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Dual Monitor Shadowing in XenApp 6

May 17, 2011 8 comments

Issue: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX125693

***NOTE – you may need to reference Remote Assistance Settings not Sticking for Dual Monitor Shadowing in XenApp 6 in addition if you have issues with the settings sticking***

We have XA6 deployed and ran into that not so fun issue where shadowing does not work when either the “shadower” or “shadowee” have dual monitors. One option around this is to fork up some cash and buy a tool like GoToAssist.

Or for free you could use Microsoft Remote Assistance. This option worked really well for us because we are a ConfigMgr shop and the client helped us fast-track the workaround. With some suggestions and help from the Lead Sales Engineer from Citrix we did the following.

***NOTE*** I have not determined how to use group policy for the DCOM permissions yet.

***NOTE*** You will want to be careful when/if you modify the “Remote Tools Client Agent” security tab as this will reconfigure DCOM as it relates to RAServer – thus the need for policy or something to enforce these settings.

Configure Remote Assistance & DCOM:

  1. Install Remote Assistance in the Windows Server 2008 R2 OS (not installed by default)
  2. Run “dcomcnfg”
  3. Expand “Component Services – Computers – My Computer – DCOM Config”
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  4. Navigate to “RAServer”, right click it, and select “Properties”
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  5. Click on the “Security” tab
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  6. Click on “Edit” under “Launch and Activate Permissions”
  7. Add the “ConfigMgr Remote Control Users” local group and grant “Local Launch”, “Remote Launch”, “Local Activation”, and “Remote Activation”
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  8. Click on “Edit” under “Access Permissions”
  9. Add the “ConfigMgr Remote Control Users” local group and grant “Local Access” and “Remote Access”
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  10. . Click on “Edit” under “Configuration Permissions”
  11.   Add the “ConfigMgr Remote Control Users” local group and grant “Full Control”
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There are a few ways that you can initiate the Remote Assistance session. Each of these require that you get the server that the user is connected to. The best way is to have them open “Citrix Connection Center” and get the name of the XA6 server they are connected to.

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Below are some of the options to start Remote Assistance:

  1. From a local device run “msra /offerra”
  2. From the ConfigMgr console you can right click on the device, select “Start” and then click on “Remote Assistance”
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  3. You can take the command “msra /offerra” and create a Citrix XA6 published application
  4. You can use something like

Once Remote Assistance is started:

  1. you can put the server name into the name field and click “Next”. The following
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  2. You can use the pull down menu to select the user and their session
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Alternative Solution Reference Link: http://zenapp.blogspot.com/2010/12/shadowing-in-xenapp-6.html

Installing a new Instance of SCCM 2007 SP2 R2

September 30, 2010 3 comments

I am writing this post as I setup a test SCCM virtual infrastructure.  My intended purpose is to document the installation of SCCM 2007 SP2 R2 in Mixed Mode.  It is important to first install with Mixed Mode so you can verify that all services, roles, and functionality work prior to upgrading to Native Mode.  In another post I will document how to upgrade to Native Mode.

This does not have all instructions to get the features, roles, etc. working but lays the foundation for all of this.

Prerequisites:

  • Hyper-V or another virtual platform on a physical device with plenty of resources
  • Test domain on a virtual network with domain services, DNS, and DHCP (example can be found in another post – test virtual infrastructure with Hyper-V)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 source files, build process, or image
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise source files
  • SCCM 2007 RTM source files*
  • SCCM 2007 SP2 source files*
  • SCCM 2007 R2 source files
  • SCCM Service Account in the domain it will be installed in (i.e. DOMAIN\SCCM_Service) – this does not need any additional domain rights other than Domain User

*SCCM 2007 SP2 is a service pack release and must be applied to an earlier version of SCCM 2007

Instructions:

Create a SCCM Primary server VM:

  1. Create a VM intended for SCCM which will have Windows Server 2008 R2 on the virtual test network (you can reference test virtual infrastructure with Hyper-V for instructions on VM creation if needed)
  2. Additionally the VM should have a 20GB virtual disk for the OS (C:\), 20GB virtual disk for applications (E:\), 20GB virtual disk for SCCM and associated data (F:\), 10GB virtual disk for SQL Data (G:\), and 10GB virtual disk for SQL logs (H:\)
  3. Turn off “Windows Firewall” from the “Control Panel”
  4. Install Windows updates and reboot
  5. Join the VM to the test domain and reboot

Install SQL 2008 R2:

  1. Run the setup – if prompted to enable the .NET Core click on “OK”
  2. Click on “New installation or add features to an existing installation”
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  3. All support rules should pass – click “OK”
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  4. The product key should already be populated – click “Next”
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  5. Put a check next to “I accept the license terms” – click “Next”
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  6. Click “Install”
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  7. Wait for the support files to install
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  8. Resolve any issues and click on “Next”
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  9. Select “SQL Server Feature Installation” – click “Next”
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  10. Check “Database Engine Services”, “Reporting Services” and “Management Tools – Complete” and change the “Shared feature directory” and “Shared feature directory (x86)” to use drive E:\ (the application drive) – click “Next”
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  11. Click “Next”
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  12. Click “Next”
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  13. Click “Next”
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  14. Change “SQL Server Agent” and SQL Server Database Engine” to use SYSTEM and “SQL Server Reporting Services” to use LOCAL SYSTEM and then click “Next”
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  15. Click “Add Current User” and then click on the Data tab
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  16. Change location in the top field to G:\Data
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  17. Click “Next”
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  19. Click “Next”
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  20. Click “Install”
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  21. The installation will begin
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  22. Click “Close”
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Add Roles and Services:

  1. In “Server Manager” click on “Roles” in the left pane and then “Add Roles” on the right pane
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  2. Click “Next”
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  3. Click “Web Server (IIS)”
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  4. Click “Next”
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  5. Put a check next to “ASP.NET”
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  6. Click “Add Required Role Services”
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  7. Put a check next to “WebDAV Publishing” 
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  8. Put a check next to “IIS 6 WMI Compatibility”
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  9. Click “Install”
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  10. The installation will start
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  11. Click “Close”
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  12. In “Server Manager” click on “Features” in the left pane and then “Add Features” on the right pane
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  13. Put a check next to “Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)”
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  14. Click “Add Required Role Services”
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  15. Put a check next to “Remote Differential Compression” and click “Next”
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  16. Click “Next”
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  17. Click “Next”
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  18. Click “Install”
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  19. The installation will start
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  20. Click “Close”
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Extend the AD Schema:

  1. In the source media you will find “extadsch.exe” in “\SMSSETUP\BIN\I386\”
  2. Using an account with Domain Administrator privileges run this from a command line 
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Configure WebDAV:

  1. Open IIS, select the “Default Web Site”, and double click on “WebDav Authoring Rules”
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  2. On the right pane select “Add Authoring Rule…”
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  3. Mark “All Content”, “All Users”, “Read” and then click “OK”
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  4. Click on “WebDAV Settings…”
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  5. Change “Allow Anonymous Property Queries” to “False”, click “Apply” and then “WebDAV Authoring Rules”
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  6. Click on “Enable WebDAV” and close IIS

Install SCCM 2007 RTM:

  1. Run “Splash.hta” from the source files
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  2. Click on “Configuration Manager 2007”
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  3. Click “Next”
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  4. Verify that “Install a Configuration Manager site server” is selected and click “Next”
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  5. Put a check next to “I accept…” and then click “Next”
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  6. Verify that “Custom Settings” is selected and click “Next”
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  7. Verify that “Primary site” is selected and click “Next”
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  8. Click “Next”
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  9. Click “Next”
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  10. Change the drive letter to F:\ and click “Next”
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  11. Provide a 3 character site code and a site name and then click “Next”
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  12. Mark “Configuration Manager Mixed Mode” and then click “Next” (remember we want mixed mode first to verify that all the components work before Native Mode")
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  13. Click “Next”
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  14. Click “Next”
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  15. Click “Next”
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  16. Select “Do not install a management point” and then click “Next” (ideally for a larger infrastructure you would use another server for this role)
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  17. Click “Next” (did you remember to disable the firewall?)
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  18. Click “Next”
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  19. Create a folder on F:\ named “SCCM_Updates” and then specify this in the installation wizard and click “Next”
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  20. The updates will download
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  21. Click “OK”
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  22. Click “Next”
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  23. Setup will evaluate the server
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  24. Remediate any issues and then click “Begin Install” (there should not be any if you followed all of the instructions)
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  25. The installation will begin
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  26. Click “Next”
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  27. Click “Finish”
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Install SCCM 2007 SP2:

  1. Uninstall “Windows Automated Installation Kit” from “Programs and Features” and reboot
  2. Download and install “Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1” on drive E:\ from download.microsoft.com
  3. Open the “Deployment Workbench”, expand “Information Center” and click on “Components”
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  4. Download and install “Windows Automated Installation Kit (x64)” on drive E:\
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  5. Run “Splash.hta” from the source files
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  6. Click on “Configuration Manager 2007 SP2”
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  7. Click “Next”
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  8. Verify that “Upgrade an existing…” is selected and then click “Next”
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  9. Put a check next to “I accept…” and then click “"Next”
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  10. Click “Next”
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  11. Delete the contents in “F:\SCCM_Updates” and then click “Next”
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  12. Specify “F:\SCCM_Updates” and then click “Next”
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  13. Click “OK” when the downloads are done
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  14. Click “Next”
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  15. Remediate any issues and then click “Begin Install”
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  16. The installation will start
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  17. Click “Next”
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Install SCCM 2007 R2:

  1. Run “Splash.hta” from the source files
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  2. Click on “Configuration Manager 2007 R2”
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  3. Windows Installer will start
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  4. Click “Next”
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  5. Select “I accept…” and then click “Next”
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  6. Click “Next”
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  7. Click “Next”
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  8. The installation will start
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  9. Click “Finish”
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