Mar. 13, 2017
The XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13 release includes new versions of the Windows VDAs and new versions of several XenApp and XenDesktop core components. You can:
Use the ISO for this release to install or upgrade all the core components and Virtual Delivery Agents. This allows you to use all of the latest features, summarized below.
If you have a XenApp or XenDesktop deployment, and aren't ready to upgrade your core components, you can still use several of the latest HDX features by installing (or upgrading to) a new VDA. This is often helpful when you want to test enhancements in a non-production environment. New and updated features in the VDAs are summarized below.
The XenApp and XenDesktop download pages for this release also include updated versions of the following software. For more information on the features and installation instructions, see the component's documentation.
This on-demand, one-hour webinar reviews the new capabilities of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 and 7.13. To watch the recording, register at https://citrix.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1135292.
New page in VDA installers:
The graphical wizards of the VDA installers (except VDAWorkstationCoreSetup.exe) have a new page named Additional Components. This page lists several components that can be installed.
User Profile Manager
User Profile Manager WMI Plugin
Machine Identity Service
AppDisk and Personal vDisk
By default, all of these additional components are selected if you select "Create a master image" on the Environment page of the VDA installation wizard. If you select "Enable Remote PC Access" on the Environment page, none of the additional components are selected by default.
This feature brings the graphical and command line interfaces of the VDA installers into closer equivalency. Each of these components can be omitted from a command line installation by using the /exclude option. (By design, the VDAWorkstationCoreSetup.exe VDA installer cannot install any of these components.)
If you upgrade a VDA that does not have those components already installed, default settings could result in those components being installed during the upgrade, unless you specifically exclude them or use the VDAWorkstationCoreServices.exe installer.
Installing Citrix App-V components when installing a VDA:
Previously, you enabled or disabled installation of the Citrix App-V software on the Features page of the VDA installer wizards (except VDAWorkstationCoreSetup.exe). To disable Citrix App-V software installation from the VDA command line, you used the /no_appv option.
Now, you enable or disable Citrix App-V software installation on the Additional Components page of the VDA installation wizards (except VDAWorkstationCoreSetup.exe). To disable Citrix App-V software installation from the command line, use the /exclude "Citrix Personalization for App-V - VDA" option. (The /no_appv command-line option is no longer valid.)
If you enable the Citrix Personalization for App-V - VDA check box, the "Citrix AppDisk / Personal vDisk" components are automatically selected. This is a known issue in this release. You can prevent this by installing the VDA from the command line containing the /exclude "Personal vDisk" option.
Additional UDP ports opened in firewall during VDA installation:
If you enable the new HDX adaptive transport policy setting, UDP ports 1494 and 2598 are automatically opened in the Windows firewall by default when you install or upgrade a VDA using the graphical interface. (These ports are listed on the Firewall page of the installation wizard). These ports are used for communication between the client and the VDA.
When installing a VDA from the command line, specify the new /enable_hdx_udp_ports option when using the new adaptive transport policy setting.
Note: TCP ports 1494 and 2598 are opened automatically for use during fallback or when the adaptive transport feature is not used. Those TCP ports are already covered with the existing /enable_hdx_ports option.
When applications in an Application Group are started, by default they reuse existing sessions to launch faster and use fewer resources. In previous releases, although you could prevent application session sharing between Application Groups, applications in the same Application Group would always session share.
You can now configure Application Groups so that application session sharing is disabled between applications in the same Application Group. In some circumstances this may be desirable: for example, you may want users to start non-seamless applications in full size application windows on separate monitors. In this mode applications in the Application Group always run in separate sessions which are indistinguishable from each other for subsequent brokering and reconnection purposes. If a disconnected session exists which is already running the requested application, it is reconnected. You can disable application session sharing using the PowerShell SDK only. For further information about session sharing, see Create Application Groups.
See Installation above for details about installing Citrix App-V components when installing a VDA.
AppDisk includes the following new features and enhancements:
Version 7.13 of the VDA for Server OS and the VDA for Desktop OS include the following enhancements to HDX technologies:
VDA installation and upgrade changes:
StoreFront includes the following new features and enhancements.
For more information, see the StoreFront 3.9 documentation.
Provisioning Services includes the following new features and enhancements:
For more information, see the Provisioning Services 7.13 documentation.