Citrix have finally released the much anticipated XenDesktop 7, the co-joined XenDesktop and XenApp products into the one combined solution.
Below are the generic installation instructions and yes it can be done in 20 minutes if you already have spent the time lining up all your ducks in terms of information and pre-requisites
Here is a list of some of the top new features in XenDesktop 7.
Installing your Site on your first XenDesktop 7 Controller
The Prepare Machines and Image allows you to install the new VDA (Virtual Delivery Agent, not to be confused with Virtual Desktop agent used in XenDesktop 5.6 and earlier). The VDA replaces the traditional XenApp install for XenApp servers in all previous versions of XenApp, Presentation Server, Metaframe.
This makes a complete distinction between a controller where you install the full controller software and everything else. Gone are Worker Group Server concepts. Everything else just gets the VDA, be it a Windows Desktop OS, XP and above, or a Server OS, 2008 R2 and above.
(See the License Server Install section below on Installing the License server, as we deselected it earlier for the purposes of this document).
30. The install will commence
30. The install will commence
Installing an additional controller
As you will no doubt need to provide some HA / Fault Tolerance or just scale out your controller service, here is how to add an additional controller
1. Run the installer as you normally would, click on Start on the Welcome page.
Click on Delivery Controller.
2. Accept the license agreement
Citrix’s next version of XenApp and XenDesktop codenamed Avalon Excalibur has been in Tech Preview for a number of months now. Recently at Synergy it has been finally announced that XenDesktop 7 will be released in June or July 2013.
- The VDA is now the “Virtual Delivery Agent” not “Virtual Desktop agent”, as it now enables the server component as well as the desktop, essentially this replaces the Worker Group XenApp install.
MCS now supports server OS's as well as just desktop's, so you can now simply deliver both, without PVS (which is still supported)
We have seen many tweets on articles such as http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX133429 on how to configure Windows 7 themes in a shared hosted desktop scenario such as XenApp 6.5
However the issue with this article is it doesn't configure real "Windows 7" Windows 7 Themes. What this article describes is how to enable some Windows 7 like themes. This difference can be illustrated in the following two pictures taken from the Personalize applet from firstly a Windows 7 Machine and secondly a Windows 2008 XenApp 6.5 published desktop after completing the steps in the above Citrix Article.
This is great, no complaints, however the second picture shows the choice of a Windows 7 theme with the standard grey Windows 2008 Server background and the Citrix Enhanced Desktop background. Neither of these look like the standard Windows 7 themes found on a standard Windows 7 machines. So the issue is how do I configure the same themes from Windows 7 machines into a XenApp environment. There are scenarios where you want to create a seamless experience across all machines, be they Windows 7 physical, VDI or XenApp?
Well as per the Citrix article you still need to enable the Desktop Experience feature and ensure the themes service is set to automatic.
But to get the Windows 7 themes download the themes.zip file from these guys, donating if you feel like it:
Now you can include that in your XenApp build or use an AppSense Environment Manager computer Start-up action to execute the install.cmd file.
Then use either an AD Group Policy or an AppSense EM user login action to apply the "Load a specific theme" group Policy Setting
I am chosing to apply this via AppSense EM:
So nothing particularly difficult here but this gets the real Windows 7 Windows 7 themes into your XenApp environment not just the Windows 2008 Windows 7 theme!
Your users should be unable to tell the difference whether they are connecting to XenApp or XenDesktop.