Citrix Hypervisor 8.0

25th of April Citrix published new major release 8.0 of XenServer, which now officially becomes Citrix Hypervisor. The release is added to the Current Release (CR) track and comes in handy to upcoming End of Life for formerly latest Current Release, Xenserver 7.6.

Below I will shortly cover the most exciting news.

Name change

As quickly touched on initially, with this release XenServer officially changes name to Hypervisor. Along with Citrix changing name for most of the products in their portfolio, the naming for different editions has also gotten an update. Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 is released in below three editions:

  • Premium Edition (previously Enterprise Edition)
  • Standard Edition
  • Express Edition (previously Free Edition)

New features

  • “Platform refresh” – Version updates for Kernel, Xen hypervisor and control domain OS.
  • Full support for Windows Server 2019 VMs.
  • Web-based help – XenCenter and Conversion Manager
    • When pressing F1 the relevant article opens in your default browser
  • Disk and memory snapshots on vGPU enabled VMs now maintains the state of vGPU and is restored when the snapshot is applied.
    • Note: This requires Premium edition of Citrix Hypervisor
  • Ability to create Virtual Disk images larger than 2TB on GFS2 storage repositories
    • Note: This requires Premium edition of Citrix Hypervisor

Experimental features

Citrix also included an experimental feature in the boot mode section, UEFI boot mode for guest VMs. This to provide a richer interface for guest operating systems, limited support to Windows 10, Server 2016 and 2019.

As this is an experimental feature, Citrix added a lot of disclaimers for support regarding virtualization technologies such as MCS and PVS with guest UEFI boot mode.

Read more

For a full walk-through of changes, requirements and support, read more about Citrix Hypervisor 8.0 here:

https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2019/04/25/citrix-hypervisor-8-0-is-here/

https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-hypervisor.html

https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2018/10/03/major-platform-changes-to-xenserver-what-you-need-to-know/

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