Citrix XenDesktop 7.11 and XenApp 7.11

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in AMD, Apple, Azure, Citrix, Cloud, Datacenter and Cloud, Desktop Virtualization, Director, End User Computing, FirePro, GRID, GRID 2.0, HDX, HDX 3D Pro, HTML5, iOS, Linux, Microsoft, NVENC, NVIDIA, OS X, Profile Management, Provisioning, Provisioning Services, Reciever, StoreFront, vGPU, Virtualization Ready, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, XenApp, XenDesktop

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Citrix have released a new version of Citrix XenDesktop 7.11 and XenApp 7.11 and is now available for download.

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies

  • Virtual Delivery Agents 7.11 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • AppDNA 7.11
  • Storefront 3.7
  • Provisioning Services 7.11
  • Profile Management 5.5
  • License Server 11.14
  • Citrix Receiver 15.0 for Windows
  • HDX RealTime Optimization Pack 2.1.1 for Microsoft Skype® for Busines
  • Citrix SCOM Management Bundle for XenApp and XenDesktop (2016_08_24)
  • Linux Virtual Delivery Agent 1.4
  • Tech preview for HTML5 redirection

This release is an important release no matter if you are working daily with Office application such as Excel, Word or Browsers and even highend applications such as CAD. The features in 7.11 have important improved user experience from the VDA to the Receiver that improves dramtically the user experience. NVIDIA NVENC technology is now part of VDA and supports even multiple monitors. The admin can now monitor RTT within Director this feature have been something I have asked for very long time and now finally its in the product, customer will love this new feature so its fast to see where the issue is in a infrastructure with which users that have latency issues. Version 7.11 is the release that fully supports Microsoft Windows Server 2016 that is soon GA, this means you can install Delivery components on Windows Server 2016, VDA on Server 2016, use Azure N-series with support for Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) or you can use it onpremises with Hyper-V. Support for UWP is HUGE and I am very excited about this technology and this also used in Microsoft Hololens so cant wait to a Receiver for hololens so you can publish UWP apps to Hololens 😉 Imagine that. I can keep going on with all these new features lets dig in below and learn whats new, its incredible that Citrix raises the bar and comes with huge improvements and they this each 3 months 🙂 yes each 3months, you read it correct. If you dont have a plan for this in your company I highly recommend you build a strategy on how you upgrade you Citrix environment frequently to get these awesome new features.

Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp 7.6

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Android, AppDNA, Apple, Chromebook, Citrix, Cloud, Datacenter and Cloud, Desktop Virtualization, GRID, HDX, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, HTML5, iOS, Microsoft, NVIDIA, OS X, Provisioning, Receiver, Server 2012R2, vGPU, VMware, vSphere, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp 7.6

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp 7.6

This is a major release that contains new version of many new software components.

I have in this article included all new product releases to give you an overview what is released related to XenDesktop & XenApp 7.6 solution.

Citrix Worx Home

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Android, Apple, Autodesk, Citrix, iOS

Citrix have released the final version of Worx Home, that was demonstrated on Citrix Synergy in Anaheim in May 2013.

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Worx Home is the centerpiece app of the XenMobile Solution. Through Worx Home your users can:

  • Access the Worx Store and install MDM and Worx-enabled apps.
  • Securely access documents and files through SharePoint DLP (local and shared).
  • Get live help through GoToAssist: Create a support ticket, chat, call, and email your help desk.

Your users who already have Connect apps can update them through Worx Home.

Secure documents for Mobile Device Management (MDM)

In MDM deployments, Worx Home offers the following security features:

  • Access through SharePoint DLP (local and shared)
  • You can block or allow any of the following document actions:
    • Cut and paste documents
    • Email document or document link
    • Print documents
    • Check in and check out documents
    • Save documents to local docs
    • Sync documents
  • Open/view secure email attachments
  • Mark up documents

Secure documents for Enterprise Mobile Solutions

With the Enterprise Mobile Solution, Worx Home offers:

  • Secure document and file access through wrapped version of ShareFile
  • Policy-based access that allows you to:
    • Determine Open in apps
    • Provide Single Sign On (SSO) access to documents
    • Sign PDF documents
    • Sync documents
    • Encrypt documents

System requirements

Worx Home is supported on devices running:

  • Android 4.2 minimum
  • iOS 6.x minimum

How to install

For iOS devices, you can deliver managed Worx Home to your users through Worx Enroll and XDM or from the Apple App Store.

For Android devices, your users install Worx Home from Google Play. During installation, your users can choose whether to accept MDM policies and have their devices managed, or if they can use Worx Home unmanaged in MAM-Only mode.

Cool things you and your users can do with Worx Home

After installing Worx Home, here’s what you can expect for your users.

  1. Tap to launch Worx Home. Your users sign onto Worx Home with their organization’s user names and passwords. If your users are not using Worx Enroll or are on Android devices, they must also provide the address (the fully qualified domain name) of your organization’s server.
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  2. After your users have successfully authenticated using their user names and passwords, Worx Home delivers the store where your users can access their app catalog. On iOS, Worx Home delivers the store as a web clip. Depending on whether your environment is running both the XenMobile Device Manager (XDM) and Citrix App Controller, the store can connect to either XDM or App Controller to present the list of applications defined for a user group.Worx Store on iOS:
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    Worx Store on Android
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  3. Tap an application in the store to select it for installation.
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    On managed iOS devices (that are MDM enrolled), Worx Store installs prompts whether to install the app. After confirmation, Worx Store installs the app locally on your user’s device.

    On Android devices, or on non-MDM enrolled iOS devices, Worx Store installs the app without notification locally on your user’s device.

  4. Swipe left or right on the Worx Home screen to display Support features.
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    Worx Home support is powered by GoToAssist, which enables your users to send email to support, open support tickets, and initiate a chat session with a support-desk person (if one is available).

    Support also shows the current status of your users devices – and if any compliance parameters have been breached. In this example you see that the device is outside a geofence that you can establish through an MDM policy. If you configure additional remediation actions on such a compliance breach, then those are triggered from the server.

  5. Display setup and other options by tapping the switch in the upper left corner.
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    You can collect additional information from the app if you turn on Advanced Logging. Advanced Logging is recommended only for early proof-of-concept test and pilots or for debugging devices when issues are being seen. In production rollout, keeping this mode turned off improve performance.

     

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    Device Info shows all the relevant configuration details and versions.

     

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    If you have established a geofence, your users can display it by clicking Company Authorized Area.

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    To display the status of the device as compared to the geofence perimeter, tap the red button in the upper right corner.

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Source

Download Citrix Worx Home here (Available on the AppleStore & Android Market)

Citrix Receiver 5.8 for iOS

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Apple, Citrix, iOS, Receiver

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Receiver 5.8 for iOS

What’s new

For the Reciver 5.8 release, Citrix have made the following improvements on Receiver for your users:

  • You can now directly interact with documents on your screen. You can scroll, pan, pinch, and zoom as you would in your host environments. You can also use application-specific gestures.This is available in Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 environments and Microsoft Windows 7.
  • You can use the new virtual mouse to perform left-click and right-click tasks, such as font and paragraph formatting and highlighting text in text editing applications. You can also zoom in and out of your entire screen by tapping the base of the mouse.
  • Your listening and viewing experience is improved with smoother playback of audio and video clips because of various multimedia enhancements, including the following features:
    • HDX Mediastream Windows Media Redirection – When Windows Media Redirection is enabled and you view multimedia videos on the virtual desktop on your iOS user device, the videos are smoother. This is because the files are actually running on your device, rather than on the server. As a result, you do not need as much device bandwidth. Enable this feature on the Settings screen on the device.
    • HDX H264 encoding support – Webcam data can now be encoded by H264, which is one of the high-definition codecs. You can now watch videos in formats such as .wmv that were not previously available on an iOS user device.
  • To use the features of the new HDX apps, you need to install Citrix Receiver on your device.

Source

Download Citrix Receiver 5.8 for iOS here or on the AppleStore

Recent Comments

Tobias K

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Note that on XenServer 7.1, installing VDA 7.13 also works to enable vGPUs running XenDesktop 7.11 even using the newer “NvFBCEnable.exe -enable -noreset” command. Tested with an M60 using various profiles.

Alex

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So how come version 3.11 doesn’t work for application switching?

John

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Hello, how to allow SR-IOV for the Intel P580 in a m710x? (unable to find any settings in BIOS)

I get the following error: Dismount-VmHostAssignableDevice : The operation failed.
The device cannot be assigned to a virtual machine as the firmware (BIOS or UEFI) on this host computer system indicates that the device must remain in
contact with the firmware running in the host. The device can only be used in the management operating system. You should contact your OEM to determ
ine if a firmware upgrade is available, or if the PCI Express device can be reconfigured to be independent of the host firmware.

Aza

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Great article Thomas.

Can you tell more about the difference in user density between M510 and M710x?
Citrix published an article with a LoginVSI test related to the M510 9https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2016/06/30/we-choose-to-go-to-the-moon/), but I’m more interested in the M170x because of its Iris Pro P580.

Olivier

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Thank you! Thats the solution i needed.