Author: Thomas Poppelgaard

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2109

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2109. So its time to upgrade your environment before Winter, a good time to clean up and update your environment and start good before winter is here :O).

Important features are support for the new bloomberg5 keyboard, improved UX support for Microsoft Teams and Windows 11 across all Citrix components.

Release 7 2109 is now available for download, 1th October, 2021.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2109 is a CR release. Read more about CR here

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

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

  • Windows 11 support
  • Director 2109
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2109 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2109 for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2109
  • Citrix Provisioning 2109
  • Profile Management 2109
  • Workspace Environment Management 2109
  • Session Recording 2109
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (October 2021)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Standard for Azure (October 2021)
  • Citrix Cloud Health Check
  • Workspace App 2109 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2109 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2109 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2109 for Android
  • Workspace App 2109 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2109 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2109 for ChromeOS

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2106

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2106. So its time to upgrade your environment before Authem, a good time to clean up and update your environment and start good before fall is here :O).

Release 7 2106 is now available for download, August, 2021.
*This blogpost also includes release notes about components released in September 2021.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2106 is a CR release. Read more about CR here

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

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

  • Windows Server 2022 support
  • Director 2106
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2106 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2107 for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2106
  • Citrix Provisioning 2106
  • Profile Management 2106
  • Workspace Environment Management 2106
  • Session Recording 2107
  • Citrix App Layering 2107
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (September 2021)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Standard for Azure (September 2021)
  • Citrix Cloud Health Check
  • Workspace App 2106 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2106 for Windows (Store)
  • Workspace App 2106 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2106 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2106 for Android
  • Workspace App 2106 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2106 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2106 for ChromeOS

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NVIDIA vGPU 13

It’s time to plan updating your NVIDIA Enterprise GPUs. NVIDIA vGPU Software 13 is now GA since August 2021.

NVIDIA vGPU software includes vWSvCS, vPC, and vApps.

If you got any of followin NVIDIA GPU’s: A10, A16, A30, A40, A100, M6, M10, M60, P4, P6, P40, P100, V100, T4, RTX A5000, RTX A6000, RTX6000, RTX8000 If you are interested in a quick overview of which NVIDIA enterprise GPU is supporting which hypervisor, Guest os and remoting technology, I highly recommend you check out this link from NVIDIA that provides the NVIDIA vGPU software product support matrix. NVIDIA vGPU software 13 is supported until August 2024. NVIDIA vGPU software 13 is a Long-Termin Support Branch.

I this article, I am also covering which Public Cloud instance is available with NVIDIA GPUs and which license is BYO or provided by the public cloud provider such as Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba.

For a list of validated server platforms, refer to NVIDIA vGPU Certified Servers.

Important note for EUC (Citrix/VMware customers):

  • NVIDIA vGPU 13.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 2106 (8.3), 2013 (8.2), 2012 (8.1), 2006 (8.0), 7.13, 7.12, 7.11, 7.10, 7.9, 7.8, 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0
  • NVIDIA vGPU 13.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (LTSR) 7 1912, 7.15 (CR)  7 2012, 2103, 2106, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2003, 1909, 1906, 1903

This release includes the following software:

  • NVIDIA vGPU Manager version 470.63 for following hypervisors. (Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM)
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 471.68
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 470.63.01

New Features in Release 13.0

  • Support for the following NVIDIA CUDA Toolkitfeatures on NVIDIA vGPU:
    • Development tools such as IDEs, debuggers, profilers, and utilities as listed under CUDA Toolkit Major Components in NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit Release Notes for CUDA 11.4
    • Tracing and profiling through the CUDA Profiling Tools Interface (CUPTI)
  • Compatibility with the guest VM drivers from the previous long-term support branch (11)
  • Single-slice GPU instances with decoder support
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 13.0

  • Support for the following GPUs:
    • NVIDIA A100 PCIe 80GB
    • NVIDIA A30
    • NVIDIA A16
  • Support for Windows Server 2022 with Hyper-V role
  • Support for Windows Server 2022 as a guest OS
  • Support for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 7 2106
  • Support for VMware Horizon 2106 (8.3)

Feature Support Withdrawn in Release 13.0

  • The following GPUs are no longer supported on VMware vSphere:
    • NVIDIA A100 HGX 80GB
    • NVIDIA A100 PCIe 40GB
    • NVIDIA A100 HGX 40GB
    Instead, these GPUs are supported on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA AI Enterprise.
  • NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vCS) is no longer supported on VMware vSphere and C-series vGPU types are no longer available. Instead, vCS is supported on VMware vSphere with NVIDIA AI Enterprise.
  • The base VMware vSphere 7.0 release and VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 are no longer supported.

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VMware Horizon 8 (2106)

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 8 (2106), and this release is general available from August 2021. This is a major release, so I hope you like this article I put together. VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from. HINT – If you are using Nvidia vGPU driver 13 supports VMware Horizon 8 2106. I have in this article also included the new features of Horizon Cloud service for 2106 IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure. Lets dig into what is new.

What is new in VMware Horizon 8 (2106)

VMware Horizon 8 2106 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • VMware Horizon Connection Server
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Linux
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Windows
  • VMware Horizon GPO Bundle
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2106
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 2106
  • VMware Horizon Clients 2106 for Android, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, HTML Access

VMware Horizon Cloud services 2106

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VMware Horizon 8 2103

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 8 (2103), and this release is for now general available from March 2021. This is a major release, so I hope you like this article I put together. VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from.

HINT – If you are using Nvidia vGPU (on-prem) there is currently no driver support for Horizon 8 2103.

I have in this article also included the new features of Horizon Cloud service for 2103 IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure.

Lets dig into what is new.

What is new in VMware Horizon 8 (2103)

VMware Horizon 8 2103 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • VMware Horizon Connection Server 
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Linux
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Windows
  • VMware Horizon GPO Bundle
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2103
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 2103
  • VMware Horizon Clients 2103 for Android, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, HTML Access

VMware Horizon Cloud services 2103

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