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Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 1 released!

feature packIt didn’t take long Citrix to release new part of Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 solution. You can download now released today Feature Pack 1 that enhances some existing features e.g Citrix Director or Lync Optimization Pack .For most of us Session Recording might be the most interesting feature included. Continue reading

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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Series summary

keep-calm-and-make-a-summaryIn this post I would like to sum up the First Look series on XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. We did quite amazing job as we went through all main topics regarding installation and configuration of the product. I got really nice response from your side and got very nice comments. I would like to thank specially Piotr Ostrowski for his great comment regarding StoreFront configuration.

The series was the most frequently read part of my blog. It’s really nice to see that you like what I write about. Some of you put as well link to my blog on your websites. Thank you for that.

Now let’s review our series. XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 seems to be much better product than version 7.1 or even 7.5. Citrix really improved some areas and decided to revert back some old features that we know from XenApp 6.x and IMA architecture. Some of them sound very interesting but taking a closer look  I realized that this is just substitution. Let’s do then some summary points: Continue reading


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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 9 (PowerShell)

Welcome in the last part of the First Look series on XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. I made a long break since last post but luckily I found time to finish the series. Today I would like to focus on PowerShell in Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. First let’s see what we did already:

In the first part – we have installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we prepared the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

In the fourth part – we have upgraded XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp 7.6.

In the fifth part – we have created machine catalogs and used previously prepared master image. We attached to the site as well upgraded XenApp 6.5 server.

In the sixth part – we have delivered applications to the end users by creating delivery groups.

In the seventh part – we have configured StoreFront so that end users could launch their apps.

In the eighth part – we checked how Connection Leasing really works.

In the ninth part – I would like to show you how you can use PowerShell in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6.

As you I hope already know PowerShell became the industry standard when it comes to the management framework, at least in Windows world 🙂 And well Citrix is part of that world of course. Good to see then that XenApp/XenDesktop provide an SDK based on a number of Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 3.0 snap-ins that allows you to perform the same tasks as you would with the Citrix Studio console, together with tasks you cannot do with Studio alone. To use SDK you need to just launch PowerShell console or PowerShell ISE if you would like to have PowerShell editor where you can write you scripts on your server with installed Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. Continue reading


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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 8 (Connection Leasing)

Welcome in the eighth part of First Look series on XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. We did the following already:

In the first part – we installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we prepared the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

In the fourth part – we upgraded XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp 7.6.

In the fifth part – we created machine catalogs and used previously prepared master image. We attached to the site as well upgraded XenApp 6.5 server.

In the sixth part – we delivered applications to the end users by creating delivery groups.

In the seventh part – we will configure StoreFront so that end users could launch their apps.

In the eighth part – we will check how Connection Leasing really works. Is it as good as our old Local Host Cache or not. As you remember with introduction of FMA Citrix decided to resign from using Access database as well as Oracle. One result of that was resign of Local Host Cache which in fact is just Access database stored on the Citrix XenApp server (of course till version 6.5). Continue reading


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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 7 (StoreFront configuration)

We get to the number 7. It is long way behind us so let’s review what we did already:

In the first part – we installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we prepared the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

In the fourth part – we upgraded XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp 7.6.

In the fifth part – we created machine catalogs and used previously prepared master image. We attached to the site as well upgraded XenApp 6.5 server.

In the sixth part – we delivered applications to the end users by creating delivery groups.

In the seventh part – we will configure StoreFront so that end users could launch their apps.
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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 6 (Delivery Groups creation)

Hi, welcome in the sixth part of First Look series: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. Till today we did the following:

In the first part – we installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we prepared the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

In the fourth part – we upgraded XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp 7.6.

In the fifth part – we created machine catalogs and used previously prepared master image. We attached to the site as well upgraded XenApp 6.5 server.

In the sixth part – we will finally deliver applications to the end users by creating delivery groups.
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First Look: XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 – Part 5 (Machine Catalogs creation)

That is the fifth part of First Look series regarding new version of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6. In the previous parts we did the following:

In the first part – we installed first Delivery Controller and setup our new XenDesktop 7.6 site.

In the second part – we have configured first site.

In the third part – we prepared the template image of Windows Server 2012 R2 that will be used by MCS service for creation of new machines that will be hosting user desktops and applications.

In the fourth part – we upgraded XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp 7.6.

In the fifth part – we will create machine catalogs and use previously prepared master image and attach to the site upgraded XenApp 6.5 server.

Continue reading