Point, Click, Deploy: Set Up a Citrix XenDesktop Proof of Concept in a Snap

An article by Blake Connell from Citrix Blogs

You can create a Citrix XenDesktop proof of concept deployment with just a few clicks. Don’t believe it? What if we could show you how in just four straightforward steps?

You can. Welcome to Citrix Lifecycle Management.

What is Citrix Lifecycle Management?

Citrix Lifecycle Management is a comprehensive cloud-based lifecycle management solution to accelerate and simplify the design, deployment and ongoing management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications.

Supporting many types of IT workloads across virtual and private or public cloud environments, this solution enables IT organizations to become faster, more cost-effective and more agile, and it helps maintain service quality and high availability with redundancy, automatic scaling and disaster recovery of applications. Built on blueprints incorporating validated reference architectures, configurations and best practices, Citrix Lifecycle Management provides a unified and standardized set of management tools for rapid and best practice-driven design, deployment and management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications.

See this blog for a further explanation of Citrix Lifecycle Management.

Citrix Lifecycle Management is delivered as a cloud-based service through the newly launched Citrix Workspace Cloud.

Deploy XenDesktop in minutes? Citrix Lifecycle Management makes it possible.

Citrix Lifecycle Management uses flexible, customizable pre-defined sets of automation scripts, assembled as blueprints. It comes preconfigured with blueprints for deploying Citrix services including XenDesktop, XenMobile and NetScaler for deployment onto widely installed hypervisor platforms or popular private/public clouds.

A blueprint contains information about how to deploy and manage an application or service. Blueprints define an application deployment setup, operations, and the conditions for monitoring, scaling, failover, failback, and teardown. With them you can deploy quickly, then monitor and maintain your deployment from set up to tear down, all through a clean and powerful blueprint-designer user interface (UI).

Citrix Lifecycle Management is comprised of a core platform with a workflow automation engine, monitoring service, and multi-cloud broker capabilities, as well as a blueprint designer for creating or modifying existing blueprints.

Take Citrix Lifecycle Management Out For a Spin

The best way to learn about Citrix Lifecycle Management is to give it a try. Here’s all it takes to deploy XenDesktop quickly:

  1. Connect your virtualization or cloud environment to Lifecycle Management.
  2. Select XenDesktop Proof of Concept blueprint from Catalog and add to your library.
  3. Fill out the details in the setup wizard for each server tier.
  4. Deploy the XenDesktop blueprint to your virtualization or cloud environment.

Citrix Lifecycle Management Under the Covers

Let’s take a look at these steps in more detail.

Step 1. Connect virtualization or cloud environment to Citrix Lifecycle Management

In order to automate the deployment of an enterprise application into a virtualization or cloud environment, you first need to establish a connection to Citrix Lifecycle Management.

  • Under Resources & Settings, select “Add Resource Location.”
  • For public cloud like AWS, enter your API key and secret key within Lifecycle Management.


For private cloud or a virtualization environment behind your corporate firewall, you need to install the Lifecycle Management agent on a machine that can act as a connector between Lifecycle Management and your private environment, as well as provide the API access point and credentials with Lifecycle Management.

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