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Citrix XenApp Migration Survival Guide

Citrix XenApp Migration Survival Guide

Whilst more and more organizations have made the jump from XenApp 6.5 to 7.x, it seems many more are still hanging around on 6.5 or even earlier versions. While I don’t agree with doing that, I can understand it. With all of the work and revs that went into 6.5, it was a very stable and reliable product. It seems to me that most middle to large sized companies used XenApp and I would hazard a guess that most used 6.5 at one point or another. Defacto, many IT professionals have experience with XenApp 6.5, they like it and they are comfortable with it.

I won’t lie, making the transition is not easy. Even just navigating around Studio compared to AppCenter can be an aggravating experience. My first exposure to 7.x was XenDesktop 7.0 in 2013. (I say XenDesktop but I mostly worked with the app publishing piece and yes, there was no XenApp 7.0, it was just part of XenDesktop which just added to people’s frustration) I must say, I didn’t like 7.0. I couldn’t get my head around the structuring of Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups. The ambiguity in the UI when trying to add session hosts to groups. The lack of Zones. Needing to add columns to the sessions view to see what app users were running. With the huge gap in terms of feature parity with 6.5, at that time, I wouldn’t have advised a friend to use the product.

My next exposure was with version 7.8. I still wasn’t a fan of the product. It was very buggy. Next, I spent some time working with version 7.6 LTSR and oh, boy was that buggy! In fact, I think hours and hours of my time troubleshooting with Citrix support and likely others in the same boat is probably a big reason why 7.6 CU4 is a pretty stable release

Read the entire article here, XenApp Migration Survival Guide

via the fine folks at FSLogix

FSLogix Founded by industry veterans Kevin Goodman and Randy Cook, FSLogix is a startup that came out of stealth mode at BriForum Chicago 2013. FSLogix Apps provides Dynamic Application Visibility, which enables policy-based control of when any application is visible to individual users or groups from a single golden image. With FSLogix Apps, IT administrators realize the benefits of application virtualization for all Windows® applications on physical, VDI and Citrix/RDSH platforms.FSLogix Apps is an advanced application filtering solution that enables administrators to dramatically reduce the number of images required to support any enterprise, with any deployment system, on any Windows based infrastructure. FSLogix Apps delivers Dynamic Application Visibility, and policy based control of application visibility to individual users or groups from a single golden image.

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