A Look at the New Features of Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4

In a much anticipated move, Citrix has made the Tech Preview (beta) version of MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0 (MPS4) available to partners and iForum attendees.

In a much anticipated move, Citrix has made the Tech Preview (beta) version of MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0 (MPS4) available to partners and iForum attendees. MPS4 contains most (if not all) of the cool new "future technologies" that were previewed at iForum last week.

I've started writing about some of the new features, and I'll certainly write more as I work them out in my lab. In the meantime, I'd like to provide a quick "master list" of all the new features that are currently slated to be included in MPS4.

Before we look at the list, I'd like to mention two quick things:

  1. This feature list is what's included in the current beta version. Some of these features might not actually make it into the final product.
  2. Citrix has not announced an official release date for MPS4. I've heard they're shooting for first quarter of 2005, although several insiders have told me it will be more like summer 2005.

Now, on to the feature list. As of today, Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 4.0 is scheduled to include the following major new features: ("Major" in my opinion)

  • Application Isolation Environments (I'll discuss this more later this week)
  • Virtual IP addresses (This was covered last week)
  • EMF-based universal printing (also covered last week)
  • New print manager subsystem
  • The Citrix / FlexLM licensing service now supports Microsoft Clustering
  • CPU workload management (licensed from Aurema)
  • Virtual memory optimization management (licensed from RTO)
  • Smooth roaming will support smart cards
  • Web Interface customization and modification is now much easier (including custom branding, layout, ICA window options, and color schemes).

In addition, MPS 4 will include several "minor" new features:

  • Multi-monitor support has been improved and should behave as expected
  • Program Neighborhood is getting a Quick Launch bar
  • Windows key combinations can be transparently passed through to the remote server
  • One single instance of Web Interface can support multiple languages
  • Client file access (via ICA client drive mapping) now respects OS file locking rules
  • USB synchronization for PDAs via ICA with server-side ActiveSync
  • TWAIN imaging devices virtual channel
  • Logon speed increases
  • Faster remote file system browsing (via Citrix policy settings for asynchronous writes, read-ahead, and directory caching)
  • Smart cards no longer have to be configured on an application-by-application basis (no more SCConfig!)
  • Smart card PIN setting works via ICA passthrough

As I said, I'll be hitting the lab in the next few weeks and let you know what my experience is with these features.

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This message was originally posted by berdt on October 17, 2004
I get my copy from mycitrix.com, but I am not a partner. So it seems you can just play with it when you licensed MP3.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 15, 2004
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This message was originally posted by Brian Madden on October 15, 2004
I've spoken to some people at Citrix, and now I can't say for sure whether every iForum attendee is getting this or just the ones who work for Citrix partners. It seems to be widely available to partners, I'm just not sure about other people.
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This message was originally posted by xs4citrix on October 14, 2004
Login to mycitrix.com to retrieve your copy.
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This message was originally posted by Mike on October 14, 2004
I went to iForum and saw Colorado in the lab but I didn't get a copy. When and how were they distributed?
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This message was originally posted by Mike on October 18, 2004
Citrix Systems, Inc.

Download Citrix(R) MetaFrame(R) Presentation Server Technology Preview


Citrix is pleased to offer you the opportunity to download and evaluate a technology preview of Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server, with support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server. This preview will give you an advance look at new technologies that Citrix may include in the next release of the product. These new capabilities target security, server scalability and performance, connectivity and device support, and improved end-user experience. Here's how to obtain the technology preview from myCitrix.com:


Go to the Downloads area of citrix.com/mycitrix http://www.citrix.com/mycitrix
Click on "Technology Preview"
Select "Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server"
Select "Windows", then "English"
Take the short survey
Choose a link from the Download list


During your evaluation, be sure to read the documentation that accompanies the software to fully understand the features and functionality available. In addition, we invite you to provide comments, ask questions, and report technical issues by e-mail to the address provided in the product's Getting Started Guide.


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This message was originally posted by tom Howarth on November 18, 2004
It seems that you must be a member of a select band of people, I can't see the technology preview link in mycitrix. :-(
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Does anyone have any ideas as to when MPS4 will be released? I'd heard "Summer 2005" and "Early 2005", but wondered if anyone had an exact month?
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The most recent rumor I've heard was January. My guess is we'll hear more about it at the Solutions Summit on Jan 17.

Brian
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Am i right in thinking, the above feature including CPU utilisation, is only available in the Enterprise version?
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Q2 2005
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Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 is now avalable!!!
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Hye
where can I download it?
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ORIGINAL: Guest

Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 is now avalable!!!
i want to download

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how to get a presentation copy?
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Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 is now avalable!!!

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how to get a presentation copy?
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Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 is now avalable!!!



In English please?

Shawn



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how to get a presentation copy?
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Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 is now avalable!!!

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is it avilable ? 
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English Version.
Thanks
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