Product Documentation


Nov 28, 2017

The announcements in this article are intended to give you advanced notice of platforms, Citrix products, and features that are being phased out so that you can make timely business decisions. Citrix monitors customer use and feedback to determine when they are withdrawn. Announcements can change in subsequent releases and might not include every deprecated feature or functionality.

For details about product lifecycle support, see the Product Lifecycle Support Policy article.

Deprecations and removals

The following table shows the platforms, Citrix products, and features that are deprecated or removed.

Deprecated items are not removed immediately. Citrix continues to support them in this release but they will be removed in a future Current Release. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are supported up to and including the next XenApp and XenDesktop Long Term Service Release (LTSR) release.

Removed items are either removed—or are no longer supported—in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.16.

Deprecation in
Removed in

VDA support for policy setting "Automatic installation of in-box printer drivers". 

7.16 7.16 No alternative for XenApp and XenDesktop version 7.16 or later VDAs. In earlier XenApp and XenDesktop versions, this policy setting is not supported on Windows 8 and newer desktop operating systems, and Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer server operating systems.
Support for the Linux VDA on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4.  7.16 7.16 Install Linux VDA on supported SUSE version.
Support for Citrix WDDM driver on VDAs. 
7.16 7.16 The Citrix WDDM driver is no longer installed with VDAs. 
Mobility SDK / Mobile SDK (from the former Citrix Labs)  7.16   Superseded by mobile experience policy settings, and native experiences for hosted desktops/apps.
VDAs on Windows 10 version 1511 (Threshold 2) and earlier Windows desktop OS releases, including Windows 8.x and Windows 7. 7.15 LTSR (and 7.12)  7.16 Install desktop OS VDAs on Windows 10 minimum version 1607 (Redstone 1) or newer Semi-Annual Channels. If using 1607 LTSB, we recommend a 7.15 VDA. See What's new.
VDAs on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.  7.15 LTSR (and 7.12)  7.16 Install server OS VDAs on supported versions such as Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016.  See What's new.
DirectX Command Remoting (DCR). 
7.15 LTSR  7.16 Use Thinwire
Citrix Receiver for Web classic experience (“green bubbles” user interface).  7.15 LTSR (and StoreFront 3.12)    Citrix Receiver for Web unified experience.
Delivery Controllers on Windows Server 2012 and 2008 R2.  7.15 LTSR   Install Delivery Controllers on an alternative supported operating system 

Studio on Windows 7.

7.15 LTSR   Install Studio on an alternative supported operating system. 

Flash Redirection.

7.15 LTSR   Create video content as HTML5 Video. Use HTML5 Video Redirection for managed content, and Browser Content Redirection for public web sites. For more information, see the Flash Redirection End of Life note. 
Citrix Online Integration (Goto product) with StoreFront. 7.14 (and StoreFront 3.11)  StoreFront 3.12  

The user account, CtxAppVCOMAdmin, which was created during VDA installation and added to the Local Administrators Group on the VDA machine, is no longer created. The underlying "COM" mechanism is also removed. 


7.14  7.14 The Windows service CtxAppVService performs the same function. It is automatically installed and configured and requires no user interaction.
The Universal Print Server UpsServer component support on Windows Server 2008 32-bit.   7.14  7.14 Use one of the other supported platforms. 
StoreFront and Receiver for Web on Internet Explorer 8. 7.13  7.13   

The VDA command line installation option /no_appv to prevent installation of the Citrix App-V components.  

7.13  7.13  Use the command line installation option /exclude "Citrix Personalization for App-V – VDA". 
The full-product installer no longer installs the Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in on new installations and automatically removes it when upgrading existing installations. 7.13  7.13 Some PowerShell commands that were provided by the Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in are still available in the XenApp 6.5 SDK. For more information, see XenApp and XenDesktop version 7.13 
Removed features.
Partial functionality to manipulate icon data that was provided by *-CtxIcon cmdlets. 7.13  7.13 Now provided by *-BrokerIcon cmdlets in the Broker Service. 
Legacy Thinwire mode. 7.12 7.16 Use Thinwire. If you are using Legacy Thinwire mode on Windows Server 2008 R2, migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, and use Thinwire.
In-place upgrades from StoreFront 2.0, 2.1, 2.5, and 2.5.2. 7.13 7.16 Upgrade from one of these versions to a later supported version and then to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.16. 
In-place upgrades from XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1.  7.12 7.16 Migrate your XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1 deployment to the current XenDesktop version. To do this, first upgrade to XenDesktop 7.6, then upgrade to the current XenDesktop current release or LTSR version. 
Installing core components on 32-bit machines: Delivery Controller, Director, StoreFront, and License Server.  7.12 7.16 Use 64-bit machines. 
Connection leasing. 
7.12 7.16 Use Local Host Cache
XenDesktop 5.6 used on Windows XP. No VDA installations on Windows XP are supported.  7.12 7.16 Install VDAs on a supported Windows version.  See What's new.
CloudPlatform connections.   7.12   Use a different supported hypervisor or cloud service
Azure Classic (also known as Azure Service Management) connections.  7.12   Use Azure Resource Manager.
HDX Desktop Composition Redirection (DCR)  7.12    

AppDisk and Personal vDisk

The AppDisks and Personal vDisk functionality provided by XenApp and XenDesktop is now deprecated for current releases*. Citrix is replacing this functionality with recently acquired technology from Unidesk (Citrix App Layering). During this transition time, Citrix continues to maintain current support levels as described in XenApp and XenDesktop Servicing Options.

* AppDisks and Personal vDisk are not covered by the Long Term Service Releases (LTSR) servicing option.