Citrix announced XenApp 6 this past week, and it will be publicly available in a few days. Once you’ve absorbed the new feature set, you may wonder, “How should I transition to this new XenApp version?”

XenApp 6 is based on Windows Server 2008 R2. As with past XenApp releases, Citrix doesn’t support upgrading the OS and then upgrading XenApp. Because Windows Server 2008 R2 is based on x64, this platform change means a bit more than just 32-bit vs. 64-bit applications.

Core XenApp 6 requires migration to a new farm. To be clear, this means a new data store and a new farm installation. I can already see the yellow flags . . . but hold on. Citrix will be releasing a Migration Tool to enable administrators to export setting from the old farm and import them into the new farm. More to come on that within a few weeks.

The peripheral components and features of XenApp 6 can either be upgraded or migrated. Some have new functionality that may affect how you will transition—for example, SmartAuditor now includes an agent for XenApp 6 on Windows Server 2008 R2 and support for SQL Server 2008—and others are simple upgrades—such as the new Citrix License Server 11.6.1 Build 10007.

All of this will be discussed in an easy-to-follow format within a TechTalk that will be held on April 9th entitled Upgrading/Migrating to XenApp 6. In this TechTalk, you’ll hear about your technical options for incorporating the latest XenApp release so that you can make the best decision for your environment. See you there!