reference deployment

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service on AWS

Secure, centrally managed digital workspace

This Quick Start automatically deploys a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service resource location on the AWS Cloud.

Using the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, you can deliver secure virtual apps and desktops to any device, and leave most of the product installation, setup, configuration, upgrades, and monitoring to Citrix. You maintain complete control over applications, policies, and users while delivering a high-quality user experience. 

This Quick Start is intended for users who want to accelerate a production implementation by automating the foundation setup, or for users who want to set up a trial deployment of Citrix Cloud.

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This Quick Start was developed by Citrix Systems in collaboration with AWS. Citrix Systems is an
AWS Partner.

  •  What you'll build
  • The Quick Start sets up the following:

    • A highly available system architecture that spans two Availability Zones. *
    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS. *
    • An internet gateway to allow access to the internet. *
    • In the public subnets, managed NAT gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets. *
    • In the public subnets, a Remote Desktop Gateway in an Auto Scaling group to allow inbound Remote Desktop access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in public and private subnets. *
    • In the private subnets, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory deployed in both Availability Zones for redundancy. *
    • In the private subnets, two Citrix Cloud Connectors (domain-joined Windows servers) running on EC2 instances, deployed in both Availability Zones for redundancy.
    • A Windows Server with the Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) installed, running on an EC2 instance.

    This Quick Start also performs the following in your Citrix Cloud tenant:

    • Configures the two Citrix Cloud Connector instances to form a resource location on AWS.
    • Creates an AWS hosting connection and resource.
    • Creates a machine catalog, and adds the VDA instance to the machine catalog.
    • Creates a Delivery Group, including a hosted shared desktop and two sample published applications.

    * The template that deploys the Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the tasks marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

  •  How to deploy
  • To deploy the necessary components for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service on AWS in about 90 minutes, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at
    2. Request a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service trial subscription, or use your existing subscription.
    3. Launch the Quick Start. You can choose from two options:
    4. Explore and test the deployment.

    Amazon may share user-deployment information with the AWS Partner that collaborated with AWS on the Quick Start.  

  •  Cost and licenses
  • You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using this Quick Start.

    The AWS CloudFormation template for this Quick Start includes configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, will affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using. Prices are subject to change.

    Tip     After you deploy the Quick Start, we recommend that you enable the AWS Cost and Usage Report to track costs associated with the Quick Start. This report delivers billing metrics to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket in your account. It provides cost estimates based on usage throughout each month, and finalizes the data at the end of the month. For more information about the report, see the AWS documentation.

    This Quick Start leverages the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, which is delivered as an evergreen managed service from Citrix Cloud. For this Quick Start script to function, you will need either an active trial or a paid subscription to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service. This service is licensed on a per-user, per-month basis. For more information or to request a trial, contact your Citrix reseller or sales representative. To request an evaluation, see the Citrix Cloud services website.

    Note     Amazon EC2 AMIs with Windows Server require no Client Access Licenses (CALs). They also include two Microsoft Remote Desktop Services licenses for administrative purposes. For Remote Desktop Session Host or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops use cases, we recommend obtaining additional Microsoft Remote Desktop Services licenses for additional users.