The benefits of ensuring you’re running the latest Long Term Stable Release

 

The benefits of ensuring you’re running the latest Long Term Stable Release

 

 

As software evolves, valuable features and functionality are added with each version release. While we know that sometimes customers can find it a challenge to keep up to date and benefit from these enhancements, it is important to be aware that there are significant security and performance benefits to be gained by upgrading to the latest Long Term Stable Release (LTSR).

LIMA’s technical expertise and vendor accreditations alongside extensive implementation experience enable us to implement upgrades efficiently and with minimal disruption.

Running an unsupported version of Citrix XenDesktop poses a number of potential problems:

  • You are likely to be open to security vulnerabilities and experiencing relatively poor performance.

  • Lack of vendor support means that you will not be able to raise any support calls with the vendor should you have any technical support requirements.


Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 Long Term Stable Release

7.15 LTSR provides long term guaranteed support and stability from the vendor. It is Cloud Management enabled and fully supported for Windows 10 / Server 2016 as well as backward compatibile with Server 2012 / Windows 8 and Server 2008R2 / Windows 7.

 

Improved Performance

By performing a like-for-like upgrade to 7.15 you would benefit from:

HDX Adaptive transport optimises the user experience using real time intelligence

  • 2 x faster session speed over high latency

  • Automatically adjusts to changing network conditions to maintain optimum user experience

  • 2 x faster printing

  • 10 x faster file transfer


 

Enhanced Security

  • 508 compliant

  • FIPS 140-2 Validated

  • ISO/IEC 15408 Certified


 

Increased Reliability

  • Offline Database support allows your environment to continue running in the event the site database is unreachable

  • Session Reliability keeps sessions active in the event of a network blip, automatically restoring the connection for the user

  • Prevent profile corruption and reduce support calls with User Profile Manager which automatically switches to a ‘last known good’ copy if issues are detected with the profile during logon


 

Improved Analytics

  • Built in monitoring and support within Citrix Smart Tools.

  • Use Citrix Health Assistant to verify and troubleshoot VDA registrations and session launch configurations

  • 90 days of historical data in Citrix Director, allowing for deeper trend analysis on metrics such as logon performance, peak concurrent sessions and connection failures

  • More detailed logon duration info in Director to pinpoint the root cause of slow logons

  • Smart Alerts to inform you of potential issues as soon as they are detected


Assessing your environment

Before commencing with a like-for-like upgrade to the latest LTSR, we would recommend taking the time to re-evaluate your Citrix deployment to ensure that it is configured to best address the current needs of your organisation. By performing a formal assessment, we can report back our recommend the best route for a Citrix deployment in the short terms with options for a longer term implementation roadmap and investment plan. 

If you would like to discuss how we can develop your Citrix deployment, please contact your Account Director and the LIMA Citrix Professional Services team.


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Lottie Fletcher