When it comes to software, there are UPDATES and then there are merely...updates. One can safely assume the latter with Citrix’s XenApp 6.5 release. This half-an-integer software update introduces a few new features – some you’ll use, many you won’t – to XenApp's mature session virtualization platform.
Now being minor doesn’t necessarily mean 6.5 isn’t important. This release includes notable new features like Instant App Access, Pre-Launch, Linger, Dynamic Datacenter Provisioning, and Receiver Storefront. The combination of these greatly improve the user experience across a range of use cases. XenApp 6.5 also adds new policy settings, an improved Migration Center, as well as introduces XenDesktop’s Desktop Director to XenApp environments. These are no small reasons to consider an upgrade sooner, rather than later.
XenApp 6.5's release also sunsets the 1Y0-A18 exam, which was the single requirement for obtaining the CCA for XenApp 6.0. Replacing it is a new exam, with (slightly) new objectives, new questions, and a new number: 1Y0-A20. You’ll learn all about that new exam, and get a useful mapping between objective sets that’ll target your study onto the knowledge that matters most. If you've gone through the CBT Nuggets XenApp 6 series
you're most of the way there for understanding what you need to know for 6.5.
Best of all, this series is taught by the very best: Veteran CBT Nuggets instructor Greg Shields is one of an elite few named Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert, and
Citrix CTP -- in the same year. He returns in this series to offer his guidance, experience, and thoughts on this XenApp release. In these Nuggets, he’ll prepare you for success on the CCA, and in managing your XenApp 6.5 infrastructure.