What’s new in 2106
Version 2106 of the Linux VDA includes the following new features and enhancements:
Linux VDA self-update
This feature helps to automatically update your Linux VDA software - immediately, or at a scheduled time. It is beneficial especially when you create Linux VDAs in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure because you have no administrator privileges of the VMs in Azure. For more information, see Linux VDA self-update.
Support for Machine Creation Services (MCS) on Nutanix AHV
You can now use MCS to create Linux VMs on Nutanix AHV. For more information, see Use MCS to create Linux VMs on Nutanix AHV.
PBIS support for joining MCS-created machines to Windows domains
We have added PBIS support for joining MCS-created machines to Windows domains. For more information, see Use Machine Creation Services (MCS) to create Linux VMs.
Support for HDX webcam video compression
Users of video conferencing applications running in Linux VDA sessions can now use their webcams with HDX webcam video compression. HDX webcam video compression is also called Optimized webcam mode. This type of webcam video compression sends the H.264 video directly to the video conferencing application running in the virtual session. HDX webcam video compression uses the multimedia framework technology that is part of the client operating system to intercept video from capture devices, transcode, and compress it. This feature is enabled by default. We recommend you always use HDX webcam video compression if possible. For more information, see HDX webcam video compression.
Graphics quality slider
We have included a graphics quality slider in the graphics status indicator tool that runs in your virtual Linux sessions. The slider helps to find the right balance between image quality and interactivity. For more information, see Graphics quality slider.
Support for evaluating policies for Secure Browser logged-on users during CGP session reconnections
The Linux VDA now supports evaluating and applying during CGP session reconnections user-specific policies that you set in the Secure Browser service. The followings policies are supported:
- Client clipboard redirection
- Clipboard selection update mode
- Primary selection update mode
- Client printer redirection
- Auto-create PDF Universal Printer
- File transfer
- Allow file transfer between desktop and client
- Download file from desktop
- Upload file to desktop
Linux streaming support for RHEL 8.3 and Ubuntu 18.04
Previously available as an experimental feature, Linux streaming for RHEL 8.3 and Ubuntu 18.04 is now fully supported. Using the Linux streaming feature with Citrix Provisioning, you can provision Linux virtual desktops directly in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment. For more information, see Use Citrix Provisioning to create Linux VMs.