Citrix Desktop Director 2.1

With XenDesktop 5.6 Citrix released Desktop Director 2.1, Desktop Director provides an overview of XenDesktop hosted desktops and XenApp  sessions. It enables support teams to perform basic maintenance tasks and to monitor and troubleshoot system issues. With Desktop Director you can view session information, disconnect a session, shadow a session, view HDX performance and much more. Desktop Director is a nice web-based console but it’s hard to set it up the first time you use it.

You can find the eDocs here:

System requirements:

Desktop Director 2.1 is compatible with the following versions of XenDesktop and XenApp, and has the same server-side requirements as those versions:

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

    Personal vDisks are not supported for XenDesktop 5.5 or XenDesktop 5 Service Pack 1.

    HDX information displays are not supported for XenDesktop 5 Service Pack 1.

  • XenApp 6.5

    Additional setup is required on the XenApp server to support Desktop Director.

Desktop Director 2.1 supports the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 8 or 9
  • Firefox 8.x
  • Safari 5

Adobe Flash Player 10 must be installed to view the graphs.


Desktop Director 2.1 is on the XenDesktop 5.6 iso but can also be downloaded separatly at the following location: the default version is 2.1.0, but at the moment 2.1.4 is already out which will solve some problems and is a good start when you use a clean install.

Version 2.1.4 (LIMITED RELEASE – Hotfix XD210DDirector004) can be downloaded at the hotfix section of XenDesktop 5.6 ith the following link:


I Always like a tiered solution so the installation will be on a separate server, because Desktop Director uses IIS and you already need a Web Interface server I use this server as location for the Desktop Director.

To install the Desktop director use the Autolaunch form d XenDesktop 5.6 ISO and disable all component except the Desktop Director, After the desktop director is installed install the Hotfix to version 2.1.4.

 Install using Autolaunch

When the installation is finished we need to configure Desktop Director.