Read this document if you have used previous versions of XenDesktop. It describes new terminology used throughout the documentation and important changes and new features in XenDesktop 7.
XenDesktop 7 integrates Citrix XenApp and VDI desktop virtualization technologies into a unified architecture that enables a scalable, simple, efficient, and manageable solution for delivering Windows applications and desktops.
XenDesktop 7 enables mobile workstyles by allowing IT to deliver Windows desktops and applications as mobile services. Users can select applications from an easy-to-use “store” that is securely accessible from tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, and thin clients. XenDesktop delivers a native touch-optimized experience with HDX high-definition performance over mobile networks.
Citrix Director—Monitoring console that provides detailed trend and diagnostic information on applications and desktops, and provides a detailed and intuitive overview of XenDesktop 7 environments. Citrix Director replaces Desktop Director from earlier releases.
Citrix Studio—Management console that allows you to create and manage infrastructure and resources to deliver desktops and applications. Previously known as Desktop Studio.
Delivery Controller—A server-side component that is responsible for distributing desktops and applications to users, managing user access through policies, managing desktops, and managing reboot cycles for servers. You may also see the Delivery Controller referred to as the Controller. Previously known as controller and Desktop Delivery Controller.
Delivery Group—The container for a machine or machines used to deliver applications and desktops to a specific group of users. Previously known as desktop groups or assignments.
Desktop OS machines—Virtual or physical machines based on Windows Desktop operating system used for delivering personalized desktops or applications from desktop operating systems to users.
Host—The hypervisor that hosts the master images and virtual machines.
Machine Catalog—A collection of machines. The machine catalog can be used to create applications and desktop for users.
Machine Creation Services—A service that runs on Delivery Controller and uses a master image to create a server or desktop machine(s) with a unique identity on the network and in Active Directory.
Master Image—An installed instance of a server or desktop operating system, including all the applications and the Virtual Delivery Agent (optional) installed. The master image can be duplicated using a provisioning technology to create machines that host applications and desktops to end users.
NetScaler Gateway—Provides secure access to remote users. Formerly called Access Gateway.
Provisioning Services—A service that allows you to create virtual or physical instances of desktop or server machines.
Site—The core XenDesktop 7 environment consisting of the Delivery Controller and Database.
Virtual Delivery Agent—The software agent that is installed on the virtual or physical machine that provides the virtual desktop or application to the user. The acronym VDA is frequently used. Previously known as Virtual Desktop Agent.
Windows Server OS machines —Virtual or physical machines based on Windows Server operating system used for delivering applications or hosted shared desktops to users.
XenDesktop 7 contains powerful new administration features to automate common tasks while integrating the configuration of profile management, StoreFront, publishing, and storage optimization. Among many new features, XenDesktop 7 introduces two consoles for service design (Citrix Studio) and performance monitoring (Citrix Director) and a unified architecture that enables the most scalable solution for delivering Windows applications and desktops as cloud services.
XenDesktop 7 offers users complete virtual desktops or just applications. By using Citrix Receiver with XenDesktop 7, users have a device-native experience on devices including Windows, Mac, Linux, Ios, Android, Chrome OS, Blackberry.
Studio empowers IT service designers with simple workflows and automated configuration checking to eliminate as much as 80% of the time and effort needed to deploy new services.