A goal of Citrix is to deliver new features and product updates to XenApp and XenDesktop Service customers when they are available. New releases provide more value, so there's no reason to delay updates. Rolling updates to the service release approximately every three weeks.
This process is transparent to you. Initial updates are applied to Citrix internal sites only, and are then applied to customer environments gradually. Delivering updates incrementally in waves helps ensure product quality and maximize availability.
For details about the service level goal for the XenApp and XenDesktop Service for cloud scale and service availability, see Service Level Goal. To monitor service interruptions and scheduled maintenance, see the Service Health Dashboard.
Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs): VDAs for Windows machines often release on a different schedule than other XenApp and XenDesktop Service components, features, and technologies. Generally, VDAs release at the same time as the on-premises XenApp and XenDesktop product.
When your resource location uses Azure Resource Manager machines to deliver applications and desktops, you can now choose a deployment method:
For details, see Azure Quick Deploy.
Citrix Health Assistant link. The Machine Details page of an unregistered machine in the Monitoring console now contains a Health Assistant button. Currently, the button links to the Troubleshoot machines article in docs.citrix.com and to the Knowledge Center article, Citrix Health Assistant - Troubleshoot VDA Registration and Session Launch where you can download the tool. Citrix Health Assistant is a tool to troubleshoot configuration issues in unregistered VDAs. The tool automates a number of health checks to identify possible root causes for common VDA registration, session launch, and time zone redirection configuration issues.
Application instance prediction (Preview feature). This is the first monitoring feature based on predictive analytics. Predicting resource usage patterns is important for administrators to organize resources and the required number of licenses on each resource. The Application instance prediction feature indicates the number of hosted application instances that are likely to be launched per Site or Delivery Group over time. Machine learning algorithms based on data models created with existing historical data are used to do the prediction. Tolerance level indicates the prediction quality.
Delivery Groups APIs - Tech Preview
The Delivery Groups APIs Tech Preview provides a set of REST APIs that you can use to automate the management of Delivery Groups. The complete set of available APIs can be viewed and tried out in the Citrix Cloud APIs documentation at https://developer.cloud.com/index.html.
Web Studio authentication
The XenApp and XenDesktop Service management console on Citrix Cloud now uses a bearer token to authenticate customers. The bearer token is needed to authenticate access to the Delivery Groups REST API.
Access Monitor Service data using OData Version 4 API (Preview feature). You can create your customized monitoring and reporting dashboards based on the Monitor Service data by using the OData V.4 endpoint. OData V.4 is based on ASP .Net Web API and supports aggregation queries. Use your Citrix Cloud user name and bearer token to access the data with the V4 endpoint. For more information and examples, see Access Monitor Service data using the OData v4 endpoint in Citrix Cloud.
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