Tag Archives: Migration Tool

Can I use the XenApp 6 Migration Tool on XenApp 6.5?

The XenApp 6 Migration Tool is a PowerShell 2.0 Module that pulls data from a MFCOM-based XenApp farm and adds it to a XenApp 6 server farm. As XenApp 6.5 is around now, including almost the same set of Cmdlets like its predecessor, it seems to be perfectly possible to use that Tool to migrate from XenApp 5 to XenApp 6.5 for example. So what’s the catch?

The answer is pretty simple: Citrix XenApp 6.5 has built-in migration capabilities which includes the former Migration Tool cmdlets. Therefore, don’t care about the past and take a closer look at the XenApp 6.5 Migration Center ;-)

The Migration Center is a PowerShell module and you can use it through a GUI or a command-line.

How To Migrate A “Legacy” Citrix Farm To XenApp 6?

Recently, I wrote here about the release of the Citrix XenApp 6 PowerShell SDK and that XenApp 6 neither supports nor contains the MFCOM programming interface of XenApp 5 and older versions (which I will call Legacy Farm from now on).

Upcoming Legacy Farm to XenApp 6 migration projects will definitely go along with the requirement to automatically export the Legacy Farm’s objects like Applications or Administrators in order to import them into the new XenApp 6 Farm. Since XenApp6 has no MFCOM support you won’t be able to use MFCOM based migration scripts you may have written for former migration projects. What you need instead is a Migration Tool that “speaks” both MFCOM and XenApp 6 Commands – meaning a tool that is able to communicate with the Legacy Farm as well as the new farm.

Good news is that such a tool is already available, currently it is still in Beta and it is supposed to be released in mid of this month – the Citrix XenApp 6 Migration Tool (Download)

The XenApp 6 Migration Tool contains a PowerShell 2.0 Module whose Cmdlets and Functions can be used to export Legacy Farm settings from a XenApp 5 Farm and import them to a XenApp 6 Farm. The following types of objects can be migrated:

  • Application
  • Folder
  • Load evaluator
  • Policy
  • Server configuration
  • Farm configuration
  • Administrator

Settings you can’t transfer:

  • Zones
  • Printer management
  • Configuration logging settings

The XenApp 6 Migration Tool supports only migration from a single XenApp 5 Farm. It isn’t possible to consolidate multiple Legacy Farms into one XenApp 6 Farm. The Legacy Farm must be based on XenApp 5 for WS2003 + HRP5 or XenApp 5 for WS2008. The new farm must be running XenApp 6 for WS2008 R2.

How To Migrate XP User Profiles to Windows 7?

In corporate IT environments, the broken compatibility for user profiles leads to formidable challenges in Windows XP to Windows 7 migration projects. Even if it seems possible to automate this task using “homebrew scripts” – forget about it.

You definitely can save hours and days of development time if you spend 30 minutes in order to read Benny’s Immidio White Paper Migration To Windows 7 with Immidio Flex Profiles (Download)