Citrix just released XenServer 6 with a lot of new features. After few month using the beta (Boston Project) and playing with it on my XenServer @ Home the final release is here and keeps all the very cool features announced with the beta version. Upgrading my XenServer @ home Burning the new iso file was the longest action tonight, I booted my XenServer @ home (Beta Project Boston) and the upgrade has been fast without issue, within 5 minutes I've been able to launch my fist Vms and check everything. Microsoft Windows 8 In a recent blog post about Installing Microsoft Windows 8 on Citrix XenServer 6 beta Project Boston, I explain how to do it because Windows 8 wasn't supported yet and it was a bit tricky to host a Windows 8 virtual machine. With the final release of XenServer 6, Microsoft Windows 8 is installing and running very fine without any specific action, you just need to use a Windows 7 template or a Windows 2008 R2 template, install XenTools and you're good. New Features Integrated Site Recovery (Disaster Recovery). Remote data replication between storage arrays with fast recovery and failback capabilities. Integrated Site Recovery replaces StorageLink Gateway Site Recovery used in previous versions, removes the Windows VM requirement, and works with any iSCSI or Hardware HBA storage repository. Integrated StorageLink. Access to use existing storage array-based features such as data replication, de-duplication, snapshot and cloning. Replaces the StorageLink Gateway technology used in previous editions and removes requirement to run a Windows VM with the StorageLink components. GPU Pass-Through. Enables a physical GPU to be assigned to a VM providing high-end graphics. Allows applications to leverage GPU instructions in XenDesktop VDI deployments with HDX 3D Pro. Virtual Appliance Support (vApp). Ability to create multi-VM and boot sequenced virtual appliances (vApps) that integrate with Integrated Site Recovery and High Availability. vApps can be easily imported and exported using the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. Rolling Pool Upgrade Wizard. Simplify upgrades (automated or semi-automated) to XenServer 6.0 with a wizard that performs pre-checks with a step-by-step process that blocks unsupported upgrades. Microsoft SCVMM & SCOM Support. Manage XenServer hosts and VMs with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 will also be able to manage and monitor XenServer hosts and VMs. System Center integration is available with a special supplemental pack from Citrix.…

Citrix released XenApp 6.5 with a big list of enhancement and improved features : Server Platform Support The XenApp software can be installed on the following platforms. For all system requirements, see System Requirements. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Windows Server 20008 R2 Service Pack 1 Windows Desktop Experience Integration Installed by default when installing the XenApp server role, this feature provides a Windows 7 look and feel including desktop customization. PowerShell script options enable administrators to control desktop and environment defaults while allowing end users to customize their desktops.When installed and enabled, this feature also removes the Windows Server Manager Console from the XenApp server's toolbar and relocates the Citrix XenApp administrative tools such as the AppCenter to the Start menu's Administrative Tools\Citrix folder. See Delivering XenApp to Software Services Subscribers for more information. Citrix AppCenter The AppCenter provides a streamlined interface for performing management functions. From the AppCenter, you can manage components administered through other Citrix products, such as Citrix Secure Access and Citrix Single Sign-On. For Citrix XenApp, you can configure and monitor servers, server farms, published resources, and sessions. Session Pre-launch, Session Linger, and Fast Reconnect This collection of features improves the user experience by eliminating delays when launching and maintaining sessions. By using configurable Session Pre-launch policy settings, a session is started automatically when a user logs on to the farm. By implementing Session Linger policy settings, sessions remain alive for a configurable period before termination, rather than terminating when users close applications.Fast Reconnect, built into XenApp and requiring no configuration, helps minimize delays when users reconnect to existing sessions. Citrix HDX Enhancements XenApp includes the latest HDX enhancements: HDX MediaStream Flash Redirection Audio Settings Multimedia Conferencing with HDX RealTime Increased 2D and 3D Application Scalability and Performance Assigning Priorities to Network Traffic Dynamic Windows Preview Support Migration Center with Graphical User Interface With the choice of using a PowerShell cmdlet command line or graphical user interface, XenApp administrators can import application, folder, server configuration, and other XenApp object types from farms running previous versions of XenApp into XenApp 6.5 farms. See XenApp Migration Center for requirement and installation information. Improved Performance for Pooled Desktops Application launch time in pooled desktop environments is improved through the use of virtual hard disks. Using the Streaming Profiler, virtual hard disks can be created when profiling an application. When the application is launched for the first time,…

When I first downloaded Windows 8 Developer Edition and Windows Server 8 Developer Edition, I haven't been able to boot the iso and install these new OS. I needed to install it on a physical machine, or vmware fusion and tyhen P2V to my XenServer 6 Beta Project Boston Then I found a very cool tip on Thomas Koetzing blog : You must create a VM with a Win7 template and copy the virtual machine UUID from the general tab in XenCenter or use xe vm-list in the CLI.  Next you need to run the command xe vm-param-set uuid=<VMUUID> platform:viridian=false Once you've done this modification, you'll be able to install Windows 8 all edition. And then if you want to install the Xentools, you can do it simply by mounting the xentools iso and right click the xensetup.exe file and chose properties. On the Compatibility tab, change the compatibility mode to Windows 7. Everything ran smoothly for me and Xentools works on my two Windows 8 vms

... But only this time ! Due to personal reasons (some of you know me personally, so you might know why) I won't be able to to to Citrix Synergy in Barcelona. I'm very disappointed I was so eager to exchange with all of you about different technologies, new versions, features and architectures... My company (Activlan) will be in Synergy, 5 of us will make the trip and will be available to share and exchange with you all. It promise to be a great event, I'll watch everything I can on Synergy live broadcast. My next appearance will at at E2E London 2011, probably presenting Citrix XenApp 6.5 in November 2011. and many other places like, Citrix Expert day in Paris, Recontre des Virtualisations etc...