. This lab is intended for IT Professionals who would like to deliver virtual desktop computers using Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Citrix XenDesktop. Users will work through the steps to simulate deploying multiple virtual desktops, and will first capture a reference image using the Citrix Provisioning Server for Desktops. Next, the user will verify that the computer can be booted from a diskless client computer. The user will create multiple virtual machines using the reference computer as a template. Finally, the user will use the Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to create a group of virtual desktops and deploy them to end devices. At the end of this lab, the user will have worked through all the steps required to implement Citrix XenDesktop using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

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