This document lists the supported systems for the Delivery Controller, Citrix Studio, Citrix Director, and Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs), at the time XenDesktop 7 released.
System requirements for other features and components, such as StoreFront, host systems, HDX, receivers and plug-ins, Desktop Lock, and Provisioning Services are described in their respective documentation.
Unless otherwise noted, the installer deploys component prerequisites automatically. This includes .NET 3.5 SP1, which is required when installing components on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 systems.
The installation media contains several third-party components. Before using the Citrix software, check for security updates from the third party, and install them.
If you install all the core components (Controller, Studio, Director, StoreFront, and Licensing) on a single server, you need a minimum of 3 GB of RAM to evaluate the product; more is recommended when running an environment for users. Performance will vary depending on your exact configuration, including the number of users, applications, desktops, and other factors.
Windows authentication is required for connections between the Controller and the SQL Server database.
For information about the latest supported database versions, see CTX114501.
When using Internet Explorer 10, you must use the recommended browser settings; otherwise, you cannot access Director. When you install Internet Explorer 10, accept the default to use the recommended security and compatibility settings. If you already installed the browser and chose not to use the recommended settings, go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset and follow the instructions.
Remote PC Access uses this VDA, which you install on physical office PCs.
Several multimedia acceleration features (such as HDX MediaStream Windows Media Redirection) require that Microsoft Media Foundation be installed on the machine where you install the VDA. If the machine does not have Media Foundation installed, the multimedia acceleration features will not be installed and will not work. Do not remove Media Foundation from the machine after installing the Citrix software; otherwise, users will not be able to log on to the machine. On most Windows 7 and Windows 8 editions, the Media Foundation support is already installed and cannot be removed. However, N editions do not include certain media-related technologies; you can obtain that software from Microsoft or a third party.
You cannot install a Version 7.0 VDA supplied with this release on a machine running Windows XP or Windows Vista; however, you can install an earlier Virtual Desktop Agent version on those operating systems, if needed. For more information, see Install an earlier Virtual Desktop Agent on Windows XP or Windows Vista. Remote PC Access is not supported on Windows Vista operating systems.
The installer automatically installs and enables Remote Desktop Services role services, if they are not already installed and enabled.
Several multimedia acceleration features (such as HDX MediaStream Windows Media Redirection) require that the Microsoft Media Foundation be installed on the machine where you install the VDA. If the machine does not have Media Foundation installed, the multimedia acceleration features will not be installed and will not work. Do not remove Media Foundation from the machine after installing the Citrix software; otherwise, users will not be able to log on to the machine. On most Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 editions, the Media Foundation feature is installed through the Server Manager (for Windows Server 2012: ServerMediaFoundation, for Windows Server 2008R2: DesktopExperience). However, N editions do not include certain media-related technologies; you can obtain that software from Microsoft or a third party.
The Print Spooler Service is enabled by default on the Windows server. If you disable this service, you cannot successfully install a VDA for Windows Server OS. Therefore, ensure that this service is enabled before installing a VDA.
See the platform documentation for system requirements. See CTX131239 for updated hypervisor support information.
|Host||Local Disks||NFS||Block Storage|
|VMware ESX||Yes (no vMotion or dynamic placement)||Yes *||Yes|
|Hyper-V||Yes (only if one Hyper-V server in the hosting unit)||No||Yes * (requires Cluster Shared Volumes)|
The XenDesktop 7 printing documentation lists the Citrix product releases that support the Universal Print Server client component.