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Just few days ago Citrix has announced the third LTSR version for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, available for download as version 1912. In this post I would like to summarize the key features available in both LTSR versions to help you decide on migration to latest LTSR version. If you are in LTSR track you might be intrested to see feature implementation history starting from LTSR 7.15

LTSR 7.15 vs LTSR 1912

VersionLTSR 7.15LTSR 1912
Virtual Windows Desktops (VDI)YesYes
Virtual Windows Apps/Hosted Shared DesktopsYesYes
Virtual Linux DesktopsYesYes
Virtual Linux Apps/Hosted Shared DesktopsYesYes
Local Host CacheYesYes
Zones & Zone PreferenceYesYes
Workspace Environment ManagementYesYes
App LayeringYesYes
Federated Authentication ServicesYesYes
SCOM PacksYesYes
MCS/PVS AccelerationYesYes
Enhanced Graphics (NVIDIA, AMD, Intel)YesYes
Adaptive TransportYesYes
Browser Content RedirectionAvail with add-onYes
Compliance (508, Common Criteria, FIPS)Yes-
Citrix ITSM adapter for ServiceNowYesYes
Varying DPI Settings/Multi-Monitor-Yes
H.265 Code Support-Yes
Windows 10 Continuum (Citrix Hypervisor only) -Yes
Office 365 User Layers Experimental-Yes
Application Dashboard (Director)-Yes
Unified VDA (3D Pro & Standard)-Yes
Session watermarking-Yes
Workspace Experience Theme (StoreFront on-prem only)-Tech Preview
Webcam compression for 64-bit apps-Yes
Linux Adaptive Transport, Smart Card,NVIDIA SDK & Keyboard-Yes
App Probing and Reporting-Yes
Intuitive Webcam Plug-n-play-Yes
Progressive display enhancements-Yes
Faster Smart Card login performance-Yes
Battery Status Visibility in Virtual Desktops-Yes
Machine Creation Services for Linux app and desktop VDAs-Yes
App-V support for Dynamic Configuration files-Yes
Support for Windows Server 2019 VDAs-Yes
Optimized web-based Microsoft Teams and other WebRTC applicationsAvail with add-onYes
NVENC and H.265 with Server-based published applications and desktops-Yes
Application launch limits per Server VDA-Yes
Desktop launch limits per Site-Yes
Redirect encrypted mass storage USB devices with Server VDAs-Yes
File transfers larger than 4GB with Client Drive Mapping-Yes
Linux VDA SmartCard certificate mapping-Yes
Virtual Display Layout-Yes
Graphics Status Indicator-Yes
DPI Matching-Yes
Local Text Echo-Yes
Up to a 5x improvement in file copies with Client Drive Mapping-Yes
Intelligent throughput enhancements-Yes
Multiple Restart Schedules for a Single Delivery Group in UI-Yes
Windows Ink in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops-Yes
Docking & Undocking via RemotePC-Yes
SSL Print Job Encryption from VDA to Citrix Universal Print Server (UPS)-Yes
Windows LSA Protection-Yes
Copy & Paste from Virtual Session to Local Endpoint and Vice Versa-Yes
MCS Write-back Cache v2-Yes
Citrix Cloud Delivery Controllers to Session Recording-Yes
Linux VDA Fast Smart Card Support-Yes
Linux 18.04 Ubuntu Support-Yes
Linux VDA Display in Director-Yes
Citrix Optimization for Microsoft Teams-Yes
Workspace experience with simple twofactor authentication-Yes
Desktop Probing and Reporting-Yes
Onboarding on-premises sites to Workspace Analytics-Yes
Time Zone Redirection-Yes
Role-Based Access Control in Session Recording Player-Yes
Seamless Copy/Paste from Chrome Workspace app Client-Yes
Linux VDA on Google Cloud Platform Support-Yes
Printing Support in a Linux Virtual Apps Session-Yes
Gemalto Smartcard Support for Linux-Yes
Support for Catalog Tags-Yes
AMD Hardware Encode-Yes
Enhanced Logging Capabilities to Session Reliability-Yes
Windows Virtual Desktop Preview Support-Yes
Phase II Session Recording Player RBAC-Yes
Linux VDA MCS Enhancements-Yes
Linux VDA Re-Auth Enhancements-Yes
Linux Protocol Info in Director-Yes
Session Recording Web Player-Yes
User Personalization Layer-Yes

LTSR 1912 vs CR

VersionLTSR 7.15CR 7.16CR 7.17CR 7.18CR 1808CR 1811CR 1903CR 1906CR 1909LTSR 1912
Virtual Windows Desktops (VDI)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual Windows Apps/Hosted Shared DesktopsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual Linux DesktopsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual Linux Apps/Hosted Shared DesktopsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Local Host CacheYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Zones & Zone PreferenceYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Workspace Environment ManagementYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
App LayeringYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Federated Authentication ServicesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
SCOM PacksYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MCS/PVS AccelerationYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Enhanced Graphics (NVIDIA, AMD, Intel)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Adaptive TransportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Browser Content RedirectionAvail with add-onYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Compliance (508, Common Criteria, FIPS)Yes---------
Citrix ITSM adapter for ServiceNowYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Varying DPI Settings/Multi-Monitor-YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
H.265 Code Support-YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Windows 10 Continuum (Citrix Hypervisor only) -ExperimentalYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Office 365 User Layers Experimental-ExperimentalYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Application Dashboard (Director)-YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Unified VDA (3D Pro & Standard)-YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Session watermarking--YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Workspace Experience Theme (StoreFront on-prem only)--Tech PreviewTech PreviewTech PreviewTech PreviewTech PreviewTech PreviewTech PreviewTech Preview
Webcam compression for 64-bit apps--YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Linux Adaptive Transport, Smart Card,NVIDIA SDK & Keyboard--YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
App Probing and Reporting---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Intuitive Webcam Plug-n-play---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Progressive display enhancements---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Faster Smart Card login performance---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Battery Status Visibility in Virtual Desktops---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Machine Creation Services for Linux app and desktop VDAs---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
App-V support for Dynamic Configuration files---YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Support for Windows Server 2019 VDAs----YesYesYesYesYesYes
Optimized web-based Microsoft Teams and other WebRTC applicationsAvail with add-on---YesYesYesYesYesYes
NVENC and H.265 with Server-based published applications and desktops----YesYesYesYesYesYes
Application launch limits per Server VDA----YesYesYesYesYesYes
Desktop launch limits per Site----YesYesYesYesYesYes
Redirect encrypted mass storage USB devices with Server VDAs----YesYesYesYesYesYes
File transfers larger than 4GB with Client Drive Mapping----YesYesYesYesYesYes
Linux VDA SmartCard certificate mapping----YesYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual Display Layout-----YesYesYesYesYes
Graphics Status Indicator-----YesYesYesYesYes
DPI Matching-----YesYesYesYesYes
Local Text Echo-----YesYesYesYesYes
Up to a 5x improvement in file copies with Client Drive Mapping-----YesYesYesYesYes
Intelligent throughput enhancements-----YesYesYesYesYes
Multiple Restart Schedules for a Single Delivery Group in UI-----YesYesYesYesYes
Windows Ink in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops------YesYesYesYes
Docking & Undocking via RemotePC------YesYesYesYes
SSL Print Job Encryption from VDA to Citrix Universal Print Server (UPS)------YesYesYesYes
Windows LSA Protection------YesYesYesYes
Copy & Paste from Virtual Session to Local Endpoint and Vice Versa------YesYesYesYes
MCS Write-back Cache v2------YesYesYesYes
Citrix Cloud Delivery Controllers to Session Recording------YesYesYesYes
Linux VDA Fast Smart Card Support------YesYesYesYes
Linux 18.04 Ubuntu Support------YesYesYesYes
Linux VDA Display in Director------YesYesYesYes
Citrix Optimization for Microsoft Teams-------YesYesYes
Workspace experience with simple twofactor authentication-------YesYesYes
Desktop Probing and Reporting-------YesYesYes
Onboarding on-premises sites to Workspace Analytics-------YesYesYes
Time Zone Redirection-------YesYesYes
Role-Based Access Control in Session Recording Player-------YesYesYes
Seamless Copy/Paste from Chrome Workspace app Client-------YesYesYes
Linux VDA on Google Cloud Platform Support-------YesYesYes
Printing Support in a Linux Virtual Apps Session-------YesYesYes
Gemalto Smartcard Support for Linux-------YesYesYes
Support for Catalog Tags--------YesYes
AMD Hardware Encode--------YesYes
Enhanced Logging Capabilities to Session Reliability--------YesYes
Windows Virtual Desktop Preview Support--------YesYes
Phase II Session Recording Player RBAC--------YesYes
Linux VDA MCS Enhancements--------YesYes
Linux VDA Re-Auth Enhancements--------YesYes
Linux Protocol Info in Director--------YesYes
Session Recording Web Player---------Yes
User Personalization Layer---------Yes

Deprecations and removals

The following table shows the platforms, Citrix products, and features that are deprecated or removed.

  • Deprecated items are not removed immediately. Citrix continues to support them in this Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1912 Long Term Service Release (LTSR), but they will be removed in a future release.
  • Removed items are either removed, or are no longer supported, in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.
ItemDeprecation announced inRemoved inAlternative
Citrix SCOM Management Packs for XenApp and XenDesktop, Provisioning Services, and StoreFront.1912Use Director for monitoring and managing your deployment.
Support for Microsoft .NET Framework versions prior to version 4.8 for VDAs and core server components. Includes Delivery Controller, Studio, Director, and StoreFront.1912Upgrade to .NET Framework version 4.8.
VDAs on Windows Server 2012 R2.1912Install VDAs on a supported operating system.
AppDNA application migration component of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium edition.1909
Installing Studio on 32-bit (x86) machines.1909Install on a supported x64 operating system.
Support for the Excel hook in seamless applications. This was used for creating separate taskbar icons for each Microsoft Excel 2010 workbook.19091909
Core server components on Windows Server 2012 R2 (including Service Packs). Includes: Delivery Controller, Studio and Director.1906Install on a supported operating system.
Support for Site Configuration, Configuration Logging, and Monitoring databases on Microsoft SQL Server versions 2008 R2, 2012, and 2014 (including all Service Packs and editions).1906Install databases on a supported Microsoft SQL Server version.
Support for VDAs on Windows 10 on x86 platforms.19061909*Install VDAs on a supported x64 operating system. *This feature is still supported in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 1912 LTSR.
Removal of Citrix Smart Tools Agent from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops installation media.19031906
Removal of Citrix Brokering Protocol 1.0.7.15 LTSR CU3
Removal of Delivery Controller options for the following end-of-life products within StoreFront: VDI-in-a-Box, and XenMobile (9.0 and earlier).19031903
Support for Linux VDA on Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 7.5.19031903Install Linux VDA on a later version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
StoreFront support for users to access desktops on Desktop Appliance sites18111912Use Desktop Lock for nondomain-joined use cases.
Support for Framehawk display remoting technology18111903Use Thinwire with adaptive transport enabled.
Support for Citrix Smart Scale in all Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (and XenApp and XenDesktop) versions. This functionality will reach End of Life on 31 May 2019.18081906Consider using the Virtual Apps and Desktops Service on Citrix Cloud for improved power management functionality.
Support for Microsoft .NET Framework versions 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, and 4.7 by Citrix StoreFront, Citrix VDAs, Citrix Studio, Citrix Director, and Citrix Delivery Controller.lip.181808Upgrade to .NET Framework version 4.7.1 or later. (The installer automatically installs .NET Framework 4.7.1 if it is not already installed.)
Support for Linux VDA on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3.lip.181808Install Linux VDA on a later version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
StoreFront support for TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 protocols between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp and XenDesktop) and Citrix Receiver, and Workspace Hub.lip.17Upgrade Citrix Receivers to a Citrix Workspace app that supports the TLS 1.2 protocol. For more information on Citrix Workspace app, see https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-workspace-app.
VDA support for policy setting “Automatic installation of in-box printer drivers”.lip.16lip.16None. Policy setting supported with VDAs on earlier OSs only (Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier).
Support for the Linux VDA on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4.lip.16lip.16Install Linux VDA on supported SUSE version.
Support for Citrix WDDM driver on VDAslip.16lip.16The Citrix WDDM driver is no longer installed with VDAs.
Mobility SDK / Mobile SDK (from the former Citrix Labs)lip.16Superseded by mobile experience policy settings, and native experiences for hosted desktops/apps.
VDAs on Windows 10 version 1511 (Threshold 2) and earlier Windows Single-session OS releases, including Windows 8.x and Windows 7 (see https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2018/01/08/the-citrix-strategy-for-windows-7-virtual-desktop-users/).7.15 LTSR (and 7.12)lip.16Install Single-session OS VDAs on Windows 10 minimum version 1607 (Redstone 1) or newer Semi-Annual Channels. If using 1607 LTSB, we recommend a 7.15 VDA. See CTX224843.
VDAs on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 (including Service Packs)7.15 LTSR (and 7.12)lip.16Install VDAs on a supported operating system.
Desktop Composition Redirection ( previously known as DirectX Command Remoting) (DCR)7.15 LTSRlip.16Use Thinwire.
Citrix Receiver for Web classic experience (“green bubbles” user interface)7.15 LTSR (and StoreFront 3.12)1903Citrix Receiver for Web unified experience.
Core components on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (including Service Packs). Includes: Delivery Controller, Studio, Director, StoreFront, License Server, and Universal Print Server.7.15 LTSRlip.18Install components on a supported operating system.
Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) feature on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (including Service Packs)7.15 LTSRlip.18Install on a supported operating system.
Studio on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 (including Service Packs)7.15 LTSRlip.18Install Studio on a supported operating system.
Flash Redirection7.15 LTSR1912Create video content as HTML5 Video. Use HTML5 Video Redirection for managed content, and Browser Content Redirection for public web sites. For more information, see the Flash Redirection End of Life note.
Citrix Online Integration (Goto product) with StoreFront7.14 (and StoreFront 3.11)StoreFront 3.12
The user account, CtxAppVCOMAdmin, which was created during VDA installation and added to the Local Administrators Group on the VDA machine, is no longer created. The underlying “COM” mechanism is also removed.lip.14lip.14The Windows service CtxAppVService performs the same function. It is automatically installed and configured and requires no user interaction.
Universal Print Server UpsServer component support on Windows Server 2008 32-bitlip.14lip.14Install on a supported operating system.
StoreFront and Receiver for Web on Internet Explorer 8lip.13lip.13
VDA command line installation option /no_appv to prevent installation of the Citrix App-V componentslip.13lip.13Use the command line installation option /exclude “Citrix Personalization for App-V – VDA”.
The full-product installer no longer installs the Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in on new installations and automatically removes it when upgrading existing installations.lip.13lip.13Some PowerShell commands that were provided by the Citrix.Common.Commands snap-in are still available in the XenApp 6.5 SDK. For more information, see section “Removed features” in XenApp and XenDesktop version 7.13 documentation.
Partial functionality to manipulate icon data that was provided by *-CtxIcon cmdlets.lip.13lip.13Now provided by *-BrokerIcon cmdlets in the Broker Service.
Legacy Thinwire mode07.grulip.16Use Thinwire. If you are using Legacy Thinwire mode on Windows Server 2008 R2, migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, and use Thinwire.
In-place upgrades from StoreFront 2.0, 2.1, 2.5, and 2.5.2lip.13lip.16Upgrade from one of these versions to a later supported version and then to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.16.
In-place upgrades from XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP107.grulip.16Migrate your XenDesktop 5.6 or 5.6 FP1 deployment to the current XenDesktop version. To do this, first upgrade to XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR (with the latest CU), then upgrade to the latest Citrix Virtual Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) release or LTSR version.
Installing Delivery Controller, Director, StoreFront, or License Server on 32-bit (x86) machines.07.grulip.16Install on a supported x64 operating system.
Connection leasing07.grulip.16Use Local Host Cache.
XenDesktop 5.6 used on Windows XP. VDA installations on Windows XP are not supported.07.grulip.16Install VDAs on a supported operating system.
CloudPlatform connections07.gruUse a different supported hypervisor or cloud service.
Azure Classic (also known as Azure Service Management) connections07.gruUse Azure Resource Manager.
AppDisks functionality (and the AppDNA integration into Studio, which supports it)*lip.13Use Citrix App Layering.
Personal vDisk functionality*lip.13Use Citrix App Layering user layer or user personalization layer technology.