• Learning the Basics of Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 (Part 5 of 7)

    January 3, 2009

    XenApp, XenApp 5 for Server 2008

    If you would like to read the other parts in this article series, please go to:

    In Part 4 of this 7-part article, you installed XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 – Platinum Edition.  In Part 5, you will learn to apply updates for XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008, if there are any updates available.

    When you completed Part 4, you had just restarted your Virtual Machine (VM) and installed any additional Windows updates.

    You should see a dialog asking for the address of a XenApp Services Site Server Address.  You will not be creating a XenApp Services Site in this article series, so anytime you see this dialog click Cancel.

    Start Internet Explorer and go to http://support.citrix.com.

    In the left column, click XenApp.

    Click XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008.

    This is where you go to look for any Hotfix Rollup Packs or individual Hotfixes.  This shows you there are only two individual Hotfixes and zero additional hotfixes available to see.  Citrix recommends that you only apply individual Hotfixes if they apply to a specific issue you are experiencing in your production farm.  To see what issue an individual Hotfix resolves, click Hotfix PSE450R03W2K3028.

    Scroll down to the New Fixes in This Release section.

    IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you read ALL the documentation that comes with ALL Citrix Product and Component updates.  Failure to do so can have disastrous consequences for your production XenApp Farm and Data Store.

    In this article series you will not be using Installation Manager so this Hotfix does not apply.

    You can also find Product and Component updates on your MyCitrix.com site.  With Internet Explorer still open, go to http://www.mycitrix.com.

    Login to your MyCitrix.com account.

    Click Downloads.

    Click the Dropdown by Search Downloads by Product.

    Scroll down and click on Citrix XenApp (the new name for Presentation Server).



    Scroll down to the Components section.  There are two Component updates for Windows Server 2008: Installation Manager and Access Management Console (AMC).  For this article series you will not be using Installation Manager.  The AMC available here is a standalone snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console.  The AMC available here was installed as part of the XenApp 5 installation covered in Part 4.

    Exit Internet Explorer.  You are now at the server’s desktop.

    Note: Most Citrix Farms have more than one XenApp server.  When there are multiple XenApp servers, they must be upgraded in a specific sequence:

    1. Data Collectors
    2. Database Connection Server
    3. Member Servers

    To find your Data Collectors, go to a command prompt and type in qfarm /zone.

    Qfarm /zone shows you the server that must be upgraded first in each Zone.  The Database Connection Server is the XenApp server used by other XenApp servers to connect to the Data Store and is discussed in this article.  Member servers are all XenApp servers that are not either Data Collectors or Database Connection Servers.

    Since there are no updates available as of this writing, there is nothing to do.  This article will be updated as updates are made available for XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 x86.

    This process took 1 minute for me.  With the time from Parts 2 through 4, the total time is 1 hour, 17 minutes and 23 seconds.

    In Part 6, you will learn to create a Web Interface site and do basic configuration of that site to allow users access.

    (c) Copyright 2009 Carl Webster, All Rights Reserved


    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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