Hi and welcome everybody to the next blog post of a series about installing and configuring Citrix XenApp 7.13 on Windows Server 2016. After the sucessfull installation of the Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDS) Licensing component we now need to configure it.
So today we will configure Microsoft RDS Licensing. The RD Licensing Manager can be started over a Start Menu link or through a link in the Servermanager. It is not necessary to add RDS Licenses if you are in a lab environment because the License Server will issue temporary licenses for 180 days and in most cases this should be sufficient for a few tests or demos.
The first thing you will notice is that the License Server is not activated. You can see that on the red mark left to the server name.
If you right click on the server name you can open the configuration of the server. You can see that the Discovery Scope of the License Server is configured to Domain.
To change the scope the user we use to reconfigure this option needs to have Enterprise Admin privileges in Active Directory. Click CONTINUE.
In the next screen you can choose The forest. Click OK.
Choosing Forest makes this Licensing Server available to multiple domains within the forest. Click OK again to finish the configuration for the scope.
In the next step we will add this License Server to the Terminal Server License group. Without this configuration the License Server won´t issue CALs to users and no reporting will be possible. Click ADD TO GROUP.
In the next screen click CONTINUE.
Click OK in the next screen to finish the configuration.
The next screen shows green checkmarks for all configuration items. Click OK.
Now right click on the server name again and start the Activate Server Wizard. Click NEXT.
There are a few options you can choose to activate the license server. I have internet access and therefor I will leave it on Automatic connection (recommended).
In the next screen type in your First name, last name, company and Country. Click NEXT.
Add further company information. Click NEXT.
With the next screen we are ready to activate the license server. Leave the checkmark next to Start Install Licenses Wizard now activated.
The Activate Server Wizard opens. Click NEXT.
Again we have a few options to choose for a license program. As Microsoft partner we have access to a few licenses. I will leave License Pack (retail Purchase).
On the next screen we need to type in a License code. Click ADD and NEXT.
We´re done with adding Licenses. Click FINISH.
Now you should be able to see the newly added Licenses in the RD Licensing Manager.
That´s your Microsoft RDS Licensing server on Windows Server 2016.
This is the manual part were we are doing a next, next, I agree walk-through for all of you that are new to Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop or want to see what changed in the installation from previous versions.
You can install Citrix Licensing in two seperate ways and you will see that the installation dialogs and the Control Panel entries will look differently after installation depending on which way you choose.
Check http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7/cds-license-landing-/lic-licensing-prerequisites.html for specific prerequisites.
Let´s start. Insert the XenApp_and_XenDesktop_7_13.iso in your VM and double click on your DVD drive. Now click on the “Start” button in the XenApp field. There is no huge difference wheter you choose XenApp or XenDesktop, the infrastructure components are the same.
Now choose Citrix License Server on the left lower side in the Extend Deployment area. The installer look changed a little bit from the earlier versions and there is some room on the righht side for more options to come.
Accept the License Agreement and choose NEXT.
If you want you can change the installation directory you can do it here. I will install the License Server in the configured folder.
Always read the small letters in installers and readme´s, it could save your life ;-).
The installer states that you shouldn´t install the License Server and Citrix Director on the same system for scale and performance reasons.
In the next step you can change the option to configure the firewall automatically or do it manually later. If you don´t need the settings because you are not using the Windows firewall choose manually, I will choose automatically in my lab.
The next screen shows you a summary of your configured settings.
The installation starts after you click INSTALL.
After some time the installer quits successfully.
You now have a running Citrix License Server. Click FINISH.
Yes, that was hard. You have successfully installed the Citrix Licenser Server. Let´s see how this looks like in Programs and Features.
You can see that Citrix XenDesktop 7.13 installed.
What I really don´t like at this place is that we cannot see what excactly is installed. The name of the component simply stated Citrix XenDesktop 7.13 and not Citrix Licensing as I would expect. It would be easier if there was something like “Citrix License Server” or something similar.
Let´s see how you can get there. Therefore you won´t use the guided installation dialog from the first part instead you will start the Citrix Licensing installer directly from the installation media (x64\Licensing\CitrixLicensing.exe)
You can see a totally different behaviour in the installation dialogs and the Control Panel entry. Let´s move on.
Agree and click NEXT.
Choose the install location and click NEXT.
Configure the ports and if you like let the installer set the Windows Firewall exceptions. NEXT.
If you like you can configure Citrix Licensing to automatically check for Subscription Renewals. Click INSTALL.
That´s it. Click on FINISH. If you know check the entry in Control Panel you can see “Citrix Licensing with a product version of 126.96.36.19905.
Very confusing isn´t it?
The safest way to check for the really installed version of Citrix Licensing is to check the registry entry for it.
Because the Citrix Service Provider program requires Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) and Call Home, if you are a Citrix Service Provider, you cannot disable CEIP or Call Home.
That´s it for the manual part of the installation.
This blog post is part of a series covering the installation and configuration of Citrix XenApp 7.13 on Windows Server 2016.
This is the manual part were we are doing a next, next, I agree walk-through for all of you that are new to Citrix XenApp or want to see what changed in the installation from previous versions.
Today we are going to install one prerequisite that we need for our Citrix environment – Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Licensing.
In smaller environment I typically tend to install the Microsoft Licensing component on the same server as the Citrix Licensing Server. The bigger the environment the more likely you will have separate systems for infrastructure component installation.
If you want to have an overview of High Availability for RDS deyploments you should check this Technet article. You also find the following statement regarding the other options of fault tollerance you might think about…
There are two deployment configurations that are not supported:
Clustering RD Connection Broker servers on RD Virtualization Host servers.
An active-active RD Connection Broker installation.
To install it you need to switch to the Servermanager and start the Add Roles and Features Wizard. Click NEXT.
Choose Role-based or feature-based installation. Click NEXT.
As we are on the server were we want to install RDS Licensing click NEXT.
In the next screen scroll down to Remote Desktop Services and place a checkmark left to it. Click NEXT.
In the next screen leave everything untouched. Click NEXT.
Now place a checkmark left to Remote Desktop Services Licensing. Click Add features in the opening window.
In the next screen click NEXT.
Everything we need is now selected and ready for installation. Click INSTALL.
You can watch the progress if you like or grap a cup of coffee ;-). But be quick it won´t take long.
After the installation finishes click CLOSE.
And for today we are finished with this installation-quicky.
The following Windows Roles and Features were installed:
I hope this blog post helped you a bit. In a later one we will configure RDS Licensing.
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