Product Documentation


Jun 05, 2015
Updated: 2013-05-13

The Citrix service for Services Manager allows service providers to delegate end-user administration of Citrix applications to customers.

Notable features of the Citrix service include:
  • Managing multiple Citrix XenApp farms in a single Active Directory console.
  • Delivering published applications through application groups to which users are assigned.
  • Ability to choose pre-defined security account groups or create new security groups for application publishing.
  • Support for public and private applications, application groups, and resources.
  • Setting default applications, groups, and resources when provisioning Citrix services to customers and users.
When you provision customers with the Citrix service, the following items can be managed:
  • Application groups that consist of application or resource collections. Service providers can use application groups to provision several resources or applications to users more efficiently.
  • Network resources, such as printers and file shares, that others in the organization access.
  • Resources that are packaged as applications such as desktops
  • Hosted applications that reside on XenApp servers.

Supported versions

The Citrix service supports the following XenApp versions:
  • Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008
  • Citrix XenApp 6.0 for Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2

Requirements for XenApp servers

When configuring the servers that will run any supported version of XenApp, ensure the following requirements are met:
  • Operating system: supported platforms for the XenApp version. Install all recommended operating system patches.
  • Enable Remote Desktop Services.
  • Install .NET Framework 4.0.
  • Installation requires that the Cortex Domain Logon account and the DomainCortexWSUsers account have full administration rights on the XenApp farm.
  • The Citrix web service uses port 8095 by default.
When configuring servers that will run XenApp 5, XenApp 6, or XenApp 6.5, perform the following actions:
  • Disable UAC.
  • Enable the following roles:
    • Web Server > Application Development > ASP.NET
    • Web Server > Security > Windows Authentication
    • Management Tools > IIS Management Console
    • Management Tools > IIS Management Scripts and Tools
    • Management Tools > IIS 6 Management Capability > IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

Service deployment overview

Deploying the Citrix service involves the following tasks:
  1. Review the requirements in this topic and in the Prerequisites for deploying the Citrix service topic and ensure these are met in your environment.
  2. Install the Citrix web service on a server in the XenApp farm.
  3. Configure the service using the control panel. This includes creating the server collection that will aggregate XenApp-hosted applications for customers.
  4. Import applications from the XenApp farm to the server collection.
  5. Provision the service to customers.

For detailed deployment instructions, see Deploy the Citrix service.