Learning the Basics of Citrix XenApp 5 Feature Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003 and XenServer 5.6 Part 4 of 12

Install Prerequisites and Windows Updates

In Part 3, you created your Virtual Machine (VM) and installed Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x86.  In this Part, you will install the Windows Server 2003 prerequisites for XenApp 5, the License Server and Web Interface and most Windows security updates.

When you completed Part 3, you were at the Windows desktop (Figure 4-1).

Figure 4‑1

Before you start, the Windows Server 2003 R2 CD1 ISO image needs to be mounted to the VM’s CD/DVD drive.  Click the DVD Drive dropdown box, browse to your Windows Server 2003 R2 CD1 ISO image file and click the file (Figure 4-2).

Figure 4‑2

Click Exit to close the Server 2003 What do you want to do screen (Figure 4-3).

Figure 4‑3

Install Windows Prerequisites

Click Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs (Figure 4-4).

Figure 4‑4

Click Add/Remove Windows Components in the left column (Figure 4-5).

Figure 4‑5

Click the box next to Application Server and the click the Details… button (Figure 4-6).

Figure 4‑6

Click the box next to ASP.NET and click OK (Figure 4-7).

Figure 4‑7

Scroll down to Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and click the box to remove the check mark (Figure 4-8).  The Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration needs to be disabled to prevent the annoyance of its popups when downloading updates from Microsoft and Citrix and when testing the Web Interface on this VM.

Figure 4‑8

Scroll down and check the box next to Terminal Server and click Next (Figure 4-9).

Note: Terminal Server Licensing does not need to be installed.  You have a 120-day grace period before a license server is required.  Please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813052 for more information.

Figure 4‑9

Click Next on the Terminal Server setup notice (Figure 4-10).

Figure 4‑10

Click Next on the next Terminal Server Setup notice about Security (Figure 4-11).  For this article you will not be installing any legacy software so the default selection of Full Security is OK.

Figure 4‑11

Microsoft does not make Terminal Server Licenses for evaluation and testing purposes.  The default grace period for having a Terminal Server License Server is 120 days.  That should be more than sufficient for Learning the Basics of XenApp 5.  Click I will specify a license server within 120 days and click Next (Figure 4-12).

Note:  If you subscribe to MSDN, Microsoft now makes available Terminal Services Licenses for MSDN Subscribers.

“All MSDN subscriptions allow up to 200 anonymous users at a time to use the Terminal Services feature of Windows Server to access Internet demonstrations of your programs. Your demonstration must not use production data. This applies to Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 R2, and Windows Server 2003.”

Figure 4‑12

You will now choose to put your Terminal Server License Server in Per User mode.  Per User mode is not tracked by Windows Server 2003, but is tracked by Windows Server 2008.  You should always make sure you are in compliance with all of Microsoft’s software license terms.

Click Per User licensing mode and click Next (Figure 4-13).

Figure 4‑13

Windows will start installing the options you are adding and removing the option you deselected.  When the Windows Components Wizard is complete, click Finish (Figure 4-14).

Figure 4‑14

Adding Terminal Server in Application Server mode requires the server to be restarted.  Click Yes to restart the VM (Figure 4-15).

Figure 4‑15

When the VM restarts, log back in to Windows.  The Terminal Server Checklist appears.  Click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Terminal Server Checklist window to Exit (Figure 4-16).

Figure 4‑16

 

Install Windows Updates

Now that you have installed all the prerequisites for XenApp 5 and components you can start installing Windows Updates.  Click Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update (Figure 4-17).

Figure 4‑17

Windows Update needs to install an ActiveX control.  Click Install on the Internet Explorer – Security Warning popup (Figure 4-18).

Figure 4‑18

Windows Update now needs to install updated Windows Update software.  Click Install Now (Figure 4-19).

Figure 4‑19

Windows Update will download and install the updated software.  Once the updated software has been installed, the Windows Update screen appears.  Scroll down until you can see the Custom button and click it (Figure 4-20).

Figure 4‑20

The list of available High Priority updates is shown.  In the left column, click Software, Optional.  Scroll down until you see Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update (KB951847) x86 and click the box to the left (Figure 4-21).  Downloading the .NET Framework 3.5 and all its updates now speeds up the installation of XenApp 5.  It also prevents you from having to download additional Windows Updates after XenApp 5 is installed.

Figure 4‑21

Click Install Updates in the upper left column (Figure 4-22).

Figure 4‑22

Click the Install Updates button on the Review and Install Updates screen (Figure 4-23).

Figure 4‑23

Click I Accept on any Microsoft License windows.  Windows will now download and install the selected updates.  Chose you own settings for Internet Explorer 8.  When the updates have been installed, click Restart Now on the Installation complete popup (Figure 4-24).

Figure 4‑24

When the VM restarts, log back into Windows and keep installing Windows Updates until there are no High Priority updates and no Software, Optional updates for the .NET Framework (Figure 4-25).

NOTE: The latest updates from June 2010 for .Net Framework 2.0 SP2 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP2 break the Delivery Services Console.  DO NOT DOWNLOAD EITHER UPDATE.

Figure 4‑25

You may now exit Internet Explorer.

Create Part 4 Snapshot

To create the Snapshot for this Part, right-click the VM and select Take Snapshot… (Figure 4-26).

Figure 4‑26

  1. Enter a Name,
  2. Optionally enter a Description,
  3. Select Quiesce the VM before taking the snapshot, and then
  4. Click Take Snapshot (Figure 4-27).

Figure 4‑27

Click on the Snapshots tab to see the Snapshot (Figure 4-28).

Figure 4‑28

Click the Console tab to return to the Windows desktop.

Note: On my computer, there are video anomalies when switching from the Snapshot tab to the Console tab.  The only way to resolve this issue is to reinstall XenTools after every snapshot is complete.

You have now installed all the prerequisites for XenApp 5, the License Server and Web Interface and installed all Windows security updates.

In Part 5, you will install XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 for Server 2003 – Platinum Edition, some Feature Pack 3 updates and your Citrix product license.

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About Carl Webster

Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, LLC and specializes in Citrix, Active Directory and Technical Documentation. Webster has been working with Citrix products for many years starting with Multi-User OS/2 in 1990.

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