This blog post was written by Jason E. Smith – VP Products, Liquidware, a Citrix Ready Partner

Hospital Leverages Liquidware to Transition 100 XenApp Servers and 8,000 Citrix XenDesktop users from Windows Server 2008r2 to Latest Citrix XenDesktop on Server 2016

Liquidware is happy to have been invited to present with Citrix in the Citrix Ready Partner Pavilion (booth #12332) at HIMMS in Las Vegas. Countless healthcare organizations rely on Citrix XenDesktop to provide a flexible desktop experience, so that doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff can stay productive in highly fluid organizations like hospitals and point-of-care centers. And while the solution from Citrix provides these environments with an excellent platform to support the ever-changing and dynamic requirements, the combination of Citrix and the Essentials Suite from Liquidware offers an unrivaled one-two punch.

If you are attending HIMMS in Las Vegas, stop by the Citrix Ready Pavilion and meet us. We’ll also have a session in the main Citrix booth (#7520) theatre at Wednesday, 7 March, 12 p.m. on how Liquidware helped a Louisville-based hospital group when they recently migrated over 100 Citrix XenApp Servers running 2008r2 to Citrix XenApp on Server 2012 – all with zero user downtime!

There are many reasons that healthcare-related businesses choose Liquidware to help deliver and manage user experience on Citrix-based workspaces at scale. Here are a few noteworthy examples:

  • To on-board users to the newer Citrix XenDesktop versions – Liquidware makes transitioning to the latest version of Windows and Citrix easy. Stratusphere UX (User Experience) is leveraged to help assess usage and identify areas where the environment may need to be upgraded. ProfileUnity manages user profiles and policies before, during, and after the process – especially across Windows OS versions where other profile tools can’t bridge the gap.
  • To deliver location-aware desktops compatible with single sign on solutions – Healthcare staff need their XenDesktop delivered with access to local printers, pertinent applications, and security rights. ProfileUnity’s context aware policy management automatically assesses the location of where the user logs on and silently maps local printers, apply security policies, and delivers FlexApp layered applications to XenDesktop – just-in-time and specifically for the task at hand.
  • To minimize image management challenges by delivering applications with Citrix just in time – FlexApp layering is being leveraged by hospitals to reduce the number of base images managed across Windows Server and XenDesktop. FlexApp allows organizations to manage and provision base images with Citrix Provisioning Server and manage applications as FlexApp layers that are unencumbered by the base image management process. The result is a dramatic reduction in the number of base images managed while FlexApp delivers layered applications to XenDesktop users seamlessly.
  • To ensure User Experience and future-proof the Windows environment – Stratusphere UX has long led the industry in monitoring and diagnostics for any Windows environment. Stratusphere includes specific XenDesktop and XenApp monitoring, including in-depth HDX metrics which require no additional load balancing resources. ProfileUnity includes features for Office 365 caching and retained search indexing to improve User Experience. The entire Liquidware Essentials suite (ProfileUnity, FlexApp, and Stratusphere UX) future-proofs your environment and will have you ready for full movement to cloud based desktops by managing users with Workspace Environment Management that is not locked to a Windows version.

If you are looking to update your Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp environment and want to ensure you are delivering the optimal user experience to your Citrix users, Liquidware is here to help. For more information visit