Category: Virtual Apps and Desktops

Citrix Synergy update – Citrix Managed Desktops

During Citrix Synergy 2019 Citrix Managed Desktops was announced, which is Citrix newly built Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). I’ve found Citrix Managed Desktops very interesting due to a number of interesting features it will provide. Citrix Managed Desktops is built on Windows Virtual Desktop, and will run compute-instances on Azure, but provided by Citrix alone. Thus all…



Citrix Hypervisor 8.0

25th of April Citrix published new major release 8.0 of XenServer, which now officially becomes Citrix Hypervisor. The release is added to the Current Release (CR) track and comes in handy to upcoming End of Life for formerly latest Current Release, Xenserver 7.6. Below I will shortly cover the most exciting news. Name change As…



Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1903

Citrix announced their new release Virtual Apps and Desktops 1903 on 28th of March and it contains a lot of interesting changes in all categories along with a long list of fixed issues. I will cover two of the changes in this blog-post which I found extra interesting, and that I would recommend you looking…



Text-based session watermarks

Citrix recently introduced a new feature to track data theft by giving administrators the ability to enable watermarks in their user sessions. This feature is supported for both Server and Desktop OS and requires a minimum of Virtual Delivery Agent version 7.17. Citrix also offers the possibility to customize your sessions watermarks. The following parameters…



Citrix replaces Smart Scale with Autoscale

A while ago Citrix announced the deprecation of Smart Scale but its replacement has been in the dark, and has finally been uncovered. Smart Scale will reach end of life on May 31, 2019 and Autoscale will be the replacement for Cloud platforms. Autoscale is considered a new feature but it delivers all the functionality…



TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be blocked, so update your Citrix Receiver!

Background As most of the things around us constantly gets updates and improvements, the enhancements regarding flaws in vulnerabilities of security are for most people the most critical. Since cryptographic protocols like TLS 1.0 has been used since 1999, with an update to TLS 1.1 in 2006, these protocols have been vulnerable to attacks like…



Citrix brings back Local Text Echo

Have you ever experienced the frustration of working on a bad connection resulting in tremendous amount of latency when typing? Past releases of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (Formerly XenApp & XenDesktop) have included many interesting news and functions, especially regarding HDX innovations and ICA improvements. One of the “new” features that caught my eye in…



“Outlook cannot perform your search” on Windows Server 2016 running Remote Desktop Services

INTRODUCTION Speaking on behalf of all IT technicians, it is with no doubt that we all have had our hand in cases related to Outlook. Oftentimes I experience them to be quite understandable in order to be resolved. However, that was until I encountered a particularly obscure issue with Outlook’s search engine, nonetheless its very…



Smart Check – Monitor Your Citrix Sites

Citrix Smart Check is a software and a service that installs on a Citrix Delivery Controller and collects diagnostic data, sends it to the Citrix Cloud account, where it gets analyzed and presented on the Citrix Cloud website. The information helps Citrix administrators to prevent and resolve issues before they happen or impact the users,…



VDA stuck when updating

Sometimes (no idea why, seems random to me) the VDA update is stuck after prompted to reboot in the middle of the update like below. After going through the logs (Get-content “$env:LOCALAPPDATA\Temp\Citrix\XenDesktop Installer\XenDesktop Installation.log” -wait) I noticed that the VDA setup creates a RunOnce key just before the restart. After checking the registry path “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce”…