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Citrix Released XenApp 7.7 and XenDesktop 7.7

Citrix has released updates to two of the company's core products: Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, bringing both versions to 7.7.

What's new in Citrix XenDesktop 7.7  and XenApp 7.7?

This product release includes the following new and enhanced features:

Zones

Deployments that span widely-dispersed locations connected by a WAN can face challenges due to network latency and reliability. Configuring zones can help users in remote regions connect to local resources without forcing connections to traverse large segments of the WAN. Using zones allows effective Site management from a single Citrix Studio console, Citrix Director, and the Site database. This saves the costs of deploying, staffing, licensing, and maintaining additional Sites containing separate databases in remote locations.

Zones can be helpful in deployments of all sizes. You can use zones to keep applications and desktops closer to end users, which improves performance.

For more information, see the Zones article.

Improved database flow and configuration

When you configure the databases during Site creation, you can now specify separate locations for the Site, Logging, and Monitoring databases. Later, you can specify different locations for all three databases. In previous releases, all three databases were created at the same address, and you could not specify a different address for the Site database later.

You can now add more Delivery Controllers when you create a Site, as well as later. In previous releases, you could add more Controllers only after you created the Site.

For more information, see the Databases and Controllers articles.

Application limits

Configure application limits to help manage application use. For example, you can use application limits to manage the number of users accessing an application simultaneously. Similarly, application limits can be used to manage the number of simultaneous instances of resource-intensive applications, this can help maintain server performance and prevent deterioration in service.

For more information, see the Manage applications article.

Multiple notifications before machine updates or scheduled restarts

You can now choose to repeat a notification message that is sent to affected machines before the following types of actions begin:

Updating machines in a Machine Catalog using a new master image

Restarting machines in a Delivery Group according to a configured schedule

If you indicate that the first message should be sent to each affected machine 15 minutes before the update or restart begins, you can also specify that the message be repeated every five minutes until the update/restart begins.

For more information, see the Manage Machine Catalogs and Manage machines in Delivery Groups articles.

API support for managing session roaming

By default, sessions roam between client devices with the user. When the user launches a session and then moves to another device, the same session is used and applications are available on both devices. The applications follow, regardless of the device or whether current sessions exist. Similarly, printers and other resources assigned to the application follow.

You can now use the PowerShell SDK to tailor session roaming. This was an experimental feature in the previous release.

For more information, see the Sessions article.

API support for provisioning VMs from hypervisor templates

When using the PowerShell SDK to create or update a Machine Catalog, you can now select a template from other hypervisor connections. This is in addition to the currently-available choices of VM images and snapshots.

Support for new and additional platforms

See the System requirements article for full support information. Information about support for third-party product versions is updated periodically.

By default, SQL Server 2012 Express SP2 is installed when you install the Delivery Controller. SP1 is no longer installed.

The component installers now automatically deploy 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 runtimes, as well as 2008 and 2010 runtimes. Visual C++ 2005 is no longer deployed.

You can install Studio or VDAs for Windows Desktop OS on machines running Windows 10.

You can create connections to Microsoft Azure virtualization resources.

The product ISO no longer includes versions of the Citrix Receiver for Mac and the Citrix Receiver for Linux. You (or your users) can download and install the Citrix Receivers from the Citrix website. Alternatively, you can make those Citrix Receivers available from your StoreFront server (see the Make Citrix Receiver installation files available on the server section in the StoreFront 3.0.x documentation, or the equivalent documentation for the StoreFront version you are using).

Download Citrix XenDesktop 7.7

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop.html

Download Citrix XenDesktop 7.7 Platinum

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop/product-software/xendesktop-77-platinum.html

Download Citrix XenDesktop 7.7 Enterprise

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop/product-software/xendesktop-77-enterprise.html

Download Citrix XenDesktop 7.7 VDI Edition

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop/product-software/xendesktop-77-vdi.html

Download Citrix XenApp 7.7

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp.html

Download Citrix XenApp 7.7 Platinum

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp/product-software/xenapp-77-platinum.html

Download Citrix XenApp 7.7 Enterprise

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp/product-software/xenapp-77-enterprise.html

Download Citrix XenApp 7.7 Advanced

https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp/product-software/xenapp-77-advanced.html

 

Published Tuesday, December 29, 2015 8:36 AM by David Marshall
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