Key Benefits in Transitioning from CVAD 7.15 to 1912 or 2203 LTSR

Key Benefits in Transitioning from CVAD 7.15 to 1912 or 2203 LTSR

By Timothy Karl
Posted in Virtualization
On June 22, 2022

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.15 LTSR will reach End of Life (EOL) on August 15, 2022. Customers using this version who wish to remain on the LTSR track must upgrade to 1912 or 2203 LTSR before then or risk being on an unsupported platform. Besides supportability, there are additional benefits for upgrading to 1912 and 2203 LTSR.

Additional OS Support for Infrastructure components and VDAs

7.15 LTSR supports up to Windows 10 for Desktop OS and Windows 2016 Server OS. Both 1912 and 2203 LTSR allow you to deploy up to Windows 2019 for Server OS. Upgrading to 2203 also allows you to deploy Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 VDAs. 2203 LTSR also provides additional support for Linux VDAs.

7.15 LTSR only allows you to deploy Citrix Server Roles such as Controllers, Licensing Server, StoreFront, etc. on Windows 2016 and Windows 2019 Server OS. 1912 LTSR supports up to Windows Server 2019 and 2203 LTSR supports up to Windows Server 2022.

New Features and Enhancements

Adaptive Audio – Dynamically adjusts audio quality so users no longer have to choose low, medium, or high quality (require UDP)

Microsoft Teams – Additional HDX Optimizations have been added, such as support for a multi-monitor screen picker, selective app sharing, give/request control, and multi-windows for meetings vs. chat.

Virtual Display Layout – Enables users to split large physical monitors (ultra-wide, curved, etc.) into up to 8 logical monitors (note: 1912 LTSR only supports Windows, 2203 LTSR supports any client platform).

Improved VDA Installer - With 2203 LTSR, WEM has been integrated with the VDA installer. It no longer has to be deployed as a separated agent. There is also a VDA Restore feature which reduces the impact of failed upgrades by automatically creating a restore point to revert to a known configuration.

Timothy Karl

Timothy Karl

Tim has over 10 years’ experience in the design, development, and deployment of Windows infrastructure technologies. His experience also includes the high-level design of complex thin client and server-based computing environments. He is highly fluent in all aspects of Windows and Citrix infrastructure technologies.