Running Citrix on Windows Server Core


The first Citrix service that made it’s way to Windows Server Core was Citrix Workspace Environment Management 4.5. Now 6 months later with the upcoming release of XenApp / XenDesktop 7.18 we also get Controller and Director. During my research, I also discovered that Cloud Connector runs fine. So with that, let me show you how to run Citrix on Server Core.

citrix on Windows server core

So why all the fuzz about Server Core? During Synergy 2018 the new WEM Cloud Service was announced. Windows Server Core has great benefits like footprint, cost and surface attack reduction. To be able to reduce Cloud costs it’s critical for any vendor to move as many services as possible to Server Core.

The recent release of Windows Admin Center (Project Honolulu) has made the management of Server Core instances much easier compared to just a couple of months ago. Read the post Automated Setup of a Secure Project Honolulu for more information.

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What changed with Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.18 is the requirement for .NET Framework 4.7.1. Make sure that it’s installed prior to doing unattended installation of the rest.

.NET Framework 4.7.1

Controller and Director

WEM Infrastructure

Cloud Connector

Create your ClientID and ClientSecrets and replace in the script below, check the eDocs for further information.

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4 thoughts on “Running Citrix on Windows Server Core”

  1. For StoreFront, it would be nice if Citrix made this product available for Server Core. However, the PowerShell PSSnapin needs to be improved by switching to modules and add functionality for PSRemoting/Credential support in order to make management more effective.

    The same could be said for Director/Delivery Controllers/WEM.



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