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Contents System Requirements Requirements for Controllers Database Requirements Separate Component Requirements Active Directory Requirements Virtual Desktop Agent Requirements Host Requirements Requirements for Machine Creation Services 3 4 6 7 10 11 12 13 2 .
and the Virtual Desktop Agent. Desktop Studio. For the requirements for installing other XenDesktop components. Important: Some requirements are third-party components supplied on the XenDesktop installation media. For the Java Runtime Environment. Before using XenDesktop. and install any such updates immediately. check whether there are any security updates available from the third party. Desktop Director. see the product-specific documentation for each component. Citrix Licensing.XenDesktop 5 System Requirements These topics describe the requirements for installing XenDesktop components. including the Controller. database. Active Directory and host requirements are also described. 3 . Citrix strongly recommends that you install an update immediately before using XenDesktop.
and this download includes Microsoft Powershell 2. with Service Pack 1. If you do not have this on your server. so ensure an internet connection is available or pre-install Microsoft Windows Management Framework.5.and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. If you are using Windows Server 2008 (not Windows Server 2008 R2). q Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 with Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package.5. IIS is required only if you are installing the Web Interface. The XenDesktop installation media also contain this installer in the Support\JSharp20SE folder.NET Framework.0. it is installed automatically for you. The XenDesktop installation media also contain this installer in the Support\DotNet35 folder. Microsoft IIS Version 7. the installation needs to download Microsoft Windows Management Framework. q q Microsoft Visual J# 2. If you do not have this on your server. This is required only if Web Interface is installed on the server. and they are installed for you. 4 .0 or later if you are running the license server on the controller. it is installed automatically for you. with Service Pack 2 installed (32. q Internet Explorer 7. then this server must meet all the requirements detailed in this topic. Version 3. the License Server. Standard or Enterprise Edition.0. Second Edition. For Windows Server 2008 R2. q Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and ASP.Requirements for Controllers If you intend installing all XenDesktop server-side components on a single server. q q Microsoft . Microsoft Windows Management Framework is installed automatically if not already present on the computer. you may be prompted for the Windows Server installation media. Servers must meet the following requirements: q One of the following operating systems: q Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Standard or Enterprise Edition (64-bit only) Note that you can mix operating systems within a site.NET 2.0. Microsoft IIS Version 7. If you do not have this on your server.0 Redistributable Package. The XenDesktop installation media also contain this installer in the Support\vcredist folder. However. q Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 2. If you do not have these on your server. or Desktop Director: q For Windows Server 2008.0. it is installed automatically for you.
Requirements for Controllers q Disk space requirements: q 100 MB for the Controller and SDKs 50 MB for Desktop Studio 50 MB for Desktop Director 40 MB for the licensing components 100 MB for Web Interface (and clients included in the installation) q q q q 5 .
which is supported in stand-alone mode only).and 64-bit versions are supported in stand-alone. 6 . Note that you must use Windows authentication when connecting from XenDesktop 5 to an SQL database.Database Requirements The Controller supports the following versions of the Microsoft SQL Server database: q Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition (this is installed automatically) Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or later q q Both 32. clustered and mirrored mode (except for SQL Server 2008 R2 Express.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32. all editions.Separate Component Requirements These topics describe requirements for components that can be installed either on the same server as the controller or individually.and 64-bit versions).0 (MMC 3. such as Citrix Licensing and Desktop Studio.and 64-bit versions). Web Interface can also be installed separately. If you do not have this on your computer. The XenDesktop installation media also contain this installer in the Support\DotNet35 folder. see Licensing Your Product for further details and possible updates to licensing requirements. for information about Web Interface requirements. XenDesktop 5 will not work with older license servers. q If you do not have this on your computer.and 64-bit versions). Windows 7 (32.1 of the license server and console supplied with XenDesktop 5. q q q q Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Vista (32. with Service Pack 1. Microsoft . Before installing Citrix Licensing.and 64-bit versions). Desktop Studio Requirements Computers running Desktop Studio must meet the following criteria: q One of the following operating systems: q Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 (32. it is installed automatically for you. Licensing Requirements You must use version 11. it is installed automatically for you. Clients are required only as part of Web Interface installation.NET Framework. see the Web Interface documentation.0) must be installed. Version 3.5.6. q Microsoft Management Console 3. Disk space requirements: 75 MB. to enable Web Interface to deliver these to user devices. q q 7 .0. Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 2.
0 / Windows Management Framework (WinRM 1. If you do not have this on your server. WinRM 2. it is installed automatically for you. q For Windows Server 2008 R2.0 for Windows 2008 R2). Microsoft IIS Version 7. q Microsoft WinRM 1. with Service Pack 1. q Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and ASP.5.0. To install Desktop Director. computers must meet the following criteria: q One of the following operating systems: q Microsoft Windows Server 2008. On Macintosh.0 is installed automatically by the installer as part of Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 2. Apple Safari 4 and Mozilla Firefox 3.0.5. and not in the database. you are prompted for the Windows Server installation media. Client Requirements The following clients are supplied with XenDesktop 5: q Citrix online plug-in 12.NET Framework. Adobe Flash Player 9 must be installed to view the graphs. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. see your Microsoft documentation.1 for Windows 2008 Service Pack 2. If you do not have these on your server. Standard or Enterprise Edition.1 or above.Separate Component Requirements Desktop Director Requirements You can install Desktop Director on the same server as the XenDesktop Controller or standalone.and 64-bit) q q Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. and Mozilla Firefox 3.1 8 . you must use one of the following browsers: q On Windows. To view the Web-based Desktop Director. Microsoft IIS Version 7. In either case the system requirements are the same. For information on the Windows platforms that GPMC is supported on.5. with Service Pack 2 installed (32.NET 2. and they are installed for you.0: q For Windows Server 2008. The XenDesktop installation media also contain this installer in the Support\DotNet35 folder.5. q q Microsoft Group Policy Management Console Requirements Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is required only if Citrix policy information is to be stored in Active Directory.0 and 8. WinRM 2. Version 3. Standard or Enterprise Edition (64-bit only) Microsoft .
The checks can be turned off and startup times improved with this version of the Framework but not with .1.NET Framework Requirements.100 Citrix online plug-in for Macintosh 11.NET Framework to be installed. The Desktop Viewer Embedded Edition does not require the . Note: . Other clients provide differing levels of functionality: see the specific client documentation for details.0 Service Pack 1 or later is required. certificate revocation checks slow down connection startup times. use the Desktop Viewer in the Citrix online plug-in 12.Separate Component Requirements q Citrix Receiver for Linux 11.NET 2. This version is required because. 9 .0.NET 2.2 q For full XenDesktop 5 functionality. if Internet access is not available. . To use the Desktop Viewer.
and about the different Active Directory topologies supported. which can still be "Windows 2000 native" or higher 10 . For more information about how Active Directory and XenDesktop interact. If Citrix policy information is to be stored in Active Directory. and not in the database. the domain controller must be running on a server whose operating system is W2003 or higher. to use Policy Modeling. the domain controller can be at "Windows 2000 native" functional level or higher. this does not affect the domain functional level.Active Directory Requirements Active Directory is required for XenDesktop. However. see Active Directory Considerations.
If virtual machines are to run Windows XP and you intend using Desktop Director in your deployment. q Support components. q q Windows Vista (non-Aero) 32-bit or 64-bit with Service Pack 2 or later. Windows XP 64-bit with Service Pack 2 or later. are installed automatically if they are not already on the desktop. 11 .1 or above) on the virtual machine before installing the Virtual Desktop Agent.Virtual Desktop Agent Requirements Virtual machines must run one of the following: q Windows XP 32-bit with Service Pack 3 or later. such as .NET Framework 3. Windows 7 (non-Aero) 32-bit or 64-bit.5 and the Visual C++ 2005 Runtime Library. you must install Microsoft WinRM (version 1.
see the XenServer Administrator's Guide and the XenServer Installation Guide.microsoft.1).html/ VMware vSphere 4 Update 1 (ESX 4. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition).6 if you intend using Machine Creation Services.0). For information on system requirements. see the Requirements for Machine Creation Services for specific requirements for host and storage technologies. Note: If you plan to use Machine Creation Services. For information on system requirements.html/ Note: No support is provided for vSphere vCenter 'Linked Mode' operation (see http://www. see the Microsoft documentation at http://www.com/products/vcenter-server/features.0 and vCenter 4. For information on system requirements.6 Standard and Enterprise editions. Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Standard Edition.1. and ESXi 4. see the VMware documentation at http://www.citrix.vmware. For information on system requirements.1 and vCenter 4.5 Update 2 Standard and Enterprise editions.com/article/CTX131239.com/support/pubs/vs_pubs. Note: Machine Creation Services will not work with this version of XenServer. For information on system requirements.Host Requirements XenDesktop enables you to manage virtual desktops supported on the following hosts. see the XenServer Administrator's Guide and the XenServer Installation Guide. see http://support. q Citrix XenServer 5. see the VMware documentation at http://www. q Citrix XenServer 5.aspx/ 12 . Note: You must use Citrix XenServer 5.com/support/pubs/vs_pubs.1 (ESX 4. q q Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.1 and vCenter 4.com/systemcenter/virtualmachinemanager/en/us/default.vmware. For more information on hypervisor support in XenDesktop. q VMware vSphere 4.html).vmware.
vmware. 4. Note: No support is provided for vSphere vCenter 'Linked Mode' operation (see http://www.com/support/pubs/vs_pubs. see the XenServer Administrator's Guide and the XenServer Installation Guide. If you have multiple XenServers in a pool just using local disks. Host and Storage Technologies The following combinations of host and storage technology are supported: XenServer ESX Local Disks Yes1 Yes 4 NFS Yes (R) Yes (R) No Block Storage Yes Yes Yes3 (R) Storage Link No No No Hyper-V Yes2 (R) = Recommended protocol.1 and vCenter 4. For information on system requirements.com/products/vcenter-server/features. VMs created in this deployment will not support XenMotion or dynamic placement. Notes: 1.Requirements for Machine Creation Services Machine Creation Services and run-time Active Directory account injection into VMs is supported on: q Citrix XenServer 5. Microsoft Cluster Shared Volumes are required. Note: Machine Creation Services will not work with earlier versions of XenServer. q VMware vSphere 4. For information on system requirements.6. Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) on Logical Volume Manager (LVM) only.1 (ESX 4. 13 . this is the default for XenServer 5.x).1.5 and 5. 2. see the VMware documentation at: http://www. Machine Creation Services will fail. Available if there is only a single Hyper-V server in the hosting unit.html). 3. and ESXi 4. No support for vMotion or Dynamic placement.1 and vCenter 4.6 Standard and Enterprise editions.1) VMware vSphere 4 (with ESX 4.vmware.html/ q q Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V).
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