The ranting of an IT Professional

Oct 21 2009   7:34PM GMT

A hands-on review of Xen Desktop 4

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer

I got my first chance to play with Xen Desktop 4 and by association the new version of Xen App that it ships with.

So first off I think we can all agree that it wouldn’t be a Citrix release without a Nomenclature change. The new citrix client is out(11.2) and now called the Citrix Online Plug-In. The Access Management Console has been renamed to the Delivery Services Console for both Xen Desktop and Xen App. The web interface functionality which used to be it’s own console and then was amalgamated into the Access Management Console has now been separated back into it’s own console again. To my understanding they split their assets 50/50 and Web interface has supervised visitation rights to the kids.

Ok, so now the good. Lots of improvements on the Virtual Desktop Agent with lots more multimedia support and USB support. There seems to be more functionality built in to make the user experience more seamless and enjoyable which is good because if there is nothing in the world that will kill desktop virtualization faster then unhappy users.

When I was publishing an application in Xen App that has been installed on the Xen App server there was a handy check box to setup an Isolation Enviroment which to my remembrance not there before.

Overall I would say good improvements so far, I am sure I barely scratched the surface on changes but I only started using it today so I will post more changes as a notice them.

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