Unidesk 4.0 for XenApp Tech Preview is Here!

Posted by Andrea Abernathy on Mar 31, 2016

unidesk 4.0We are very excited to announce that Unidesk 4.0 Tech Preview is now available for download! It has been eagerly awaited ever since we announced the new release at Citrix Summit.

In this Tech Preview, you will get a chance to test Unidesk 4.0 with support for Citrix XenApp and integration with Citrix Provisioning Server (PVS).

The new release will support all hypervisors, end user computing platforms, and clouds, but we're starting with Citrix XenApp to bring a new level of efficiency and simplicity to the management of large XenApp environments.

You will now be able to provision all XenApp servers from a single instance of Windows Server and a single instance of any app that only need to be managed once. No matter how many PVS vDisks, silos, delivery groups, and servers you have, patches and updates will only have to be made a single time to your Unidesk app and OS layers. Unidesk and PVS will take care of the rest!

What you will need for this Tech Preview

Here are a few things that you'll need for this Tech Preview:

  • VMware vSphere 6.x (for hosting Unidesk)
  • Citrix Provisioning Server (PVS) 7.1, 7.6, or 7.7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit (for OS and Applications)
  • Network file share with recommended minimum 200-500 GB of free space
  • Recommended: Network speeds to the PVS Store of 10 GB and, for optimal layer and image copies, a 10 GB connection between the Unidesk Appliance and the Network File Share for the Layer Repository

What this Tech Preview looks like

Chief Solution Architect Ron Oglesby will demonstrate Unidesk's ability to create Layered Images to be delivered through PVS to your Citrix environment.

What to expect in future Unidesk 4.x Tech Previews

While this Unidesk 4.0 Tech Preview is available for VMware vSphere 6.x only, general availability on all hypervisor platforms, including Citrix XenServer, Nutanix Acropolis, VMware ESXi, and Windows Server Hyper-V, will follow soon after.

You can also expect these new features to be available soon:

  • Unidesk Elastic Layering™ attaches apps and persistent layers to virtual machines at logon based on AD user and group membership, giving every user their own unique set of on-demand apps.
  • Unidesk Session Containers™ are virtual “walls” created around each XenApp session that enable Elastic Layers to be delivered on a per user basis, without interfering with the other users who are logged on to the same XenApp server. The virtual disk layers mounted to one session won’t be seen by other sessions. For the first time, every XenApp user can have a fully personal, VDI-like user experience.

Interested in Unidesk 4.0 Tech Preview?

Read the FAQs and audience feedback from our Unidesk 4.0 First Look webinar. Then sign-up here to be part of Unidesk 4.0 Tech Preview and receive regular updates on product announcements, events, and releases.

We look forward to your feedback on how Unidesk can simplify application delivery and eliminate image management in XenApp environments. Get access to more information and give us your feedback on the Unidesk 4 forum.

Topics: Unidesk 4.0, Tech Preview

Posted by Andrea Abernathy on Mar 31, 2016

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