Old system

Move your app from unsupported and unsecure operating systems.

Auto Packager
Compatibility container

New system

Move your app to the latest and supported operating system.


Cloudhouse Containers

Cloudhouse Containers resolve problems running 32-bit Windows XP and 7, Windows Server 2003, and Internet Explorer-based applications on modern, secure and supported operating systems and platforms from Microsoft and Citrix. Compatibility Containers make this possible with the unique redirection, isolation and compatibility engine included in the Container. Unlike traditional application virtualization or layering solutions which are focused on solving packaging and delivery.

Key Benefits

For End User Computing Architects
  • Accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 – don’t worry about the apps
  • Consolidate all your apps to the latest version of XenApp
  • No more VDI as a work around for desktop apps
For System Integrators
  • Increase operational efficiency by consolidating infrastructure, and reduced solution complexity for your delivery platform
  • Deliver greater value, and user experience, for your clients by enabling all their applications to benefit from the latest HDX improvements
  • Accelerate Windows 10 desktop deployments and meet customer SLAs
For Application Packaging Teams
  • Package on Windows XP or Server 2003 and run apps on Windows 10 and Server 2016
  • Fast application packaging and editing process (no recompilation), integrate into packaging and analysis workflows, including AppDNA
  • Package apps once for all desktop and server operating systems, including Windows as a Service


Cloud Containers ensure application compatibility with latest platforms, delivered through a unique redirection engine. Unlike application virtualization or layering solutions, which provide application-to-application isolation, Cloudhouse Containers uniquely isolate applications from the original underlying platform – whether they were designed for 32-bit desktops, Windows Server 2003, previous version of Internet Explorer-based applications, or rely on earlier versions of Microsoft Office plug-ins. Cloudhouse Containers make it possible to deployed applications unchanged on to the latest platforms from Microsoft and Citrix.

Application Compatibility and Redirection

App to operating system compatibility enables 32-Bit Windows apps written for Windows XP or Server 2003 to run on Windows 10 and Server 2016. Redirections can be applied file, registry, network (IP addresses and ports), processes (mutexes and semaphores) so that desktop apps can run in multi user environments like XenApp.

Application Runtime and Isolation

Apps can be packaged with all their dependencies, including outdated run times, or versions that conflict, and safely run alongside other applications. Containers can provide isolation for the runtimes so that they aren’t used by other applications on the server or desktop.

Client-side Integration

Applications don’t need to be packaged together and run in the same container to work together. Full support for inbound integrations from locally installed applications and Microsoft Office Plugins.

Instant Deploy and Run

Containers include the required user mode runtime, eliminating the need to pre-install players or client-side software. Applications work as though they’re installed natively – with shortcuts and file type associations - users don’t have to change how they work.

Containers for IE Applications

Applications that depend upon unsupported versions of IE can be deployed and run on Windows 10. Fully manage your browser application in a Container without affecting the users general browsing experience; include runtimes like Java, configure the required browser and site security settings, and managing the Enterprise and Compatibility mode settings.

Familiar Management and Deployment

Containers are managed and deployed with your existing management tools and processes, so you don’t have to invest in training, or infrastructure changes. Containers can be deployed through popular tools such as Microsoft Active Directory, Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager, InTune, Windows Store for Business and scripts.


Applications packaged in Cloudhouse Containers can easily be moved to the cloud when the time comes – and back to avoid vendor lock-in. Containers enable Windows to remain Evergreen, with support for Windows as a Service, and cloud services such as Citrix Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services.

Package Once, Run Anywhere

The Auto Packager streamlines the application packaging process with install capture and run time analysis. The packaging process can be fully automated by integrating into application analysis tools like AppDNA. Applications only need to be packaged once for all operating systems. Create Containers and improve packaging success rate.

Fast Edit and Zero Recompilation

Reduce the time and frustration for packaging teams face when applications and configuration changes need to be applied. Container editing is quick, and updates and changes can be made instantly without the need to recompile the Container.

Licensing and Usage Reporting

Understand application usage patterns within your business, including who’s using what apps, on what OS, when and how often. Application usage and deployment data is recorded on a central file share and can be imported into other reporting, analytics systems or databases.

Platform and Application Compatibility

Platforms Supported

Current Platform Target Platform
Windows Desktop 32-bit Windows XP and Windows 7 64-bit Windows 10 / Windows as a Service
Windows Server 32-bit Windows 2003 and 2008 64-bit Server 2012R2 and Server 2016
Citrix XenApp 4.5, 5.0, 6.5 XenDesktop 5.6 XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x
Internet Explorer IE 6,7,8,9,10 IE 11

Interoperability & Compatibility

Deployment Active Directory, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft InTune, Windows Store for Business, ivanti (LANDESK)
App Management Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, Microsoft RemoteApp, VMware Horizon
Personalization ivanti (AppSense), Citrix Profile Management, Microsoft Roaming Profile
Other App Virtualization Microsoft App-v, VMware ThinApp, Numescent
Layering Citrix App Layering, FSLogix, VMware AppVolumes
Virtualization Citrx XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-v, VMware vSphere
Cloud Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Citrix Cloud

Certified Containers

Cloudhouse Containers make every application compatible with the newest platforms. It is Citrix Ready for XenApp and XenDesktop, Microsoft Azure Certified and compatible with Microsoft Windows 10, Windows as a Service.

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