Posts Tagged ‘XenDesktop’

Citrix released “XenBroker 7.5”

Written by Ingmar Verheij on January 26th, 2014. Posted in Citrix, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop

Rest In Peace - Citrix XenAppIn 2013 Citrix merged their application and desktop delivery solutions XenApp and XenDesktop into XenDesktop 7. XenDesktop 7 (XD7) combined the ability to provide remote access to single- and multi-user Windows platforms improving their FlexCast technology.

Besides that we got rid of the ancient IMA architecture, what I liked most was the fact that there’s  now one single product to offer access to single- and multi-users applications AND desktops: XenDesktop. Nonetheless we had to let our beloved XenApp go. After numerous evolutions and name changes (WinFrame >> MetaFrame  >> Presentation Server >> XenApp) this was the end of an era. But, Citrix did skip the cursed version 6 for the XenDesktop product range. Hooray!

Virtual desktop word bingo (XenDesktop 7)

Written by Ingmar Verheij on June 9th, 2013. Posted in Opinion article, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop

XenDesktop 7In my previous article you’ve read about my aversion against the term VDI. The introduction of Citrix XenDesktop 7 showed us that delivery of  applications and desktops from shared and private computers are now integrated in one product. This requires us to explain the difference between shared versus private instead of XenApp versus XenDesktop, so now really is the time to start using new (and proper) terminology.

In the previous virtual desktop word bingo article I’ve asked you if you think we should abandon the term VDI, 61% agreed while 26% disagreed. The response showed that a lot of readers agree the term VDI is “incorrect” but replacing the term will be tough. Nonetheless I strongly believe we, as the community / experts, should strive to replace “VDI” with more future ready terminology. 

You don’t need XenDesktop for a virtual desktop

Written by Ingmar Verheij on February 1st, 2013. Posted in XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop

XenDesktop 7For years Citrix has a product to host applications from a centralized locations offering great flexibility and efficiency, called Citrix XenApp. In 2008 Citrix released XenDesktop, the VDI solution from Citrix. With this first release of XenDesktop it was possible to (only) publish a desktop hosted on a single user operating system (like Windows XP, Vista or 7).

Citrix has tried to choose an appropriate name for their products to help customers understand what product offers what solution (and reducing the ridiculous times they rename their products). Although this is an admirable attempt they failed to reach that goal.

A lot of customer assume that with XenApp they can (only) publish applications and with XenDesktop (only) desktops, how wrong can they be?

Should Citrix buy Lakeside Software?

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 2nd, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Opinion article

Citrix Lakeside Software?Citrix has a history of buying companies to expand their product range (NetScaler, XenSource, App-DNA, etc.) and to improve their existing products (sepagoProfiles aka Citrix User Profiles, Ems-Cortex aka Citrix CloudPortal Services, Kaviza aka VDI-in-a-Box, etc.)

During Citrix Synergy Barcelona in 2011 Citrix announced the acquisition of App-DNA, resulting in the Citrix AppDNA product (rebranded from App-DNA AppTitude). With Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2012 coming in two months I wondered if Citrix should buy Lakeside Software and if they’ll announce it in Barcelona.

“Citrix and the curse of version 6”

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 23rd, 2012. Posted in Citrix

Disclaimer: In no way have I any bad intention with this article. Any reference to the number 666, the devil or religion is purely to illustrate. If you feel offended in any way, I apologize.


Once upon a time there was a successful independent software vendor based in the sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Started in 1989 with $3 million in funding the company now has an estimated market value of $14 billion dollar.

This growth is achieved by developing products that help companies solve their issues and enable them to pursuit their goals. Products like XenApp (former Presentation Server (former MetaFrame (former WinFrame))), XenDesktop, XenServer, NetScaler, Branch Repeater, Provisioning Server and many (many!) more (product matrix).

With the release of each new version of a product more features are added,  problems are solved and raises the bar for the competition. Both companies as IT professionals embrace each new versions with a loud applause, lots of marketing and geek speaks. All version except that feared version : 6

Each time Citrix releases a version 6 of a product the experts cringe and take a step back to evaluate the product from a safe distance, with the necessary precaution.  In their minds it sounds “version 6….6…6…!”

How come? Well, do you remember XenApp 6? The version that was required for 2008R2 but got released before it was really finished (no separate roles for data collector and desktop server, and quite buggy). Or XenServer 6 (got some nasty bugs)… or Provisioning Server 6 (got some nasty bugs)…. or recently Branch Repeater 6 (6.1 is released, consider upgrading to 6.1 or skip 6.0).

XenDesktop is at version 5.6, with high expectation of new release announcements for the coming Citrix Summit/Synergy in October…

Dear Citrix,


Could you please skip version 6 for XenDesktop?



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