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​XenApp 6.5 Upgrade to 7.6: What You Need To Know Before Migrating

XenApp 6.5 Upgrade to 7.6: What You Need To Know Before Migrating

If you’re on Citrix XenApp 5.0, XenApp 6.0, or XenApp 6.5, you know the upgrade to 7.6 isn’t going to be easy. At least XenApp 6.5 support has been extended, allowing you to delay the inevitable. But there’s some good news in this delay. You now have time to take advantage of a new solution that will make all future XenApp upgrades a piece of cake, while making your server farm a lot easier to manage in the process.

The Old Way to Upgrade XenApp
Citrix recently published a 15 page guide on upgrading to XenApp 7.6. Basically you need to remove your server from all published apps and silos, build a new image, install the new XenApp software, reinstall all of your apps, re-tune your host, test everything, and re-add the new server to all of your delivery groups and machine catalogs. Then rinse and repeat for every XenApp server in your farm. If you’ve got a big farm, this could take weeks.

The New Way to Upgrade XenApp
Unidesk now supports Citrix XenApp servers virtualized on Hyper-V or vSphere, enabling IT staffs to handle application delivery without any manual server rebuilds, agent-based software deployments, or application virtualization issues.
Not only does layering make patching Windows and configuring and updating apps on all of your silos simple, but it will also reduce XenApp upgrade times from weeks to minutes, as this video shows.

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Unidesk’s ability to “layer” the XenApp Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) as a virtual disk that can be mounted read-only by all servers means you would just have to remove the XenApp 6.5 VDA layer and add the XenApp 7.6 VDA layer.
When an application layer is removed, all of the components are removed from the session hosts as if they were never there. Even if there are changes copied into the XenApp server’s personalization layer, those will be eradicated – it will behave as if XenApp 5.0, 6.0, or 6.5 was never installed.
When you assign the new XenApp 7.6 VDA layer, nothing else on the host will change. The new VDA will be blended with the file system and registry. This takes about 60 seconds. Overall, it takes less than 2 minutes for the machine to power back on and start its services.
If you look at the control panel, XenApp 6.5 would now be removed and XenApp 7.6 would be in its place. Applications haven’t changed and no images have been modified, tuned or lost – it’s simply no longer part of the 6.5 environment and now belongs to the XenApp 7.6 environment.
This is the power of Unidesk layering – being able to layer any app or any agent at any time and simply being able to swap it – really simplifying app management.
So if you’re about to upgrade your XenApp farm, consider installing Unidesk NOW, before you migrate to 7.6. Or, if you have already gone to 7.6 and need to build additional servers, use Unidesk for those additional servers so that XenApp migration from 7.6 and 8.1 – and all future upgrades – will be easy.
By Sheikvara

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Citrix Xen app 6 to 7 Migration in a easy Way

Even as adults, we can’t help but get a little giddy when we purchase a shiny new toy, like a smartphone, to replace an older device. The nicer screen, faster processor, additional storage, enhanced camera and all the other exciting features are there just waiting for us to dig in and try them out. The part that we don’t typically look forward to however is making sure all of our apps, data and settings are available as needed. Fortunately, over the years there has been great progress in this area with the introduction of various tools and cloud services.

Similarly, now is a great time to move your app and desktop delivery infrastructure up to the latest, greatest, shiniest version of XenApp. You might feel a little intimidated by the thought of migrating over all the settings that you’ve accumulated over the years. Well, fear not my friends! With Citrix Lifecycle Management you can easily move your XenApp 6 or XenApp 6.5 settings to XenApp 7.x, saving countless hours of time while ensuring a consistent end result.

Citrix Lifecycle Management (CLM) is a Citrix Cloud offering that helps organizations deploy and manage Citrix resources within public and private cloud platforms. One of its best uses is for migrations – allowing you to automate the process of moving from XenApp 6 or XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.x. Did I mention that the migration service is completely free and allows you to perform migrations as many times as required? To show just how quick and easy it is to migrate settings over to XenApp 7.x using CLM’s guided process, I put together a short video series.

Part 1 – Introduction and Creating the Migration Project

 

Part 2 – Connecting the 7.x Site and 6.x Farm to Citrix Lifecycle Management

 

Part 3 – Analyzing the Source Farm and Selecting Applications and Policies for Migration

I encourage all XenApp 6 and XenApp 6.5 customers to try out Citrix Lifecycle Management today at lifecycle.cloud.com. Start planning your migration to XenApp 7.x with a proven, time-saving process.

By Sheikvara

+919840688822, +919003270444