• Learning the Basics of Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003 and XenServer 5.5 (Part 4 of 10)

    February 18, 2010

    XenApp, XenApp 5 for Server 2003

    In Part 3 of this 10-part series, you created your Virtual Machine (VM) and installed Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x86.  In Part 4 of this series, you will install the Windows Server 2003 prerequisites for XenApp 5, the License Server and Web Interface and all Windows security updates.

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

    Figure 1

    Before you start, the Windows Server 2003 R2 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 ISO image file and click the file (Figure 2).

    Figure 2

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

    Figure 3

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

    Figure 4

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

    Figure 5

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

    Figure 6

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

    Figure 7

    Scroll down to Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and click the box to remove the check mark (figure 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 8

    Scroll down and check the box next to Terminal Server and then click Next (Figure 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 this Microsoft support article for more information.

    Figure 9

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

    Figure 10

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

    Figure 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 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 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 13).

    Figure 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 14).

    Figure 14

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

    Figure 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 16).

    Figure 16

    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 17).

    Figure 17

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

    Figure 18

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

    Figure 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 20).

    Figure 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 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 21

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

    Figure 22

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

    Figure 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 24).

    Figure 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 25).

    Figure 25

    You may now exit Internet Explorer.  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 of this series, you will install XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 for Server 2003 – Platinum Edition and your Citrix product license.


    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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