This session is by Lait Kaushal from Citrix escalation in Dublin. I’m totally out of touch with Citrix so I’m looking forward to this session.
This is normally a long 70 minute presentation but he only has 45 minutes. The room has to be closed because this session is too popular.
XenApp6 is designed for Windows Server 2008 R2 application delivery. Work on devices such as PC, Mac, Smartphone and netbook. Android, iPhone 2.0 and Windows mobile supported. So is Linux. There is a plug-in for App-V.
HDX provides high quality real time media playing, e.g. CD quality audio.
AppCenter is built for W2008 R2.
XenApp provides session virtualization and application virtualization. The former works with central servers or virtual machines. Power and capacity management will power down and wake up servers that are not needed. Thus you get power savings. Physical machines require WOL. Alternatively the servers can be virtualized – power up and power down the VM’s to save host resources.
There are advanced, enterprise and platinum versions, each with more features than the previous one.
Installation has been simplified greatly. There is zero-config deployment, post-installation config and auto-config using GPO. Pre-requisites are automatically installed (nice).
It includes the ability to do self-service application provisioning (the Dazzle feature). The user goes to a website and subscribes to an application. It can download and pre-cache apps. Current support for Windows and Max. Linux support on the way.
If you have apps that don’t support Terminal Services then you can run them from dedicated virtual machines and get the same effect. That’s kind of a mix of VDI and application publishing.
XenApp provides three app delivery mechanisms:
- Server hosted: Lowest TCO but requires bandwidth.
- Locally running virtualized applications: Self service and offline execution. More management.
- VM hosted application publication: Centralized applications but requires more management. Requires XenDesktop for the back end VDI infrastructure.
App-V packages can also be streamed by XenApp.
There’s a lot of common ground between MS and Citrix in the desktop delivery market. ConfigMgr tramples all over Citrix’s toes, especially v.Next.
The licensing component will eventually be a virtual appliance, making it easier to manage and deploy.
“There is no backdoor to hack the license server if you forget the admin password”. A delegate says that’s not true: there’s an XML file where you can delete the encrypted password string, thus setting it to blank.
Licensing has a WMI interface for reporting to OpsMgr.
HDX uses 90% less bandwidth to give CD audio quality. Echo cancellation for VoIP. WebCams are supported. Tested wth MS OCS. Plug’n’Play for USB devices is supported. There is enhanced colour and multiple monitor support – basically, if Windows supports it – XenApp6 supports it. Smart Card readers are supported.