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Detailing technical steps needed to implement Citrix XenApp remote desktop

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Public Transport Company




Our client hired NorthStar to complete a migration of end-of-life Citrix infrastructure to current release.


Project goal


The goal of this project was to create a new Citrix farm/XenApp 7 running on a mix of Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012R2 hosts. Windows Server 2016 was to be used for Citrix management and infrastructure servers, and Windows Server 2012R2 hosts for remote desktop servers. All existing applications published on both of the existing server farms had to be migrated to the new farm, accessible by clients running Wyse ThinOS and PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 10.


Step-by-step

  • Performed extensive due diligence on current deployment

  • Formulated plan for new build based on the current state report

  • Worked with corporate security to implement secure external access

  • Built all new core infrastructure components for Citrix deployment including Broker, License, provisioning services, SQL databases, and storefront

  • Introduced new technology to deploy Applications and Desktops

  • Built new master disk images for application deployment

  • Installed applications and necessary poor infrastructure components

  • Created RDS (remote desktop service) servers in PVS (provisioning services) and deployed applications while retiring the old Citrix versions

  • Implemented Windows 10 VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) via Citrix

  • Trained steady state IT personnel and helpdesk personnel


The NorthStar approach


A major strength of NorthStar Solutions Group is our experience in dealing with multiple clients, having multiple different deployment options and, in each engagement, we bring this experience to the table.

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