Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 2106

About this release

This Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops release includes new versions of the Windows Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) and new versions of several core components. You can:

  • Install or upgrade a site

    Use the ISO for this release to install or upgrade core components and VDAs. Installing or upgrading to the latest version allows you to use the latest features.

  • Install or upgrade VDAs in an existing site

    If you already have a 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. Upgrading only the VDAs can be helpful when you want to test enhancements in a non-production environment.

    After upgrading your VDAs to this version (from version 7.9 or later), you do not need to update the machine catalog’s functional level. The 7.9 (or later) value remains the default functional level, and is valid for this release. For more information, see VDA versions and functional levels.

For installation and upgrade instructions:

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 2106

Windows Server 2022 support

Components, features, and technologies that support Windows Server operating systems now also support Windows Server 2022, unless noted otherwise. For more information, see Windows Server 2022 support.

VDA install and upgrade: Workspace Environment Management (WEM)

In the VDA installers, the WEM Agent page has been updated. On the new WEM page, you first indicate whether your WEM deployment is on-premises or cloud (service). Then you provide either the address of the WEM Infrastructure Server (for WEM on-premises) or Cloud Connector (for WEM service). For more information, see Step 7. Workspace Environment Management.

Single-session VDA install and upgrade: Restore on install and upgrade failure

You can enable a restore on failure feature when installing or upgrading a single-session VDA. When this feature is enabled, the machine is returned to a restore point if the VDA install or upgrade fails. For details, see Restore on install or upgrade failure.

VDA install: Unsupported option

When installing a Windows VDA, the install_mcsio_driver command line option is no longer supported. To install the MCSIO driver, use the /includeadditional "Citrix MCS IODriver" command line option, or select the MCSIO entry on the Additional Components page of the VDA installer’s graphical interface.

Session reconnection after disconnect from machine in maintenance mode

Previously, when pooled (random) single-session desktop (VDI) users were disconnected from a machine in maintenance mode, session reconnection was not allowed to any machine in the pool. Multi-session and static single-session machines always allowed session reconnection in that circumstance.

Now, using PowerShell, you can control at the delivery group level whether session reconnection is allowed after a disconnect occurs on a machine in maintenance mode. This applies to all VDAs in the group (single-session and multi-session).

For details, see Control session reconnection when disconnected from machine in maintenance mode.

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 2106

Version 2106 of the Windows single-session OS and multi-session OS VDAs includes the following enhancements. These items are in addition to any VDA installation and upgrade items listed earlier in this article.

Bidirectional URL support update - preview

Bidirectional URL redirection support has been added for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

Bidirectional URL redirection for the browsers requires Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 2106 or later, Citrix Workspace app 2106 or later, and Browser Redirection Extension version 5.0.

For more information, see Bidirectional content redirection policy settings.

Enable or disable the Always prompt for password setting on the VDA for a Windows multi-session OS

You can now set the registry key on Windows multi-session OS machines to control the Always prompt for password Microsoft policy setting. For more information, see Configure automatic logon to the VDA in the list of features managed through the registry.

Integrated Windows Authentication support for browser content redirection

Browser content redirection now supports single sign-on from non-domain joined clients to web servers configured with Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) within the same domain as the VDA. With this enhancement, browser content redirection uses your domain user name and password for authentication to the IWA web server. For more information, see Single sign-on with Integrated Windows Authentication.

Proxy authentication support for Rendezvous connections

You can now use machine-based authentication with Negotiate and Kerberos or NTLM network authentication protocols to establish Rendezvous connections through HTTP proxies. For more information, see Proxy considerations.

Remote PC Access disconnected session timer

With Remote PC Access, you can now configure a timer that logs off users after their session expires. If the user session remains disconnected for a set period, the timer logs off the user allowing another user to access the same physical PC remotely. To enable the timer, you must configure the Remote PC Access disconnected session timer and Disconnected session timer interval policy settings. For more information, see Remote PC Access disconnected session timer in the Session limits policy.

Citrix Licensing 11.17.2

Citrix Licensing 11.17.2 contains new features and fixed and known issues.

For documentation about related components, see:

More information

  • For deprecation and removal announcements, see Deprecation.
  • For information about product name and version number changes that were introduced in the year 2018, see New names and numbers.
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 2106