Published on January 21, 2015
Migrate Citrix XenApp 6.5 Citrix XenApp 7.6
Is it true? Can it be? Are we dreaming? Well that is what I thought when I heard of the release of Citrix XenDesktop 7.6. Now you may ask, what does XenDesktop have to do with XenApp? Well Citrix has combined XenApp and XenDesktop into one suite and one single architecture with the announcement of XenDesktop Version 7.5. What you may or may not know is that with the announcement of Version 7.5, no migration support for legacy XenApp Farms was made available. This basically meant that if you had a legacy Citrix XenApp environment (version 6.5 or earlier), you had no way to migrate. This left customers mad to say the least. Not only was Citrix changing the way XenApp was managed, they were also changing the architecture and providing customers with no upgrade path!
I know what you are saying…..not cool…not cool at all! Well there is light at the end of the tunnel! Citrix introduced migration support for pre XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 deployments. But wait, it gets so much better! Not only are they supporting the migration of legacy XenApp Servers to XenDesktop 7.6, they are providing an awesome suite of online tools that assist you! I swear I almost fainted.
It is challenging enough to migrate from a legacy XenApp environment to the most current version. The whole way you manage XenApp utilizing Desktop Delivery Controller is different. It is something that you will need to learn and to which you’ll become accustomed. Throw in the fact that you have no migration support, even if you wanted to make that jump, it was a hard pill to swallow for many customers.
It is good to know that Citrix did listen to their customers and answered.
For more information on how you can migrate your Citrix XenApp environment to the most current version please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Adam is a co-founder of Adaptive Solutions and the CEO. He is heavily involved in our Cloud Services division and the daily operations of ASI. An Australian native, he lives in Northern California, is a trivia buff, coaches soccer and spends too much time painting run down houses.