Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2006

As of today Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2006 is available.

I have installed this in my lab and want share some of the new things:

Removed unsupported items

As of version 2003, the following technologies and host type are not supported in CVAD CR deployments:

  • AppDisk for managing applications used in Delivery Groups
  • Host types for connections: Azure Classic, Azure ARM, Amazone AWS, Cloudplatform.
• Create a new Connection 
Connection type: 
Connection address: 
User name: 
Password: 
Connection name: 
Citrix Hypervisor@ 
Citrix Hypervisor@ 
Microsoft' System Center Virtual Machine Manager 
VMware vSphere 
Microsoft@ Configuration Manager Wake on LAN 
Example: MyConnection

As of version 2006, if your current deployment uses PvDs or AppDisks, or has connections to unsupported host types, you can upgrade your deployment to version 2006 (or later supported versions) only after removing items that use those technologies.

Self- Service Password Reset.

As of version 2003, the Self-Service Password component is deprecated. As of version 2006, You cannot use the full-product installer to install or upgrade the component. The component’s installer is not available on the installation media

Citrix Virtual Apps 7 
Get Started 
Prepare Machines and Images 
Delivery Controller 
Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Multi-session OS 
Newer version detected. 
Install this agent to deliver applications and desktops from Windows 
multi-session OS virtual machines or physical machines. 
CVAD 2003 
Extend Deployment 
Citrix Director 
Newer version detected. 
Citrix License Server 
Newer version detected, 
Citrix Storefront 
Already Installed 
Prodilct documentation 
Citrix Studio 
Newer version detected. 
Universal Print Server 
Federated Authentication Service 
8 
(i) 
Self-Service Password Reset 
Session Recording
Citrix Virtual Apps 7 
Get Started 
Delivery Controller 
Modify or remove Delivery Controller components. 
Prepare Machines and Images 
Virtual Delivery Agent for Windows Multi-session OS 
Install this agent to deliver applications and desktops from Windows 
multi-session OS virtual machines or physical machines. 
CVAD 2006 
Extend Deployment 
Citrix Director 
Already Installed 
Citrix License Server 
Citrix StoreFront 
Upgrade available 
Citrix Studio 
Already Installed 
Universal Print Server 
Federated Authentication Service 
Session Recording 
8

EnhancedDesktopExperience MSI removed

The EnhancedDesktopExperience MSI has been removed from the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops current release layout.

This feature was valid when installing VDAs on Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier versions. The feature is not valid on Windows OS versions that are currently supported for multi-session VDAs.

If a VDA installation command contains the /nodesktopexperience option, that option is ignored. The Enhanced Desktop Experience policy setting is also ignored, if specified.

Citrix Scout:

Usage data collection:

When you ise Scout, Citrix uses Google Anaytics to collect aonymous usage data to be used for future product enhancements.

Citrix Scout 
Collect 
Collect 
Citrix Scout 
Name 
coc01.Ad.vanderbur Citrix Scout 
Help improve Citrix Scout by sending anonymous usage information. 
o 
Yes 
No 
Cancel

Health Check updates:

In previous versions we were able to do healthcheck on Delivery Controllers, StoreFront Servers and License Servers. In Extension this release now support healthcheck on VDA, this will help troubleshooting VDA registration and common issues.

Citrix Scout 
Health Check 
Select machines for Health Check: 
Name 
0 machines found. 
Type 
Status 
Filter by machine name 
Select machine type: Windows VOA 
Enter machine name (FQDN): 
Example: machine, domain.com 
Import VDA machines O 
Cancel 
Continue

Also an option is available to “Import VDA Machines”, this is useful when you need to run Health Check on non-domain joined VDA’s

Select machine type: Windows VDA 
Enter machine name (FQDN): 
Example: machine.domain.com 
Import VDA machines O

Support for Active Directory Based Activation

This release adds support for Active Directory-Based Activation (ADBA). ADBA enables you to activate machines through their domain connections. Machines are immediately activated when they join the domain. These machines remain activated as long as they remain joined to the domain and in contact with it. This functionality is only supported on Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 and later versions.

Citrix Licensing 11.16.6

With this version the Citrix License Administration Console has reached end of support and is also removed from the installation. The reason for this is more on the security things and also 3rd party dependencies. This is the first step moving away from the older “lmadmin.exe”. Now only Citrix Licensing Manager can be used. “Lmgrd.exe”

Citrix 
Citrix Files 
Citrix Licensing Мападег 
Х Citrix XenCenter 
О Citrix Workspace

Broker Enhanchements: Schedule restart for machines in maintenance mode.

In the past cusyomers have complained of the restart schedule option missing for machine on maintenance mode. With CVAD 2006 this feature is now available  through Powershell only.

Examples:

New-BrokerRebootSchedulev2 rebootSchedule1 -DesktopGroupName <MyDesktopGroup> -IgnoreMaintenanceMode $True
Set-BrokerRebootSchedulev2 rebootSchedule1 -IgnoreMaintenanceMode $True

Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA’s) 2006 changes

Group Policy to enable and disable keyboard synchronization Input Method Editor (IME)

This client keyboard layout synchronization and IME inprovement policy setting allows the use to change the keyboard layout and syncronise this with the VDA dynamically in a session without the need for logon or re-connection. This setting is disabled by default.

Edit Setting 
Client keyboard layout synchronization and IME improvement 
Value: Disabled 
Use default value: Disabled 
Applies to the following VDA versions 
Virtual Delivery Agent: 2006 Multi-session OS, 2006 Single-session OS 
Description 
Allows a user to change the client keyboard layout and synchronize it to the VDA side dynamically in a session without relogging on or reconnecting, For Chinese, Korean, and 
Japanese users, who require client keyboard synchronization to use IME improvement, allows them to use client IME improvement for best user experience. 
For the Windows VDA, setting •Support dynamic client keyboard synchronization" equals "Support dynamic client keyboard symchronization and IME improvement." For Linux 
VOA, they are two different settings. 
When not configured, the default is •Disabled" in Windowrs Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. The default is "Support dynamic client keyboard synchronization and IME 
improvement" in Windows Server 2012 and Window 10 for consistency with the previous release. 
Note: 
For non-Windows Citrix Workspace app, such as Citrix Workspace app for Mac, enable Unicode keyboard layout mapping to ensure correct key mapping. 
We are phasing out the registry setting in the Windows VOA - 
value = DWORD O 
Related settings 
Enable Unicode keyboard layout mapping, Hide keyboard layout switch pop-up message box

Enable Unicode Keyboard Layout Mapping

This setting provides VDA site  support for Unicode Keyboard Layout mapping and is used for incorrrect keyboard mapping, that may happen in non-windows Citrix Workspace app. And is set to prohibited by default.

Edit Setting 
Enable Unicode keyboard layout mapping 
C) Allowed 
Enable Unicode keyboard layout mapping 
@ Prohibited 
Disable Unicode keyboard layout mapping 
Applies to the following VDA versions 
Virtual Delivery Agent: 2006 Multi-session OS, 2006 Single-session OS 
Description 
Setting provides VOA-side support for Unicode keyboard layout mapping. This setting resolves 
incorrect input key mapping, which might occur in a non-Windows Citrix Workspace app. 
Incorrect input key mapping occurs because the mechanism of the non-Windows client keyboard 
layout is different with VDAs, 
Note: 
We are phasing out these registry settings in the Windows VDA - 
value = DWORD 1 
value = DWORD 1 
OK 
Cancel

Hide Keyboard Layout Switch pop-up message box

This policy setting can help the keyboard pop message behaviour.

Edit Setting 
Hide keyboard layout switch pop-up message box 
C) Allowed 
Hide keyboard layout switch pop-up message box 
@ Prohibited 
Show keyboard layout switch pop-up message box 
Applies to the following VDA versions 
Virtual Delivery Agent: 2006 Multi-session OS, 2006 Single-session OS 
Description 
A message box pops up to notify the user that the keyboard layout is synchronizing when the user changes the client keyboard 
layout This message occurs when the "Client keyboard layout sync and IME improvement" group policy enables client keyboard 
synchronization. This setting hides the pop-up message box. 
Note: 
We are phasing out the registry setting in the Wlndows VDA - 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIN value 
Related settings 
Client keyboard layout synchronization and IME improvement 
= DWORD 1

Seamless window enhancement

When you lock a seamless session, its log on screen is now no longer full-screen. The endpoint’s desktop or other applications are accessible.

Linux Virtual Delivery Agent 2006

Support for Suse 12 SP5

Starting with this release, Citrix added SUSE 12 SP5 as a supported distribution.

Support for file copy and paste between sessions and clients

Using CVAD 2006 and CWA 1903 or later Windows users can now copy and paste files between a session and a local client.

Other Deprecated and Removed Features

Item 
Citrix License Administration Console 
Remove support for SQL Server 2008 R2, 
2012 and 2014 
Removal of Support for Workloads in 
public cloud 
AppDisk VDA Component 
Deprecation 
announced in 
1906 
2003 
2003 
7.12 
Removed in 
2006 
2006 
2006 
2006 
Alternative 
Citrix Licensing Manager 
SQL Server 2016 sp2, SQL 
Server 2017, SQL Server 
2019 
Customers who need to 
deliver cloud-hosted apps 
and desktops are 
encouraged to transition to 
the CVAD service 
App Layering
Item 
Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) feature 
EnhancedDesktopSetup.msi 
Personal vDisk functionality 
Deprecation 
announced in 
2003 
N/A. Enhanced 
Desktop Experience 
is only valid on 
Windows 2012R2 
7.15 
Removed in 
2006 
2006 
2006 
Alternative 
N/A 
N/A 
Use Citrix App Layering 
user layer or user 
personalization layer 
technology.

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