Cumulative Update 5 (CU5)
Release date: February 2018
Cumulative Update 5 (CU5) is the latest Cumulative Update to the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Long Term Service Release (LTSR). CU5 provides updates to ten baseline components of the original 7.6 LTSR.
How do I deploy CU5 from scratch
You can set up a brand-new XenApp or XenDesktop environment based on CU5 - using the CU5 metainstaller.* Before you do that, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the product:
Peruse the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Long Term Service Release documentation and pay close attention to the Technical Overview, New Deployments, and Security sections before you start planning your deployment. Make sure your setup meets the system requirements for all components. Follow New Deployments for deployment instructions.
* Note: Provisioning Services and Session Recording are available as separate downloads and installers.
What do I update
CU5 provides updates to ten baseline components of 7.6 LTSR. Remember: Citrix recommends that you update all LTSR components of your deployment to CU5. For example: If Provisioning Services is part of your LTSR deployment, update the Provisioning Services component to CU5. If Provisioning Services is not part of your deployment, you do not need to install or update it.
Since the 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.
|LTSR Baseline Components||Version||Notes|
|VDA for Desktop OS||7.6.5000||Special rules apply for Windows 10. See CU5 compatible components and platforms.|
|VDA for Server OS||7.6.5000|
|Group Policy Management Experience||2.5.5000|
|Provisioning Services||7.6.6||Special rules apply for Windows 10. See CU5 compatible components and platforms.|
|Universal Print Server||7.6.5000||Only Windows 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 2012, Windows 2012 R2 supported|
|Session Recording||7.6.5000||Platinum Edition only|
LTSR CU5 compatible components
The following components are recommended for use in 7.6 LTSR CU5 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 7.6 LTSR environments.
Note about Windows 10: Windows 10 does not get the full set of 7.6 LTSR benefits. For deployments that include Windows 10 machines, Citrix recommends that you use the latest 7.15 LTSR version 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.
|LTSR CU5 Compatible Components and Platforms||Version|
|License Server||22.214.171.124 Build 22103|
|HDX RealTime Optimization Pack||2.4|
|Windows 10||VDA and Provisioning Services: Latest 7.15 LTSR CU|
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 https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver.html. 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 7.6 LTSR 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, LTSR supports the following versions of Citrix Receiver and all later versions:
|LTSR Compatible Versions of Citrix Receiver||Version|
|Citrix Receiver for Android||3.13.2|
|Citrix Receiver for Chrome||2.6.2|
|Citrix Receiver for HTML5||2.6.2|
|Citrix Receiver for iOS||7.5|
|Citrix Receiver for Mac||12.8.1|
|Citrix Receiver for Linux||13.8|
|Citrix Receiver for Universal Windows Platform||1.0.5|
|Citrix Receiver for Windows||4.9|
LTSR notable exclusions
The following features, components, and platforms are not eligible for 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, Framehawk
Excluded Components: Linux VDA, 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 http://more.citrix.com/XD-INSTALLER.
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 7.6 (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 7.6 core components and create a Site, the migration process follows this sequence:
- Run the XenApp 7.6 installer on each XenApp 6.5 worker, which automatically upgrades it to a new Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows 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 7.6 Site in stages: some now and others later.
- Run PowerShell import cmdlets on the new XenApp 7.6 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.