Installing and Configuring Citrix XenApp 6.5 Step by Step

This is an installation guide for installing Citrix XenApp 6.5 application on Windows server.

Before installing XenApp we have the following requirements;

  • Win 2008R2 server with latest windows updates.
  • Citrix license server
  • Database – Database created and user account setup.
  • Review Citrix System Requirements. Click Here.

1. Insert Citrix CD or Mount ISO. Click install XenApp Server


2. If you did not install .Net 3.5 SP1 prerequisites you will be prompted to install, click OK.


3.  After .Net 3.5 installs. The Citrix XenApp Server Role Manager screen opens. Click “Add Server Roles.”


4. Based on you purchase/licensing select the XenApp Edition you want to install.


5. Accept License Agreement. Click Next


6. Select “XenApp” role. Click Next


7. Select any additional sub-components if needed. Click Next


8. Review prerequisites and Click Next.


9. Review the items that will be installed. Click Install


10. Review installation messages and click Finish.


11. You will now return to the Role Manager Screen. Click the “Reboot” link to reboot the server.


12. When server reboots make sure to log back in to the server with the same user account the you used to install XenApp. A pop-up window will appear and prompt to resume install.  Click  “Resume Install” link.


13. The application is now ready to be installed. Click “Install”


14. XenApp installed successfully. Renew Notes and Click Finish.


15. Next we need to specify the license server. Click “Specify Licensing” link


16. Enter the Citrix License Server Information. Click Next


17. Select Licensing Model that you will use with this setup. Click Apply.


18. You will get a confirmation page the Licenses are now configured.


Creating a XenApp Citrix Farm

1. Now we are ready to create/configure our Citrix Farm. Click on the “Configure” link


2. Click  on the “Create a new server farm” selection to start new farm configuration.


3. Enter New XenApp Server farm name and the First Citrix Admin Account. Make sure to use unique farm name for each farm. Click Next


4. Now it’s time to select database option. You have the ability to select new database. This will install SQL server Express locally and host the database. In our example we have a pre-configured database that we will use. Click Next


5. Specify the database server and database name. You will also need to select which authentication method you will be using (Integrated or SQL Server). Click Next after you’ve entered all the information. Click Next.


6.  You will be prompted to enter Database credentials. Enter Username and Password and click OK.


7. Click Test Connection to test your database connection. Once you have successful connection, click Next.

8. Configure Shadowing options. By default shadowing i allows without restrictions. If your business needs require restrictions please select the desired options. Click Next


9. The next window consists of four configuration options. The first tab called Data Collection is always grayed out for the first server.  XML Service tab you can change the XML port if you want to change the default port. On the third tab Receiver you can configure Receiver URL. Usually this is left empty  On the last tab you define which users will be added to Remote Desktop Users group and which are able to access the server later on. Click Next.


10. Review you farm configuration to make sure it’s accurate. Click Apply to setup the Farm.


11. You can monitor the configuration process. Once complete click Finish.


12. You will be take back to Server Role Manager screen. Click the reboot link to reboot the server in order to complete farm configuration.