How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 7.12, including Windows Server 2016 (MCS) and Local Host Cache
Last week Citrix released their latest XenApp / XenDesktop 7.12 version, what includes many new features, with one in particular, the (re)introduction of the Local Host Cache functionality. The feature to keep your Citrix FMA environment available for new and existing sessions in case of a central site database outage, or even when all the Citrix databases are unavailable. For this particular operation advantage, you won’t need to have a SQL AlwaysOn cluster or mirroring setup anymore, but Citrix’s best practice will always stay to keep using these Microsoft SQL features for the larger – enterprise environments to keep all your Citrix databases high available and to continue all the processes.
In the last year, Citrix released more versions that they did ever before, what proves that Citrix listens to their customers and is evolving more and more to stay the best in desktop end-user experience. This new feature, including the Windows Server 2016 day one support from previous version 7.11, and all the other new 7.12 features makes me curious enough to dive into the XenApp installation process again, what resulted in this blog article.
In the first part I will highlight all the new, most important, Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.12 features, afterwards I will tell in a step-by-step installation guide, how you install and configure a Citrix XenApp 7.12 Desktop Delivery server, the configuration of a Windows Server 2016 master server based on the MCS imaging strategy, the StoreFront configuration part, the setup of a HDX Citrix Policy and as final, the activation of the newest Local Host Cache feature!
Some of the new features are
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