Deprecations and removals

The announcements in this article are intended to give you advanced notice of platforms, Citrix products, and features that are being phased out so that you can make timely business decisions. Citrix monitors customer use and feedback to determine when they are withdrawn. Announcements can change in subsequent releases and might not include every deprecated feature or functionality. For details about product lifecycle support, see the Product Lifecycle Support Policy article.

Deprecations

The following information lists the hardware, platforms, Citrix products, and features that are deprecated in Citrix Hypervisor 8.1. Deprecated items are not removed immediately. Citrix continues to support them in this release but they will be removed in a future release.

  • The vSwitch Controller

  • Dynamic Memory Control

  • The following legacy partition layouts:

    • DOS partition layout
    • Old GPT partition layout

    When these partition layouts are removed, Citrix Hypervisor will no longer support servers with less than 46 GB of primary disk space.

  • The following legacy drivers:

    • qla4xxx
    • qla3xxx
    • netxen_nic
    • qlge
    • qlcnic

Some hardware that was supported in previous releases might not work now these drivers are deprecated. Check the Hardware Compatibility List before upgrading to Citrix Hypervisor 8.1.

Removals

The following information lists the hardware, platforms, Citrix products, and features that are removed in Citrix Hypervisor 8.1. Removed items are either removed or are no longer supported in Citrix Hypervisor.

  • If you are using the Nutanix integration with XenServer 7.1 CU2 or XenServer 7.6, be advised that this integration was removed in Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 and later

  • VSS and quiesced snapshots

  • Support for the following guest templates that use operating systems no longer supported by their vendors:

    • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Support for all paravirtualized (PV) VMs. As a result, the following guest templates have been removed:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
    • CentOS 5
    • CentOS 6
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6
    • Scientific Linux 6
    • NeoKylin Linux Advanced Server 6.2
    • Debian Wheezy 7
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP3
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 SP1
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 SP2

Deprecations and removals