Citrix has announced that the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 2212 Current Release / CVAD 7 2212 is now available! Citrix continues to roll out current releases of their on-premises product so organizations can get the latest features and functionality on-prem on a regular basis.
Here’s a look at highlights from the Citrix CVAD 7 2212 / Virtual Apps and Desktops 7 2212 Current Release:
Enhanced User Experience with Multimedia, Unified Communications Optimizations
Quarter after quarter our HDX team continues to deliver cutting edge features to enhance the user experience. In this release, they focused heavily on improving video conferencing experiences and offloading content to the endpoint for a better-than-local experience. Let’s dive into these new capabilities:
- Webcam Background Blur: In addition to introducing background blurring for Microsoft Teams within Citrix virtual sessions last quarter, they have introduced the ability to blur video background in applications where it is not usually native. In cases like call centers, social media, and unified communications platforms without native background burring, this feature improves user experience and offers features that can only be performed in a virtual environment.
- Browser Content Redirection for Chrome OS: Citrix are bringing the power of browser content redirection to Chrome OS to redirect multimedia applications directly to Chrome OS and take the workload strain off your virtual sessions. This added capability improves performance for your web-based conferencing apps by reducing CPU, GPU, and RAM.
Greater Deployment Choice with Linux VDA Enhancements in CVAD 7 2212
Developers and users with graphics-intensive applications continue to get great value from leveraging the Linux VDA. The team at Citrix has been hard at work to roll out several new capabilities this quarter with the latest Linux VDA. Highlights include:
- Enhanced Installation GUI, now with MCS configuration: The Linux VDA install GUI now includes MCS configuration to streamline the install process of MCS from within the unified interface. The GUI allows the admin to check the environment, install dependencies, and guides the admin to configure and verify domain-joined and runtime variables.
- RHEL 9.0 and Rocky Linux 9.0 support: The Linux VDA now supports RHEL 9.0 and Rocky Linux 9.0 to give organizations the latest features and capabilities on these platforms. Ensure that you are leveraging the latest supported versions with this best practices guide.
- 3D Graphic performance enhancements: Citrix have improved the data transfer efficiency between the GPU and the Linux system memory to reduce latency and boost the performance of frames per second (FPS) with our 264 hardware encoding enhancements.
- Session Recording support preview – The recorded sessions can be viewed and managed as normal from within the Citrix Session Recording console.
Better Auditing with Citrix Session Recording Improvements
In addition to being introduced in the Linux VDA in preview, there are also new features available on-prem for organizations leveraging Citrix Session Recording.
- Enhanced playback logging:
- Lossy video codec
Streamlined Management with Web-Based Studio On-Prem in CVAD 7 2212
This is one of my fav new features of the CVAD 7 2212 release. At Citrix, they are excited to announce that they are bringing a native web-based management experience of Citrix virtualization resources to their on-premises customers. Currently in preview, this enhancement modernizes the admin experience and streamlines administration, reducing the parity gap between IT-managed Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and cloud hosted DaaS. Also in this release, Citrix provides developers with a set of REST APIs they can leverage to automate the management of resources within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployments.
Citrix is continuously working to meet organizations where they are in their cloud journeys, and these enhanced capabilities make it easier than ever to optimize your hybrid deployments. You can find more information on installing Web Studio on our documentation, and you can see it in action below.