How to install the XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 VDA software update

When installing the XenDesktop Feature Pack 1 VDA software on a clean virtual machine that has had no previous Virtual Desktop Agent (VDA) software installed; no option for configuring the VDA software appears during installation, such as controller location and the TCP/IP port. Furthermore, the software appears as ‘Citrix Virtual Desktop Core Services’ under Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) and no option is given to reconfigure the software:

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Best practices for upgrading to vSphere 5 in a Citrix Provisioning Environment


This article describes the steps for upgrading to vSphere 5 in a Citrix Provisioning environment.


  • A working Provisioning Services environment.
  • Admin access to Provisioning Services server.
  • Admin access to Provisioning Services targets.
  • Rights required to make changes to target devices and the host.


  • Reverse image vDisks.
  • Change NIC on target to VMXNet3.
  • Enable Interrupt Mode in Bootstrap used by target devices.
  • Upgrade host ESX server(s) to vSphere 5.
  • Upgrade VMware tools.
  • Reinstall Provisioning Services target software.
  • Create image of updated machine.
  • Reinstall XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Agent (if installed) while vDisk is in Private Mode.
  • Note: You can change vDisk to standard mode and deploy to targets.

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Install-Upgrade PVS 6.1 target device software CPVS61E001 hotfix

This step-by-step guide shows you how to update-install your PVS 6.1 target device software to the latest version of Hotfix 1 (CPVS61E001).

1. From Provisioning Services Console, make sure no version of the virtual disk (vDisk) to be updated is currently in "Maintenance" access mode.

2. Right-click on the vDisk in the device collection or vDisk pool, then select "Versions…" from the context menu. The "vDisk Versions" dialog appears.

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Citrix License Server for Windows upgrade

Here’s a step by step upgrade guide for upgrading the Citrix License Server to version 11.10. This guide is written based on a Windows 2008 R2 server.

Go to the Citrix download page and logon with your Citrix ID and download the latest version of the installation files here.

Important: Before starting the upgrade it is always recommended that you have a backup of your license files and server. You can find the license files in the installation directory and then the “MyFiles” folder.

You can check which version of the License Server you have running now by starting the License Server webpage and going to the “Administration” button and logon. You now see the following screenshot (figure 1) which shows the version number.

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Figure 1

Start the CTX_Licensing installer package on the License Server and select “Upgrade” (Figure 2).

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Upgrade XenDesktop 5.5 to 5.6

When upgrading your XenDesktop 5.5 environment to XenDesktop 5.6 make sure you have read the following to be successful in your upgrade.

This post describes how to upgrade a small XenDesktop 5.5 environment to XenDesktop version 5.6.

Best Practice for Upgrading a XenDesktop 5 Site

Refer to the specific documentation related to the released version of XenDesktop that you are using for any release-specific detail. Specific documentation can be found on Citrix eDocs. When upgrading an existing XenDesktop 5 site to a new release or applying a hotfix, the following best practice procedure is strongly recommended:

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XenApp 6.0 to 6.5 Upgrade Utility


XenApp 6.5 does not provide a binary upgrade path from XenApp 6.0. For some environments, the ability to create a new virtual machine image or clean installation XenApp 6.5 servers might not be possible.

The script performs what normally would be a long process of manually uninstalling XenApp 6.0 components in a select order, then installing XenApp 6.5. The following steps are performed:

  • Checks to see if XenApp 6.0 is installed or not, and if the XenApp 6.5 installer is available.
  • Prompts for a password to silently run the install process after reboot.
    : This is not stored by the script but is stored by the operating system in the Task Scheduler.

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