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XenApp 6 to be released Marts 24th

Last week Citrix announced the release of XenApp 6 on Marts 24th. With less than 10 days to go I want to summarize some of the great new features in the upcoming release.

The last months I have had the opportunity to play around with the tech preview of XenApp 6 in my lab. I’m surprised how many great new features will be added in XenApp 6. Now we just ned to see the stability and scaling in real-life.

First of all XenApp 6 will support Windows Server 2008 R2. Citrix has rewritten the code-base to fully support Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 architecture.

I have made a list highlighting most of the new features:

  • Citrix Receiver architecture for Windows, Mac and Linux
    • New Citrix Receiver for Windows, Mac and Linux.
    • Single auto-updating client using plug-ins.
  • App-V integration
    • Stream and publish App-V packages.
    • Subscribe to App-V packages using Dazzle.
    • Manage App-V client using the Citrix Receiver.
  • HDX RealTime audio
    • Enhanced audio codec reduces bandwidth by 90%.
    • Preserving CD quality sound.
    • New “Optimized for speech” codec.
    • Clear audio quality to softphone and voice chat (less than 20 Kbps).
    • Echo cancellation for VoIP softphone.
  • HDX RealTime collaboration
    • Support for Microsoft Office Communicator video and audio conference.
    • WebCam support.
    • HDX Plug-n-Play enhanced color and monitor support
    • HDX Plug-n-Play 32-bit graphics support.
    • Alpha-channel graphics enabled.
    • Uses same bandwidth as 24-bit session.
    • Enhanced application compatibility.
    • DirectX/Direct3D hardware acceleration.
  • Simplified installation
    • Role-based installation wizard.
    • Automated pre-requisite installation.
    • Configuration performed after installation.
    • Auto-configuration using group policies.
  • Single management console
    • Redesigned based on MMC 3.0.
    • Still called Citrix Delivery Services Console
  • Active Directory Group Policy integration
    • Policy-based management of XenApp.
    • Group Policy templates and integration. Rapid server, application and user access configuration.
  • PowerShell 2.0
    • PowerShell replaces MFCOM.
    • Automate XenApp management tasks. XenApp SDK using PowerShell.
  • Server Groups/Worker Groups
    • Simplified application workload/silo management.
    • Publish application to server groups
    • Assign policies to server groups
    • Group preference and fail-over (instead of zone)
  • New enhanced License Management
    • New License Management Console.
    • License reporting in EdgeSight.
  • User profile streaming
    • Load individual profile settings on-demand or download in the background
    • Updated on the fly, no need to logoff for update.
    • Reduces logon time.
  • Application Isolation for Windows services
    • Windows services can now be profiled and streamed.
  • Dazzle v1.1
    • Subscribe App-V packages.
  • User mobility
    • Back to the old “Any, any, any” concept.
    • Universal SmartPhone support.
    • New Citrix receiver for iPhone.
    • Receiver for Windows mobile.
    • Receiver for Android.

This is properly not a complete list and some of the features may be subject to change in the final release.

For a detailed comparison to older versions check out the Comparative Feature Matrix (http://www.citrix.com/site/resources/dynamic/salesdocs/Citrix-XenApp-Comparative-Feature-Matrix.pdf).

Jacob Berg

Speaker at Citrix Synergy 2010 in San Francisco

Wow! It’s now official! –  I’m going to be a speaker at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco in May.

I’m going to San Francisco to give a session at Citrix Synergy 2010. The session was approved late january, after waiting several months, since the official deadline for ”call for papers”. Now the official agenda is released and can be found here (http://www.citrixsynergy.com/agenda/sessions.html).

I’m presenting a session titled SYN321- Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure. With me as co-presenter are René Vester. René is a very good friend of mine and a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) – Check out René’s  blog at renevester.com.

The session is scheduled on Wednesday, May 12, at 9:00 am – Right before the Keynote 🙂

Session Description:

Mac computers and iPhones are getting more and more popular among the users of corporate IT infrastructure. BYOC concepts are introducing more Mac’s into “no-Mac” companies. With the introduction of more operating system platforms, IT organizations face new challenges to handle these non-Windows user devices. In this session we will layout the options with live demonstrations of Mac/Citrix use cases to show how this new type of user device can be incorporated into existing or planned Citrix infrastructure.

In this session you will learn:

  • How Citrix technologies complement the Mac and the iPhone
  • How to get the most out of Citrix on Mac/iPhone
  • Best practices on how to implement Citrix solutions on Mac

I’m very excited about this opportunity and I hope you’ll attend the session, if your lucky enough to be in San Francisco in May.

I’ll get back later with more insight information on the session.

Jacob Berg