XenDesktop 7.7 or higher includes the necessary changes to support Linux Virtual Desktop, however, for previous versions a hotfix or update script is required. The installation and verification of these are provided in this section.
For XenDesktop 7.6 SP2, apply the Hotfix Update 2 to update the Broker for Linux Virtual Desktops. Hotfixes Update 2 is available here:
For earlier versions of XenDesktop, a PowerShell script named Update-BrokerServiceConfig.ps1 is provided which updates the broker service configuration. This is available in the following package:
Repeat the following steps on every Delivery Controller in the farm:
By default, PowerShell is configured to prevent the execution of PowerShell scripts. If the script fails to run, you may need to change the PowerShell execution policy before trying again:
The Update-BrokerServiceConfig.ps1 script updates the Broker service configuration file with new WCF endpoints required by the Linux VDA and restarts the broker service. The script determines the location of the broker service configuration file automatically. A backup of the original configuration file is created in the same directory with the extension .prelinux.
These changes will have no impact on the brokering of Windows VDA's configured to use the same Delivery Controller farm. This allows for a single Controller farm to manage and broker sessions to both Windows and Linux VDAs seamlessly.
To verify whether the required configuration changes have been applied to a Delivery Controller, confirm the string EndpointLinux appears five times in the file:
From the Windows command prompt, logged on as a local administrator:
findstr EndpointLinux BrokerService.exe.config
At version 1.3, the Linux VDA's broker agent is set to XenApp/XenDesktop 7.8. However, when adding a machine catalog using Studio's Machine Catalog Setup screen, the default value is automatically set to version 7.9. You must explicitly set the VDA version installed to 7.8 (or newer). Refer to the image below.