As a ‘Product Owner’ I have the tough job of prioritizing what should go into a release and what needs to be deferred to the next release.  In XenClient 5.1, we introduced key features that many of our enterprise customers have been asking for.  Simply… you asked, we listened!

The new XenClient continues to provide:

  • The broadest hardware compatibility list, with over 300 devices and growing
  • A mature, battle tested management server, including a rich set of admin tools and policies and support for remote-office management servers

New to XenClient?  Watch the XenClient Enterprise 5 video to see how this core pillar of XenDesktop enables IT to centrally manage and secure corporate laptops and PCs — while providing unprecedented personalization capabilities for end users.

What’s New you ask?

XenClient Engine

  • HCL Expansion: Expanded support for the latest new devices with 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors.  For more information, please check the XenClient HCL listing to search for supported devices.
  • Citrix Receiver Improvements: XenClient Enterprise virtual machine guests have improved interoperability with USB redirection and USB pass-through via Citrix Receiver into XenDesktop and XenApp.
  • USB Ethernet/WiFi Dongles: The XenClient Engine supports ‘Hot-Pluggable’ USB Ethernet/WiFi dongles at the platform.

 XenClient Synchronizer

  • Synchronizer Roaming: Enables XenClient devices to communicate with any Synchronizer for central management, enabling greater scalability, seamless deployments and faster updates for users.
  • Microsoft Server 2012R2: Synchronizer now supports Microsoft Server 2012R2.
  • SQL Windows Authentication Support: XenClient Synchronizer installation now supports SQL Windows Authentication. If you select Windows Authentication while installing Synchronizer, you can leverage the Active Directory service account.
  • Engine Restart Policy Updates: A number of policies (Maintenance Restarts, New Engine Update Restart, and New Virtual Machine Version Restart) were updated to include the ability to reboot the platform only if all virtual machine guests are powered off; these policies have a new feature, the ‘Force Shutdown’ option, where if enabled, the platform will shut down any powered-on virtual machines.  If disabled, the platform will not reboot if any virtual machine is powered-on.  In the case of a single virtual machine (where a maintenance restart is pending), if that virtual machine is restarted then the whole platform will reboot.

The Release Notes ( include an overview of the key problems addressed in this release, and information about any known issues.

If upgrading the XenClient Enterprise Engine, checkout:

Synchronizer Roaming information can be found:

  • Please reference: (refer to pages 49-51)
  • NetScaler information coming very soon via a TechNote.

SQL Authentication information can be found:

  • Please reference: (refer to pages 17-20)
  • Note: If upgrading, authentication method will stay the default which is ‘SQL authentication’.
  • Detailed TechNotes will be released in the coming weeks to highlight this feature in detail.

Now that you have heard about XenClient Enterprise 5.1, contact a XenClient expert if you have any questions or want to learn more.

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