Terminology and concepts

In this section, we will cover some commonly used terminology and concepts used with XenDesktop.

Server side

It is important to understand the terminology and concepts as they apply to the server side of the XenDesktop architecture, so we will cover that in this section.


As mentioned in the Preface of this book, a Hypervisor is an operating system that hosts multiple instances of other operating systems. XenDesktop is supported by three Hypervisors—Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX, and Microsoft Hyper-V.


In XenDesktop, we use the Microsoft SQL Server. The database is sometimes referred to as the data store. Almost everything in XenDesktop is database driven, and the SQL database holds all state information in ...

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