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Install a VDA on earlier systems

Apr 20, 2015

The Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) provided with XenDesktop 7 are not supported on Windows XP or Windows Vista systems. Additionally, some of the features in this release are not supported on those operating systems. To use the full functionality in this release, Citrix recommends you replace Windows XP or Windows Vista systems with Windows 7 or Windows 8, then install a Virtual Delivery Agent from this release.

To accommodate cases when you must install an earlier version of the Virtual Desktop Agent to create a Machine Catalog and a Delivery Group to host Windows XP or Windows Vista clients, or to create a Master Image to deliver Windows XP or Windows Vista desktops, the media for this release includes the Virtual Desktop Agent software that is supported on those systems. If the installer detects a Windows XP or Windows Vista system, it launches a different installer that adds that Virtual Desktop Agent. See the Upgrade documentation to learn about using Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups with earlier installed Virtual Desktop Agents.
  • You cannot install XenDesktop 7 core components (for example, Controller, Studio, Director, StoreFront, Citrix License Server) on a Windows XP or Windows Vista system.
  • Remote PC Access is not supported on Windows Vista systems.
Note: When installing the earlier version of a VDA on a 32-bit XP machine, either use the XenDesktop 7 media locally or copy the media to the local drive. Do not attempt to install the earlier VDA version from a network share or a mapped drive.

To install and configure an earlier Virtual Desktop Agent on Windows XP or Windows Vista using the graphical interface

  1. On the Windows XP or Windows Vista machine, launch the installer for this release.
  2. After clicking Start page, select Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Desktop OS.
  3. The installer for the earlier version of the Virtual Desktop Agent launches. Select Advanced Install and follow the on-screen instructions. For details about what you specify when installing the earlier version, search for Installing the Virtual Desktop Agent in the archived XenDesktop 5 documentation.
  4. After installing the Virtual Desktop Agent, install any additional hotfixes for that release.

To install and configure an earlier Virtual Desktop Agent on Windows XP or Windows Vista using the command line

From the \x64\XP XenDesktop Setup or \x86\XP XenDesktop Setup directory on the XenDesktop 7 installation media, run the XenDesktopVdaSetup.exe command. For details about what you specify when installing the earlier version, search for XenDesktopVdaSetup.exe in the archived XenDesktop 5 documentation.

After installing the Virtual Desktop Agent, install any additional hotfixes for that release.