Citrix recently released the first new LTSR version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops in over two years. Here is what I feel are the top 5 new features and enhancements available in 2203:
#1 - Microsoft Teams Optimizations
Citrix has added a lot of functionally to Microsoft Teams optimizations over the last two years that were until now only available in current releases. These new functionalities in the latest LTSR release include:
- App sharing
- Multimonitor screen sharing
- DTMF support
- Proxy server support
- Dynamic e911
- Multi-Window Chat
#2 - Adaptative Throughput 2.0
The network conditions between the endpoint and virtual session are constantly changing. Adaptive Throughput constantly monitors these network conditions and adjusts what is being buffered to better control what is being put on the wire. This provides a better user experience for video, audio, and file transfers. With the 2.0 version, Citrix has increased the max throughput available during a session. They have also extended this feature to include Linux and Mac client versions where previously it was only available for Windows clients.
#3 - VDA Upgrade Service
VDA upgrades for persistent machines can now be scheduled through the Citrix Cloud Studio. The VDA upgrade can be done on demand or on a schedule so the upgrades are not all executed at once. This eliminates the need for third-party software distribution tools or custom scripts. Please note, this feature is not available with the on-prem version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 2203 LTSR sites.
#4 - HDX 3D-Pro
Citrix has overhauled the HDX graphics stack to drastically improve the bandwidth and scalability. Here are the improvements, by the numbers:
- 120 FPS at 1080p
- 60 FPS at 4K
These performance numbers go even higher when you leverage vGPU technology.
#5 - HDX Session Screen Sharing
This feature allows users to share their screen and collaborate with high visual quality with multiple users over an HDX session. It works with both Windows and Linux VDAs. This feature must be enabled when you install the VDA software.