Why is there a gap between 5 and 6? If you’re transitioning from XenApp 5 to XenApp 6, those numbers are fairly important to you.

XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2 has many great features, and we’ve had some customers anxiously waiting for it for several months now. XenApp 6 has been available for a few weeks, and hopefully many of you have had the opportunity to download it and set it up in a lab environment already.

Traditionally, you’ve had the option to run your XenApp farm in mixed mode during your transition period. Or to upgrade the XenApp version. But XenApp 6 introduces such a different way of working with Active Directory and Group Policy Objects that only a native XenApp 6 farm can be implemented.

If you look at documentation for previous versions of XenApp, it was plastered with warnings about running your farm in mixed mode. It includes statements about “unexpected results.” Similarly, operating system upgrades for XenApp or components/features haven’t been supported. So, only supporting migrations– new installations–seems reasonable.

So, how do you get from XenApp 5 to XenApp 6? As you may have heard, the XenApp 6 Migration Tool beta was released today. It’s a command line tool that enables you to pull farm properties and policies from your XenApp 5 farm and import them into your XenApp 6 farm.

What about the other features/components? Most can be upgraded; some will require a migration. What can I do with which feature/component? I can’t tell you all that in a few paragraphs.

Tune into the Upgrading/Migrating to XenApp 6 TechTalk on Friday to learn how to close the gap between 5 and 6!

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