Linux VDA – Introduction and prerequisites

Linux VDA – Introduction and prerequisites

Introduction

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are virtualization solutions that give IT control of virtual machines, applications, licensing, and security, while providing anywhere access for any device.

Following the retirement of deploying Citrix on to Sun Solaris servers, for many years Citrix concentrated on purely Microsoft Windows desktop and server OS platforms but in recent years has added the capability to deploy Linux based desktops.  Further enhancements have seen the capability to deploy Linux machines using both their Provisioning Services (PVS) and Machine Creation Services (MCS) provisioning methods added, allowing companies to deploy multiple cloned Linux machines from a single master image.

This following pages in the article explains how to build a CentOS 7 virtual machine and deploy it as a Multi-session OS published desktop through CVAD using Machine Creation Services (MCS).

Prerequisites

In order to build a CentOS 7 virtual machine for deployment as a Multi-session OS published desktop through CVAD using MCS the following prerequisites must be met:

  • A Citrix Virtual Apps And Desktops Site which supports deploying Linux VDAs
    • CVAD Version 1912 LTSR will be used for this article
  • An Active Directory Domain
  • A supported Hypervisor platform is used
    • Citrix Hypervisor 8.1 will be used for this article
  • A supported Linux distribution and version is used for the VM
    • CentOS 7.7 will be used for this article
  • A supported Xorg version is used
    • Xorg version 1.20 will be used for this article
  • Supported Active Directory integration packages will be used
    • Samba Winbind will be used for this article

 

For further information on the System requirements for deploying the Linux VDA go to the official Citrix documentation page Linux Virtual Delivery Agent – System requirements

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