Citrix App Layering and WEM Administration (CWS-314)

Designed for experienced IT professionals, you will learn to build and combine App Layers to optimize management of your app and desktop images and to implement Workspace Environment Management to improve log-on times, centralize user settings management, and optimize the performance of machines.


You will leave this course with a good understanding of how to manage more complex solutions and features in your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 site.


What you’ll learn

  • How to configure Workspace Environment Management to improve the end user environment and virtual resource consumption.
  • How to migrate to Workspace Environment Management
  • App Layering skills to create and administer OS, platform, application, elastic and user layers


Prereq. knowledge

Strong foundational knowledge of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.

Citrix recommends students prepare for this course by taking the following course:

  • CWS-215-Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 Administration On-Premises and in Citrix Cloud.


Is this course for me?

Built for experienced IT Professionals familiar with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 in an on-premises environment or Citrix Cloud looking to expand their Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops skills to an advanced level. Potential students include administrators or engineers responsible for the Citrix Apps and Desktop 7 Site.

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Course Modules


Module 1 Introduction to App Layering

  • App Layering Introduction
  • Architecture and How it Works


Module 2 The OS Layer

  • Creating an OS Layer


Module 3 The Platform Layer

  • Creating a Platform Layer


Module 4 The App Layers

  • Creating App Layers


Module 5 Creating Elastic App and User Layers

  • Elastic App Layering
  • User Layers


Module 6 Deploying a Layered Image using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

  • Using Templates in App Layering
  • Using Layered Images in a Citrix Virtual Apps and
  • Desktops Site


Module 7 Exploring Layer Priority

  • Layer Priority


Module 8 Maintaining an App Layering Environment

  • Updating Layers
  • Maintaining and Updating the App Layering Environment
  • Common App Layering Considerations and Additional Resources


Module 9 Introduction to Workspace Environment Management (WEM)

  • Workspace Environment Management (WEM) Introduction
  • WEM Administration


Module 10 Using WEM to Centralize Environment Management

  • Managing User Resources with WEM
  • Managing Profiles with WEM
  • Managing Endpoints with the WEM Transformer Feature


Module 11 Using WEM for Performance Optimization

  • Optimizing Machine Performance with WEM
  • Optimizing User Experience with WEM


Module 12 Using WEM to Secure Environments

  • WEM Security Features


Module 13 Migrating and Upgrading WEM

  • Migrating to WEM
  • Upgrading a WEM Deployment
  • WEM Multi-Location Considerations