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Systems Administrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature to me as IT is that the disk is non-writable. This means that, during the course of computing, nothing permanently bad can happen to the computer. Viruses and malware can’t corrupt it. So instead of a rebuild of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My organization is a 24x7 organization. About 2/3 of our users work a schedule that is 48 hours on, 96 hours off on rotating shifts and many of them live a minimum of 70 miles away. They frequently need to get into our computer system to... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to document the VDIs better in XenServer and in the Delivery Controller, so that I could know which snapshot and image goes with which machine. I can do it now, but it takes some digging. And I still think the training... more»
Real User
Technical Sales Leader on IBM Cloud, MBA at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Citrix XenDesktop is a great solution for VDI or virtual desktop environments. Its most valuable features to me are: * Pretty good management: You can manage a full environment for VDI, you have full control of what your users do, what they... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Mobility! You can access your virtual desktop with all your applications everywhere; with a smartphone, laptop, thin client and so on.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the following improvements: * Better monitoring tools included in the enterprise editions: At the moment, if you want better monitoring, you need to buy a third license. * Linux virtual desktop: We have been waiting more... more»
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Real User
Team Lead Global Engineering at Interpublic Group (IPG)
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* ICA protocol: Beats latency and improves performance for slow connections * Provisioning service (PVS): Makes deployment of VDI machines a simple breeze * Profile manager: Profile manager makes it very easy to retain user settings. The... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of users in remote locations and some have slow, high-latency connections. So deploying XenDesktop as a VDI solution to connect to our data center overcame the challenges of having remote users and addressed the slow and high... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better documentation of best practices and communication of newly available tools or troubleshooting tools. If you ask several consultants, each will give you almost completely different designs, as the best practice... more»
Real User
IT Director at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 30 2016

What is most valuable?

The user experience is comparable to XenApp (our past presentation server), with the same look and feel as a normal full desktop in the head office. It still uses ICA protocol, which means we did not have to increase the WAN bandwidth to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, when we were using the presentation server from Citrix, login time was taking up to eight minutes. XenDesktop reduced login time to less than two minutes. Managers who move around can take their work at any point in time to a new... more»

What needs improvement?

Our organisation has not been successful in delivering a multi-media experience via VDIs. This is one of the areas we are hoping to improve by upgrading to version 7.8.
Real User
Network Mgr at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 30 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature to me is the flexibility to publish just apps, just virtual desktops, both, or even physical desktops. Having so much flexibility in one solution, especially one that works as well as Citrix, is a huge advantage.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a large number of Mac users who need access to Windows programs. We tried many methods for allowing them to work from the Macs, including connecting them via remote desktop to physical Windows computers. This solution removes the... more»

What needs improvement?

I guess eliminating the slight difference in the web interface compared with the Receiver interface for saving files to local devices would be an improvement, but I have a feeling it's just not possible.
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What is XenDesktop?

With Citrix XenDesktop, you can mobilize your business by deploying virtual desktops and Windows apps onto mobile devices. Powered by XenApp, XenDesktop is capable of delivering entire desktops or even just the applications to any type of device. Not only is the solution non-device specific, but it also optimizes the virtual desktop/apps for each type of device and network, and supports touch technology.

XenDesktop enables IT to centralize security and control, and also to reduce IT costs through virtualization. The solution is simple to deploy and manage, and contributes towards increased employee productivity.

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Deutsche Bank, Knightec, Sunrise Health, and Emory Healthcare.

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