XenApp Essentials Service – Frequently Asked Questions

XenApp Essentials, previously referred to as XenApp “express,” is the new Citrix Cloud service recommended by Microsoft as the replacement for Azure RemoteApp. In many ways, you can look at XenApp Essentials as Azure RemoteApp v2.0. You can also see it as the fastest, easiest way to use XenApp in the cloud. Either way, XenApp Essentials will be the next generation application virtualization and delivery service for Azure.

XenApp Essentials is part of our comprehensive Citrix Cloud strategy designed to simplify app and desktop delivery for every use case. Now with XenApp Essentials we can combine the power and flexibility of our Citrix Cloud platform and extend the original simple, prescriptive, and easy-to-consume vision of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp by orchestrating the applications in the cloud as well. This offering will radically simplify app delivery without sacrificing management or end user experience.

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is a cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. Azure RemoteApp brings the functionality of the on-premises Microsoft RemoteApp program, backed by Remote Desktop Services (RDS), to Azure. Azure RemoteApp helps you provide secure, remote access to applications from many different user devices. Azure RemoteApp basically hosts non-persistent Terminal Server sessions in the cloud, and you get to use them and share them with your users. See Microsoft documentation for more details.

Microsoft announced the deprecation of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp service on August 12, 2016. Microsoft shared that it is expanding the partnership with Citrix to help deliver the next iteration of Azure RemoteApp through Citrix XenApp Essentials Service, which will be built by Citrix and delivered through Citrix Cloud. XenApp Essentials will be the recommended migration option for existing Azure RemoteApp customers. Additional options include moving to a hosted solution through one of many Microsoft hosting partners along with Remote Desktop Services deployed on Azure IaaS.

Please see the Microsoft deprecation notice for Azure RemoteApp for the latest information regarding support.

XenApp Essentials will be available Q1 2017.

In advance of Citrix releasing XenApp Essentials, we are offering the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service at a reduced price for Azure RemoteApp customers. For a limited time, existing Azure RemoteApp customers can subscribe to the Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops package at half of the regular price. You get all of the performance, capability and scale of the full service at a special introductory price of only $15 per user per month, while continuing to host your applications in Azure. Learn more about the limited time promotion.

XenApp Essentials will be available for limited private tech preview starting in December 2016. Customers can register for the tech preview at www.citrix.com/xenapp-essentials. Priority is being given to current Microsoft Azure Remote App customers to try the service first. Citrix will evaluate each request and reach out to customers as the preview is available to them.

No. The XenApp Trial currently available in the Azure Marketplace is not XenApp Essentials. It is an opportunity to quickly and easily try the on-premises version of XenApp by offloading workloads to Microsoft Azure.

Citrix and Microsoft are collaborating to identify and build migration tools to help existing Azure RemoteApp customers move to XenApp Essentials. We will share more details as the capabilities are available.

XenApp Essentials will be available through the Azure Marketplace. There will be a 25 user minimum to sign up for XenApp Essentials. Billing for your usage will appear on your Microsoft Azure bill. Azure Monetary Commitment and Azure Credits can be used on the Remote Access (RDS CAL) and Azure infrastructure costs, but not for Citrix licenses.

XenApp Essentials will soon be available in Azure Marketplace starting at $12 per user per month. You will be able to purchase XenApp Essentials for as few as 25 users on a monthly basis. The service will auto-renew on a monthly basis until you cancel. The cloud based solution and monthly term makes it highly attractive for customers looking to avoid large capex expenses and long term commitments.

1. Requires 25 user minimum. Includes NetScaler Gateway Service with 1 GB Data transfer per user per month.  Additional NetScaler Gateway Service 25 GB Data transfer Add-on available for $12 per pack per month

2. Available from Azure Marketplace when purchasing XenApp Essentials. Please consult your Microsoft representative to bring your own RDS CAL.

The Citrix XenApp Essentials offering accesses Windows Server remote session capabilities that would typically require an RDS CAL. Customers may choose to bring their own existing license, or subscribe to Microsoft Remote Access for $6.25 per user per month when purchasing XenApp Essentials from Azure Marketplace, enabling you to use Citrix XenApp Essentials without purchasing a separate RDS CAL for this workload.

XenApp Essentials includes 1GB of NetScaler Gateway Service data transfer per user per month. Additional data transfer packs of 25GB are available for purchase and can be shared across users. Citrix estimates that traditional task and knowledge workers would not require more than the included 1GB and suggests the optional add-on packs for use cases where more bandwidth would be required, such as for workers using 3D rendering applications or other bandwidth-heavy apps.

XenApp Essentials supports Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016.

Please see www.citrix.com/xenapp-essentials to learn more. The page will be updated as there is news regarding XenApp Essentials.

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