XenClient Enterprise 5.1 packs new features


Citrix has release XenClient 5.1.1. Citrix XenClient delivers the benefits of desktop virtualization to users that need local execution, such as laptop users, with complete security and centralized IT control. The product is comprised of two main components. The first is the client hypervisor, called XenClient Enterprise Engine. The management server is called XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer. Please find the product download components and related resources for XenClient Enterprise below.

Platform Check Utility

Run Citrix’s XenClient Enterprise Platform Check Utility to find out if your Windows PCs are compatible with XenClient Enterprise.

What’s new in the new release?

XenClient Engine

  • HCL Expansion: Expanded support for the latest new devices with 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors. For more information, please check the XenClient HCL listing to search for supported devices. 
  • Citrix Receiver Improvements: XenClient Enterprise virtual machine guests have improved interoperability with USB redirection and USB pass-through via Citrix Receiver into XenDesktop and XenApp. 
  • USB Ethernet/WiFi Dongles: The XenClient Engine supports ‘Hot-Pluggable’ USB Ethernet/WiFi dongles at the platform.

XenClient Synchronizer 

  • Synchronizer Roaming: Enables XenClient devices to communicate with any Synchronizer for central management, enabling greater scalability, seamless deployments and faster updates for users.
  • Microsoft Server 2012R2: Synchronizer now supports Microsoft Server 2012R2. 
  • SQL Windows Authentication Support: XenClient Synchronizer installation now supports SQL Windows Authentication. This authentication method requires users to provide a valid Windows username and password to access the database server; within an Enterprise environment, these credentials are typically Active Directory (AD) domain credentials. 
  • Engine Restart Policy Updates: A number of policies (Maintenance Restarts, New Engine Update Restart, and New Virtual Machine Version Restart) were updated to include the ability to reboot the platform only if all virtual machine guests are powered off; these policies have a new feature, the ‘Force Shutdown’ option, where if enabled, the platform will shut down any powered-on virtual machines. If disabled, the platform will not reboot if any virtual machine is powered-on. In the case of a single virtual machine (where a maintenance restart is pending), if that virtual machine is restarted then the whole platform will reboot.

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