On June 20, 2008 the XenApp Technical Marketing team released the new version of the Evaluation Virtual Appliance (EVA) for Citrix XenApp (the new name for Presentation Server). This EVA lets you easily evaluate Presentation Server 4.5 with Feature Pack 1 and includes enhancements such as:

  • Reduced file size and fewer files – just a single 8.6 GB file for XenApp Platinum Edition
  • Managed download utility for increased download reliability anywhere in the world
  • Faster downloads through Akamai hosting with Worldwide replication
  • Updated and improved Quick Start Guide
  • Addition of Hotfix Rollup Pack 2 and the latest Citrix client software for the most up-to-date evaluation experience

This kit is great and has come a long way. In previous releases you would have to download about 19 files which was just such a pain (albeit better than nothing). I personally felt it was such a burden but at the time it was our only option. in the past, it would have taken some folks a number of days to manage the downloads. With this release, we’ve optimized the EVA to take up just 8.6GB for Platinum Edition vs. 14.4GB which was the previous size. We’ve also hosted it on Akamai as a managed download and in our tests it has taken about 4 hours over a Broadband connection. This is obviously far better than a few days. Plus, Akamai mirrors globally so international downloads should be faster as well. In the kit, you get 3 servers – a domain controller, a Citrix services server and an application virtualization server. During installation and extraction you’ll register for a license and registration code which you will receive in e-mail. Then you’re free to use the machines for 30 days.

The EVA is a great tool for evaluations, demonstrations and even application testing. You can even use it to profile applications prior to rolling them out to production. There are lots of uses of this pre-packaged kit. You’ll definitely want to check this new EVA out even if you have tried previous versions already.

Download and support links below…

Let us know if you have any questions through the support forum. Comments, suggestions… post them to this blog post.