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XenApp and XenDesktop Release Feature Matrix

Please refer to the sections below to learn which features are available with various XenApp and XenDesktop offerings and versions. With Citrix Cloud, some features may require components to be installed on-premises.

For information specific to the latest on-premises release, please see the XenApp and XenDesktop Features Matrix. For more information on 7.15 LTSR baseline, compatible and excluded components and features, refer to the product documentation.

Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
XenApp published apps
(Server-based published applications)

* Limited OS options

XenApp published web and SaaS apps
(Server-based published web and SaaS apps)

* Limited OS options

XenApp published Windows server-based desktops
(Windows hosted-shared desktops)

* Limited OS options

XenApp published Linux server-based desktops
(Linux hosted-shared desktops)
 
XenApp published Linux apps
(Server-based published applications)
 
VDI
(Pooled and dedicated)
 
Citrix App Layering
* Multiple provisioning systems, multiple hypervisors or clouds, or multiple broker platforms requires Platinum
Linux Dedicated VDI
 
Server VDI
 
Remote PC Access  
VM-hosted applications

* Limited

Support for Windows Server 2016
 
Support for Universal Apps based on the Universal Windows Platform
(UWP)
 
Content publishing
Support for Microsoft App-V
 
Citrix Application Streaming
(Superseded by App-V integration)
     
Policy-based access control with templates
Application subscriptions
Automate app compatibility testing with AppDNA
DesktopPlayer
* Add-on purchase required
   
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
HDX user experience optimization
HDX Adaptive Transport / Enlightened Data Transport
(EDT)

* Requires on-premise NetScaler Gateway

 
HDX 3D Pro

* Limited

Thinwire
 
Thinwire legacy mode
Framehawk

* Included in 7.15 as a CR feature

* Included in 7.15 as a CR feature

 
HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business

* New  LTSR Pack

Cisco Jabber Optimization
(Provided and supported by third-party)
Vidyo Optimization
(Provided and supported by third-party)
Avaya One-X Optimization
HDX MediaStream
Flash Redirection
H.264-enhanced HDX SuperCodec
   
H.265-enhanced HDX SuperCodec  
HDX Mobile
Local App Access
 
Citrix X1 Mouse
Single Sign-on with SAML
 
Web-based self-service password reset   
Citrix Password Manager       
NetScaler SD-WAN for WAN optimization
NetScaler SD-WAN Plug-in
 
HDX MultiStream ICA 

* Requires on-premise NetScaler Gateway and StoreFront

Browser Content Redirection    
HTML5 Video Redirection   
Universal Print Driver 
Universal Print Server 
Citrix Profile Management 
Pre-launch 
Workspace Environment Management
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Provisioning Services (PVS) 

* Limited

PVS Accelerator
 
Machine Creation Services (MCS)
 
Microsoft Azure
 
Azure Government
(Tech Preview)
     
Azure Germany
(Tech Preview)
     
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
 
XenServer
 
Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
 
VMware vSphere
 
Nutanix Acropolis
   
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Universal enterprise app store
(StoreFront)

Anonymous (unauthenticated) access
Store Customization SDK
Resource filtering by types or keywords
Favorite applications
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Citrix Receiver
StoreFront
Web Interface 5.4
(Software Maintenance customers ONLY)
   
Receiver for HTML5
Java client
(only on Web Interface)
     
Non-admin client installation
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
FIPS compliance
     
Common Criteria
   
508 Compliance    
SmartAccess
ICA Proxy
SSL VPN
Endpoint scanning and extensible analysis
Federated Authentication Service

* Requires on-premise NetScaler Gateway

 
Federated Authentication to Azure Active Directory

* Requires on-premise NetScaler Gateway

   
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Centralized application delivery
Centralized desktop delivery 
Peripheral connection control 
Session watermarking
   
Folder redirection 
ShareFile integration 
TLS/SSL encryption 
AES support 
Trusted server configuration 
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Active Directory support
Two-factor authentication 
Kerberos authentication 
Smart card support 
Passthrough authentication 
SMS authentication for smartphones 
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Centralized management consoles
Application Groups & Tagging
 
Worker Groups
     
Active Directory Group Policy integration
Built-in password management
     
Delegated administration
 
Custom delegated administration
 
Management Packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) integration
 
Automated compatibility testing and App-V packaging with AppDNA
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Scalable to thousands of servers
Local Host Cache

* Legacy implementation

No single point of failure
  XenApp Advanced
XenApp Enterprise XenApp Platinum
XenDesktop VDI XenDesktop Enterprise
XenDesktop Platinum  
Application Probing and Reporting
Install multiple probes in branch offices to periodically test app launches and assess overall site performance.
           

Citrix App Layering separates the management of your operating systesms and apps into individual layers that you assemble to create your master app server and desktop images.  App Layering can also deliver individual apps at user login (Elastic™ Layers), integrate with existing provisioning and end user computing platforms, cross-layer merge, and provide image management capabilities.

*Use of Citrix App layering is limited to deploying Layered Images to [one or] multiple instances of the same hypervisor type, cloud, provisioning mechanism or broker type. Feature is exclusively available to customers with active Customer Success Services.

Citrix App Layering with Advanced Configuration is geared toward larger enterprise organizations, and focuses on management at scale and multi-site needs. It enables the delivery of the same application layer to multiple hypervisor types, multiple clouds, multiple provisioning mechanisms, and multiple broker types—without repackaging layers.

*Feature is exclusively available to customers with active Customer Success Services.

       

Citrix App Layering with User Layers are writable persistent layers for personalization that captures all user settings, user-installed apps, and data.

*Currently in Labs. Feature is exclusively available to customers with active Customer Success Services. For use on 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 7.

       

Citrix App Layering with Office 365 User Layers accelerates the performance of Outlook 365 in a virtual environment by storing the user’s associated application files in a personalized layer dynamically attached on logon.*

*Feature is exclusively available to customers with active Customer Success Services. For use on 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Simple to deploy world-class app and desktop virtualization solutions, XenApp and XenDesktop provides a unified management console, Studio, to dramatically simplify and automate large scale deployments, including multi-tenant, multi-zone and hybrid-cloud implementations.

Simplify operations with powerful monitoring and advanced analytics in Citrix Director. Director reports, trend analysis, and alerts can be customized and configured within the Citrix Director console. Citrix Director also delivers a unique and powerful role-based access that enables IT helpdesk and escalation teams to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues making it easier for IT to meet stringent SLAs.

*All editions include 7 days of historical reporting. Enterprise is 1 month and Platinum 1 year.

Director Platinum Edition gives administrators more flexibility when it comes to monitoring and managing their deployment including up to a year’s worth of performance data that provides a comprehensive view of capacity trends, the ability to create customized reports, SCOM alerts, desktop and server OS usage reporting, proactive notification and alerting including SNMP integration, reboot warningsand NetScaler MAS integration and override control over roaming sessions ensure that IT is in complete control of their delivery solution for optimal performance and availability.
       
End-to-end environment visibility. The Citrix SCOM Management Bundle for XenApp and XenDesktop includes SCOM management packs to monitor key infrastructure components for health, availability and usage.        
Custom delegated administration (Studio) gives large IT departments the ability to define the scope and role of administrative functions for compliance and control.    
Configuration logging (Studio) enables IT to monitor and track granular configuration changes to their app & desktop delivery infrastructure.    
User experience network analysis provides user experience data supplied by NetScaler HDX Insight integrated into the Director console to correlate user performance and identify when network issues are disrupting performance. NetScaler purchased separately.        
Robust high-availability ensures that users can connect to resources should the site database link go down. Local Host Cache Technology maintains a copy of the necessary data on each controller to allow both new and existing connections to apps and desktops.
Application compatibility and migration with AppDNA enables enterprises to confidently discover, automate, model and manage applications for faster application deployment, easier application virtualization, predictive application migration and streamlined application management. AppDNA accelerates app migration to the latest Windows releases, reducing the cost and complexity of app upgrades, migrations and updates by as much as 90 percent.        
Hybrid cloud provisioning assures XenApp and XenDesktop may be deployed on popular Cloud management platforms including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). From the Studio console, admins can assign workloads to traditional virtual infrastructure including Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere in the datacenter or provision apps and desktops from public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services making it easy for IT to meet their most demanding SLAs.    
Microsoft Azure integration for XenApp and XenDesktop hybrid cloud provisioning enables IT to dynamically provision (MCS) app and desktop workloads from the Microsoft Azure Cloud.    
Amazon Web Services integration for XenApp and XenDesktop hybrid cloud provisioning enables IT to dynamically provision app and desktop workloads from Amazon Web Services.    
Automated app and desktop thin provisioning simplifies management of small and large deployments by centralizing image management while reducing the cost and complexity of shared storage. I/O optimizations ensure the best possible performance and scalability by intelligently leveraging RAM and temporary disk storage.
Central image management for streaming XenApp workloads (Provisioning Services) simplifies management of small and large deployments of physical or virtual XenApp servers to support any type of use case while reducing the cost, complexity and amount of required shared storage. Provisioning services deliver unprecedented storage performance—as much as a 20X improvement in read/write speeds—overall simplifying the ability to patch and update physical and virtual servers with fast rollout and fast rollback functionality.   Available for VMHosted applications instances running on a desktop operating system only.  

Central image management of virtual desktops (Provisioning Services) simplifies management of small and large deployments of virtual and physical desktops to support any type of use case while reducing the cost, complexity and amount of required shared storage. Provisioning services deliver unprecedented storage performance—as much as a 20X improvement in read/write speeds—overall simplifying the ability to patch and update virtual desktops with fast rollout and fast rollback functionality.

*Physical desktop support not available with the XenDesktop VDI Edition

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Automated virtual machine provisioning (Machine Creation Services) assists with the management of small and large deployments of virtual machines, both XenApp servers and VDI desktops, to support any type of use case.
Microsoft App-V integration enables admins to distribute App-V applications to virtual desktops or XenApp servers via Studio without requiring separate App-V server and database infrastructure, simplifying administrative processes and eliminating additional infrastructure costs.  
Integrated profile management (User Profile Manager) intelligently manages user profile settings between active XenApp and XenDesktop sessions to ensure user settings are consistent.  It intelligently streams profile settings and data on-demand to ensure no matter the profile size, the profile performance is optimized and the user login and logoff processes expedited.
Enterprise scalability of XenApp and XenDesktop simplifies the rapid provisioning, patching, and updating of 1,000s of apps and desktops to 100,000 users anywhere at any time, making it easier for IT to meet the demands of a growing workforce within a limited budget.
Open architecture permits virtual apps and desktops to be deployed on any hypervisor including Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere, cloud management platform, or storage infrastructure to give IT the freedom and flexibility needed to control costs, without impacting the user experience or performance.  
Microsoft Hyper-V integration offers easy integration with your existing Hyper-V virtualization solution through System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
XenServer Hypervisor is included for free with all XenApp and XenDesktop editions media kit creating a highly scalable, manageable and agile virtualization infrastructure. For more information on XenServer features, refer to the XenServer feature matrix.
VMware vSphere integration offers easy integration with your existing vSphere virtualization solution and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Nutanix Acropolis integration within Citrix Studio offers built-in virtualization for a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure costs.
Microsoft System Center integration makes it easy to manage pooled desktop and server images from System Center while leveraging policy enforcement and report processes and tools provided in SCCM.  
Citrix Connector for System Center Configuration Manager provides administrators with an end-to-end solution for managing Citrix Delivery Sites and published applications from within the Configuration Manager Console.        

NetScaler load-balancing (optional) actively monitors services and web traffic to intelligently load balance users across XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure to assure optimal uptime and consistent user access even during planned, unplanned, or scheduled maintenance window.

*NetScaler Gateway appliance, priced separately.

Citrix Smart Tools Smart Check
Proactively diagnose and repair issues in your XenApp and XenDesktop environment with Smart Check that aggregates several diagnostic and troubleshooting tools from Citrix into a easy-to-use cloud service. 

*Feature is exclusively available to customers with active Customer Success Services.

Citrix Smart Tools: Smart Scale
Keeps the costs of public-cloud deployments under control by powering servers on and off based on usage, load, and peak times.

*Feature is exclusively available to customers with active Customer Success Services.

       
Feature Citrix Cloud: XenApp & XenDesktop Service 7.18 Current Release 7.15 Long Term Service Release XenApp 6.5
Enterprise load management   
Zones
Zone Preferences  
NetScaler load-balancing
(необязательно)
WAN optimized 
XenServer vGPU sharing 
Load throttling  
Connection control   
Session linger 
Application user load 
XenServer VM portability 
Director 

* Limited

App Probing
     
Advanced analytics   
System monitoring and reporting   
Historical performance trending

* Via EdgeSight 5.4

Custom Reporting   
SCOM Alerts     
Proactive Notification and Alerting   
Application Dashboard      
NetScaler MAS integration     
User experience network analysis     
Shadowing for hosted applications and shared desktops       
Shadowing with Microsoft Remote Assistance   
Session Recording  
SmartAuditor       
Configuration logging   
Multiple license types per site    
Multiple license editions per environment       
Citrix Insight Services Integration