Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop: A decision tree

Written by Ingmar Verheij on January 30th, 2014. Posted in Citrix, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop


Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop: A decision tree

Citrix offers two products to deliver hosted resources to users: XenApp and XenDesktop. Although the products share great similarities (and since v7.x the underlying architecture is now common, FMA rather than IMA),  have their unique characteristics.

What product do you need? When and why? In this article I’m trying  to help you make this decision based on a decision tree.

During the course of this article I’m assuming you’re designing a XenApp / XenDesktop 7.x environment, however the principal is equal for XenApp 6.x and XenDesktop 5.x.

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?

The Citrix XML server explained and demystified

Written by Ingmar Verheij on August 16th, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Demystified, XenApp (Presentation Server), XenDesktop

The Citrix XML server is a component of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop that’s used to enumerates available resources  and provide secure tickets for users that  to use the  WebInterface or CloudGateway.

 

In this article I’ll explain what the services the XML service provide, how it does it job and all you need to know about it.

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