Citrix XenApp 6 Sets New Standard in On-Demand App Delivery for Physical and Virtual Desktops New Release Simplifies Management, Enhances Scalability and Expands High-Definition Support for Macs, Smart Phones and Microsoft Platforms 3/10/2010 » SANTA CLARA, CA » Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), today announced Citrix® XenApp™ 6, the de facto standard for centralizing applications in the datacenter and delivering them as an on-demand service to both physical and virtual desktops. XenApp 6 offers major new enhancements that simplify computing for IT, including easier central management, enhanced enterprise scalability and seamless integration with Microsoft technologies like App-V and Windows Server 2008 R2. XenApp 6 also improves productivity for end users with extensive new high-definition HDX™ technology enhancements and simplified self-service access to apps from any device, including PCs, Macs, laptops and smart phones. The new enhancements to XenApp 6 will also be available as an integrated feature of the company’s comprehensive desktop virtualization solution, Citrix XenDesktop™ 4. Mainstream adoption of desktop virtualization requires a proven, scalable solution with the ability to deliver any type of virtual desktop to any user on any device, and to be able to interchange delivery technologies at any time. With more than half the ROI of virtual desktops coming from centralized app management, this integration provides an unparalleled advantage over any other desktop virtualization solution on the market today. This powerful combination makes it easy for customers to deliver apps as an on-demand service to any user, on any device, across a broad range of both physical and virtual desktops. Bill Burley, Group Vice President and General Manager, XenApp Product Group at Citrix “Citrix XenApp 6 delivers an entirely new level of IT simplification and user experience that goes beyond anything we’ve ever done with XenApp. The new simplified management capabilities and increased scalability reduce the cost of application management by up to 50 percent for both physical and virtual desktop environments. Combined with Citrix Dazzle, the self-service enterprise app store, and broad new support for Macs, laptops and smart phones with Citrix Receiver, customers can now deliver apps as an on-demand service to any user in any location at a fraction of the cost of traditional application management.” Garth Fort, General Manager of System Center Marketing, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft Corp.   “With support for Windows Server 2008 R2 in XenApp 6 and new integration with Citrix XenApp and Microsoft App-V, we…

Here it is ! We were waiting for this one since few month now and Citrix just release the Technical Preview for XenApp on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, XenApp 6. Few things you need to know before beggining to test : Windows 2008 R2 is and will remain only 64bit OS. XenApp 6 can be install only on Windows 2008 R2. I begin this insallation on a clean naked Windows 2008 R2 without any update. You can check teh system requirements here : http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenapp6-w2k8-tp/ps-system-requirements-w2k8-xa6.html First, few screenshots of the new installation interface to describe the installation process. DotNet 3.5 Sp1 is updated as soon as the installation beggins, after a new white interface very easy to understand popup and you can choose between reading some more information about what you're going to install or adding roles to your server. The installation kinda stop at this point, the Remote Desktop role required a reboot and the installation is unable to continue. A manual reboot needs to be done and the installation wizzard needs to be launch again. If one Citrix guy is reading that, these steps should be automatic, reboot + launch after reboot to continue the installion. So we do it again : Because the kernel-mode drivers installed with this pre-release version of XenApp are not WHQL-certified, Windows displays a prompt before installing each driver, unless you do one of the following: Before installing XenApp, add the Citrix VeriSign certificate to the trusted root store of the computer on which you are installing XenApp. You can copy the Citrix VeriSign certificate by viewing the properties of any XenApp binary file signed by the Citrix XenApp Server Certificate (for example, the autorun.exe file). This bypasses all WHQL-related prompts and enables you to perform an unattended installation. While performing a wizard-based installation, select “Always trust software from Citrix Systems” when first prompted. This bypasses further WHQL-related prompts for the installation. [#224449] Source : http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenapp6-w2k8-tp/xenapp6-tp-readme.html The installation of XenApp6 is done, now the wizzard to configure everything is ready. a bit laggy, you just have to wait a bit. Informations to fill are 'classic' for a XenApp installation, then the Datastore part, the is no more Local Access Database, now this is a least SQL Express database which is install during the installation process without any interraction on your Citrix XenApp6 server. The following databases are supported for the data store: SQL Server 2005 Express…