XenApp 6.5 Desktop Director 2.1 installation and configuration

Looks like Citrix will be getting rid of the AppCenter console (I still call it CMC :)) for  application management.

They are finally looking into centralizing both application and virtual desktop management with a single interface.  Specially with the next version of XenApp, you will no longer need AppCenter for your app deployments.  You can read more on Project (Avalon) Excalibur Technology on one of my previous posts

Citrix has released a nice install guide to install and configure Desktop Director 2.1 to use with XenApp 6.5 and would like to share it with you.


  • A XenApp 6.5 Farm
  • An available server to install Desktop Director, it can also be added to the XenApp 6.5 Controller
  • An install Media for XenDesktop 5.6 Feature pack 1
  • IIS 7 installed on the server that hosts the Desktop Director
  • .NET Framework 3.5 Sp1
  • Adobe Flash 10.x or above
  • Firewall exceptions for port 80, 2513 and 5985


  • Ensure you have downloaded the ISO for XenDesktop 5.6 Feature pack 1; it is needed this for the DesktopDirector install.
  • If it is not already installed on the operating system, install .NET 3.5 Sp1 and Adobe Flash 10.x or above
  • Mount the XenDesktop ISO and launch the autorun option from the media and select the XenDesktop Option. Agree to the Licensing Agreement on the next page.

  • Select Desktop Director on the Select Components to Install and input the XenApp 6.5 controller FQDN in the Enter the address of the XenDesktop Controller field. Note: If the XenDesktop Controller option is not displayed, you are installing on a XenApp 6.5 server.

  • Click Next, at the install prompt, click the Install tab. When the installation completes, click Close.

  • Open IIS Manager on the Desktop Director Server to be able to log on to the Desktop Director Console. Select the Desktop Director site under Default Web Site

  • Locate Service.AutoDiscoveryAddresses in Application Settings. Double click this option and rename it to Service.AutoDiscoveryAddressesXA and ensure the controller FQDN is present. Note: If you have installed this on a XenApp 6.5 server and you are not able to enter the FQDN of the controller at installation, you can change it from Localhost to Your 6.5 Controller FQDN here, refer following image:

  • Run an IIS reset in the command prompt after the above options are updated. Note: You will be able to log in now, however you will not be able to view user-session specific details yet. You must follow the subsequent steps to be able to log in and view user-session specific details.
  • On the XenApp 6.5 controller, setup the WinRM permissions using a tool in the XenDesktop 5.6 FP 1 ISO (previously called ConfigRemoteMgmt.exe which was used to access information about session).
  • Open the command prompt window, browse to the following directory and run the application <Drive Letter>:\x64\Virtual Desktop Agent\ConfigRemoteMgmt.exe. Use the switch – ConfigRemoteMgmt.exe /configwinrm Domain\User.

The user-session specific information can be viewed if the XenApp 6.5 Controller has its permissions set for remote management.

Note: If you are not setting up certificates on the server for SSL, you can disable the SSL verification by changing the UI.EnableSslCheck to false.

View the original article for more information.

About CyberRuiz
Highly motivated with over 12 years experience on Citrix/VMWare/Microsoft/technologies. Exceptional communication skills and team player. CCIA – Citrix Certified Integration Architect. CCEA – Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator. VCP – VMWare Certified Professional in ESX 2.x, VI3, VI4 MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

6 Responses to XenApp 6.5 Desktop Director 2.1 installation and configuration

  1. JamieT says:

    So this will allow you to use DekstopDirector to view your Xenapp farm this doesn’t add that feature to an existing DesktopDirector being used for Xendesktop correct?

    • CyberRuiz says:

      You can add XenApp 6.5 to an existing Dedktop Director. Just make sure you are running 2.1. You can read more on the process by going to the link below:

      Desktop Director 2.1 is compatible with the following releases:

      •XenDesktop 5.6, XenDesktop 5.5, XenDesktop 5 Service Pack 1
      •XenApp 6.5

      To install Desktop Director for XenApp 6.5
      If Desktop Director 2.1 is already installed for XenDesktop, complete the configuration for XenApp as follows:

      • Use the IIS Manager Console on each Desktop Director server to update the list of XenApp server addresses in the application settings as described in Configuring Multiple Sites. You will supply the server address of one controller per XenApp farm: Any of the other controllers in a XenApp farm are then used automatically for failover. Desktop Director does not load balance between controllers.

      • Configure each XenApp worker server to accept WinRM queries

      • Configure a firewall exception for port 2513, used for communication between Desktop Director and XenApp.


      • JamieT says:

        Thanks for the info. I am very glad I stumbled upon your site. Lots of great info especially for a Citrix newbie.

  2. Tirone Gigandet says:

    Hello, maybe you can help me. I get always the error message in the desktopdirector: In menu infrastructure: Broker failed to connect to host. So I configured the XenApp Controller (Winrm). All the servers are in the same subnet. Firewall is off. Have you maybe an idea what could be the problem? Did I forget anything to do?
    Best regards

  3. JP says:

    Daniel…have you been able to get Xenapp 6.5 Shadowing working with Desktop Director?

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