You may encounter an issue after upgrading XenDesktop 7 where upgraded policies in the Citrix Studio cannot be edited or deleted, and you receive the error “The given key was not present in the dictionary” as per CTX138498. What the article doesn’t tell you is some of the additional steps and requirements in order to remediate your policies. When you setup the temporary server, you will need to:
a) need to choose the option to install SQL Express, or have a SQL server available elsewhere on your network.
b) You need to configure a temporary XenDesktop site, don’t try and add the XenDesktop 5 controller back into your XenDesktop 7 site. Also when running the wizard to configure the temporary site you don’t need to choose a hypervisor, just pick “None”.
c) If your old pre-XD7 controllers had the Citrix Group Policy 1.7 update applied (which is part of XenDesktop 5.6 FP1) you will need to re-install this as well. Otherwise you will receive errors such as “Found invalid data while decoding” trying to view your imported policies on the XD5 server. If you need to re-download this component, go to http://www.citrix.com/downloads/xendesktop/product-software.html (login required). Drill into XenDesktop 5.6 Feature Pack 1, choose your edition, and download and install the “HDX and Group Policy Update”.
If this information was present in CTX138498 it would have saved me a good couple of hours while I figured all this out – hopefully I can save someone else some time instead!