Product Documentation

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

Nov 17, 2017

The Long Term Service Release (LTSR) program for XenApp and XenDesktop provides stability and long-term support for the XenApp/XenDesktop 7.15 release.

If you are new to the LTSR program and did not deploy the original XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR release, there is no need for you to install it now. Instead, Citrix recommends that you bypass the 7.6 LTSR release and begin right with 7.15 LTSR. 

In addition, Citrix also recommends specific versions of Citrix Receiver and other components. While not required for LTSR compliance, upgrading to the current versions of those components ensures further ease of maintenance and the availability of the latest fixes in your deployment.


7.15 LTSR (XenApp)

7.15 LTSR (XenDesktop)

New deployments

How do I deploy 7.15 LTSR from scratch?

You can set up a brand-new XenApp or XenDesktop environment using the 7.15 LTSR metainstaller.* Before you do that, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the product:

Read the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 Long Term Service Release documentation and pay close attention to the Technical overview, Install and configure, and Secure sections before you start planning your deployment. Make sure your setup meets the system requirements for all components. Follow Install and configure for deployment instructions.

* Note: Provisioning Services and Session Recording are available as separate downloads and installers.

Existing deployments

What do I update?

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR provides updates to all baseline components of 7.6 LTSR. Remember: Citrix recommends that you update all LTSR components of your deployment to 7.15 LTSR. For example: If Provisioning Services is part of your LTSR deployment, update the Provisioning Services component. If Provisioning Services is not part of your deployment, you do not need to install or update it.

Since the original 7.6 LTSR release, we have added a metainstaller that lets you update the existing components of your LTSR environment from a unified interface. Following the Upgrade instructions, use the metainstaller to update the LTSR components of your deployment. 

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR baseline components

7.15 LTSR Baseline Component Version Notes

VDA for Desktop OS


VDA for Server OS


Delivery Controller


Citrix Studio


Citrix Director


Group Policy Management Experience




Provisioning Services


Universal Print Server


Only Windows 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 2012, and Windows 2012 R2 supported

Session Recording


Platinum Edition only

Linux VDA


See the Linux VDA documentation for supported platforms

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR compatible components

The following components are recommended for use in 7.15 LTSR environments. These components are not eligible for the LTSR benefits (extended lifecycle and fix-only cumulative updates). Citrix might ask you to upgrade to a newer version of these components within your 7.15 LTSR environments.

Note about Windows 10: Regular support for Windows 10 is available through the Current Release path. Windows 10 does not get the full set of 7.15 LTSR benefits. For deployments that include Windows 10 machines, Citrix recommends that you use the Current Release Version 7.9 or later of the VDA for Desktop OS and of Provisioning Services.

For more information, see Adding Windows 10 Compatibility to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR and the XenApp and XenDesktop Servicing Options (LTSR) FAQ.

7.15 LTSR Compatible Components and Platforms Version

Profile Management




License Server

11.14.0 Build 21103

HDX RealTime Optimization Pack


Windows 10

VDA Version 7.9 or later

Provisioning Services: Version 7.9 or later

Workspace Environment Management


Citrix SCOM Management Pack for XenApp and XenDesktop


Citrix SCOM Management Pack for StoreFront


Citrix SCOM Management Pack for Provisioning Services


Citrix SCOM Management Pack for License Server


Compatible versions of Citrix Receiver

For ease of maintenance, and to ensure optimal performance, Citrix recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Citrix Receiver any time it becomes available. The latest versions are available for download at For your convenience, consider subscribing to the Citrix Receiver RSS feed to receive a notification when a new version of Citrix Receiver becomes available.

Note that Citrix Receiver is not eligible for the XenApp and XenDesktop LTSR benefits (extended lifecycle and fix-only cumulative updates). Citrix may ask you to upgrade to a newer version of Citrix Receiver within your 7.15 LSTR environments. In the case of Citrix Receiver for Windows, Citrix has announced a special LTSR program. More information on that program is available on the Lifecycle Milestones for Citrix Receiver page.

Specifically, 7.15 LTSR supports the following versions of Citrix Receiver and all later versions.

LTSR Compatible Version of Citrix Receiver Version

4.4 or later

13.5 or later

12.5 or later

2.4 or later

2.4 or later

7.2 or later

3.11.1 or later

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR notable exclusions

The following features, components, and platforms are not eligible for 7.15 LTSR lifecycle milestones and benefits. Specifically, cumulative updates and extended lifecycle benefits are excluded. Updates to excluded features and components will be available through regular current releases.

Excluded Features


Local App Access

Self-Service Password Reset

StoreFront Citrix Online Integration

Excluded Components

Personal vDisk


Excluded Windows Platforms *

Windows 2008 32-bit (for Universal Print Server)

* Citrix reserves the right to update platform support based on third-party vendors' lifecycle milestones.

Install and upgrade analytics

When you use the full-product installer to deploy or upgrade XenApp or XenDesktop components, anonymous information about the installation process is gathered and stored on the machine where you are installing/upgrading the component. This data is used to help Citrix improve its customers' installation experiences. For more information, see

XenApp 6.5 migration

The XenApp 6.5 migration process helps you more efficiently and quickly transition from a XenApp 6.5 farm to a Site running XenApp 7.15 LTSR (or a later supported release). This is helpful in deployments that contain large numbers of applications and Citrix group policies, lowering the risk of inadvertently introducing errors when manually moving applications and Citrix group policies to the new XenApp Site.

After you install the XenApp 7.15 LTSR core components and create a Site, the migration process follows this sequence:

  • Run the XenApp 7.15 installer on each XenApp 6.5 worker, which automatically upgrades it to a new Virtual Delivery Agent for Server OS for use in the new Site.
  • Run PowerShell export cmdlets on a XenApp 6.5 controller, which exports application and Citrix policy settings to XML files.
  • Edit the XML files, if desired, to refine what you want to import to the new Site. By tailoring the files, you can import policy and application settings into your XenApp 7.15 LTSR Site in stages: some now and others later.
  • Run PowerShell import cmdlets on the new XenApp 7.15 Controller, which import settings from the XML files to the new XenApp Site.

Reconfigure the new Site as needed, and then test it.

For more information, see Migrate XenApp 6.x.

You can also use Citrix Smart Tools to migrate a XenApp 6.x deployment. For details, see Smart Migrate.

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