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What's new

Mar 28, 2017

AppDNA 7.11 includes the following new features and enhancements:

Windows Server 2016 analysis and reporting

This release adds a new module in AppDNA to automate the analysis of applications compatibility with Windows Server 2016. The Windows Server 2016 module contains a report that is made up of a suite of algorithms which validate the suitability, interoperability, conflicts and performance of your organization's applications in a Windows Server 2016 environment.

Enable the Windows Server 2016 module

When you install or upgrade to AppDNA 7.11, the new module is enabled by default. Enable or disable the Windows Server 2016 module in Configure > Modules > Management.

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Configure AppDNA for a Windows Server 2016 migration project

Use the Configure Modules Wizard to configure AppDNA for a Windows Server 2016 migration project. The wizard targets the analysis which is carried out on your applications to suit a specific project or technology platform. This reduces the time it takes to analyze and report on applications.

  1. Select Configure > Modules > Wizard.
  2. In the Server step, select My enterprise is working on a Windows server migration project.
  3. Select the operating system(s) you are moving from and to. For example, select Windows Server 2016 to use the Windows Server 2016 report to test your applications for Windows 2016. This activates the Windows 2016 report.
  4. Complete the wizard steps.
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Once the configuration is complete, you can select Analyze now to analyze and report on applications which you have already imported to AppDNA.

For more information, see Configure Modules wizard.

Import and analyze applications for a Windows Server 2016 migration project

These steps show you how to import a set of applications and run the analysis for applications compatibility with Windows Server 2016.

To start a new import of applications for analysis:

  1. From the AppDNA side bar, choose Import > Applications, and Browse for applications to import.
  2. Select Import.
  3. In the Post Import Analysis Options dialog, Select Analyze these Modules > Server 2016 > Import. This will import the applications and begin the analysis immediately. Depending on the number of applications selected, this may take a few minutes. Alternatively, select Don't Analyze > Import and do the analysis as a separate step at a later time.
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You can view the report as soon as the analysis has finished, and later in Reports: Applications.

For more information, see Direct Import.

View and drill down into Windows Server 2016 report views

Review the impact of migration and suggested remediation actions with the Server Compatibility report views.

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  • Reports: Applications > Server 2016 > Application Issues shows a high level overview about the state of individual applications. Click the application link to drill down to Remediation report views.
  • Reports: Applications > Server 2016 > Application Actions shows a pie chart summarizing the status (Red, Amber, Green) of the selected applications before and after the remediation actions. The list below shows the before and after action status (Red, Amber, Green) for each application and indicators of the application complexity and action effort. 
  • Reports: Applications > Server 2016 > Issue View provides a breakdown of the number of applications that triggered each algorithm within the report. A list of the algorithms includes the standard, custom, and after action status (Red, Amber, Green), whether a fix is available, and the number of applications that are affected. You can expand each algorithm to show a list of the affected applications and an explanation of both the algorithm and its remediation actions.
  • Reports: Applications > Server 2016 > Action View provides a breakdown of the number actions required to remediate the applications in your portfolio.

For more information, see Report views.

Preparing for a move or upgrade to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x with Windows Server 2016

Use AppDNA to model the behavior of applications in virtual settings after a move or upgrade to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x in a Windows Server 2016 environment.

  1. From the AppDNA side bar, select Solutions > Add solution > XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x Adoption or XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x Upgrade. For example, choose XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x Upgrade to model the behavior of applications moving from XenApp 6.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2 to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x on Windows Server 2016.
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2. Follow the wizard steps, then select Analyze to generate the upgrade report.

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The analysis uses the default image for Windows Server 2016 delivered with AppDNA 7.11.

View and import of images in Import > Operating Systems, and set the default images that all the modules use in Edit > Settings > OS Image Configuration.

For more information, see Prepare for a XenApp or XenDesktop 7.x upgrade and Operating system images.

Expanded security analysis

In this release, the Compliance Manager module expands its scope of security analysis to identify and report on outdated versions of Open SSL, managed cryptography APIs, and missing SafeSEH (Safe Structured Exception Handling).

The Compliance Manager module helps you understand if applications that you are planning to deploy into your IT infrastructure could introduce security risks. This module contains an initial set of algorithms and reports, which will be extended in the future. This is a feature for evaluation in this release and should not be used to make decisions to deploy applications to the production environment. Share feedback on the module's accuracy, coverage and relevance in the AppDNA discussion forums. To view the algorithms, select Configure Modules Compliance Manager. Once you have imported and analyzed the applications, you can view the reports from Reports: Applications Compliance Manager > Security. Reports offer analysis and drill-down by application of the issues identified. 

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