September 24, 2019

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.17

Released February 27, 2018 - End of Life August 27, 2019

Citrix Docs and Product Lifecycle Matrix

To see all Current Release features since the last Long Term Service Release (7.15 LTSR) see XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 Plus

User Xperience:
  • Watermark your desktop or app independent of the endpoint with this new controller and VDA. My Summit 2018 article has an image of a watermark on a Chromebook (
  • Webcam compression for 64-bit applications like Skype, GoToMeeting, and others on VDA.
  • NVENC hardware encoding in combination with codec for actively changing regions supported in VDA with NVIDIA GPUs.
  • ThinWire now includes higher compression (~15%) MDRLE encoding which replaces 2DRLE on supported VDAs. "What's New with Workspace in February 2018" has more details (Citrix Blogs).
  • Linux support for Pascal GPUs, pass through authentication with smart cards, dynamic keyboard layout synchronization, adaptive transport (Citrix Blogs).
  • Show or hide the remote language bar
Admin Xperience:
  • Azure Managed Disks to be used automatically by MCS starting with this controller.
  • Federated Authentications Services now stores info in an embedded database versus the registry.
  • Controller improvements to double-hop scenarios (launching apps in a published desktop). If the app is available in the desktop it will launch it as local vs a new session.  Read "Session Sharing Between a Published Desktop and a Published App Made Easy" (Citrix Blogs) for more information including making this work on previous versions.
  • Content redirection blacklist supported on VDA. Also, a new controller policy to prevent failback to server render.
  • Director now supports PIV smart card authentication.
  • Session Recording improvements to event logging (Citrix Blogs).
Deprecation and Platform Support:
  • StoreFront support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols between XenApp and XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver and Citrix Workspace Hub removed (see CTX232266).

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