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What's new in AppDNA 7.6

Oct. 08, 2015

Note: Throughout the AppDNA documentation, references to "XenApp and XenDesktop 7" include all 7.x releases.

AppDNA 7.6.5 includes the following enhancements:

  • New Windows 10 reports to help you understand whether your application from Windows XP or later will run on Windows 10
  • Support for Microsoft Edge
  • The severity levels of some of the desktop and server algorithms have been lowered, resulting in a small percentage shift to green in your application portfolio

AppDNA 7.6 includes these new and enhanced features.

  • Build Assessment solution — The new Build Assessment solution lets you know whether applications will work on additional builds of the same OS family. Suppose that your reference build is Windows 8 and you need to know if the applications that work on it will also work on other Windows 8 builds, such as ones customized for call center employees. This solution performs a standard AppDNA analysis on the reference build, compares it to an analysis for each target build, and produces summary, comparison, and remediation reports.

    After you test applications, you can flag them in the Configure Build Assessment solution wizard so that AppDNA ignores potential issues on the reference and target builds.

    For more information, see Assess builds.

  • Interoperability solution — The interoperability analysis previously included with standard reports is now provided through the new Interoperability solution. This change speeds analysis and reporting for standard modules and it allows you to choose the groups of applications to analyze rather than having to analyze all applications. As before, the interoperability analysis enables you to assess Window Installer packages (.MSI) for conflicts that might occur during an upgrade, repair, or uninstall.

    For more information, see Analyze for interoperability.

  • Application dependency mapping — AppDNA 7.6 report algorithms analyze whether the applications, application frameworks, and files required by an application are present. The standard Application Remediation Report now includes any missing dependencies and the Application Issues Report compiles all dependent application RAGs.

    Suppose that for a suite of financial applications, App1 calls App2, which requires Microsoft Foundation Classes. AppDNA analyzes those application dependencies and allows you to create dependencies manually or based on suggestions that AppDNA derives by matching missing files or API calls to the runtimes that provide them. The built-in application dependency map includes common libraries and frameworks such as the Visual Studio C++ and Visual Basic run time libraries.

    For more information, see Application dependencies.

  • GPO algorithms — Desktop and server analysis and the new Build Assessment solution include Group Policy Object (GPO) algorithms to test applications issues resulting from enabled GPOs. Incompatibility with GPOs is one of the main reasons why an application might fail after it is moved to a different OS build. AppDNA checks about 23 GPOs, including policies that prevent access to 16-bit applications, prevent Control Panel applets from running, restrict internet communication, restrict or disable Windows installer, and prevent IIS installation.
  • Integrated 64-bit reporting — The 64-bit report is now integrated into the desktop and server reports when you import a 64-bit OS or when you target a 64-bit application to a 32-bit OS. The XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x Upgrade and Adoption solutions automatically detect whether an OS is 64-bit.
  • WorxWeb compatibility analysis — You can now test your web applications for compatibility with WorxWeb, a mobile app included with Citrix XenMobile. The WorxWeb report lets you know whether web applications that work in Internet Explorer will also work in WorxWeb on Android and iOS web browsers.

    For more information, see Import web applications.

  • Enhanced reporting for .NET applications — AppDNA now detects and reports the same compatibility issues for .NET applications that it does for Windows 32-bit applications, such as when a driver cannot be written in .NET.
  • Additional support
    • The XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x Upgrade Adoption and solutions have been extended to include support for the latest 7.x releases.

    • AppDNA now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014, including the Express version.
  • Streamlined operation — We removed or reduced support for some older and rarely used technologies.

    This diagram summarizes the support matrix for AppDNA 7.6 and indicates the versions no longer supported.


    Support matrix for AppDNA

    Note: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 reports run only if you import a custom image.

    For more information, see System requirements for AppDNA 7.6.

    Support requirements for Install Capture have changed, as shown in this diagram.


    Support matrix for Install Capture

    We also simplified AppDNA:

    • A single AppDNA installer works for both trial and production deployments. AppDNA handles the installation and database creation appropriately for the license type.
    • AppDNA no longer includes the XenApp 6 Profiler. The Snapshot execution profile is also removed, as that functionality is included in the Snapshot Extended profile.
    • The Estate View report now appears only in trial installations. In full installations, the By Error report shows data in the same way as the Estate View and includes more detail.
    • You now use groups to organize applications. Families and suites are no longer provided.
      Important: The upgrade removes existing families and suites and flattens the application list to its original form. Contact Citrix support before upgrading AppDNA if the removal of families and suites will cause issues.
    • AppDNA has two management roles: Administrator or User. The Importer and Editor roles are removed.
    • For retail licenses, AppDNA begins analyzing applications immediately after they are imported. For trial and evaluation licenses, you must continue to manually start an analysis. To change the Auto Analyze option, go to Import and Analyze Settings.
    • Reports with a large number of algorithm groups are more readable by default. The reports setting Show counts in PDF exports is no longer selected by default.
  • Default legacy OS images — The default legacy OS images used for analyzing application migration have changed. For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, the default image is 32-bit. For Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008, the default image is 64-bit. To change the default legacy OS, go to Edit > Settings > OS Image Configuration.
  • Fixed issues

Be sure to review the system requirements and known issues carefully as you begin planning your deployment.

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