WEM 1808 UPDATE AVAILABLE

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Intro

Fall, my favorite time of year. More so now that Citrix has released the next version of WEM. The version numbering system in now in line with other newly released Citrix products. This version is 1808. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the release notes below. I also have it on good authority that Citrix added Pumpkin Spice to this this version.

What’s new

What’s new in Workspace Environment Management 1808

Workspace Environment Management 1808 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

New product names

If you’ve been a Citrix customer or partner for a while, you’ll notice new names in our products and in this product documentation. If you’re new to this Citrix product, you might see different names for a product or component.

The new product and component names stem from the expanding Citrix portfolio and cloud strategy. Articles in this product documentation use the following names:

  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops offers a virtual app and desktop solution, provided as a cloud service and as an on-premises product, giving employees the freedom to work from anywhere on any device while cutting IT costs. Deliver Windows, Linux, web, and SaaS applications or full virtual desktops from any cloud: public, on premises or hybrid. Virtual Apps and Desktops was formerly XenApp and XenDesktop.
  • Citrix Workspace app: The Citrix Workspace app incorporates existing Citrix Receiver technology as well as the other Citrix Workspace client technologies. It has been enhanced to deliver additional capabilities to provide end users with a unified, contextual experience where they can interact with all the work apps, files, and devices they need to do their best work. For more information, see this blog post.
  • Citrix Provisioning: The Citrix Provisioning is a solution for managing virtual machine images, combining previous technologies known as Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). Citrix Provisioning was formerly Provisioning Services.

Here’s a quick recap:

Is Was
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops XenApp and XenDesktop
Citrix Workspace app Citrix Receiver
Citrix Provisioning Provisioning Services

Implementing this transition in our products and their documentation is an ongoing process.

  • In-product content might still contain former names. For example, you might see instances of earlier names in console text, messages, and directory/file names.
  • It is possible that some items (such as commands and MSIs) might continue to retain their former names to prevent breaking existing customer scripts.
  • Related product documentation and other resources (such as videos and blog posts) that are linked from this product’s documentation might still contain former names.

Your patience during this transition is appreciated. For more detail about our new names, see https://www.citrix.com/about/citrix-product-guide/.

New product and component version numbers

In this release, product and component version numbers are displayed in the format: YYMM.c.m.b.

  • YYMM = Year and month when the features are finalized. For example, if the features are finalized in August, a release in September 2018 appears as 1808.
  • c = Maintenance version (if applicable).
  • m = Citrix Cloud release number for the month.
  • b = Build number. This field is shown only on the About page of the product, and in the OS’s feature for removing or changing programs.

For example, Workspace Environment Management 1808.0.1 indicates that the released product with features finalized in August 2018 is associated with Citrix Cloud release 1 in that month, and is not a maintenance version. Some UI elements display only the version’s year and month, for example, Workspace Environment Management 1808.

In earlier releases of this product (Workspace Environment Management 4.7 and earlier), version numbers were displayed in the format: 4.version, where the version value incremented by one for each release. For example, the release following 4.6 was 4.7. Those earlier releases will not be updated with the new numbering format.

Administration console

In this release, an “Everyone” default group is provided on the Assignments > Action Assignment tab. To simplify assigning actions for all users in Active Directory, you can use the ‘Everyone’ default group to assign the actions.

Profile management

As of this release, Workspace Environment Management supports configuring all settings for Citrix Profile Management 1808. The following new options are now available in the administration console:

  • Enable application profiler (option for defining application-based profile handling)
  • Enable search index roaming for Microsoft Outlook users (option for improving the user experience when searching mail in Microsoft Outlook)
  • Enable Large File Handling (option for eliminating the need to synchronize large files over the network)

Documentation

Workspace Environment Management documentation is updated to reflect current product behavior.

The Workspace Environment Management SDK documentation is updated to version 1808.

Thanks for reading,
Alain

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WEM 4.7 UPDATE AVAILABLE

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Intro

Summer is time for vacations, beaches, and WEM Upgrades! Citrix has released version 4.7 of WEM. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the release notes below.

What’s new

Workspace Environment Management 4.7 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

New-wemDatabase PowerShell cmdlet updated

PowerShell modules in the Workspace Environment Management SDK are updated at this release. A new parameter CommandTimeout is provided for the New-wemDatabase cmdlet which allows you to configure timeout period for connection attempts to the WEM database. After the timeout period an error message is displayed. The default timeout is 300 seconds.

The Workspace Environment Management SDK documentation is updated to version 4.7.

Thanks for reading,
Alain

WEM 4.6 UPDATE AVAILABLE

todayisnotthatday

Intro

Spring has sprung and Citrix has released version 4.6 of WEM. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the release notes below.

What’s new

Workspace Environment Management 4.6 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

Assigned applications can include StoreFront store apps

You can now assign resources published in Citrix StoreFront stores as application shortcuts in Workspace Environment Management. This allows you to configure Start menu shortcuts which Workspace Environment Management end users can use to easily access remote store resources. Agent host machines configured to use the Transformer feature show shortcuts to Citrix StoreFront store resources inside the Applications tab. Configure the StoreFront stores that Citrix Receiver connects to using a new Advanced Settings tab. Then add store resources as applications in the Add Application dialog, which contains a redesigned General settings tab. For more information see Applications.

Transformer integrated with Receiver for Windows SDK

Transformer is now integrated with the Citrix Receiver for Windows SDK. This allows you to make StoreFront-based assigned application actions available to Transformer kiosk users, and for Citrix Receiver pass-through authentication to be used. Only published applications which users have permission to access are displayed in the Transformer kiosk Applications tab.

Note: If you have previously configured Transformer for Enable Autologon Mode and now wish to configure users for Transformer integrated with Receiver for Windows SDK, you must clear the option Enable Autologon Mode (in the “Transformer Settings > Advanced > Logon/Logoff & Power settings” tab). This allows users to log in to the Transformer client endpoint machine using their own credentials. These credentials are passed through to provide access to their assigned StoreFront-based applications.

Active Directory performance

The Active Directory Subsystem has been redesigned to improve performance and stability. Performance improvements are particularly noticeable when you add AD or OU objects, and dead forests or domains are detected in your environment.

User interface

The administration console user interface has changed:

  • In Advanced Settings > Configuration pane, there is a new StoreFront tab for configuring the StoreFront stores that Citrix Receiver connects to.
  • In Actions > Applications, the Add Application dialog General Settings tab is redesigned for adding StoreFront store resources as applications. The Advanced Settings tab Application Type option is removed.
  • In Active Directory Objects, there is a new Advanced pane. The AD Settings tab contains a new option Active Directory search timeout for configuring how long Active Directory searches are performed before they time out. The default value is 1000 msec. We recommend that you use a timeout value of at least 500 msec to avoid timeouts before searches complete.

Agent administrative templates

The administrative templates provided to configure the agent have been renamed to make the filenames versionless. For more information see Configure the agent.

Documentation

Workspace Environment Management documentation is updated to reflect current product behavior.

Thanks for reading,

Alain