New Site:  Review FlexCast Management Architecture of XenApp 7.6

Review the free webinars, how-to videos and XenApp training opportunities.

With the release of XenApp 7.6, many Citrix customers are starting to evaluate the benefits of the new FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) of XenApp 7.6.  Just as a quick refresher, XenApp 6.5 and earlier editions leveraged the Independent Management Architecture (IMA), so making the move to XenApp 7 also means you are making the architecture move from IMA to FMA. With FMA, you can deliver apps and desktops from multiple operating systems all from a single consolidated platform.  FMA also makes it easier to upgrade and install the newest XenApp and XenDesktop functionality by abstracting the management components from the server workloads.

Now, not only will it will be much easier to upgrade operating systems and install new XenApp features in the future.   You will be able to  get XenApp on the FMA you need to start somewhere.

I’m happy to announce that Citrix has launched a XenApp upgrade site completely dedicated to providing Citrix XenApp customers with information, training, videos, guides and migration assistance programs to help you move from XenApp on IMA to XenApp on FMA.   This new website is a one-stop shop to get you access to the information you need regarding XenApp migrations and upgrades broken down into four simple steps:

1.       Prepare

This section of the site contains resources to help improve your XenApp 7 on FMA skills. Learn the new XenApp terminology. Hear from Citrix customers who decided the time was right to move to XenApp 7.  Then review the free webinars, how-to videos and XenApp training to increase your FMA knowledge and help you decide if the timing is right for you to make the move to XenApp 7.6.

2.       Build

Ready to see the new XenApp FMA architecture and features in action? Check out the XenApp Blueprint for technical insights on components and configuration.  Hands-on experience is one of the best ways to learn, so if you are readying to kick off a XenApp 7.6 environment build, review all the content in this section to make sure you have details on system requirements, guidance on installing, administering and troubleshooting and more.

3.       Integrate

StoreFront can simplify your XenApp upgrade for you and your users, check out the planning guide and solution brief to learn more. Did you know that StoreFront can simultaneously enumerate apps from multiple XenApp environments, making it easy to have XenApp 7.6 running side-by-side your existing XenApp farms. StoreFront also intelligently displays a unique list of apps from all your XenApp environments, giving your users one instance of the app they need (i.e. you can have Word published in both a XenApp 6.5 farm and a XenApp 7.6 site, but configure StoreFront to only show one instance of Word, giving the user just what they need.

4.       Upgrade

The very last step in the process is to move all your users off the existing XenApp environment onto XenApp 7.6, we have some great tools to help you get to this point.  These tools can export your existing app settings and policies from your XenApp 6 or 6.5 environment and import them into XenApp 7.6.  But don’t feel any pressure that migrating off your existing XenApp environment is something you are going to have to do tomorrow, there is no immediate pressure to migrate XenApp 6.5.

This is just the beginning!

Citrix is committed to helping our customers migrate to XenApp on FMA.  We will continue to add new content and resources to this page as soon as they become available, if you can’t find a particular piece of information, please add a comment telling me what you are looking for.   If you have completed a XenApp migration and want to share some lessons learned, please add those to the comments as well!