Product Documentation

Upgrade a Delivery Group

Apr 22, 2014

Machines in a Delivery Group from an older Site might contain older Virtual Desktop Agents (VDA) versions, or run on older Windows operating systems. These include:

  • VDA version: 5.0 Service Pack 1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.6 Feature Pack 1
  • VDA Version 5.6 on a Microsoft Windows 7 operating system
  • Machines Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows Vista operating systems
    Note: Remote PC access does not support Microsoft Windows Vista.

Perform the following upgrades on machines before you upgrade the Delivery Group:

Once you upgrade these machines' operating systems and VDA versions, upgrade their Delivery Groups to take advantage of the latest features in this release. For example, upgrading a Delivery Group turns on the ability to assign StoreFront configurations.

Note the following about machine catalog and Delivery Group versions:

  • If a machine is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, or VDA version 5.6 or earlier, the machine cannot be added to a XenDesktop 7.x or XenApp Delivery Group. When creating Delivery Groups, you can select the option for Some machines are running Windows XP or Windows Vista so that these machines are in a separate Delivery Group.
  • A machine with VDA version 7.x can be in any Delivery Group or machine catalog.

After upgrading the machine operating system and VDA version, and before you run Studio to upgrade the Delivery Group, you must:

  • Make sure you upgrade the VDA version in the Provisioning Services console if you use Provisioning Services to create machine catalogs and Delivery Groups
  • Start the machines and register them with the Delivery Controller. Otherwise, the Studio wizard cannot determine whether the machines in the Delivery Group need upgrading.

To upgrade Delivery Groups

Make sure that machines referenced by the Delivery Group have been upgraded to:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8.x
  • For machines running Windows 7, they must also run a XenDesktop 7.x or XenApp 7.5 Virtual Delivery Agent
  1. In the Machines node, click Delivery Group.
  2. Select the Delivery Group to upgrade. Check the Details tab, which displays operating system and VDA version information and click Upgrade Delivery Group. The wizard checks to make sure that the Delivery Group can be upgraded and indicates that the Delivery Group is suitable for upgrade.
    • If the wizard indicates that the Delivery Group is suitable for upgrade, an informational message appears. Click Upgrade and follow the prompts to complete the upgrade.
    • If one or more machines are not suitable, the wizard lists the reasons for the machine deficiencies.
      • Click View Details for detailed information. You can optionally export the information to a file by clicking Export Details in the Upgrade Warnings dialog box.
      • Click Cancel and update the machines that need upgrades.
    Citrix recommends that you resolve machine issues before upgrading the Delivery Groups to make sure that all machine function properly.
  3. Configure the Delivery Group's StoreFront access.
    1. Select the Delivery Group node, select a Delivery Group, and click Edit Delivery Group.
    2. Select the StoreFront URLs to be pushed to Citrix Receiver so that Receiver can connect to a store without user intervention. You can select a StoreFront server from the display, or manually enter a StoreFront server address.

To revert a Delivery Group upgrade

You can revert machines in a Delivery Group to their prior states.

  1. In the Delivery Group node, click View.
  2. Select the Delivery Group to revert. Check the Details tab, which displays operating system and VDA version information and click Undo. Follow the prompts to complete the process.