Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook

April 22, 2013

Just yesterday I completed reading another book from Packt Publishing, this time about XenDesktop.

You know that XenDesktop is the flagship product from Citrix and is one of the most completed VDI solution in the market, but is also quite difficult to implement in such a way to obtain the best user experience. Citrix has a lot of documentation on their website, but many people asked for a reference guide that could give useful hints to everyone is concerned with a VDI implementation.

The book Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook, edited from Packt publishing and written by Gaspare Aristide Silvestri, an Italian It professional, is certainly a good refence manual for every IT professional who is working or is preparing a migration from a physichal to a virtual desktop environment. You can find also a review from this page of the Citrix blog.The author wrote this book using a step by step methodology, very useful to people approaching XenDesktop for the first time. Starting from some installation  hints on different hypervisor (XenServer, VMware, Hyper-V), the author explains how to configure all basic and advanced features and how to perform optimization activities to achieve the best environment for end users.
In every chapter, after a theorichal introduction (Getting ready section), there is a step by step guide (How to do it… section). Then there are a How it works and a There’s more sections with more detailed explanation and useful tips. At the end of each chapter there is also a lab section, to test the comprehension and to give the reader the possibility to create a full functioning environment.

I already know about XenDesktop product, but reading this book I have found many useful hints, for example all the optimization operations (registry key, etc) for the master image, from which all the other VDI are created. I found very useful also the chapter about XenDesktop Powershell modules, that give the possibility to made high-level configuration using command line.

I already read other Packt Publishing books about other Citrix products like XenServer and XenApp and this “Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook” confirmed me that Packt is giving a great work about Citrix technical books and that their job could help all IT professional working with Citrix products.

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