Take advantage of MetaFrame XP Feature Release 3

Citrix has taken its popular MetaFrame product to the next level with the release of MetaFrame XP Presentation Server, Feature Release 3. See how this update improves printing and Windows 2003 integration, and learn how to install it.

Citrix has released the latest version of its MetaFrame XP line of products. Citrix MetaFrame XP Presentation Server, Feature Release 3, has been released especially for the Windows Server 2003 product line. Feature Release 3 (FR3) is currently certified to run on both Windows 2000 and Windows 2003. To help you get a handle on this tool, I'm going to explore some of the new features of FR3 and walk you through an installation/upgrade.

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What's new?
With the release of FR3, you now have the ability to centrally manage all of your published applications and provide administrative duties from anywhere using any device over any connection. Citrix is moving to create a highly scalable and secure product.

Further, FR3 extends the power of Windows 2003 Terminal Services. Some of the key benefits include universal printing so that installing multiple print drivers isn't necessary. Also, Citrix has added a new universal driver that supports color and high-resolution printing. Another feature is Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM), which allows administrators to monitor FR3 Presentation servers in the same fashion that Windows 2000/2003 servers are monitored via the console.

Citrix has also included new ICA clients and support for Java, 32-bit Windows, and Mac OS X. This improved functionality allows a user to connect to an FR3 Presentation Server from almost all client devices. Now that I've gone over some of the new features, I'll walk through the installation/upgrade process.

In order to install or upgrade Citrix MetaFrame FR3, you must have the following:
  • 400 MB of disk space for MetaFrame XPe
  • 250 MB of disk space for ICA client software
  • 50 MB of disk space for Management Console
  • Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, or Datacenter Server, with Service Pack 2 or higher, or Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition
  • Terminal Services installed in Application mode prior to installing MetaFrame XP FR3
  • Logged on with a local administrator account to install the software

Remapping your drives
Prior to installing MetaFrame XP, you should decide whether you intend to remap your drive letters. By default, the installation program will remap your drive letters from C:, D:, E: to M:, N:, O:. You should kick off this process prior to installing MetaFrame XP or any third-party applications. There are a few reasons to remap your drives, but the most important reason is that when users connect to a Citrix session, they see C: as their own drive and aren't confused.

To remap your drives, first insert the Citrix MetaFrame XP FR3 CD in the CD drive or browse to the folder where you downloaded the installation files. Next, browse and double-click on DriveRemap, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Finally, choose the appropriate drive structure, as shown in Figure B, and click OK. The DriveRemap program will run through the installation and update your registry settings and drive letters. You will be prompted to reboot once the install completes.

Figure B

Upgrading/installing FR3 Presentation Server
Upgrading or installing FR3 Presentation Server is a piece of cake. You can either purchase FR3 and receive a CD, or, if you qualify, you can download it from Citrix's Web site. When you launch the CD or the downloaded executable, the splash screen in Figure C appears.

Figure C

Next, choose Install Or Update MetaFrame XP Server, then select MetaFrame XP Feature Release 3 (see Figure D).

Figure D

After you make that selection, you can follow the welcome screens and select Next. Then you will come to the license agreement. If you agree to Citrix's license agreement, click I Accept The License Agreement and move on. If you have a previous version of MetaFrame XP, you will be prompted with the screen shown in Figure E, asking if you are sure you want to upgrade. Click Yes to continue.

Figure E

If an earlier version of MetaFrame XP is detected, you will also have the option of creating a backup of the older version in case you need to restore (see Figure F). Choose the appropriate option and click Finish to begin installing MetaFrame XP.

Figure F

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