Step-by-step quide to help you getting started with Citrix Cloud

This article follows Lab: Part 27 – Getting started with Microsoft Azure and will focus on getting Citrix Cloud ready.

Make sure to catch up this series' previous posts first!

 

What is Citrix Cloud?


Citrix Cloud can be confusing at first and it is mostly due to the marketing around it. Citrix Cloud is not a cloud provider like Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS but a cloud management platform. Citrix Cloud will help you manage your Citrix workloads located on public clouds such as Microsoft Azure(preferred partner), Amazon AWS or Google Cloud and more. Citrix started to develop this platform in 2015 now supports most of its products. Citrix Cloud enables cloud services for Citrix products such as Citrix Virtual Apps (XenApp), Citrix Virtual Desktops (XenDesktop), Citrix Endpoint Management (XenMobile),  Citrix Content Collaboration (ShareFile), and Citrix ADC (NetScaler). You can check all products available in Citrix Cloud via this link.

See below the subscriptions available in Citrix Cloud (per user/year):

Architecture

Citrix Cloud + Microsoft Azure Architecture - Lab 28
Citrix Cloud + Microsoft Azure Architecture – Lab 28

Getting started

In this article you will learn the following:

  • Create a Citrix Cloud account
  • Install Citrix Cloud Connector on Microsoft Azure virtual machines
  • Configure Citrix Cloud Connector to link to your Citrix Cloud account

You need to have:

  • An email account
  • At least 1 Windows Server available and domain joined to install Citrix Cloud Connector. In this lab, we are following the Citrix best practices and we created 2 virtual machines in Microsoft Azure. See Lab: Part 27 – Getting started with Microsoft Azure
  • Administrative rights on the virtual machine(s)
  • Connectivity to Citrix Cloud from the virtual machine(s)

Create your Citrix Cloud account

Go to cloud.com and register as below:

Citrix Cloud portal
Citrix Cloud portal

Select Sign in on top and then Sign up and try it free located at the bottom.

Sign up to Citrix Cloud
Sign up to Citrix Cloud

Register with an new account. If you already have a Citrix account, you can use it to register to Citrix Cloud. Here we will create a new account.

Register to Citrix Cloud
Register to Citrix Cloud

Then select you location. Here we will pick the US.

Note: you cannot change it later.

Citrix Cloud location
Citrix Cloud location

Then you will get an email with a link to confirm the registration. And then you will be prompted to set a password for your account.

Citrix Cloud registration successful
Citrix Cloud registration successful

Citrix Cloud Dashboard.

Citrix Cloud Dashboard
Citrix Cloud Dashboard

Add a new Resource Location

For this step, connect to CC01 previously created in the Part 27 – Getting Started with Microsoft Azure. You can also download the file locally and transfer it to the Cloud Connector server.

The first thing to do with your Citrix Cloud account is to create a new Resource Location.

Note: by default it says 1 Resource Location even if you don’t have any.

Add a new Resource Location

Select Edit or Add new under Resource Location.

Download Citrix Cloud Connector
Download Citrix Cloud Connector

Select Download and run the .exe as Administrator on the Cloud Connector server.

Citrix Cloud Connector exe
Citrix Cloud Connector exe
Run as Admin
Run as Admin

The first thing that the Connector will do is to check the connectivity with Citrix Cloud services.

Citrix Cloud connectivity
Citrix Cloud connectivity

If Citrix Cloud is reachable, you will be prompted for Citrix Cloud credentials.

Login to Citrix Cloud within Citrix Cloud Connector
Login to Citrix Cloud within Citrix Cloud Connector

Logon with your Citrix Cloud credentials.

Citrix Cloud Connector - Logon
Citrix Cloud Connector – Logon

If you have multiple Citrix Cloud account associated with your account, you will be prompted to select your organization. Here it is citrixguru.com.

Citrix Cloud Connector - Select Organization
Citrix Cloud Connector – Select Organization

Then click on the install button.

Citrix Cloud Connector - Install
Citrix Cloud Connector – Install

Citrix Cloud Connector will perform connectivity checks at the end of the installation. It can take up to 10 mins to perform this step.

Citrix Cloud Connector - Connectivity Test
Citrix Cloud Connector – Connectivity Test

Citrix Cloud Connector was successfully installed.

Citrix Cloud Connector installed
Citrix Cloud Connector installed

Back to Citrix Cloud. Refresh and you will see your new location available.

Citrix Cloud - New resource location available
Citrix Cloud – New resource location available

Note that Citrix Cloud recommends to have at least 2.

Citrix Cloud - 2 connectors recommended
Citrix Cloud – 2 connectors recommended

For this lab, we have a 2nd server available in Azure where Citrix Cloud Connector will be installed. For availability purpose, it is recommended to put that server in a different location. Once installed on both servers, the error message will disappear and you will see both connectors in Citrix Cloud.

Citrix Cloud Connectors ready
Citrix Cloud Connectors ready

That’s all. Your environment is ready on Citrix Cloud. In the next lab, we will review how to setup XenApp and XenDesktop Service (or called XenApp/XenDesktop Essentials on Microsoft Azure Marketplace) via Citrix Cloud.

Stay tuned.

Make sure to catch up this series' previous posts first!