Simplifying Migration with Citrix and Microsoft
Published Sep 14 2020 10:57 AM 3,502 Views

This post is jointly authored by Abhishek Hemrajani, Principal Product Leader, and Harsh Gupta, Director, Product Management, Workspace Services. 


As customers continue to move to the cloud at rapid pace, having the tools and guidance to get them there makes all the difference. Today, organizations moving from on-premises without guidance can find it challenging and even frustrating to take the proper steps in order to ensure a smooth transition.


Citrix and Microsoft recognize that the journey to the cloud is different for each organization. Abhishek Hemrajani, Principal Product Leader at Microsoft, and I are excited to announce the development and publication of a migration guide to assist in your project.


Abhishek and the Microsoft Azure team collaborated directly with Citrix to create a guide that will help with easing the process of migrating from VMware vSphere to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service on Microsoft Azure.


Prior to our development of this guide, customers had to pick from piecemeal solutions and blogs that caused delayed or even stalled migration projects. Citrix and Microsoft set out to create a comprehensive end-to-end guide to help you move to the Azure cloud with confidence; enabling you to effectively strategize, plan and execute a transition to the Azure cloud.


Migrating to cloud resources will modernize your deployment, providing enhanced elasticity, scalability, and management.  With this documentation you’ll discover how to migrate from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on VMware vSphere to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service on Microsoft Azure. Some key areas of migration guidance include:

  • Moving from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on-prem to Citrix Cloud – Virtual Apps and Desktops service and leverage the latest in cloud management technology.
  • Migrating from Citrix Storefront with Gateway to Citrix Workspace Service and Gateway Service in Citrix Cloud.
  • Transitioning from Citrix Workspace Environment Manager (WEM) to WEM cloud service.
  • Shifting on-prem hosted VDAs on vSphere to VDAs hosted on Azure
  • File server transition to file servers on Azure and more

With the documentation now available in Citrix Tech Zone, we have spared no detail in walking customers through the process, including graphical diagrams, architecture and console images that take you step by step. This documentation combined with the new Citrix Automated Configuration Tool (tech preview) for Virtual Apps and Desktops enables IT to shorten the process of moving to the cloud.


To ensure this documentation is clear and concise, we reached out to several industry technical experts to test the process before publishing. Trond Eirik Haavarstein, Chief Automation Officer at xenappblog LLC recently tested the process and was pleased with the details the documentation and tools provided.


“After doing a lot of migrations to Citrix Cloud I’m really excited to have the Automated Configuration Tool and the extremely detailed Tech Zone document at my hands," he said. "This is the resource I needed years ago.” 


We know you’ll find this information helpful in your journey to the Azure cloud. Get the migration guide today.

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