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Important facts about XenApp/XenDesktop.next - Excalibur Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Koetzing   
Saturday, 20 October 2012

logoAt Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2012 project Excalibur was announced and I want to point out some important things you should know about XenApp.next, XenDesktop.next aka project Excalibur.

The technical preview is available at November first 2012 and download will be through MyCitrix.com


Important facts

  • Excalibur is based on XenDesktop 5.x and uses FMA (FlexCast Management Architecture) instead of XenApp IMA (Independent Management Architecture).
  • FMA only supports the Controller- Worker model and therefore you need at least two controllers for high availability
  • Excalibur is the FIRST release that supports Microsoft Server 2012, do NOT install XenApp 6.5 on Windows Server 2012!
  • NOT supported as multi-session (RDS) hosts are Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 R1
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 will get Feature Pack(s) updates in the future and therefore a long life time. At the moment without Feature Pack End-of-Life (EOF) is year 2016
  • In the first release, most likely around Q1/Q2 2013, some feature will NOT be available with Excalibur like session linger and session pre-launch.
  • With Excalibur release, Citrix StoreFront is installed by default and Web Interface will NOT be supported but might (yes it does) work with the first release.
  • Licensing will most likely still separate for XenApp.next and XenDesktop.next but managed through the same UI.
  • Configuration logging is enabled by default and profile managment (incl. folder redirection) is integrated in Desktop studio
  • EdgeSight is fully "backed" into the product and accessed through Director. There will be different feature sets of the monitoring depending on the used license.
  • Citrix HDX Monitor is part of the EdgeSight integration
  • Excalibur supports Machine Creation Service (MCS) for XenApp.next based on 2008 R2 or Server 2012
  • Only supported way of shadowing is through Microsoft Remote Assist launched out of Director

Stay tuned for a "how to get started with Excalibur" from René Vester and myself.


 
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