In this release,
XenApp and XenDesktop share a unified architecture and management. XenApp is an
application and desktop virtualization solution that delivers Windows
applications as a secure mobile service to any device, over any network, while
providing a touch-enabled user experience that looks and feels native.
XenDesktop delivers Windows applications and desktops as a secure mobile
service to any device, over any network, and eliminates the cost and complexity
of traditional PC management.
provides information about the new components and features supported in this
of some features depends on your product edition and licenses. For information
on the features available with each edition, see
this product web page
Review the System
Requirements and list of Known Issues in this document carefully before you
begin your planning.
about supported languages, see
What's new in
To better understand
how XenDesktop 7.5, XenDesktop 7.1, and XenDesktop 7 differ from prior releases
of XenDesktop, read the sections below, and see
Features not in this release.
What's new in
- GPU — The Graphical
Processing Unit (GPU) capabilities feature provides graphics virtualization,
offering a superior experience for users who use graphic-intensive applications
and often manipulate 3-D models. The GPU feature also can improve the graphics
experience for a large number of users. Administrators can evaluate workflows
for the creation of GPU-capable connections and machine catalogs created with
an MCS-provisioned master image. If problems are encountered, then
administrators may need to manually create the machines.
- vGPU — The Virtual
Graphical Processing Unit (vGPU) feature enables multiple virtual machines to
directly access the graphics processing power of a single physical GPU. You can
use hardware-accelerated vGPU access for Windows desktop VDI workloads. This
true hardware GPU sharing provides full Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 SP1
desktops suitable for users with complex and demanding design requirements.
Supported for NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 cards, the GPU sharing uses the same NVIDIA
graphics drivers that are deployed on non-virtualized operating systems.
- Windows Server 2012 R2 and
Windows 8.1 support — Deliver a high-definition user experience on Windows
8.1 virtual desktops and physical machines. HDX 3D Pro has also been upgraded
to support Windows 8.1.
Note: The vGPU feature
is not supported for virtual machines running Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows
multiple versions of XenApp and XenDesktop
environment includes earlier XenApp or XenDesktop versions in addition to the
current version, you cannot use the current Studio version to configure and
manage the earlier product versions. Similarly, you cannot use the earlier
consoles to manage or monitor the current deployment.
However, you can
use current Virtual Delivery Agents in deployments containing earlier versions
of XenDesktop Controllers.
This version of
Director can monitor XenDesktop 5.x VDAs; however, some data, including logon
duration, will not be available with the XenDesktop 5.x VDAs.
that if you continue running earlier XenApp or XenDesktop versions, you run
them in parallel with the current Site, and continue running the management
consoles with each release for that site.
Use StoreFront to
aggregate applications and desktops from the different product versions.