Hands-on technical instruction

Instructor-led Learning Labs

Instructor-led Learning Labs are one of the most popular events at Synergy each year, providing extended, in-depth technical instruction on Citrix technologies in a small group setting under the close supervision of an expert. Like the best Citrix education classes, labs offer the advantages of in-person instruction as well as collaboration with peers. At Synergy 2016, a new preconference schedule enabled attendees to concentrate on intensive lab training before turning their focus to three full days of Synergy programs.

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The Instructor-led Learning Labs workshop package included up to three labs and the Learning Lab Happy Hour, which offered the chance to get additional guidance and whiteboard solutions in a casual setting. Labs were designed for anyone responsible for implementation, deployment and management of Citrix solutions. Topics included:

  • Using the Citrix Browser Apps Service for secure web application delivery
  • Introduction to software-defined WAN implementation and deployment
  • Leveraging the power of ShareFile as the premier storage platform
  • Unified endpoint management for BYOD

All labs were BYO, so attendees were asked to bring their own Windows or Mac laptop and power cord to participate in the hands-on training. Standby seating was available, but only in limited numbers, so be sure to sign up early for this special workshop when registration opens for Citrix Synergy 2017.

 


Self-paced Learning Labs


Self-paced Learning Labs provide the ultimate in convenience. No reservations are necessary; attendees just plug in, select a lab topic and begin training. The on-demand format means guests can start early or work late to maximize their time at Synergy and gain valuable skills and knowledge.

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Each year, self-paced Learning Labs provide the ultimate in convenience. No reservations are necessary; attendees just plug in, select a lab topic and begin training. The on-demand format means guests can start early or work late to maximize their time at Synergy and gain valuable skills and knowledge.

These on-demand Citrix learning labs were designed for IT professionals responsible for implementation, deployment and management of Citrix solutions. Self-paced Learning Labs are BYO, so attendees brought their own Windows or Mac laptop and power cord to participate.

Topics for the Self-paced Labs included:

Deploying Linux-based Desktops using XenDesktop

In the current era of app proliferation, the need for secure, mobile, and high-performance delivery of Linux apps and desktops has become ever more important. Linux Virtual Desktop is a natural extension of a Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure. In this session, you will learn the process of deploying Linux-based desktops for Linux-based and browser-based apps. You also will learn how to create a new virtual machine on XenServer to support a Linux desktop. The installation and configuration of CentOS and the Linux-based Virtual Desktop Agent will be covered.  A high-level overview of additional Linux versions (Red Hat, SUSE Enterprise Linux) will also be covered. Note: This is the same as SYN601.

Enhanced application delivery with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x

The latest release of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop re-establishes Citrix dominance and leadership in app delivery and provides a next-generation management experience. In this session, we will review the upcoming improvements to application delivery components, including the introduction of application limits and the integrated ability to monitor app limits from Director. We will see how AppDNA can be used to streamline application management. Note: This is the same as SYN602.

StoreFront Configuration and setup

StoreFront enables you to create universal enterprise app stores to facilitate users’ mobile workstyles while giving centralized control to the administrator. It improves enterprise security and simplifies deployments, making it easier to manage multisite Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments. In this session, you will learn about two advanced configuration methods for StoreFront and how to properly implement multidomain authentication. You will gain the hands-on experience needed to successfully implement clustering of StoreFront servers for high availability. In addition, we will also discuss best practices for StoreFront 3.0 customization along with HTML5 configuration and troubleshooting. Note: This is the same as SYN603.

Deploying Citrix NetScaler with Unified Gateway for Application Security with nFactor

Managing security vulnerabilities in a corporate network is becoming an increasingly challenging endeavor. Limiting your public Internet exposure to a single IP address/FQDN can greatly reduce this threat to your infrastructure. NetScaler with Unified Gateway was designed with these security concerns in mind. In this session, you will get hands-on experience in configuring NetScaler with Unified Gateway for use with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and StoreFront, as well as Exchange (OWA), SharePoint and other web applications. You will be using several different authentication methods, including HTTP Basic, Active Directory (LDAP), RADIUS, and SAML. You will also get experience in configuring the new NetScaler authentication framework, nFactor, which allows more flexible and customizable methods of authentication for a AAA virtual server. Note: This is the same as SYN604.

How to protect your network with Citrix NetScaler

NetScaler can secure web applications, prevent inadvertent or intentional disclosure of confidential information and maintain compliance with information security regulations. In this session, learn how to use different protection mechanism like DDoS, AppFW and RateLimiting. Note: This is the same as SYN605.

Hands-on Design Workshop: XenServer Considerations for Citrix Infrastructures

XenServer is faster, more scalable, and more relevant than ever for organizations deploying XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructures. Deploying XenServer at scale goes beyond the simple process of installation, and requires a deeper understanding of the expectations XenServer has on infrastructure. In this session, you will learn some of the important considerations you need to account for when designing and implementing your virtual application and desktop infrastructure. We will discuss topics related to networking, storage, management and virtualized graphics requirements. This is the same as SYN606.

Implementing and Troubleshooting Citrix NetScaler Insight Center

NetScaler Insight Center provides the ability to monitor, diagnose and subsequently improve the performance of business-critical applications, which is essential to ensuring a positive user experience and maintaining the highest levels of employee productivity and customer satisfaction. In this session, you will get hands-on experience with implementing and troubleshooting a NetScaler Insight Center deployment and learn the Citrix Technical Support troubleshooting methodology and best practices. This is the same as SYN607.

Provisioning services vDisk Management and Maintenance

Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) allows single-image management for virtual desktops and servers. In this session, you will learn about vDisk versioning, vDisk replication status and how the replication status may impact your environment. In addition, we will also discuss best practices for vDisk maintenance along with how to troubleshoot when the replication status is in a failed state. This is the same as SYN611.

Secure Enterprise Mobility with the new XenMobile

XenMobile offers streamlined integration with collaboration applications such as Microsoft Lync. It provides one-click access to leading communication and collaboration messaging directly from WorxMail calendar and contacts. In this session, we will look at the options available for providing secure mobile access to Microsoft Lync. Note: This is the same as SYN612.

Deploying XenApp and XenDesktop on Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview

In this session, we will discuss new features and how Microsoft Windows Server 2016 compares to previous server versions. You will learn how to install a new site for XenDesktop and configure basic policies, install the VDA for Server 2016 and configure for deployment. You will also install and configure Citrix StoreFront on this new Windows version. Note: This is the same as SYN619.

Introduction to Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) implementation and deployment

The CloudBridge Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) solution will allow enterprises to more cost-effectively scale WAN bandwidth, increase application availability and ensure reliable end-user experience during challenging network conditions. In this session, you will learn how to overlay the SD-WAN solution onto an existing enterprise network. Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with design, implementation, configuration and administration of the SD-WAN solution. This is the same as SYN620.

Accelerate Your NetScaler Skills

This course is designed to cover a wide spectrum of the vast NetScaler feature set. We will touch on several core features and common use cases found in NetScaler deployments. You will see how NetScaler is managed and optimized, and cover topics including initial tune-up, networking and licensing. In addition, you'll get a hands-on with load balancing, content switching, URL transform with Rewrite, SSL offload and more. Note: This is the same as SYN621.

Using AppDNA to manage the application lifecycle

AppDNA allows your organization to confidently discover, automate, model and manage applications for faster application migration, easier application virtualization and streamlined application management. In this session, you will learn how to effectively leverage the core capabilities of AppDNA to help you start getting value out of this powerful platform for managing the application lifecycle in your organization. Note: This is the same as SYN622.

NetScaler Unified Gateway integration with XenApp and XenDesktop

NetScaler with new Unified Gateway features helps customers consolidate security at the edge and deliver simplified, unified remote access to business applications deployed in the corporate datacenter or the cloud. In this session, you will review content switching, the mechanism behind Unified Gateway. You will also learn how to integrate XenApp and XenDesktop and take a close look at features such as the Unified Gateway dashboard. We will also cover integration with load balancing servers and demonstrate the ability to access load balanced sites through the Unified Gateway dashboard. Note: This is the same as SYN623.

Monitoring and troubleshooting a XenApp and XenDesktop environment using the SCOM management packs and Director

In this session, we will look at common troubleshooting scenarios and how an administrator could use Citrix monitoring tools such as Director and the newly introduced SCOM management packs to predict problematic situations, systematically triangulate the source of a reported issue and derive scope and severity. We will also show you how to create your own custom report and find the root cause and arrive at a data-driven plan of action. Note: This is the same as SYN624.

Deploying XenMobile Worx Apps

Using the Worx App SDK, any developer or administrator can extend enterprise capabilities, such as data encryption, password authentication or an application-specific micro VPN, in any existing mobile app. In this session, you will get hands-on experience with Citrix-developed Worx apps. We will cover the operation and configuration of XenMobile Worx apps, especially the new WorxChat and WorxForms applications, and discuss configuration, management, and connections with an enterprise infrastructure. We will also show you how to optimize performance for end users and mobile power users.  Note: This is the same as SYN625.