A new version of XenApp incites administrators and architects to load it up in the lab . . . and to start thinking about, “How am I going to transition the current XenApp farm to this new version?” Before you begin creating project plans, take a shortcut and do what over 1,000 others have done by taking a look at the TechTalk presentation. The slide deck and Q&A have also been posted.
As was discussed in the TechTalk, with the XenApp 6 release, core XenApp must be migrated; there’s no mixed farm or upgrade path . . . but you can use the XenApp 6 Migration Tool, which is currently in beta and available for public download through MyCitrix. The minimum requirement is XenApp 4.5/5 for Windows Server 2003 HRP5 or higher or XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008; using source farms based on previous versions isn’t supported. The session recording includes a brief demo of the XenApp 6 Migration Tool. Remember that the XenApp 6 Migration Tool is still in beta and thus not supported in production. So, load it up in the lab, and use this opportunity to review your transferred settings to ensure that they will be appropriate when you do go live.
Another common question raised during the TechTalk related to whether XenApp 6 would be made available for the Windows Server 2003 and/or Windows Server 2008 platform. The answer to that is no, XenApp 6 is only available for the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform. Remember that Citrix doesn’t support upgrading the operating system of a Citrix component and then upgrading XenApp or other functionality; thus, you must install XenApp 6 on a clean Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.
In addition to the 57-minute video recording, you can download the presentation materials and the related Q&A from CitrixTV #1952. The presentation file and answers to the questions posed during the session are on the right side of the display under the Resources tab.
Also, the associated white paper, Upgrading/Migrating to XenApp 6 has been updated and is posted under CTX124241.