This is the manual part where we are doing a next, next, I agree walk-through for all of you that are new to Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop or want to see what changed in the installation from previous versions.
You can install Citrix Licensing in two seperate ways and you will see that the installation dialogs and the Control Panel entries will look differently after installation depending on which way you choose.
Check http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7/cds-license-landing-/lic-licensing-prerequisites.html for specific prerequisites.
Installation through the Wizard
Let´s start. Insert the XenApp_and_XenDesktop_7_13.iso in your VM and double-click on your DVD drive. Now click on the “Start” button in the XenApp field. There is no huge difference whether you choose XenApp or XenDesktop, the infrastructure components are the same.
Now choose Citrix License Server on the left lower side in the Extend Deployment area. The installer look changed a little bit from the earlier versions and there is some room on the right side for more options to come.
Accept the License Agreement and choose NEXT.
If you want you can change the installation directory you can do it here. I will install the License Server in the configured folder.
Always read the small letters in installers and readmes, it could save your life ;-).
The installer states that you shouldn´t install the License Server and Citrix Director on the same system for scale and performance reasons.
In the next step, you can change the option to configure the firewall automatically or do it manually later. If you don´t need the settings because you are not using the Windows firewall choose manually, I will choose automatically in my lab.
- 7279 TCP
- 27000 TCP
- 8083 TCP
- 8082 TCP
The next screen shows you a summary of your configured settings.
The installation starts after you click INSTALL.
After some time the installer quits successfully.
You now have a running Citrix License Server. Click FINISH.
Yes, that was hard. You have successfully installed the Citrix License Server. Let´s see what this looks like in Programs and Features.
You can see that Citrix XenDesktop 7.13 is installed.
What I really don´t like at this place is that we cannot see what exactly is installed. The name of the component simply stated Citrix XenDesktop 7.13 and not Citrix Licensing as I would expect. It would be easier if there was something like “Citrix License Server” or something similar.
Installation with CitrixLicensing.exe
Let´s see how you can get there. Therefore you won´t use the guided installation dialog from the first part instead you will start the Citrix Licensing installer directly from the installation media (x64\Licensing\CitrixLicensing.exe)
You can see totally different behavior in the installation dialogs and the Control Panel entry. Let´s move on.
Agree and click NEXT.
Choose the install location and click NEXT.
Configure the ports and if you like let the installer set the Windows Firewall exceptions. NEXT.
If you like you can configure Citrix Licensing to automatically check for Subscription Renewals. Click INSTALL.
That´s it. Click on FINISH. If you know check the entry in Control Panel you can see “Citrix Licensing with a product version of 22.214.171.12405.
Very confusing isn´t it?
The safest way to check for the really installed version of Citrix Licensing is to check the registry entry for it.
Other things to take care of
Because the Citrix Service Provider program requires Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) and Call Home, if you are a Citrix Service Provider, you cannot disable CEIP or Call Home.
That´s it for the manual part of the installation.