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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2006

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2006

Release is now available for download, June, 2020.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2006 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:

  • Director 2006
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2006 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2006 for Linux
  • Citrix Licensing 11.16.6
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2006
  • Storefront 2006
  • Provisioning 2006
  • Profile Management 2006
  • Workspace Environment Management 2006
  • Session Recording 2006
  • Workspace App 2006 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2006 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2006 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2006 for Android
  • Workspace App 2006 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2006 for ChromeOS

What’s new in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2006

Upgrade: Removing unsupported items

As of version 2003, the following technologies and host types are not supported in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 Current Release deployments:

  • Personal vDisks (PvD) for storing data next to users’ VMs. The user personalization layer feature now handles user persistence.
  • AppDisks for managing applications used in delivery groups.
  • Host types for connections: Azure Classic, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Amazon Web Services (AWS), CloudPlatform (the original Citrix product).
    • For information about alternative ways you can continue using ARM and AWS, see CTX270373.
    • For host types supported in this release, see System requirements.

As of version 2006, if your current deployment uses PvDs or AppDisks, or has connections to unsupported host types, you can upgrade your deployment to version 2006 (or later supported versions) only after removing items that use those technologies.

For VDAs, the installation or earlier upgrades might have included PvD and AppDisks components, even if you never used it. You can upgrade VDAs to version 2006 (or later supported versions), only after removing that software. When using the graphical interface, that removal can be done automatically. Or, you can include options when using the CLI.

For details, see Remove PvD, AppDisks, and unsupported hosts.

Install and upgrade: Self-Service Password Reset no longer in full-product installer or on media

As of version 2003, the Self-Service Password component is deprecated. As of version 2006, You cannot use the full-product installer to install or upgrade the component. The component’s installer is not available on the installation media.

You can get the component software from the download page for your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version.

EnhancedDesktopExperience MSI removed

The EnhancedDesktopExperience MSI has been removed from the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops current release layout.

This feature was valid when installing VDAs on Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier versions. The feature is not valid on Windows OS versions that are currently supported for multi-session VDAs.

If a VDA installation command contains the /nodesktopexperience option, that option is ignored. The Enhanced Desktop Experience policy setting is also ignored, if specified.

Citrix Scout: Usage data collection

When you use Scout, Citrix uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous usage data to be used for future product features and improvements. For details on configuring data collection, see Usage data collection.

Citrix Scout: health check updates

Updates have been made to running health checks on Scout. For more information, see Run health checks.

Delivery groups: Machine restart schedules

You can now indicate whether a restart schedule affects machines that are in maintenance mode. This feature is available only in PowerShell. For details, see Scheduled restarts for machines in maintenance mode.

Citrix Studio 7 2006

Operating system name changes

Operating system names on the Create Machine Catalog > Machine Catalog Setup > Operating System page have changed:

  • Multi-session OS (formerly Server OS):

    The multi-session OS machine catalog provides hosted shared desktops for a large-scale deployment of standardized Windows multi-session or Linux OS machines.
  • Single session OS (formerly Desktop OS):

    The single session OS machine catalog provides VDI desktops ideal for a variety of different users.

Support for provisioning Linux machines on Amazon Web Services

Citrix Studio now supports using Machine Creation Services (MCS) to provision Linux machines on Amazon Web Services (AWS). For more information, see Use MCS to create Linux VMs.

Citrix Director 7 2006

Operating system name changes

Operating system names on the Director pages have changed:

  • Multi-session OS (formerly Server OS)
  • Single session OS (formerly Desktop OS)

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 7 2006 for Windows Desktop/Server OS.

Version 2006 of the Windows single-session OS and multi-session OS VDAs includes the following enhancements. These items are in addition to the VDA installation and upgrade items listed earlier in this article.

Group policy to enable and disable keyboard synchronization and Input Method Editor (IME)

A Studio policy is included to replace registry configurations that enable or disable dynamic keyboard layout synchronization, Input Method Editor (IME), Unicode keyboard layout mapping, and hide or show the keyboard layout switch notification dialog message. For more information, see Keyboard and Input Method Editor (IME).

Seamless window enhancement

When you lock a seamless session, its log-on screen is now no longer full-screen. The endpoint’s desktop or other applications are accessible.

Virtual channel allow list

This feature enables the use of an allow list that specifies which virtual channels are allowed to be opened in an ICA session. For more information, see Virtual channel allow list policy settings.

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 7 2006 for Linux

Master image support for deploying the Session Recording Server

You might already have the Session Recording Database and the Administration Logging database in place from an existing deployment. For such scenarios, you can now forego database checks and create a master image for deploying the Session Recording Server easily. After deploying the Server on target machines using the master image, run a command on each machine to connect to the existing Session Recording Database and Administration Logging database. This master image support facilitates deployment and minimizes the potential impact of human error. You can also retain the databases when uninstalling the Session Recording Administration components. For more information, see Automate installation.

Share URLs of recordings

Clicking Share Current Playback on the playback page of a recording copies the recording URL to the clipboard. You can share the URL with other users for them to access the recording directly without the need to search in all recordings. For more information, see Share URLs of recordings.

Citrix Licensing 11.16.6

Citrix Licensing 11.16.6 contains new features and fixed and known issues.

Citrix Federated Authentication Service 7 2006

Federated Authentication Service 2006 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

FAS support for single sign-on to virtual apps and desktops in Citrix Workspace

Citrix Federated Authentication Service (FAS) supports single sign-on to virtual apps and desktops in Citrix Workspace. Within each resource location, you can connect multiple FAS servers to Citrix Cloud for load balancing and failover purposes. You can configure the same FAS server for both on-premises and Citrix Cloud. To use FAS with Citrix Cloud, follow the instructions in this Citrix Workspace article. To connect a FAS server to Citrix Cloud, use the FAS administration console described in Install and configure.

Citrix Storefront 7 2006

Citrix Provisioning 7 2006

This release of Citrix Provisioning includes no new features. It includes several fixes for issues seen in past releases, and new issues that we’ve identified.

Citrix Profile Management 7 2006

This release of Citrix Provisioning includes no new features. It includes several fixes for issues seen in past releases, and new issues that we’ve identified.

Citrix Workspace Environment Management 7 2006

Workspace Environment Management 2006 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

Enhancements to Group Policy Object (GPO) migration

This release makes further enhancements to GPO migration. Different from the Migrate wizard, which lets you migrate only Group Policy Preferences (GPP), you can now also import Group Policy settings (registry-based settings) into WEM. After importing the settings, you can have an itemized view of the settings associated with each GPO before you decide which GPO to assign. You can assign the GPO to different users or user groups. To import Group Policy settings, navigate to Administration Console > Actions > Group Policy Settings, select Enable Group Policy Settings Processing, and then click Import to open the import wizard. For more information, see Group Policy Settings.

Administration console

The administration console user interface has changed:

  • In Actions, there is a new Group Policy Settings pane. In the pane, there is a Group Policy Settings tab for you to configure Group Policy settings.

Citrix Session Recording 7 2006

This release includes the following new features and enhancements:

Master image support for deploying the Session Recording Server

You might already have the Session Recording Database and the Administration Logging database in place from an existing deployment. For such scenarios, you can now forego database checks and create a master image for deploying the Session Recording Server easily. After deploying the Server on target machines using the master image, run a command on each machine to connect to the existing Session Recording Database and Administration Logging database. This master image support facilitates deployment and minimizes the potential impact of human error. You can also retain the databases when uninstalling the Session Recording Administration components. For more information, see Automate installation.

Share URLs of recordings

Clicking Share Current Playback on the playback page of a recording copies the recording URL to the clipboard. You can share the URL with other users for them to access the recording directly without the need to search in all recordings. For more information, see Share URLs of recordings.

Citrix Workspace App 7 2006.1

Support for Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) with Microsoft Teams

Support for Dual-Tone Multifrequency (DTMF) signaling interaction with telephony systems (for example, PSTN) and conference calls in Microsoft Teams. This feature is enabled by default.

Enhancement to Microsoft Teams screen sharing

With this release, the contents shared using Microsoft Teams are limited to the contents of the Desktop Viewer window. Areas outside the Desktop Viewer window are cropped, and the client’s local apps that overlap the Desktop Viewer appear blacked out.

For more information, see Screen sharing.

Update to Citrix Analytics Service

Citrix Workspace app is instrumented to securely transmit data to Citrix Analytics Service from ICA sessions that you launch from a browser.

For more information on how Citrix Analytics uses this information, see, Self-Service for Performance and Self-service search for Virtual Apps and Desktops.

Citrix Workspace App 20.6 for iOS

External monitor and toolbar support feature preview

Starting with this release, you can use the Citrix X1 Mouse to operate the toolbar on an external monitor. You can now move the toolbar notch horizontally, while the toolbar is closed. When you connect your iOS device to the external monitor, Citrix Workspace app automatically detects the screen resolution of the external monitor. You can use the Display button on the toolbar to select a particular screen resolution. You can access the Display option without having to add an account or sign in first.

Citrix Workspace App 2006 for Linux

Optimization for Microsoft Teams

Optimization for desktop-based Microsoft Teams using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Workspace app. Optimization for Microsoft Teams is similar to HDX RealTime Optimization for Microsoft Skype for Business. The difference is that, we bundle all necessary components for Microsoft Teams optimization into the VDA and the Workspace app for Linux.

Citrix Workspace app for Linux supports audio, video, and screen sharing features with Microsoft Teams optimization.

NOTE:

Microsoft Teams optimization is supported only on x64 Linux distributions.

For information on how to enable logging, follow the steps mentioned under Logging for Microsoft Teams.

For information on system requirements, see Microsoft Teams Optimization.

For more information, see Optimization for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams redirection.

Support for NetScaler App Experience (NSAP) virtual channel

Previously available as an experimental feature, the NetScaler App Experience (NSAP) virtual channel feature is now fully supported. All HDX Insight data is sourced from the NSAP virtual channel exclusively and sent uncompressed, which improves scalability and performance. The NSAP virtual channel is enabled by default. To disable it, toggle the NSAP flag NSAP=Off in the module.ini file.

For more information, see HDX Insight in the Linux Virtual Delivery Agent documentation, and HDX Insight in the Citrix Application Delivery Management service documentation.

Update to Citrix Analytics Service

Citrix Workspace app is instrumented to transmit data to Citrix Analytics Service from ICA sessions that you launch from a browser.

For more information on how Citrix Analytics uses this information, see Self-Service for Performance and Self-service search for Virtual Apps and Desktops.

TLS version update

In earlier releases, the minimum TLS version supported was 1.0, and the maximum TLS version supported was 1.2.

Starting with this release, the minimum and maximum TLS version supported is 1.2. To configure a different value for MinimumTLS, see TLS.

CryptoKit update

CryptoKit Version 14.2 is integrated with the OpenSSL 1.1.1d version.

Citrix Workspace App 20.6.5 for Android

Update to cryptography

This feature is an important change to the secure communication protocol. Cipher suites with the prefix TLS_RSA_ doesn’t offer forward secrecy and are considered weak.

In this release, the TLS_RSA_ cipher suites have been removed. This release supports advanced TLS_ECDHE_RSA_ cipher suites. If your environment isn’t configured with the TLS_ECDHE_RSA_ cipher suites, you cannot launch the client because of weak ciphers.

The following advanced cipher suites are supported:

  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (0xc030)
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384 (0xc028)
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0xc013)

TLS v1.0 supports the following cipher suites:

  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA

TLS v1.2 supports the following cipher suites:

  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384
  • TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA

Citrix Workspace App 2006 for Chrome

Language support

Citrix Workspace app for Chrome is now available in the Italian language.

Support for setting multi-touch as the default mode

Citrix Workspace app for Chrome now allows you to set Multi-touch as the default mode through the Google Admin Console. Multi-touch mode controls whether to enable multi-touch gestures. You can toggle between Panning mode and Multi-touch mode. In earlier versions, panning mode was set as the default mode.

When you launch a session in a touch-enabled device, the gestures by default are handled in panning mode. You can switch to multi-touch mode using the toolbar. This feature provides a better user experience. For more information, see Multi-touch mode.

Touch support

Citrix Workspace app for Chrome now enhances touch support by allowing you to run sessions on touch-enabled Chrome devices in tablet mode. This feature includes support for gestures, multi-touch, and soft keyboard functionality.

The Open keyboard icon now appears on the session toolbar when a Chrome device is in tablet mode. When you use this feature or perform a three-finger tap, the soft keyboard appears. For more information, see Support for Touch.

Citrix Workspace App 2006 for HTML5

Support for specifying the duration of overlay sessions

As an administrator, you can specify the duration of overlay sessions by using the resizeOverlayDuration value in the configuration.js file. The value defaults to 3,500 milliseconds. You can set it in a range of 0 through 3,500. The onResize events are generated when you resize a session. This feature is applicable only for sessions launched through the HDX SDK for HTML5. For more information, see Specifying the duration of overlay sessions.

Support for blocking PDF printing for specific browsers

As an administrator, you can now block PDF printing on the following browsers across platforms: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge (including Microsoft Edge Chromium). For more information, see Blocking PDF printing.

Citrix Workspace App 2006 for Apple OSX

Update to Citrix Analytics Service

Citrix Workspace app is instrumented to securely transmit data to Citrix Analytics Service from ICA sessions that you launch from a browser. For more information on how Citrix Analytics uses this information, see Self-Service for Performance and Self-service search for Virtual Apps and Desktops.

H.264 support for webcam redirection

Citrix Workspace app for Mac now supports the H.264 (also known as MPEG-4 AVC) video compression standard. As a result, 64-bit published apps can now use webcam redirection.

Stability improvements

This release addresses a number of issues that help to improve overall stability.

Source

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2006

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