Everything you need to know about Citrix App Layering.

What is Citrix App Layering?

Citrix acquired Unidesk almost 2 years, in January 2017. This technology -rebranded App Layering– has been very popular with customers because it allows them to:

  • Install OS, platform tools, and apps in separate layers.
  • Separates the management of OS and apps from the infrastructure.
  • Maintain a single install of Windows and apps in your organization and deliver them across multiple environments.
  • Install updates and patches only once.
  • Compose Layered Images by selecting a combination of layers, then using the image template to provision systems for groups of users.
  • Deliver layers elastically (on-demand) to users.
  • Persist data and settings with User Layers.

The goal of App layering is to reduce the number of images to maintain, for both pooled desktops (VDI) and session hosts (RDSH).

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App Layering is compatible with the following:

  • Citrix XenServer 6.5, 7.0 – 7.6
  • Azure Resource Manager
  • Microsoft Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016
  • Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) version 5.0 – 5.5 (Prism Element only), 5.8
  • vSphere vCenter 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7

And support the following features and operating systems:

  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Citrix MCS and PVS
  • VMware Horizon and Citrix XenDesktop
  • Windows Server operating systems – The following session host versions are supported.
    • Windows Server 2016, 64-bit (Standard and Datacenter Editions)
    • Windows Server 2012 R2, 64-bit (Standard and Datacenter Editions)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2, 64-bit (Standard and Datacenter Editions)
    • Desktop operating systems – The following desktop versions are supported.
    • Windows 10, 64-bit, Versions 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607 (Education and Enterprise Editions)
      Windows 10, Version 1803, 64-bit (Professional)
    • Windows 7, 64-bit (Enterprise and Professional Editions)
    • Windows 7, 32-bit (Enterprise and Professional Editions)

More details about supported environments here.

In this series, we will deep dive into every component of Citrix App Layering.

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