Upgrade XenDesktop 7.5 to 7.6 (PART3): Virtual Delivery Agent

In this article I will go in a detailed way to the steps to upgrade XenDesktop 7.5 to 7.6.
For upgrading the Virtual Delivery Agent we have documented the automatic upgrade via autoselect, and the manual upgrade via a downloaded installer. We did not notice any real difference though.

 

Upgrade Virtual Delivery Agent 7.1 to 7.6 via the Autoselect process (includes the Citrix Client!)

1.  Mount the ISO and run Autoselect
2.  Select Upgrade Delivery Agent for Windows Server OS.

WARNING: Note that if you upgrade this way, the Citrix Receiver client will be upgraded as well!

If you do not intend to upgrade the client, you will have to run the MSIs manually or do an install via command line. We won’t cover these steps.

3.  Click Next
4.  Click Upgrade
5. Suddenly you are informed Citrix Client will be upgraded as well!
6. The latest Citrix Receiver 4.1.200.13 would be installed.
7. Click Finish
8. Reboot the server, perform tests. n/a

Upgrade Virtual Delivery Agent 7.1 to 7.6 via the VSAServerSetup.exe (downloaded) (includes the Citrix Client!)

1. As an alternative to using the full-product XenApp or XenDesktop ISO to install Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs), you can

use a standalone VDA installation package. The smaller package more easily accommodates deployments using Electronic

Software Delivery (ESD) packages that are staged or copied locally, have physical machines, or have remote offices

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2.   Download the package.

xendesktop-and-xenapp-76-VDA

3. Run VDAServerSetup.exe for Server OS
4. Click Next

WARNING: Note that if you upgrade this way, the Citrix Receiver cliente will be upgraded as well!

If you do not intend to upgrade the cliente, you will have to run the MSIs manually or do na install via command line. We won’t cover these steps.

5. Click Upgrade
6. The installation requires a reboot to finish configuration, so if you are creating or updating a PVS image, you should restart and shut down after a succesful logon.

Click Finish

7.   Add/remove program indicates the VDA 7.6 e the last Citrix Receiver version from the 4.1 version.

All Citrix Receiver versions here:
Download old Citrix Receiver clients (the most complete list)

8.   Reboot to apply the installation changes. Tip: If you are updating a golden image (PVS) then you need to reboot once or twice before closing the image. If you shut down and finish your image, you will encounter problems with citrix policies later.

Status: 10x XenDesktop licenses 7.5 -> 7.6
1x License Server 11.11 -> 11.12
2x StoreFront Servers 2.5 -> 2.6
1x PVS Targets with Virtual Delivery Agent 7.5 -> 7.6

Continue with PART4: Upgrade XenDesktop 7.5 to 7.6 (PART4): Provisioning Services