As a benefit of Software Maintenance, Long Term Service Releases (LTSR) of XenApp and XenDesktop enable enterprises to retain a particular release for an extended period of time while receiving minor updates that provide fixes, typically void of new functionality. This provides customers with greater predictability and simplified on-going maintenance. Citrix has announced the first-ever Long Term Service Release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 available for download on Citrix.com. The following diagram shows the evolution of XenApp/XenDesktop releases over the course of the past 3 years.
Instead of using the LTSR release, service provider wishing to apply all the latest features and technologies can make use of the Current Release (CR). More details on the LTSR vs. the CR releases can be found in the following links:
- Long Term Service Release (LTSR) Base Release (Citrix.com)
- XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Long Term Service Release, including CU1 (Citrix.com)
- Delivery Controller 7.6.1000 / LTSR CU1 (by Carl Stalhood)
- Introduction to LTSR (by Bas van Kaam)