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What is new in Citrix xen Client


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What is new in Citrix xen Client

  1. 1. Whats new in XenClient?25th November 2010Walter HofstetterSenior Systems Engineer, EMEA
  2. 2. Agenda• What’s XenClient all about?• XenClient Architecture• New feature since RC1/RC2•Q&A
  3. 3. What’s XenClient all about?
  4. 4. Laptop Task USER TYPESusers workers Local Streamed Hosted Hosted VM VHD VDI Shared Runs locally 5000+ users per server 125 users per server 500 users per serverEnables disconnected High Security Allows Users Share Common use Personalization Desktop Client Side Compute Server Side Compute
  5. 5. Desktop Virtualization for corporate Laptops • Extending XenDesktop to the last mile of users • Control for IT, Flexibility for Users • Fast deployment of new VM’s to employees or contractors • Self service recovery to any XenClient device • Secure corporate data
  6. 6. XenClient Packaging Now Now Includes Includes XenClient XenClient XenDesktop XenDesktop XenDesktopBuy It VDI Enterprise Platinum NEW XenDesktop XenClientTry It Express Express Citrix Confidential - Do Not Distribute
  7. 7. What is XenClient technology? • Type 1 hypervisor: High performance XenClient because it runs on bare metal technology • Built on 64-bit open source Xen technology • Runs multiple virtual desktops Compatible laptop & desktop simultaneously hardware • Completely secure isolation for each VM • Hardware independent VMs • Service VM Architecture for extensibility
  8. 8. XenClient Architecture
  9. 9. Types of client hypervisor architecturesType 1 Hypervisor Type 2 Hypervisor(XenClient) (Traditional VMM) Corporate Image Type-2 Hypervisor Personal Image Corporate Image Type-1 Hypervisor Personal Image Hardware Hardware • Better Security and Isolation • Less Isolation and Security • Bare Metal Performance • Easier to Retrofit
  10. 10. XenClient ArchitecturHardware isolation and pass through operation Control Service Domain VM Personal VM Corporate VM Xen Hypervisor Audio USB GPU GPU Hardware Disk ACPI NIC
  11. 11. Citrix Receiver for XenClient • First Service VM for XenClient Citrix Receiver for XenClient Local VM • Simple wizard to create VMs locally Desktops • Easy switching between VMs with Switcher Bar XenClient • Connector for centralized technology synchronization of desktops • Self-service provisioning and recovery • Enforcement of local policy and kill pill
  12. 12. Receiver for XenClient functions• Create VM(s) • From optical media (CD / DVD) • Download from Synchronizer for XenClient• VM Management• Change Power Options• Change Touchpad Options• Setup Networking• Register with Synchronizer for XenClient
  13. 13. Citrix Receiver for XenClient: System Settings
  14. 14. Synchronizer for XenClient Citrix Receiver for XenClient Automatic Local VM Copy of Desktops Local VMs Δsync XenClient Synchronizer for technology XenClient • Centralized delivery of virtual desktops • Full-time backup & rapid recovery • Remote kill & local policy controls
  15. 15. VM Appliance Management• Assign desktop to user/group• Set policies and configuration • Desktop version • Authorship • Modify VM properties • Audio: Disabled, Enabled no Recording, Enabled with Recording • Optical Drive Access: Disabled, Read-Only, Read-Write • Networking: Wired and/or Wireless enabled/disabled • CPU and Memory • Lease Time, Backup Frequency, Phone Home Frequency
  16. 16. Synchronizer WebUI
  17. 17. Dynamic Image Mode
  18. 18. New in RC2 / V1.0
  19. 19. New in RC2 / V1.0• Windows 7 x64 • This was one of the top requests as we are seeing a split with customer deployments of Windows 7 between 32bit and 64bit. The Xen virtualization we use in XenClient is 64bit so adding this support was really a matter of porting the graphics, USB, and other supporting drivers over to 64bit. The storage and networking drivers were already 64bit ready courtesy of the XenServer group.• Improved USB • Another top request was improvements to USB device support. So we spent a lot of time making major improvements to the USB support. This includes support for integrated USB devices such as webcams, fingerprint readers. Also we build a new user interface for routing USB devices between VMs and setting up persistent connections between VMs and certain USB devices. At this point most USB devices should work with the platform. If not let us know. Ive listed some of the top requests below.
  20. 20. New in RC2 / V1.0• Added support for the following devices: • Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad • Microsoft Windows Phones • Android Phones • Headsets • Fingerprint Readers • Webcams • Smart Card Readers • 3G data modems • And many more…
  21. 21. New in RC2 / V1.0Bluetooth • With our new improved USB support comes support for a variety of Bluetooth devices. On most systems in our HCL the Bluetooth system is actually a USB device that can be assigned to a virtual machine. This allows that virtual machine to talk to your Bluetooth devices.Usability Enhancements • We spent a lot of time on incorporating usability feedback into this release. We have a crack team of UX experts at Citrix that watched ITPros first use of the system and we learned some great information about how to make the product even simpler and easy to use. While we made a host of enhancements these are some of the ones that stand out.
  22. 22. New in RC2 / V1.0Simplified VM upload and download process • We removed combined steps and even removed a number of steps to make the process of uploading a VM image to a Synchronizer super simple. We also removed the duplicate publish VMs that were cluttering the UI.Improved display of upload/download progress • Along with enhancements to the actual upload and download process we enhanced the display of upload and download progress information and now include this information on the main Receiver for XenClient UI.Enhanced client authentication experience • Here again we combined steps and cleanup up the UI to make the authentication experience on XenClient simpler to use and understand.
  23. 23. New in RC2 / V1.0In VM alerting system • We have a brand new in VM alerting system that will make sure users are aware of critical issues affecting the system such as low disk space, policy actions, or impending lease time expiries. Previously this type of information was only available in the Receiver for XenClient UI.Mouse pointer trails support • We have starting extended XenClient to be more accessible to all users and the first area of focus was on the mouse and trackpad. In this release we added pointer trails support
  24. 24. New in RC2 / V1.0Automatic slipstream of Intel Graphics drivers • XenClient has some amazing 3D graphics support that lets a virtual machine have direct access to the Intel graphics system for a native graphics experience. Now in this release we automatically slipstream the Intel graphics drivers into most versions of Windows. So you can flip on the 3D graphics feature and be ready to go without having to download any drivers.
  25. 25. New in RC2 / V1.0Intel AMT KVM Remote Control • The latest version of Intel vPro technology includes a great new feature called AMT KVM Remote Control. This allows you to remotely view and control a laptop using a VNC viewer. This works on systems shipped this year with Intel vPro on Core i5 and i7 systems. We did some nice integration work that allows you to remote control not only the XenClient UI but also switch between all of your VMs. Its useful for remote troubleshooting and training with users. I also find it helpful for doing demos of XenClient over Go2Meeting. You need a second PC running Go2Meeting and then you can connect via a VNC viewer to the XenClient system. This lets everyone on the Go2Meeting see everything on the XenClient system.
  26. 26. New in RC2 / V1.0Intel Extended Page Tables support • In this release we added support for hardware acceleration of virtual memory operations for increased memory performance. In the past the Xen hypervisor we use in XenClient did an admirable job of page table virtualization but nothing beats hardware assist and this will give us an extra boost in overall performance for memory operations.In place upgrade for XenClient • We have had a tremendous response to the first release candidate and every time I go to a field event I get people showing me their laptops running XenClient. We have a legion of fans running XenClient as their daily software and so we wanted to make sure they had a path to move to the latest version of the software. So you can boot your existing system with an RC2 CD and the installer will find your existing setup and upgrade it.
  27. 27. New in RC2 / V1.0Local authentication enhancements • We made some nice changes to the authentication experience on XenClient simplifying the way you enter credentials as part of the usability upgrade mentioned above. We also added support for manual and automatic locking of the system. This means if you walk away from your XenClient system we can lock it automatically to protect your VMs and configuration.Secure Application Sharing • There have been multiple bug fixes and enhancements gone into the way that the ICA session is handled between VMs. First and foremost, most “Protocol Driver” error messages should not appear. You will also notice that the ICA display driver code is now able to better handle resolution changes in the publishing or subscribing VMs
  28. 28. New since RC2 to V1.0Integrated Disk Encryption • VMs delivered to XenClient from the Synchronizer can now be protected with AES-XTS disk encryption. This ensures that sensitive data is fully protected when deployed on XenClient systems. In the event a system is lost or stolen all the data remains protected from unauthorized access. On systems with Core i5 and Core i7 vPro technology XenClient will use Intel AES-NI to offload encryption operations to the hardware.External Monitor/Projector Support • The latest generation of Intel Core i5 and i7 vPro systems now fully support use of external monitors and projectors. Previously using external monitors and projectors required running a VM with 3D graphics support enabled.
  29. 29. New since RC2 to V1.0• * New since RC1 • Dell Latitude E4200* HP EliteBook 2530p Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Dell Latitude E4300 HP EliteBook 6930p Lenovo ThinkPad T400 Dell Latitude E6400 HP EliteBook 2540p* Lenovo ThinkPad T500 Dell Latitude E6500 HP EliteBook 8440p Lenovo ThinkPad T410* Dell Latitude E4310* HP EliteBook 2740p* Lenovo ThinkPad X201* Dell Latitude E6410 HP ProBook 6550b* ThinkCentre M90p* Dell Latitude E6510 HP Compaq 8000 Elite PC Dell OptiPlex 780 HP Compaq 8100 Elite PC* Dell OptiPlex 980* Citrix Confidential - Do Not Distribute
  30. 30. New since RC2 to V1.0XenClient to Synchronizer Communication Hardening • XenClient systems will now use client side digital certificates along with user credentials to authenticate to the Synchronizer. Additionally all VHD files are encrypted with AES CBC encryption to allow secure delivery and caching of components over http.VM Switching Enhancements • The in-guest VM switcher bar has been re-skinned with updated graphics and new pull-down behavior. And the switching process has been revamped with a beautiful fade on switch between VMs.Revamped Synchronizer Web Interface • The Synchronizer for XenClient has a revamped UI and refreshed graphics showing off the latest Citrix Symphony styles.
  31. 31. New in RC2 / V1.0Synchronizer for XenClient Enhancements• Dynamic Image Mode (Experimental) • This capability allows layering of VM images. By separating the image into layers, administrators can maintain a single copy of the base image in the datacenter. As the base image is updated, the Synchronizer will generate a delta to upgrade the image deployed on existing XenClient systems. This allows for rollback or roll-forward to any version of the VM image. Additionally by separating the user data into a separate layer, backup sizes are dramatically reduced.
  32. 32. New in RC2 / V1.0Simplified disk space expansion for image and backupstorage • Administrators will now be able to easily increase the amount of storage available for storing VM images and user backups. They simply shutdown the Synchronizer appliance, increase the data disk drive in XenCenter and boot up the appliance. The Synchronizer will automatically find and use the newly added space.Simplified and Expanded Synchronizer Setup • Simplifications to the Synchronizer configuration process including streamlined HTTPS support and support for static networking configurations.
  33. 33. New in RC2 / V1.0In place upgrade for Synchronizer • Ability to upgrade Synchronizer from RC1 to RC2 while keeping existing settings, images, and backups intact.Scalability enhancements • Working towards being production deployment ready, some of the work the engineering team has put in includes: • Optimization for data transfer throughput • Optimization storage of compressed VM image and user backup data