Hotfixes Update 5 released for XenDesktop 5.6 Controller

Citrix has released update 5 for the XenDesktop 5.6 Controller software.

Fixed with this update:

  • This update is intended to be applied only by customers who require Federal Information Processing Standards compliant encryption. This update supports end-to-end TLS encryption of HDX communications in a XenDesktop 5.6 environment.

    [From XD560BrokerSvcWX86005]<cat_security_issues>[#LA3873]


You can download and read more about installing and uninstalling this update at the following locations.

Hotfixes Update 4 for Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Controller

Citrix has released 1 update (X86 and X64) called Update 4 for XenDesktop 5.6 Controller side.

Fixed in this release:

Installing, Uninstalling, Upgrading

  1. Installing Hotfix XD560MISvcWX64003 on Desktop Delivery Controllers in a site with failed provisioning workflows can prevent the Machine Identity Service from starting.

    [From XD560ADIDSvcWX64004, XD560ConfSvcWX64004, XD560HostSvcWX64004, XD560MISvcWX64004]<cat_install>[#LA3556]

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Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 controller hotfix update 3

xendesktopCitrix has released hotfix update 3 for XenDesktop 5.6 Controller (32 and 64 bit). These hotfixes address several issues with the XenDesktop 5.6 Controller. In order to address all issues in their entirety, you must install all hotfixes included in this download package. Installing just a partial set of these hotfixes will fail to address the issues and might lead to system instabilities.

Fixed issues:

Server/Site Administration

  1. Desktop groups cannot be created or deleted if their names exceed 63 characters in length or contain underscores (“_”).

    [From XD560BrokerSvcWX64003]<cat_server_farm_administration>[#LA0978]

  2. With VMware vSphere 5, when deleting a dedicated virtual machine (VM) from Desktop Studio, the delta disk of the dedicated VM might be left behind. Continue reading “Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 controller hotfix update 3”

Personal vDisk catalog stuck in preparing state


Customer might notice that the “Pooled with Personal vDisk” type catalogs might be created but these catalogs remain in a “Preparing state”.


When the master image is cloned at the hypervisor, only core settings such as storage, CPU, and networking are duplicated for the newly created machines and all other settings maintain their default values from the hypervisor. Customers that have made changes related to disabling drives, ports, and other hardware loose these changes and the newly created hardware add these devices back and are unable to update the drives as the base image kernel is in a read only state


When configuring the master image, before you take the snapshot that will be used to create your catalog, start the machine into the BIOS of the Virtual Machine and reset all settings to default. This allows you to deploy your new images without them being blocked by newly found hardware. If your security requirements require these devices disabled, then you can remove them from the target devices.

The original article on the Citrix knowledgebase can be found here.

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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XenDesktop Services checker tool


XenDesktop service checker uses the XenDesktop Powershell SDK to enumerate and register site service instances. It also checks whether or not services are running, and provides the ability to enable logging for each service.


This tool require .NET 3.5 SP1 and the XenDesktop Powershell SDK (both must be installed with XenDesktop 5 or later).

Installing XenDesktop Service Checker

Extract XD Service Checker.exe from the download and execute on a Desktop Delivery Controller (DDC) that is a member broker of a XenDesktop site.

How to Use XenDesktop Service Checker

To use this tool, run the executable file on a XenDesktop 5 member DDC. After the site is enumerated, right-click any node in the left-hand tree view to perform actions, such as registering and testing service instances, starting/stopping services, and enabling service logging.

  • The following screen shot displays the main form. Each broker should have 12 service instances. These instances are bound to the main XenDesktop services as shown in the following screen shot. When the utility starts, these instances are checked. If the instance is not available, then the instance appears in red and the utility prompts for repair.

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