I frequent the XenClient Enterprise Forums quite a bit and see a lot of questions, some very involved and others are just quick questions.

Remember, the Synchronizer provides a scalable centralized platform to configure and deploy multiple local virtual desktops, including those in complex Active Directory trust environments. The Synchronizer enables PCs with XenClient Engine to download centrally managed virtual desktops and run them locally – making 1-to-many management a snap and dramatically reducing IT support costs!

One such question is: “Is there an easy way to upgrade the XenClient Enterprise Engines registered to my Synchronizer?

The simple answer is yes.

Here’s how…

Importing XenClient Enterprise Engine ISO to Synchronizer

1. Log into your XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer at https://<your url>:8443/MgmtConsole/

2. Navigate to ‘Software Library’ and expand the navigation tree.

3. Navigate to ‘Engine Updates’

4. In the right action pane, click on ‘Import’ and select ‘Engine Update’.

5. Next to ‘Source’ Click the down arrow and select ‘Your computer’.

6. ‘Browse’ to the XenClient Enterprise ‘xce-engine-x.x.x.iso’.

7. Specify a ‘Name’ and ‘Description’ for the import.

8. Click ‘Finish’ once complete.

9. Upload will take a few minutes, but you will see the following:

10. Depending on the connection between where the iso file is stored and the Synchronizer, the following may appear (Click ‘OK’):

11. The task status will display ‘100%’ in the lower right hand corner action pane.  You can click ‘Details’ for information. At this stage, the imported iso file can be assigned to existing XenClient Enterprise Engines for upgrade.

Upgrading the XenClient Enterprise Engine from the Synchronizer

Now that you’ve successfully imported the ISO file, you are ready to begin the upgrade process. Here are the simple steps to follow:

1. Log into your XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer at https://<your url>:8443/MgmtConsole/

2. Navigate to ‘Software Library’ and expand the navigation tree.

3. Navigate to ‘Engine Updates > <release ISO>’

4. In the middle pane, click on the ‘Computers’ tab and select the devices you want to upgrade.

5. Click on ‘Save’ to initiate upgrade on next policy refresh.

Note: The Engine upgrade will occur on the next policy refresh.  Your users will be prompted to reboot the Engine in order for the upgrade to complete.

To see the status of your version and their ‘Deployed’, ‘Pending’, ‘Communicated’, ‘Reboot Required’ or ‘Failed” status navigate to ‘Software Library’, expand the navigation tree and click on ‘Engine Updates’ to expose a dashboard of this data.

From this dashboard you can filter on the various deployed states and troubleshoot any issues concerning platform updates.

Now you have the knowledge to upgrade your Engines to the latest version of XenClient Enterprise and if you are new to XenClient Enterprise 5, download and try it for free on up to 10 devices!

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