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Citrix XenApp 7.X Whats New

Monday, February 27, 2017
Dave Thomas
With the regular updates to the Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop Products citrix has released this quick overview table of new features within each version.
This makes a handy quick reference guide.

Version

Component

What’s New?

7.7

XA / XD

Zones

 

 

Notifications before machine restarts

 

 

Application limits

 

 

API support for managing session roaming

 

 

Support for new and additional platforms

 

 

API support for provisioning VMs from hypervisor templates

 

PVS

Support for Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional editions

 

 

In-place upgrade of target device software

 

 

Support for UEFI pre-boot environments

 

 

Increase License grace period to 30 days

 

 

Streaming VHDX formatted disks

 

 

FIPS support

 

 

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Generation 2 VM Provision

 

Director

Proactive monitoring and alerting

 

 

SCOM integration

 

 

Windows Authentication

 

 

Desktop and Server OS usage

 

 

Application limits in Director

Version

Component

What’s New?

7.8

XA / XD

Secure Browser 

 

 

App Disks

 

 

Enhanced support for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)

 

 

Enhanced graphics performance for virtual desktops

 

 

Call Home

 

 

Applications Node in Studio

 

 

Session Recording Enhancements

 

PVS

Support for Hyper-V Generation II virtual machines

 

 

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enhancements

 

APPDNA

App-V sequencing solution

 

 

Patch impact analysis solution

 

 

Virtualization solution

 

 

Application attribute forms

 

 

Application life cycle

 

 

Application profiling

 

Director

Citrix Insights Service Link available from within Director

Version

Component

What’s New?

7.9

XA / XD

Provisioning: MCS I/O storage optimization

 

 

Publishing: Application Groups

 

 

Linux VDI

 

 

Integrated support for the Intel Iris Pro graphics technology

 

 

Nutanix Integration

 

 

Load balancing for Citrix Universal Print Server (UPS)

 

 

Real Time Optimization Pack 2.1

 

 

Support for Windows 10 in the HDX 3D Pro VDA.

 

PVS

Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

 

 

BDM support for UEFI through the XenDesktop setup Wizard

 

 

Updating a BDM partition

 

APPDNA

Import applications workflow enhancements

 

 

Compliance Manager module

 

 

Web client access to application attributes forms

 

Director

Logon Duration Improvements

Version

Component

What’s New?

7.11

XA / XD

Windows 2016 compatibility for all Components

 

 

App Disks for SCVMM (Hyper-V)

 

 

Newer hosts (virtualization) versions or updates supported

 

 

Newer SQL versions supported

 

 

App-V Isolation Groups

 

 

Publish content from any Network location (POSH)

 

 

Zone Preference

 

 

Selective use of a video codec (H.264) to compress graphics.

 

 

Enhancement to caching behaviour of video content in Thinwire

 

 

Access to a high-performance video encoder for NVIDIA GPUs

 

 

Seamless publishing of Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps (Win10)

 

 

Generic USB redirection for mass storage devices on XenApp

 

 

Updated Client USB device optimization rules policy setting

 

 

Relative Mouse Support

 

 

TWAIN 2.0 support

 

 

Support for Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Discrete Device Assignment (DDA)

 

PVS

Always ON Tracing

 

 

SQL Server Always On multi-subnet failover

 

 

PVS support for CIS

 

 

Windows 2016 as a Server and Target

 

APPDNA

Windows Server 2016 analysis and reporting

 

 

Expanded security analysis

 

Director

Resource utilization reporting

 

 

Enhanced proactive monitoring and alerting

 

 

Automate Director notifications with Citrix Octoblu

Version

Component

What’s New?

7.12

XA / XD

Local Host Cache (LHC)

 

 

Tag restrictions with application groups and desktops

 

 

Multiple restart schedules for Machines in Delivery Groups

 

 

Azure Resource Manager connection enhancements

 

 

New Standalone VDA installer for Core components.

 

 

8-bit colour depth Thinwire support.

 

 

Keyboard layout synchronization

 

 

HTML5 video redirection for internal web sites

 

 

NetScaler Gateway High Availability (HA) is supported with Framehawk

 

 

Citrix Universal print driver supports stapling and paper source selection in EMF print format

 

 

CIS: Automatic upload analytics and enrolment to CEIP

 

PVS

Linux VDA Streaming (technical preview)

 

 

Enhanced security (clears cached credentials)

 

APPDNA

Improved Logging for troubleshooting

 

Director

User-friendly Connection and Machine failure descriptions

 

 

Increased historical data availability in Enterprise edition.

 

 

Automate Director notifications with SNMP traps

 

 

Custom Reporting

Version

Component

What’s New?

7.13

XA / XD

New page in VDA installers: App-V, UPM, AppDisk, PVD, Machine ID Svc

 

 

Additional UDP ports opened in firewall during VDA installation

 

 

Application Group session sharing

 

 

AppDisk - Updated logging mechanism

 

 

Session Recording Enhancements

 

 

Adaptive transport - Enlightened Data Transport (EDT)

 

 

HDX 3D Pro support for AMD GPUs

 

 

Enhanced drawing features on Wacom tablets

 

 

Auto client reconnect and session reliability consistency

 

 

Enhanced support for Asian languages

 

 

Client drive mapping (file copying enhancements)

 

 

Bidirectional content redirection.

 

PVS

PVS-Accelerator

 

 

Linux streaming

 

APPDNA

64-bit AppDNA

 

 

CEIP improvements

 

 

OS image and application import performance enhancements

 

 

Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU)

 

 

Secure Web reports

 

 

Compliance Manager module (evaluation)

 

Director

Application-centric troubleshooting

 

 

Transport protocol on Session Details panel