Citrix XenApp "Iron Cove" 6.5 Tech. Preview (Part.1) Citrix XenApp "Iron Cove" 6.5 Tech. Preview (Part.2) Citrix XenApp "Iron Cove" 6.5 Tech. Preview (Part.3) A new release of Citrix XenApp is available for download, this is a Tech Preview of Citrix XenApp 6.5, code name "Iron Cove", you can download it HERE (MyCitrix account required) This version of XenApp is part of Desktop Virtualization Tech Preview available at the same address. Here is what's new in this release : Server Platform Support The XenApp Technical Preview 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 Prelaunch, 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 Prelaunch 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 Technical Preview and requiring no configuration, helps minimize delays when users reconnect to existing sessions. Citrix HDX Enhancements This XenApp Technical Preview includes the latest HDX enhancements: HDX MediaStream Flash Redirection Audio Settings Multimedia Conferencing with HDX RealTime Increased 2D and 3D Application Scalability and Performance Prioritized 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…

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…