Upgrade and migrate


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About upgrading

Upgrading changes your deployment to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 Current Release (CR) without having to set up new machines or sites. This is known as an in-place upgrade.

Upgrading gives you access to the latest features and technologies that you’re eligible for. Plus, upgrades can contain fixes, clarifications, and enhancements from earlier versions.

Which versions you can upgrade

You can upgrade to the CR from:

  • XenDesktop 5.6 (To upgrade from XenDesktop 5.6 to this CR, first upgrade to 7.6 LTSR with the latest CU, and then upgrade to this CR.)
  • XenDesktop 7.0
  • XenDesktop 7.1
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.11
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.14
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.16
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.17
  • XenApp and XenDesktop 7.18
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1808
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1811

How to upgrade


Review the documentation before beginning the upgrade.

To upgrade the core components and VDAs:

  1. Run the installer on the machines where the components are installed. The software determines if an upgrade is available and installs the newer version.
  2. Use the newly upgraded Studio to upgrade the database and the site.

Upgrade preparation and guidance: The Upgrade a deployment article is your primary information source for the core components and VDAs. That article describes the upgrade sequence and order, limitations, preparation steps, and other considerations. It also provides the step-by-step upgrade procedure, and instructions for upgrading the databases and the site after you upgrade the core components.

Installation specifics: After you complete any preparation work and you are ready to start the installer, the installation article shows you what you will see (if you’re using the graphical interface) or what to type (if you’re using the command-line interface) to upgrade the components. When the installer completes, return to the guidance in Upgrade a deployment for database and site upgrades.

For information about installing Controller hotfixes, see CTX201988.

Upgrade Licensing

For a comprehensive look at managing Citrix Licensing, see Activate, upgrade, and manage Citrix licenses.

For an on-premises CR deployment, you can use the full-product installer to upgrade the License Server. Or, you can download and upgrade the license components separately. See Upgrade.

Upgrade other components

In addition to the core components and VDAs, on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops CR deployments include the following components that you can upgrade when newer versions are released.


Migrating moves data from an earlier deployment to a later version. Migrating includes installing newer components and creating a new Site, exporting data from the older farm, and then importing the data to the new Site.

  • For information about architecture, component, and feature changes that were introduced with the 7.x releases, see Changes in 7.x.
  • For information about migrating from XenApp 6.x, see Migrate XenApp 6.x.

More information

Long Term Service Release (LTSR) deployment updates use Cumulative Updates (CUs). A CU updates baseline components of the LTSR, and each CU includes its own metainstaller.

Each CU has dedicated documentation. For example, for the 7.15 LTSR, check the link on that LTSR’s What’s new page for the latest CU. Each CU page includes supported version information, instructions, and a link to the CU download package.


Upgrade and migrate