Product Documentation

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

Aug 18, 2017

The Long Term Service Release (LTSR) program for XenApp and XenDesktop provides stability and long-term support for the XenApp/XenDesktop 7.15 release.

If you are new to the LTSR program and did not deploy the original XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR release, there is no need for you to install it now. Instead, Citrix recommends that you bypass the 7.6 LTSR release and begin right with 7.15 LTSR. 

In addition, Citrix also recommends specific versions of Citrix Receiver and other components. While not required for LTSR compliance, upgrading to the current versions of those components ensures further ease of maintenance and the availability of the latest fixes in your deployment.

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7.15 LTSR XenApp and XenDesktop

New deployments

How do I deploy 7.15 LTSR from scratch?

You can set up a brand-new XenApp or XenDesktop environment using the 7.15 LTSR metainstaller.* Before you do that, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the product:

Read the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 Long Term Service Release documentation and pay close attention to the Technical overview, Install and configure, and Secure sections before you start planning your deployment. Make sure your setup meets the system requirements for all components. Follow Install and configure for deployment instructions.

* Note: Provisioning Services and Session Recording are available as separate downloads and installers.

Existing deployments

What do I update?

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR provides updates to all baseline components of 7.6 LTSR. Remember: Citrix recommends that you update all LTSR components of your deployment to 7.15 LTSR. For example: If Provisioning Services is part of your LTSR deployment, update the Provisioning Services component. If Provisioning Services is not part of your deployment, you do not need to install or update it.

Since the original 7.6 LTSR release, we have added a metainstaller that lets you update the existing components of your LTSR environment from a unified interface. Following the Upgrade instructions, use the metainstaller to update the LTSR components of your deployment. 

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR baseline components

7.15 LTSR Baseline Component Version Notes

VDA for Desktop OS

7.15

VDA for Server OS

7.15

Delivery Controller

7.15

Citrix Studio

7.15

Citrix Director

7.15

Group Policy Management Experience

3.12

StoreFront

3.12

Provisioning Services

7.15

Universal Print Server

7.15

Session Recording

7.15

Platinum Edition only

Linux VDA

7.15

See the Linux VDA documentation for supported platforms

Profile Management

7.15

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR compatible components

The following components are recommended for use in 7.15 LTSR environments. These components are not eligible for the LTSR benefits (extended lifecycle and fix-only cumulative updates). Citrix might ask you to upgrade to a newer version of these components within your 7.15 LTSR environments.

7.15 LTSR Compatible Components and Platforms Version

AppDNA

7.15

Citrix SCOM Management Pack for License Server

1.2

Citrix SCOM Management Pack for Provisioning Services

1.19

Citrix SCOM Management Pack for StoreFront

1.12

Citrix SCOM Management Pack for XenApp and XenDesktop

3.13

HDX RealTime Optimization Pack

2.3

License Server

11.14.0 Build 21103

Workspace Environment Management

4.4

App Layering

4.3

Self-Service Password Reset

1.1

Compatible versions of Citrix Receiver

For ease of maintenance, and to ensure optimal performance, Citrix recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Citrix Receiver any time it becomes available. The latest versions are available for download at https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver.html. For your convenience, consider subscribing to the Citrix Receiver RSS feed to receive a notification when a new version of Citrix Receiver becomes available.

Note that Citrix Receiver is not eligible for the XenApp and XenDesktop LTSR benefits (extended lifecycle and fix-only cumulative updates). Citrix may ask you to upgrade to a newer version of Citrix Receiver within your 7.15 LSTR environments. In the case of Citrix Receiver for Windows, Citrix has announced a special LTSR program. More information on that program is available on the Lifecycle Milestones for Citrix Receiver page.

Specifically, 7.15 LTSR supports the following versions of Citrix Receiver and all later versions.

LTSR Compatible Version of Citrix Receiver Version

4.9 or later

13.5 or later

12.5 or later

2.4 or later

2.4 or later

7.2 or later

3.11.1 or later

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR notable exclusions

The following features, components, and platforms are not eligible for 7.15 LTSR lifecycle milestones and benefits. Specifically, cumulative updates and extended lifecycle benefits are excluded. Updates to excluded features and components will be available through regular current releases.

Excluded Features

Framehawk

StoreFront Citrix Online Integration

Excluded Components

Personal vDisk

AppDisks

Excluded Windows Platforms *

Windows 2008 32-bit (for Universal Print Server)

* Citrix reserves the right to update platform support based on third-party vendors' lifecycle milestones.

Install and upgrade analytics

When you use the full-product installer to deploy or upgrade XenApp or XenDesktop components, anonymous information about the installation process is gathered and stored on the machine where you are installing/upgrading the component. This data is used to help Citrix improve its customers' installation experiences. For more information, see http://more.citrix.com/XD-INSTALLER.

XenApp 6.5 migration

The XenApp 6.5 migration process helps you more efficiently and quickly transition from a XenApp 6.5 farm to a Site running XenApp 7.15 LTSR (or a later supported release). This is helpful in deployments that contain large numbers of applications and Citrix group policies, lowering the risk of inadvertently introducing errors when manually moving applications and Citrix group policies to the new XenApp Site.

After you install the XenApp 7.15 LTSR core components and create a Site, the migration process follows this sequence:

  • Run the XenApp 7.15 installer on each XenApp 6.5 worker, which automatically upgrades it to a new Virtual Delivery Agent for Server OS for use in the new Site.
  • Run PowerShell export cmdlets on a XenApp 6.5 controller, which exports application and Citrix policy settings to XML files.
  • Edit the XML files, if desired, to refine what you want to import to the new Site. By tailoring the files, you can import policy and application settings into your XenApp 7.15 LTSR Site in stages: some now and others later.
  • Run PowerShell import cmdlets on the new XenApp 7.15 Controller, which import settings from the XML files to the new XenApp Site.

Reconfigure the new Site as needed, and then test it.

For more information, see Migrate XenApp 6.x.

You can also use Citrix Smart Tools to migrate a XenApp 6.x deployment. For details, see Smart Migrate.

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