Linux Virtual Delivery Agent

System requirements

Linux distributions

Note:

System requirements for components not covered here (such as Citrix Workspace app) are described in their respective documentation sets.

Before installing the Linux VDA, install .NET Core Runtime 3.1 according to the instructions at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/install/linux-package-managers.

For more information about using this Current Release (CR) in a Long Term Service (LTSR) environment and other FAQs, see Knowledge Center article.

The Linux VDA supports the following Linux distributions:

Important:

Citrix’s support for a Linux OS platform and version expires when the support from the OS vendor expires.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise:
    • Server 12 Service Pack 5 + SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension 12 SP5
    • Server 12 Service Pack 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • Workstation 8.4
    • Workstation 8.3
    • Workstation 8.2
    • Workstation 8.1
    • Workstation 7.9
    • Workstation 7.8
    • Server 8.4
    • Server 8.3
    • Server 8.2
    • Server 8.1
    • Server 7.9
    • Server 7.8
  • CentOS Linux
    • CentOS 8 (2105)
    • CentOS 8.3
    • CentOS 8.2
    • CentOS 8.1
    • CentOS 7.9
    • CentOS 7.8
  • Ubuntu Linux
    • Ubuntu Desktop 20.04
    • Ubuntu Server 20.04
    • Ubuntu Desktop 18.04
    • Ubuntu Server 18.04
    • Ubuntu Live Server 18.04
    • Ubuntu Desktop 16.04
    • Ubuntu Server 16.04
  • Debian Linux
    • Debian 10.7
  • Pardus Linux
    • Pardus 17 (For information on the supported feature scope, see Knowledge Center article CTX238492).

Note:

CentOS project shifts focus to CentOS Stream. CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of RHEL 8, ends at the end of 2021. CentOS Stream continues after that date, serving as the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For more information, see https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/centos-stream-building-innovative-future-enterprise-linux.

The Linux VDA supports several methods for integrating Linux machines with Microsoft Active Directory (AD):

  Winbind SSSD Centrify PBIS Quest
RHEL 8.4 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CentOS 8 (2105) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
RHEL 8.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CentOS 8.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
RHEL 8.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CentOS 8.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
RHEL 8.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CentOS 8.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
RHEL 7.9 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CentOS 7.9 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RHEL 7.8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CentOS 7.8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ubuntu 20.04 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ubuntu 18.04 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ubuntu 16.04 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Debian 10.7 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SUSE 12.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

For a matrix of the Linux distributions and the Xorg versions that this version of the Linux VDA supports, see the following table. For more information, see XorgModuleABIVersions.

Linux distribution Xorg version
RHEL 8.4, CentOS 8 (2105) 1.20.10
RHEL 8.3, CentOS 8.3 1.20.8
RHEL 8.2, CentOS 8.2 1.20.8
RHEL 8.1, CentOS 8.1 1.20.8
RHEL 7.9, CentOS 7.9 1.20
RHEL 7.8, CentOS 7.8 1.20
Ubuntu 20.04 1.20
Ubuntu 18.04 1.19
Ubuntu 16.04 1.18
Debian 10.7 1.20
SUSE 12.5 1.19
Pardus 17 1.19

Do not use HWE kernel or HWE Xorg on Ubuntu.

Use PulseAudio 13.99 on RHEL 8.x and CentOS 8.x.

In all cases, the supported processor architecture is x86-64.

Note:

  • GNOME and KDE desktops are supported on SUSE 12, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, RHEL 8, and CentOS 8. Unity desktop is supported on Ubuntu 16.04. GNOME desktop is supported on Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Debian 10.7. MATE desktop is supported on all Linux distributions that the Linux VDA supports, except SUSE 12.5 and Pardus 17. At least one desktop must be installed.

Citrix Virtual Desktops

The Linux VDA is compatible with all currently supported versions of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. For information about the Citrix product lifecycle, and to find out when Citrix stops supporting specific versions of products, see the Citrix Product Lifecycle Matrix.

The configuration process for Linux VDAs differs slightly from Windows VDAs. However, any Delivery Controller farm is able to broker both Windows and Linux desktops.

Supported host platforms and virtualization environments

  • Bare metal servers
  • Citrix Hypervisor
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Nutanix AHV
  • Microsoft Azure Resource Manager
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Tip:

See the vendor’s documentation for the list of supported platforms.

Note:

Azure, AWS, and GCP are compatible only with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service. Bare metal servers are not supported when MCS is used to create virtual machines.

Active Directory integration packages

The Linux VDA supports the following Active Directory integration packages or products:

  • Samba Winbind
  • Quest Authentication Services v4.1 or later
  • Centrify DirectControl
  • SSSD
  • PBIS (compatible with RHEL 7, Ubuntu, and Debian)

Tip:

For the list of supported platforms, see the documentation from the vendors of the Active Directory integration packages.

HDX 3D Pro

The following hypervisors and NVIDIA GRID™ GPU are required to support HDX 3D Pro.

Hypervisors

  • Citrix Hypervisor
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • Nutanix AHV

Note:

The hypervisors are compatible with certain Linux distributions.

GPU

The Linux VDA supports the following GPUs for GPU pass-through:

  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla T4
  • NVIDIA GTX750Ti
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla M60
  • NVIDIA GRID - K2
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla P40
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla P4
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla P100

The Linux VDA supports the following GPUs for vGPU:

  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla T4
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla V100
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla M60
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla M10
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla P40
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla P4
  • NVIDIA GRID - Tesla P100
System requirements