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This is a web site of a application delivery enthusiast. Please keep in mind that I'm NOT working for Citrix Inc. nor Microsoft. So if you use any of the information you find here you do this at your own risk. Nevertheless you can leave your comments in my support forum.
 
Most of the things you will find here are the result of my contribution in the official Citrix Support Forums and other places as well as my personal experience as a Freelancer for application delivery.  Note that everything on the web site is done during my free time.


Latest News
Citrix XenApp 6.5 update script 1.7

logoHere is my version 1.7 release of the Citrix XenApp 6.5 update script to work with the new Citrix Support site. Not supported anymore is XenApp 6.0

Download XA65Update_v1.7.zip

Warning, don't use Internet Explorer Tab Grow 0!!

LogoYou find quite some sources including myself that suggest to use Internet Explorer tab grow set to 0

to save Memory in an Remote Desktop/XenApp environment.

When you use Internet Explorer 10 and above I warn you now to NOT use a tab grow of 0 and instead leave the default that will create an extra process for every new tab.

I had problem with customer using Internet Explorer 10 and tab grow 0 and are as follow. IE 10 launches by default the 64Bit version and with tab grow 0 every other will be 64bit as well. This will not work with any 32bit Add-On. See the following Microsoft Article about it http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2807970

Another problem you might run into is printing. Some web apps assuming that a second tab or windows would run its own process. With tab grow set to 0 might end in user unable to print.

Now you are saying then we stick with Internet Explorer 9 but that is a red flag form me because I had a lot of problems with that IE version.

 

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp VDA 7.1/7.5 update script

logoThis is my first Version of a VDA update script based on my very popular XenApp update script. The XA update script has been downloaded more than 5.000 times!

I read some wired things about my script and therefore some comments on that.

  • There are NO hotfixes included within the package/script.
  • The hotfixes are downloaded directly at runtime from Citrix and not from my site.
  • It's a CMD script and therefore open for your review or Change
  • The script has several options for logging and installing the fixes

Now this releas has some limitations that I will fix in the next releases. If there are more than 10 fixes available (currently there are 3) it would not download fix 11, 12 and so on. Rollups are unclear if they will be available and the sites used for future product releases.


I'm also working on updating the XenApp 6.5 scripts to work again with the new Citrix Support site


Download VDA71update.zip

How to use the new Citrix Receiver 4.x

logoWhen I'm onsite at a customer I see very often that Program Neighborhood or an old online plug-in is used. Companies have a hard time to switch to new directions, especially when the end user is involved.


In this article I want to show how the new Receiver way looks like and what advantages it might have. Also there is a lot information out about Receiver on the Internet but not really how to use Receiver and what steps are necessary.



read more

Citrix Web Interface vs. StoreFront 2.5

logoStoreFront 2.5 is released and let's see how it compares with Web Interface 5.4. With XenApp 7.5 / XenDesktop 7.5 the support for WI was extended BUT no further development is done! 


DescriptionWeb InterfaceStoreFront
Account Service for "One Receiver"NoYes
HTML 5 Client supportNoYes
Windows 8 RT Client supportYesYes
Roaming devices with consistent appsNoYes
Citrix Secure Gateway supportYesNo
Hide resources types without AGYes (file)Yes -> URL
Launch applicationsYesYes
Access Gateway embedded siteYesNo
Launch data for EdgeSight Clientstart YesNo
Auto- and mandatory app subscriptionNoYes
Autolaunch desktopsYes (file)Yes -> URL
Session pre-paunchYesYes
Prevent multi-launch of applicationsYes (file)Yes
Filter or hide applicationsYesYes -> URL or AG
Tweak ICA parametersYes (file)Yes (file)
Messages, Notes, Pre-, Post Logon message etc.Yes (UI)Yes URL
Web UI change through consoleYesNo
Advanced customizationYesLimited but URL
Code extensionYesNo
Software Development Kit (SDK)YesYes
Pre-populated domainYes (UI)Yes (UI)
Domain listYesYes
Explicit authenticationYesYes
Web Pass-through authenticationYesYes
Kerberos authenticationYesYes URL
SmartCard, Token authenticationYesYes
Anonymous logonYesYes
Access Gateway integrationYesYes
Password Manager integrationYesNo
Password changeYesYes
Customize web session timeoutYes (UI)Yes (file)
Settings per location (IP subnet)Yes (UI)No
Client proxy settingsYes (UI)No (single, file)
Client deploymentYesYes
Java Client fallbackYesNo
Application searchYesYes
Favorite applicationsNoYes
Stateless web sessionsNoYes
Theme supportNoNo
Error logging in eventlogYesYes
DocumentationYesYes

  UI = Option in console, File = Configured by edit source file.


StoreFront has really cached up with Web Interface features but nevertheless the adoption is on a slow rate. My biggest problem is stability and performance and hopefully has improved with the latest release. 

EdgeSight Agent kills PVS Streamed XenApp 6.5 Server

logoAre you using EdgeSight for XenApp and Provisioning Service 7.1? Then be aware that the Citrix EdgeSight Agent 5.4.14.3 (latest release) kills your streamed XenApp 6.5 HRP03 Server! The server boots and things look good but then the connection is lost and you get bnistack event 7026 error. You have to use an older EdgeSight Agent to make things work. Nevertheless Citrix has the 5.4.14.3 Agent as a requirement for Application Data Monitoring

 

List of Fixes Required for EdgeSight for XenApp Application Monitoring Data to Function
http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX139858

 
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Site updates

08.07.14
Release of XenApp 6.5 Update script 1.7

20.06.14
First release of VDA 7.x Update script.

07.05.14
New article: How to use Citrix Receiver 4.x?
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