On Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, Citrix announces general availability of Feature Pack 1 for Citrix Presentation Server. The key new features are:

  • SmartAuditor (ICA session recording) – Record any Presentation Server (ICA) session based on pre-defined policies to monitor and examine user activity for regulatory compliance and technical support. It like TiVO for your Presentation Server environment and only takes 9 Mb for an 8 hour recording of a typical user interaction.
  • EasyCall (click-to-call) – Click on an on-screen phone number in any application -- Web-based, Windows, or on Presentation Server -- and place a call from your preferred phone (cell, office, home, etc.) to the terminating number, while taking advantage of your low corporate calling rates.
  • License Simplification - Presentation Server Platinum Edition customers now only have to manage 2 licenses (Presentation Server Platinum License, Access Gateway Universal License), instead of 5 licenses (Presentation Server, Access Gateway, Password Manager, Application Streaming, EdgeSight). Enterprise Edition customers manage 1 license (Presentation Server Enterprise License) , instead of 2 (Presentation Server, Application Streaming). />

Michael Roth of ThinComputing.net has an overview of Feature Pack 1 and will be conducting a hands-on look at SmartAuditor in the near future.

Customers with active Subscription Advantage (software maintenance) can download Feature Pack 1 on mycitrix.com – 32-bit | 64-bit(login required).

To assist with upgrades and migrations from earlier versions of Presentation Server to Feature Pack 1, Jo Harder, Citrix Senior Architect in our Consulting Group, just posted the Technical Guide for Upgrading/Migrating to Presentation Server 4.5 Feature Pack 1. If you haven seen Jo speak, she is one of the most popular presenters at iForum (now Citrix Application Delivery Expo), always having a top 5 session by attendance. She also recently delivered the companion webinar to this Technical Guide.

What do you think about SmartAuditor and EasyCall?