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Removed features

Mar 13, 2017

Removed from XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13

The following functionality is removed and/or no longer supported from this release.

  • Storefront and Receiver for Web are no longer supported on Internet Explorer 8.
  • When installing a VDA from the command line, do not use the /no_appv option to prevent installation of the Citrix App-V component. That option is no longer valid. Instead, specify /exclude "Citrix Personalization for App-V – VDA".

Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in. The full-product installer no longer installs the Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in on new installations and automatically removes it when upgrading existing installations.

The following PowerShell commands, which were provided by the Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in, are still available in the XenApp 6.5 SDK which you can download from Citrix.com at https://www.citrix.com/downloads/xenapp/sdks/powershell-sdk.html:

Clear-CtxTraceSession - Clears a CDF trace.
Copy-CtxSystemInformation - Collects system information.
Copy-CtxTraceLog - Copies trace log file.
Get-CtxConfigurationLogReport - Retrieves the configuration log.
Get-CtxIcon - Retrieves icon data from various sources.
Get-CtxProfileApplication - Retrieves streaming profile applications for a given profile.
Get-CtxTraceProvider - Enumerates trace providers.
Get-CtxTraceSession - Gets active trace sessions.
New-CtxInformationPackage - Creates a new information package.
Start-CtxTraceSession - Starts a trace session.
Stop-CtxTraceSession - Stops a trace session.

Partial functionality to manipulate icon data which was provided by *-CtxIcon cmdlets is now provided by *-BrokerIcon cmdlets in the Broker Service.

Future removals

The platforms, Citrix products, and features described below will be removed in future. Citrix will continue to support them up to and including the next XenApp and XenDesktop Long Term Service Release (LTSR) release, but they are expected to be removed in a subsequent Current Release. When possible, alternatives are offered for items that are deprecated.

The announcements below are intended to give you advanced notice of features which are being phased out so that you can make timely business decisions. Citrix monitors customer use and feedback about feature removal to determine when they are withdrawn.

Platform support in XenApp and XenDesktop generally ends when the platform's manufacturer ends extended support. See the System requirements article for exceptions.

Announced in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13

The following platforms will not be supported after the next LTSR:

  • Azure Classic (also known as Azure Service Management) connections. Use Azure Resource Manager.

The following features will not be supported after the next LTSR:

  • In-place upgrades from StoreFront 2.0, 2.1, 2.5, and 2.5.2. You should upgrade from one of these versions to a later supported version and then to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13.

AppDisk

The AppDisk functionality provided by XenApp and XenDesktop is being replaced by recently acquired technology from Unidesk. During this transition time, Citrix will continue to maintain current support levels as described in XenApp and XenDesktop Servicing Options.

Announced in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12

In-place upgrades from XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1 will not be allowed after the next LTSR. Instead, you can migrate your XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1 deployment to the current XenDesktop version.

The following platforms will not be supported after the next LTSR:

  • VDAs on Windows 8.1 and earlier Windows desktop releases. Install desktop OS VDAs on Windows 10.
  • VDAs on Windows Server 2008 R2. Install server OS VDAs on supported versions such as Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016.
  • XenDesktop 5.6 used on Windows XP. No VDA installations on Windows XP will be supported. Install VDAs on a supported Windows version.
  • CloudPlatform connections. Use a different supported hypervisor or cloud service.
  • Azure Classic (also known as Azure Service Management) connections. Use Azure Resource Manager.
  • Installing core components (other than Studio) on 32-bit machines: Delivery Controller, Director, StoreFront, and License Server. Use 64-bit machines.

The following features will not be supported after the next LTSR:

  • Connection leasing. Use Local Host Cache.
  • Legacy Thinwire mode
  • Desktop Composition Redirection (DCR)