Install of Citrix XenApp 6.5 License Server and Windows Server Remote Desktop Licensing

In my previous blog post I covered the Installation and initial configuration of XenApp 6.5 on my designated XenApp application servers. (11V-XA65-01, 11V-XA65-02) It can be found here.

The next step in the process is to get the license server up and running. For this scenario I will be using the Windows Server 2008 R2 machine name 11V-XA65Lic-01 as both my XenApp license server and my Windows Remote Desktop license server.

As with the XenApp Server install the initial install screens are identical and you will use the same ISO image that you downloaded from the My Citrix site.

Click on Install XenApp Server


Click Add server roles


Choose Enterprise Edition


Accept the license agreement


In the next screen tick the License Server option


Under subcomponents you will only have the default option so just click next


Then click Install


Wait for the install to run through and click Finish


Once this is completed you will be presented with the Configure option as per the screenshot below


The next screen lets you configure which ports the License server operates on. Unless you have a technical reason for changing them I would recommend leaving the defaults and choosing a password of your own choice.


Once this has been completed you will see the configuration has completed by the
green tick.


Once the install has completed you can find the shortcut for the Administration Console under the Start Menu -> Citrix -> Management Consoles -> License Administration Console


This will open the Administration Console in your Internet Browser. You will see
Dashboard and Administration on the top right of the web page.


Clicking on the Administration button will bring up the Log On page


As XenApp license files (which we will discuss later) are based on the hostname of the XenApp License server the System Information page will be quite important


Under User Configuration you can add additional user accounts if your organisation requires more than the standard admin account:


I tend to leave the Alert Configuration settings as default but again if your organisation requires it they are pretty self-explanatory.


The Server configuration tab gives you a GUI for changing the port or securing the site with certs if you so choose. We will be leaving it at default for the purposes of this set-up.


The Vendor Deamon Configuration tab is where you will load the license file which we will be retrieving later.


If you read the first blog entry in this series you will have covered the ins and outs of the My Citrix page. The Evaluation Licenses can be viewed from Home -> My Account -> Previews/Betas -> License Retrieval. Click on one of your license keys (I have blanked out my license keys for obvious reasons)


When you have clicked the license key you will be using you will be redirected to
the page below: As I mentioned earlier you will need the case sensitive hostname of the license server to generate the license file. Click on Continue


You will be redirected to the Activate and Allocate Licenses page where you can
enter the required hostname. I have included the License Admin Console and the relevant My Citrix webpage in the screenshot below


Once you enter the hostname and click continue you will need to confirm the details as per the screenshot below


You will then be asked to download your license file


It will look similar to the below


Once you have the license file downloaded you will need to return to the License
Admin Console under the Vendor Daemon Configuration tab. The click on Import


Once you click on Import License you will need to browse to the location under which
you saved your license file


When it has been successfully loaded you will get the notification below, click on OK to continue


Once this is completed go to Services and restart the Citrix License service to ensure the license file is being picked up correctly.


As you will likely be using an evaluation license you will expect to see the Subscription Advantage notifications on the alerts window, they can be disregarded.


As you may or may not be aware a user of Citrix will actually use two types of license when they make a connection. They will use a Citrix license which we have just set up and they will also use a Windows Client Access License. For ease of management and configuration I am going to install the Remote Desktop Licensing feature on the same server that I have installed the XenApp License server component on. (11V-XA65Lic-01)

On your chosen server you will need to install the Remote Desktop Services Role from Server 2008 R2 Computer Management.


Click on next


You will only need to tick the Remote Desktop Licensing option in the next window


Leave the default options when configuring the Discovery Scope for RD Licensing


Then click Install


Finally once the Role has been fully installed click on Finish


In the next blog entry we will look at configuring Group Policy Objects that can be used to apply both Windows and Citrix Policies to our XenApp Servers and Users. You can find the article here.


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