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Failover (im)possibilities of Citrix XenDesktop 7.x Part 4: After the XenDesktop 7.9 release

Failover (im)possibilities of Citrix XenDesktop 7.x Part 4: After the XenDesktop 7.9 release

In the earlier article series Failover (im)possibilities I wrote about the failover/load balancing possibilities in XenDesktop 7.x, where part 3 was about what is available in XenDesktop 7.7. In this article I will discuss the XenDesktop 7.9 release (and corresponding the 7.8 release when this applies) and will also go into a bit more detail what is expected in future releases (where possible).

Connection Leasing (formerly known in XenApp 6.5 as Local Host Cache)

As written in part 1 we already discussed the importance of the Citrix XenDesktop Site database in the XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 and earlier released. In 7.6 Connection Leasing was introduced that partly fills in the current need for the well-known XenApp 6.5 Local Host Cache functionality. In the article I mentioned that in the Technology Preview no changes or enhancements were available for the Connection Leasing part.

Both in XenDesktop 7.8 and 7.9 this is still the case. Connection Leasing is still implemented in the same way as in XenDesktop 7.6 including the same limitations. But there is probably good news for the future. First it were only rumors, but Citrix now mentioned in one of the Citrix Synergy 2016 Break Out session that Local Host Cache will be brought back in a future release of XenDesktop. Hopefully this will become available in the Q3 2016 release (the name is not announced yet, can be become 7.10 or 8.0 or even another name).


As expected XenDesktop 7.7 lacked the features which were available in the StoreFront 3.1 Technology Preview. With the release of XenDesktop 7.8 also StoreFront 3.5 was introduces. The StoreFront 3.5 includes the functionality of the 3.1 TP, check part <<LINK>> for the details as this is exactly the same as 3.5 includes. So we are still missing some parts within the GUI.

Read the entire article here, Failover (im)possibilities of XenDesktop 7.x Part 4: After the XenDesktop 7.9 release 

via the amazing Wilco van Bragt.

Wilco van Bragt founder and author of the VanBragt.Net Virtualization website. On this website Wilco publishes virtualization related product reviews, articles, reviews of freeware products and blogs about several virtualization topics and events. Wilco also writes for other well-known virtualization websites and is member of the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG) Steering board. Wilco also presents/presented on several events like BriForum, E2EVC, NGN, DuCUG and Citrix Synergy. After working for a couple of consulting firms as a senior technical consultant and technical project leader Wilco started his own freelance company VanBragt.Net Consultancy in April 2008. Wilco is also a RSVP (RES Software Valued Professional), Citrix CTP (Citrix Technology Professional) and a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) on RDS.

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