• Installing XenApp or XenDesktop 7.x, Does It Matter Which One You Select?

    November 11, 2014

    XenDesktop

    I am writing some “How To” articles for a customer. I am trying to figure out exactly what happens when XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 are installed.  There are two options for the install:

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    Figure 1

    From my testing I see no difference in what gets installed regardless of which option is selected.

    I was supplied with current licenses for XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop with Subscription Advantage dates of 11/11/14 for my testing.

    I created two Virtual Machines (VM) using Server 2012 R2. In one I installed the XenApp option and in the other, I installed the XenDesktop option.

    Using the built-in 30-day evaluation license, there was no difference in functionality between the two installs.

    I installed the XenApp 6.5 license file into my XenApp VM and changed the Product Edition to XenApp Platinum, Concurrent User.

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    Figure 2

    I then went to create a Machine Catalog in my XenApp VM to see if I had the option to create a Desktop OS catalog. And yes, I did have that option.  Only Remote PC was greyed out.

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    Figure 3

    When I tried to create a Delivery Group, there was a message that Desktops are not available for this license edition.

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    Figure 4

    Note: The applications option is for VM Hosted Apps.

    I then removed my XenApp license file, returned and reallocated my XenDesktop license to my XenApp server and changed the product edition from XenApp Platinum to XenDesktop Platinum.

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    Figure 5

    And I could now create a Delivery Group for Desktop OS.

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    Figure 6

    It makes no difference which option you select when you install XenApp or XenDesktop 7.x. All functionality is controlled by the license file and product edition.

    I did not uninstall, reinstall or change anything in the installation.  All I had to do was install a new license file and change the product edition to gain new functionality.

    Thanks

    Webster

     

     

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    About Carl Webster

    Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, LLC and specializes in Citrix, Active Directory and Technical Documentation. Webster has been working with Citrix products for many years starting with Multi-User OS/2 in 1990.

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    3 Responses to “Installing XenApp or XenDesktop 7.x, Does It Matter Which One You Select?”

    1. Carl Stalhood Says:

      The only difference is the name you see in the installer screens.

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    2. Brian Olsen Says:

      I think you make a very important point here. Thanks.

      Reply

    3. Andy Paul Says:

      Web, thanks for posting this. I get asked this question quite a bit. I tell customers it does not matter… but some still question. Nice to have a handy reference.

      Reply

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