Product Documentation

Upgrade and migrate

Feb 24, 2016

Upgrade

Upgrading changes deployments to the newest component versions without having to set up new machines or Sites; this is known as an in-place upgrade. You can upgrade:
  • From XenDesktop version 5 (or a later version) to the current XenDesktop release
  • From XenApp version 7.5 to the current XenApp release

You can also upgrade a XenApp 6.5 worker server to a curent VDA for Windows Server OS. This is a supplementary activity to migrating XenApp 6.5.

To upgrade a XenDesktop 5 (or later) farm or a XenApp 7.5 Site:
  1. Run the installer on the machines where the core components and VDAs are installed. The software determines if an upgrade is available and installs the newer version.
  2. Use the newly upgraded Studio to upgrade the database and the Site.

For more information, see Upgrade a deployment.

For information about installing Controller hotfixes, see Knowledge Center article CTX201988

To upgrade a XenApp 6.5 worker server to a current VDA:
  1. Run the product installer on the XenApp 6.5 worker server. The software removes the server from the XenApp 6.5 farm, removes the XenApp 6.5 software, and installs a current VDA for Windows Server OS.
  2. After upgrading the server, add it to Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups in the current Site.

For more information, see Upgrade a XenApp 6.5 worker to a new VDA for Windows Server OS.

Migrate

Migrating moves data from an earlier deployment to the newest version. You can migrate a XenApp 6.5 or a XenDesk 4 deployment. Migrating includes installing current components and creating a new Site, exporting data from the older farm, and then importing the data to the new Site.

To migrate from XenApp 6.5:
  1. Install core components and create a new XenApp Site.
  2. From the XenApp 6.5 controller, use PowerShell cmdlets to export policy and/or farm data to XML files. You can edit the XML file content to tailor the information you will import.
  3. From the new Site, use PowerShell cmdlets and the XML files to import policy and/or application data to the new Site.
  4. Complete post-migration tasks on the new Site.

For more information, see Migrate XenApp 6.x.

To migrate from XenDesktop 4:
  1. Install core components and create a new XenDesktop Site.
  2. From the XenDesktop 4 farm, use the export command tool to export farm data to an XML file. You can edit the XML file content to tailor the information you will import.
  3. From the new Site, use the import command tool and the XML file to import the farm data to the new Site.
  4. Complete post-migration tasks on the new Site.

For more information, see Migrate XenDesktop 4.