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#Citrix #Receiver for Linux 13 released

November 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Finally Citrix has released a Receiver version for Linux that for instance has StoreFront support! Can’t wait to try it out and see if it gives the same user  experience etc like the one on OS X and Windows!

Here you have some details about it and links to the product documentation:

Access Windows applications and virtual desktops, as well as web and SaaS applications. Enable anywhere access from your Linux thin client/desktop or use web access.

What’s new

The following new features are available in this release:

  • Support for XenDesktop 7 features – Receiver supports many of the new features and enhancements in XenDesktop 7, including Windows Media client-side content fetching, HDX 3D Pro, HDX RealTime webcam compression, Server-rendered Rich Graphics, and IPv6 support.
    Note: Link-local network addresses are not supported in IPv6 environments. You must have at least one global or unique-local address assigned to your network interface.
  • VDI-in-a-Box support – You can use Receiver to connect to virtual desktops created with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box.
  • Self-service UI – A new graphical user interface (UI), like that in other Citrix Receivers, replaces the configuration manager, wfcmgr. After they are set up with an account, users can subscribe to desktops and applications, and then start them.
  • Deprecated and removed utilities – The pnabrowse command-line utility is deprecated in favor of the new storebrowse command-line utility. The icabrowse and wfcmgr utilities have been removed.
  • StoreFront support – You can now connect to StoreFront stores as well as Citrix XenApp sites (also known as Program Neighborhood Agent sites).
  • UDP audio support – Most audio features are transported using the ICA stream and are secured in the same way as other ICA traffic. User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Audio uses a separate, unsecured, transport mechanism, but is more consistent when the network is busy. UDP Audio is primarily designed for Voice over IP (VoIP) connections and requires that audio traffic is of medium quality (that is Speex wideband) and unencrypted.
  • Packaging – An armhf (hard float) Debian package and tarball are now included in the download packages. In addition, the Debian package for Intel systems uses multiarch (a Debian feature) for installations on 32- and 64-bit systems. 32-bit binaries are also available in RPM packages.
  • System Flow Control – Video display has been enhanced on low-performance user devices that connect to high-performance servers. In such setups, System Flow Control prevents sessions becoming uncontrollable and unusable.
  • Localization – Receiver is now available in German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
  • Keyboard improvements – You can now specify which local key combination (Ctrl+Alt+End or Ctrl+Alt+Enter) generates the Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination on a remote Windows desktop. In addition, a new option supports Croatian keyboard layouts.
  • Deferred XSync – While one frame is still on screen, Receiver can now decode tiles for the next frame. This provides a performance improvement compared with previous releases, in which Receiver waited for a frame to finish being displayed before decoding the next frame.
  • Audio and webcam playback improvements – Various changes are implemented that conserve CPU cycles and reduce latency.
  • Audio settings – Several new audio settings are now available in module.ini.

For more product and release info read here!

//Richard

Citrix Project Accelerator updated – #XenDesktop

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

“Customize My Design”,  the Design release of Project Accelerator is here! We listened to your feedback and have delivered the ability to change FlexCast, application delivery, profiles and over 30 other decisions for your XenDesktop architecture. Across these decisions you will now be able to:

  • Tailor your design to fit organizational and end user needs
  • Visualize how your design “tweaks” affect hardware sizing and architecture
  • On-the-fly comparison of Citrix Recommendations to your design decisions
  • Review “Architect Comments”, guidance from the Citrix experts for each Decision

“Customize my Design” is the next step for Project Accelerator; the application that simplifies getting your XenDesktop, XenApp, or XenClient deployment done successfully the first time. It’s the Citrix environment where customers, partners, and Citrites can design a desktop virtualization project that more closely suits their business priorities, end user needs, and organizational preferences. And it is back-stopped by the real-world experience of Citrix Consulting, so you can use the results in your project.

 Check it out right now or read more about what Project Accelerator can do for you here. Then tell us what you like, and let us…

Continue reading here!

//Richard

#Citrix #XenDesktop 7 on #vSphere Validated Design Guide is available now!

Really good design guide by Citrix and blog post by Carisa Powell:

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Citrix Solutions Lab 5000-user XenDesktop 7 on vSphere Validated Design Guide.

Yes, you read that right, XenDesktop on vSphere.  XenDesktop is also known to many vSphere customers as the best VDI solution for vSphere, and this design guide showcases the latest release of XenDesktop features and functionality all being hosted on a vSphere hypervisor.  XenDesktop is the best of both virtual apps and desktops from a single platform, so XenDesktop is VDI, XenDesktop is app virtualization, XenDesktop is server-hosted apps and desktops, XenDesktop is secure remote access, XenDesktop is mobility…and with XenDesktop 7 you get all of this functionality from a single platform.

This design guide combines everything that is XenDesktop 7 and delivers it from vSphere to showcase how you can provide an app, desktop, remote access, and more solution for any type of user:

  • VDI – XenDesktop offers a variety of VDI use cases, whether the user needs a standardized, corporate desktop that remains consistent and routine, or the user needs a personalized virtual desktop that he or she can customize to meet their business needs.  This design guide validates XenDesktop Provisioning Services central image management technology for Pooled VDI on vSphere and XenDesktop Personal vDisk technology for delivering Personal VDI on vSphere.
  • Server-hosted Apps and Desktops – XenDesktop also offers server-hosted apps and desktops by leveraging Microsoft Remote Desktop Shared Hosted (RDSH) technology to enable multiple users to connect and share resources from a single server.  This design guide showcases XenDesktop server-hosted resources from Windows Servers on vSphere.
  • Remote Access – XenDesktop leverages Citrix NetScaler appliances to provide secure, remote access from any location.  NetScaler can be a virtual or physical appliance, and this design guide highlights the implementation and configurations of NetScaler Gateway virtual appliances on vSphere.

So why showcase all the features and functionality of XenDesktop 7 on vSphere?  Staying true to the Citrix vision, XenDesktop continues to remain the only hypervisor agnostic app and desktop virtualization solution – including VDI, virtual apps and more.  This means XenDesktop 7 seamlessly integrates with any hypervisor including Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix…

Continue reading here!

//Richard

#XenDesktop 7 and #AppController setup – #Citrix, #MAM – via @msandbu

Good job on this blog post by Marius Sandbu!

XenDesktop 7 setup and AppController setup

So the big day is here, XenDesktop 7 is released from Citrix and with it ends the old XenApp architecture. 
Support for Server based session hosts is still there but the architecture is merged into XenDesktop.

Other features include:
App-V integration
License console integrated into Studio
Storefront administration also from the same console.
The list goes on and pictures say more than a thousand words.

(Can also say that Citrix also released a new version of the Receiver platform for both Mac and Windows today, which includes support for XenDesktop 7 and Storefront.

http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/06/25/receiver-for-windows-4-0-released-today/
http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/06/25/whats-new-with-receiver-for-mac-11-8/

XenDesktop 7 can be downloaded from Mycitrix.com à

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

Now the installation is pretty straight forward just choose Standard delivery controller install and it will include all of the needed components. After they are installed we need to create a deployment.
When you start Desktop Studio we choose create new deployment.

So we create a new site…

Continue reading here!

//Richard

#App-V and #XenDesktop 7 – #Citrix, #AppV

A couple of good posts from Citrix (Ram Kumar Mantena & Nagendra Kumar) around the support for App-V on XenDesktop 7 and what to think of etc.

Tips/Tricks for Using App-V Integration with XenDesktop 7.0

XenDesktop 7.0 is released and it supports both Apps and Desktop Virtualization. One of the key features of this release is support for Microsoft App-V.  As this is the first release for App-V support, here are some tips/things to consider for an easy deployment of App-V 5.0 in a XenDesktop Environment.

  • XenDesktop 7.0 supports Server based App-V deployment scenario where Admin uses App-V Publishing Server and Management Server to manage apps.
  • Microsoft App-V client does not support more than 5 Publishing Servers. In Citrix Desktop Studio, although the admin can add one Management and one Publishing server through Studio UI, he can also add multiple Publishing Servers using low level SDKs. It is recommended to add only 5 Publishing Servers. Though Studio low level SDKs take more than five Publishing Servers, studio enumerates App-V apps from first 5 Publishing Servers.
  • When adding the Management Server and Publishing Server in App-V publishing node, if the test connection fails and App-V Server is up and running, make sure WinRm is up and running.
  • Once the Virtual Desktop Agent is installed on Server/Client, make sure CtxAppVCOMAdmin is member of Administrator group. This is required as some of the App-V operations on VDA side need administrator privileges. This is the user account pre-created by Citrix XenDesktop VDA installation. [CTX138057]
  • It is recommended to enable SharedContentStoreMode…. Read more…

#Citrix #XenDesktop 7 released – #RTW, #BYOD, #HSD, #VDI

Ok, it’s here! The official release is now available for everyone!

XenDesktop 7 Editions

There are tons of blog posts and materials already out there and some great features as well that comes with this new release from Citrix. If you haven’t already played with the Excalibur release and know about them I suggest that you start evaluating and testing now!

Here are some good links to have a look at:

Enjoy! 🙂

//Richard

SP1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 available

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available. This service pack is an update to Windows 7 and to Windows Server 2008 R2 that addresses customer and partner feedback. 

SP1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 is a recommended collection of updates and improvements to Windows that are combined into a single installable update. 

Windows 7 SP1 can help make your computer safer and more reliable. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 provides a comprehensive set of innovations for enterprise-class virtualization. This includes new virtualization capabilities with Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFX. 

Consumer end-users can find general information about Windows 7 SP1 at the following Microsoft website:

Continue reading and download here!
//Richard
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