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Citrix DaaS on AWS

Centrally managed desktop virtualization

This Partner Solution deploys Citrix Desktop as a Service (DaaS) to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. It is for users who want to set up the foundation for a production Citrix DaaS environment or a trial Citrix DaaS subscription.

With this Partner Solution, you can deploy virtual applications to any device without having to manage your own hardware. The Citrix DaaS subscription model lets you scale up or down based on demand without additional infrastructure investment. Your employees can access their work from anywhere, and you maintain complete control over applications, policies, and users.


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

  •  What you'll build
  • This Partner Solution 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.*
    • In the public subnets: 
      • Managed NAT gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
      • Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) instances in an Auto Scaling group to provide remote access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances the private subnets.*
    • In the private subnets:
      • Two Citrix Cloud Connectors deployed to domain-joined Windows Server EC2 instances.
      • One Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) deployed to a Windows Server EC2 instance.
    • AWS Directory Service to deploy AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) directories in both Availability Zones.

    This Partner Solution also performs the following in your Citrix Cloud tenant (not shown):

    • 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 Partner Solution into an existing VPC skips the tasks marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

  •  How to deploy
  • To deploy this Partner Solution, follow the instructions in the deployment guide, which 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 Partner Solution. Before you create the stack, choose the AWS Region from the top toolbar. The stack takes about 90 minutes to launch. Choose one of the following options:
    4. Test the deployment.

    Amazon may share user-deployment information with the AWS Partner that collaborated with AWS on this solution.  

  •  Costs and licenses
  • This Partner Solution requires an active trial or a paid subscription to the Citrix DaaS service. If you don't have one, contact a Citrix representative.

    Note: Amazon EC2 AMIs with Windows Server (refer to Microsoft Licensing on AWS) do not require Client Access Licenses (CALs). They include two Microsoft Remote Desktop Services licenses for administrative purposes. For Remote Desktop Session Host or Citrix DaaS use cases, obtain additional Microsoft Remote Desktop Services licenses for additional users.

    You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services and any third-party licenses used while running this solution. There is no additional cost for using the solution.

    This solution includes configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, refer to the pricing pages for each AWS service you use. Prices are subject to change.

    Tip: After you deploy a solution, create AWS Cost and Usage Reports to track associated costs. These reports deliver billing metrics to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket in your account. They provide cost estimates based on usage throughout each month and aggregate the data at the end of the month. For more information, refer to What are AWS Cost and Usage Reports?