Citrix in the last couple of days have annouced a new feature pack for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6. Feature Pack 1 is the first update for 7.6 to be released and rather than being the usual mish mash of patches and feature enhancements this feature pack includes two new technologies recently annouced at the Citrix event in February. 

Session Recording (think Smartauditor of old), allows you to (with the permission of the recordie essentially perform a video capture of a staff members desktop. This is great for instances where staff maybe expierencing an intermittant issue and the “it always works when your here” is prevelent. This new feature is open to Platinum licence holders only.

HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Lync 1.7, This add’s new functionality and supports Lync 2013 within a Citrix deployment. I think both VMware and Citrix realise the applications such as Lync are extremely important to continue driving business and Citrix have released a number of updates recently in regards to Lync. This update superceeds the Lync VDI plugin that Microsoft offers  in thin client scenarios as well as officially supportings Lync on non-windows devices (*nix/Mac) and major thin client OS. It is also supports delivering Lync as a published application rather than part of a full desktop and many other VOIP features that are becoming key to any business. 

The RealTime pack is also backward compatible to XenApp 6.x and XenDesktop 5.x and is available to Enterprise and platinum customers. 

More information can be found HERE and you’ll need to login to your MyCitrix account to download the feature pack.

Author: Dale Scriven

 

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