If you’re running XenApp 6.5 today, you’re probably tracking the progress of XenApp 7.x releases, trying to figure out when you should upgrade.
Allow me to make it very simple for you: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 is your release. It provides enterprise-class features to handle the most demanding workloads with maximum availability through the modernization of Local Host Cache technology, enhanced administrative capabilities for individual app and desktop machine publishing and staggered reboot scheduling for optimal user productivity. XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 expands our Microsoft integration with Azure Resource Manager and Hyper-V while also enhancing our monitoring tools and reports. It is the best platform to-date for app and desktop delivery – whether starting new, upgrading from a previous 7.x version or especially if migrating from XenApp 6.5. Citrix Cloud customers have been enjoying many of these features for some time within the XenApp and XenDesktop Service thanks to our “cloud-first” approach. For more information on Citrix Cloud offerings, please refer to www.cloud.com.
Robust management and monitoring tools
Enhanced high availability with newly improved Local Host Cache Technology
Next-generation Local Host Cache extends site high availability by allowing new and existing users to connect to virtual apps and desktops even when access to the site database is unavailable. Redesigned for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 architecture, Local Host Cache synchronizes site data in a matter of minutes without any administrative maintenance. Environments as large as 6,000 users can recover from a catastrophic database failure in under 5 minutes. This offers enterprises a solid high-availability solution for ultimate redundancy.
Granular control of individual app and desktop publishing across machines
Simplify management and troubleshooting of apps and desktops within your site by publishing an individual app or desktop from a single machine or group of specific machines. Application Groups, introduced with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9, provide an easier way for admins to logically group and manage collections of related applications for more efficient publishing and user assignment. Now with 7.12, admins can tag an individual app or desktop for specific users giving admins even more granular control over app and desktop assignments.
Intelligently stagger maintenance reboot cycles to minimize user impact
Optimize your maintenance procedures and mitigate user impact by creating staggered reboot cycles according to your personalized schedule. Simply tag machines as required and create a reboot schedule that meets your business objectives. Built-in logic ensures that machines do not unnecessarily reboot multiple times within a given time window to maintain ongoing user productivity.
Optimize the complete digital workspace with Workspace Environment Management
XenApp & XenDesktop 7.12 marks the first official Citrix product release to include Workspace Environment Management based on our Norskale acquisition – proven to increase server scalability after implementing the solution in a deliver infrastructure. Workspace Environment Management optimizes the performance of the complete digital workspace including the user profile, application, desktop and underlying system resources to deliver the best possible workspace performance, desktop logon and application response times. It also now includes functionality that dynamically converts a device to a thin client, previously known as Transformer.
Eliminate guesswork and accelerate Remote PC Access deployments
For the first-time ever, Citrix is releasing a lightweight version of our virtual delivery agent (VDA) installer, which is designed to eliminate guesswork and accelerate set-up. Only key components in the Citrix HDX stack are included making it ideal to push out to hundreds or thousands of physical systems used with Remote PC Access – or even light VDI workloads to maximize scalability.
Custom reporting, enhanced alert integration, and new SCOM Packs
Create your own customized reports within the Citrix Director web-based console beyond the included Trends reports. Simply select the data points required – no need to write complex code or queries. Gain deep insight into the operation, performance and interoperability of your environment with the latest Citrix SCOM Management Packs. Integrate site alerts, when triggered on warning and critical thresholds, with monitoring systems based on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). New availability reports for Delivery Groups help to assess and adjust capacity as required. Improved security is included with TLS 1.2 support.
Improved policy filtering and recording playback with Session Recording
Recording rules can now be filtered by IP address range for further control over how sessions are recorded. Additionally, when playing back sessions, periods of inactivity significant time savings.
Extending the value of Citrix Director for Enterprise Edition with a full month of historical reporting
XenApp and XenDesktop Enterprise edition customers can now retain historical site data for up to one month, up from one week in earlier versions. With more comprehensive insights into the historical site performance, admins have improved overall environment visibility, in-depth capacity and health trending, and more data to assist with troubleshooting.
Provide the best possible user experience regardless of device, network or location
Preview next-generation user experience technologies
Experience sessions that are twice as responsive, file transfer speeds that are over five times faster and printing speeds over ten times faster compared to the current generation remoting protocol on high latency network connections. A preview is available for admins to see the benefits of the major advances we’re making to industry-standard user experience technology.
Optimal performance of HTML5 video with redirection
Many websites and industry vendors are transitioning to HTML5 as a primary delivery mechanism for video. With the 7.12 release, only XenApp and XenDesktop can now redirect the processing of rich HTML5 content to the endpoint for optimal performance and increased server scalability. HTML5 video redirection is available for internal sites that are controlled by IT. Learn more and test it out here.
Optimized graphics for simple apps over low-bandwidth connections
Improve the experience of apps, such as Microsoft Office programs, over challenging network conditions with a new 8-bit Thinwire graphics mode. Ideal for word processing, spreadsheets and light graphics work, now employees can stay productive with limited connectivity on the go.
Improved Firefox support and deployment of websites with the latest StoreFront
StoreFront 3.8 has enhanced handling of Citrix Receiver client detection with the Firefox web browser. Users will experience a more intuitive flow for initially downloading and installing Receiver as well as installing upgrades. Additionally, StoreFront can now support multiple IIS websites which is ideal for deployments requiring several experiences for different teams or departments without the need to manage multiple servers.
Leverage Microsoft’s latest cloud and platform capabilities
Cost savings, new region support and improved performance with Azure
Azure hybrid use benefits allow existing on-premises Windows Server licenses to be taken to the Azure cloud for dramatic cost savings. Deploy cloud resources in China to meet scale and business objectives with new experimental support for provisioning in the Azure China region. Memory and disk caching options are now available for virtual machines provisioned on Azure offering accelerated performance – especially for heavy workloads. Organizations can realize up to an 80 percent reduction in storage costs compared with similar non-optimized cloud workloads.
Maximize the security of virtual apps and desktops hosted on Hyper-V
Prevent unauthorized software from running at boot time by enabling Secure Boot on Generation 2 VMs with Hyper-V. Gen2 VMs introduce several new features and are the preferred VM type for Hyper-V with Secure Boot enabled by default. Secure Boot can now be enabled for VMs provisioned with Provisioning Services as well as manually.
Download XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 today
Industry-leading innovation with the functionality you’ve come to expect. That’s the focus of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12. Experience it for yourself today. For customers with active Software Maintenance (SWM) or Subscription Advantage (SA), as of November 17, 2016, we encourage you to download XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 today!