The WhatMatrix team is glad to announce the formal update of XenServer to version 7.2 in our Virtualization comparison – bringing all versions up to the latest releases for comparison.
The latest XenServer release comes with an array of improvements that further simplify the user experience and enable even greater platform management scalability. XenServer 7.2 is the first “Current Release” (CR), which makes new features available to users as early as possible. If you are more focused on “production stability” you might want to stick with the XS 7.1 (LTSR) release.

Customers who are running XenServer 7.1 LTSR should decide whether they wish to upgrade to the XenServer 7.2 CR stream, as this will require the regular adoption of new CRs in order to remain in support.

XenServer 7.2 is again available in two commercial editions:

  • Standard Edition
  • Enterprise Edition

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5 cool new features

XenServer continues to focus on enhancing the graphical user experience but there has been a number of interesting updates beyond graphics virtualisation with unique Windows Continuum support and easier snapshot management, see our hand-picked highlights below:

  • Scheduled Snapshots
    Enabling customers to configure their environment to automatically create VM snapshots at specified intervals. This helps guard against ransomware, unforeseen data corruption issues, system crashes, or user errors, by providing a last-known working version of the VM.
  • AMD MxGPU support
    XenServer continues to leads the industry in 3D graphics support, offering the widest range of graphics platforms and graphics applications at the best possible experience.
    XenServer 7.2 release introduces AMD MxGPU support as an experimental feature.
  • Enablement for XenDesktop Tablet Mode
    With XenServer 7.2, XenDesktop is the only VDI platform to enable the Windows Continuum experience on any device with a virtual Windows 10 desktop.
  • XenCenter Proxy Authentication
    XenCenter already allows the configuration of a proxy server to access the Internet. XenCenter 7.2 adds the ability to specify a username and password to connect to the proxy server, if the proxy server requires authentication.
  • Broader Nutanix integration
    With XenServer, Nutanix HCI can use unique features, such as provisioning services, high performance virtualized GPU and enhanced security.

For further details and insights see David Cottingham’s blog here

As always – we welcome feedback and suggestions how to improve the community platform – feel free to get in touch!

Gica Livada – WhatMatrix Product Consultant

PS Many thanks to the Citrix team specifically Enzo Raso and David Cottingham for input and clarifications.

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Gica Livada

Gica is working in Luxembourg as System Engineer and is former member of the VMware Centre of Excellence team from IBM Delivery Center in Brno, Czech Republic. He is passionate about virtualization and cloud technologies, holds multiple industry certifications from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and he is also vExpert 2014 - 2017.

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