Product Documentation


Jun 13, 2017

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 Citrix monitors customer use and feedback to determine when they are withdrawn.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

The following platforms, Citrix products, and features are deprecated. This does not mean that they are removed immediately. Citrix will continue to support them up to and including the next XenApp and XenDesktop Long Term Service Release (LTSR) release. Deprecated items will be removed in a Current Release following the next LTSR. Alternatives for deprecated items are suggested where possible.

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


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Citrix Online Integration (Goto product) with StoreFront.



In-place upgrades from StoreFront 2.0, 2.1, 2.5, and 2.5.2.


Upgrade from one of these versions to a later supported version and then to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13.

In-place upgrades from XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1.


Migrate your XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1 deployment to the current XenDesktop version.

VDAs on Windows 8.1 and earlier Windows desktop releases.


Install desktop OS VDAs on Windows 10.

VDAs on Windows Server 2008 R2.


Install server OS VDAs on supported versions such as Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016.

XenDesktop 5.6 used on Windows XP. No VDA installations on Windows XP will be supported.


Install VDAs on a supported Windows version.

CloudPlatform connections.


Use a different supported hypervisor or cloud service.

Azure Classic (also known as Azure Service Management) connections.


Use Azure Resource Manager.

Installing core components (other than Studio) on 32-bit machines: Delivery Controller, Director, StoreFront, and License Server.


Use 64-bit machines.

Connection leasing.


Use Local Host Cache.

Legacy Thinwire mode


Use Thinwire.

Desktop Composition Redirection (DCR)




Citrix is replacing the AppDisk functionality provided by XenApp and XenDesktop with recently acquired technology from Unidesk. During this transition time, Citrix continues to maintain current support levels as described in XenApp and XenDesktop Servicing Options.


The following platforms, Citrix products, and features are either removed in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.14 or are no longer supported in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.14.

Item Replacement
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.
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 is no longer supported on Windows Server 2008 32-bit. Use one of the other supported platforms.