Product Documentation

Application Publishing

May 25, 2016

When you publish an application, configuration information for the application is stored in the data store for the server farm. The configuration information includes the types of files associated with the application, users who can connect to the application, importance level for Preferential Load Balancing, and client-side session properties that include window size, number of colors, level of encryption, and audio settings.

When delivered to users, published applications appear very similar to applications running locally on the user device. Users start applications depending on the delivery options you select while publishing and the plug-in they are running on their devices.

The XenApp and XenDesktop Service in Citrix Cloud now features improvements to app publishing. Migration to Citrix Cloud from other versions of XenApp and XenDesktop is now easier than ever. The newest features are highlighted below.

Applications node in Studio

The new Applications node in the Studio navigation pane provides a central way to manage all of your applications, regardless of Delivery Group assignment. One of its key benefits is the ability to add applications to more than one Delivery Group at one time.

When you add an application to more than one Delivery Group, you can specify the priority of each Delivery Group (0 is the highest). XenApp or XenDesktop will attempt to launch the application from the highest priority Delivery Group; if that’s not possible, the application in the second-highest Delivery Group will be launched, and so on.

The Add Application wizard offers a dropdown from which you select the source of applications: a machine created in the Machine Catalog, an App-V package, an application you have already added to the Site (perhaps in another Delivery Group), or a manually-defined application.

Updated Create Delivery Group wizard and Edit Delivery Group interface

The Delivery Type page is displayed only if you selected a Machine Catalog containing assigned desktop OS machines; in that case, you can specify whether the machines in that catalog will deliver desktops or applications. For all other machine types, the machines in the group can deliver applications and desktops. You can change the delivery type later by editing the Delivery Group.

The StoreFront page no longer appears in the Create Delivery Group wizard. It is assumed you will provide a StoreFront server address from the StoreFront node in Studio.You can also specify StoreFront information later by editing the Delivery Group.

The page in the Create Delivery Group wizard now offers a new dropdown from which you select Applications the source of applications you're adding to the Delivery Group: a machine created in the Machine Catalog you selected, an App-V package, an application you have already added to the Site (perhaps in another Delivery Group), or a manually-defined application.

On the page, you can add desktops, indicate who can use them, and enable/disable them for delivery. Desktops If the Delivery Group contains machines from a static assigned catalog, you can also specify the maximum number of desktops per user.

The page now includes an optional description field that is displayed in Studio. You can change this Summary description later by editing the Delivery Group.

Improved tag interface in Studio

Tags are strings that identify items such as machines, applications, Delivery Groups, and policies. After adding a tag to an item, you can tailor search queries and policy assignments to apply only to items that have a specified tag.

Previously, one dialog box was available for adding and editing tags. Currently it offers a more robust and easy-to-use interface.