Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Guide to Citrix CCEE and CCIA certfication – Part 3

Get CCEE certified in 4-5 months and CCIA certified in 6 months
Month 3/next three weeks: CCA XenDesktop
Apply study rule #1 and #2 from Part1:
Study rule 1#: Book the exam before you start studying, this will make sure that you have a deadline to work to. Do not reschedule the exam unless absolutely necessary, use the time pressure that you might experience to put more effort into studying.
Study rule 2#: Once you get studying and you pass the 1st exam/module then continue with studying for the other required exams/models right away. If you take a break between the exams that is longer than 1-2 two weeks it will take you more effort to get used to studying and you will forget what you learned from the previous exams.
Study XenDesktop 5 (you can skip this if you already passed the exam for XenDesktop 4 or 5)
The exam for XenDesktop 5 is the most recent XenDesktop exam currently available.
The XenDesktop exam will require some knowledge about XenServer, Provisioning server and XenApp
- Hypervisor (XenServer)
- Citrix XenDeskop 5 on Server 2008(R2)
- Citrix Provisioning server 5.6 SP1 on Server 2008(R2)
- Windows 7 VM to use as a VDI or master template for MCS/PVS
- If you have the hardware to install a Citrix XenServer then it is recommended to install Citrix XenServer to host all the components required for this setup. Use both Machine Creation Service (MCS) and Provisioning Server (PVS) deployment methods so you understand both of them.
- XenDesktop will require a license server with (evaluation) licenses. You can sign up for a free trail with 10 users here
- Have a look at the New XenDesktop Design Handbook to understand how to setup XenDesktop for production environments:
Part 4 / Month 4 will describe how to study for Citrix XenApp Advanced.
This article is also posted in the Citrix Blogs in the education section.

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