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Citrix XenApp 5.0 upgrade/transition to XenApp 7.5 - Where do I start?

aroddick asked
Hi EE,

We are running a small XenApp 5.0 farm with 4 servers all serving up published applications. Most of these servers are running Windows 2008 which come June 2015 will be unsupported by Citrix.

I've been thinking about this a bit lately but don't even know where to start. 7.5 just seems so vastly different from 5.0 - has anyone faced this challenge and come up with a plan or attack or some design ideas on how to deliver similar functionality to our users?

I've registered for a few Citrix webinars coming up which look like they may be right on target for what I'm doing but I've played this game before with Microsoft and the webinars ended up being Sales seminars. I figured I'd try my luck on EE as well.

Open to any and all ideas, thanks guys.

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You can use this citrix guide to get details on migration path to xenapp 7.5 http://www.citrix.com/content/dam/citrix/en_us/documents/products-solutions/xenapp-xendesktop-migration-guide.pdf
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There is no Citrix supported upgrade path from 5.0 to 7.5 or 7.6.  I would recommend 7.6.

Since Server 2008 R2 will also soon reach end-of-support, I would start testing your apps on Server 2012 R2.

To keep your testing simple, I would setup XenDesktop 7.6 with all components on one server (Controller, Studio, License and StoreFront).  You will have access to a 30-day eval license that will allow you to use all product features.  You should use MCS unless you already have experience with PVS.

No need to install Director at this point.
Rad DavidPrincipal Project Manager
Hi Adam,

Upgrade is not possible from XenApp 5.0 to 7.5 or 7.6. The look and feel of XenApp 7.6 is different, but when you test it in PoC you will get use to it.

For Installation, configuration and publishing desktop and applications of XenApp 7.6 refer to the link :


Thank you everyone, appreciate your input. I'll get started with some light bed-time reading and the 30-day eval.