Product Documentation

Features not in this release

Sep 29, 2015

The following features are not currently provided or are no longer supported.

  • Launch touch-optimized desktop - This setting has been disabled for Windows 10 machines. For more information, see Mobile experience policy settings.
  • Secure ICA encryption below 128-bit - In releases earlier than 7.x, Secure ICA could encrypt client connections for basic, 40-bit, 56-bit, and 128-bit encryption. In 7.x releases, Secure ICA encryption is available only for 128-bit encryption.
  • Legacy printing - The following printing features are not supported in 7.x releases:
    • Backward compatibility for DOS clients and 16-bit printers, including legacy client printer name.
    • Support for printers connected to Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems, including enhanced extended printer properties and Win32FavorRetainedSetting.
    • Ability to enable or disable auto-retained and auto-restored printers.
    • DefaultPrnFlag, a registry setting for servers that is used to enable or disable auto-retained and auto-restored printers, which store in user profiles on the server.
  • Secure Gateway - In releases earlier than 7.x, Secure Gateway was an option to provide secure connections between the server and user devices. NetScaler Gateway is the replacement option for securing external connections.
  • Shadowing users - In releases earlier than 7.x, administrators set policies to control user-to-user shadowing. In 7.x releases, shadowing end-users is an integrated feature of the Director component, which uses Windows Remote Assistance to allow administrators to shadow and troubleshoot issues for delivered seamless applications and virtual desktops.
  • Power and Capacity Management - In releases earlier than 7.x, the Power and Capacity Management feature could be used to help reduce power consumption and manage server capacity. The Microsoft Configuration Manager is the replacement tool for this function.
  • Flash v1 Redirection - Clients that do not support second generation Flash Redirection (including Receiver for Windows earlier than 3.0, Receiver for Linux earlier than 11.100, and Citrix Online Plug-in 12.1) will fall back to server-side rendering for legacy Flash Redirection features. VDAs included with 7.x releases support second generation Flash Redirection features.
  • Local Text Echo - This feature was used with earlier Windows application technologies to accelerate the display of input text on user devices on high latency connections. It is not included in 7.x releases due to improvements to the graphics subsystem and HDX SuperCodec.
  • Smart Auditor - In releases earlier than 7.x, Smart Auditor allowed you to record on-screen activity of a user's session. This component is not available in 7.x releases. In 7.6 Feature Pack 1, it is replaced by Session Recording.
  • Single Sign-on - This feature, which provides password security, is not supported for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 environments. It is still supported for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 environments, but is not included with 7.x releases. You can locate it on the Citrix download website: http://citrix.com/downloads.
  • Oracle database support - 7.x releases require a SQL Server database.
  • Health Monitoring and Recovery (HMR) - In releases earlier than 7.x, HMR could run tests on the servers in a server farm to monitor their state and discover any health risks. In 7.x releases, Director offers a centralized view of system health by presenting monitoring and alerting for the entire infrastructure from within the Director console.
  • Custom ICA files - Custom ICA files were used to enable direct connection from user devices (with the ICA file) to a specific machine. In 7.x releases, this feature is disabled by default, but can be enabled for normal usage using a local group or can be used in high-availability mode if the Controller becomes unavailable.
  • Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 - The management pack, which monitored the activity of farms using SCOM, does not support 7.x releases.
  • CNAME function - The CNAME function was enabled by default in releases earlier than 7.x. Deployments depending on CNAME records for FQDN rerouting and the use of NETBIOS names might fail. In 7.x releases, Delivery Controller auto-update is the replacement feature that dynamically updates the list of Controllers and automatically notifies VDAs when Controllers are added to and removed from the Site. The Controller auto-update feature is enabled by default in Citrix policies, but can be disabled by creating a policy.

    Alternatively, you can re-enable the CNAME function in the registry to continue with your existing deployment and allow FQDN rerouting and the use of NETBIOS names. For more information, see CTX137960.

  • Quick Deploy wizard - In Studio releases earlier than 7.x, this option allowed a fast deployment of a fully installed XenDesktop deployment. The new simplified installation and configuration workflow in 7.x releases eliminates the need for the Quick Deploy wizard option.
  • Remote PC Service configuration file and PowerShell script for automatic administration - Remote PC is now integrated into Studio and the Controller.
  • Workflow Studio - In releases earlier than 7.x, Workflow Studio was the graphical interface for workflow composition for XenDesktop. The feature is not supported in 7.x releases.
  • Color depth - In Studio releases earlier than 7.6, this option in the Delivery group User Setting page set the color depth for a Delivery group. In version 7.6, Delivery group color depth can be set using the New-BrokerDesktopGroup or Set-BrokerDesktopGroup PowerShell cmdlet.
  • Launching of non-published programs during client connection - In releases earlier than 7.x, this Citrix policy setting specified whether to launch initial applications or published applications through ICA or RDP on the server. In 7.x releases, this setting specifies only whether to launch initial applications or published applications through RDP on the server.
  • Desktop launches - In releases earlier than 7.x, this Citrix policy setting specified whether non-administrative users can connect to a desktop session. In 7.x releases, non-administrative users must be in a VDA machine's Direct Access Users group to connect to sessions on that VDA. The Desktop launches setting enables non-administrative users in a VDA's Direct Access Users group to connect to the VDA using an ICA connection. The Desktop launches setting has no effect on RDP connections; users an VDA's Direct Access Users group can connect to the VDA using an RDP connection whether or not this setting is enabled.

Features not in Receiver or that have different default values

  • COM Port Mapping — COM Port Mapping allowed or prevented access to COM ports on the user device. COM Port Mapping was previously enabled by default. In 7.x releases of XenDesktop and XenApp, COM Port Mapping is disabled by default. For details, see Configure COM Port and LPT Port Redirection settings using the registry.
  • LPT Port Mapping — LPT Port Mapping controls the access of legacy applications to LPT ports. LPT Port Mapping was previously enabled by default. In 7.x releases, LPT Port Mapping is disabled by default.
  • PCM Audio Codec — Only HTML5 clients support the PCM Audio Codec in 7.x releases.
  • Support for Microsoft ActiveSync.
  • Proxy Support for Older Versions — This includes:
    • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) 2006 (Windows Server 2003).
    • Oracle iPlanet Proxy Server 4.0.14 (Windows Server 2003).
    • Squid Proxy Server 3.1.14 (Ubuntu Linux Server 11.10).