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Group Policy management template updates for XenApp and XenDesktop

Templates are a source for creating policies from a predefined starting point. You can import or export them. Built-in Citrix templates, optimized for specific environments or network conditions, can be used as:

  • A source for creating your own policies and templates to share between Sites.
  • A reference for easier comparison of results between deployments as you are able to quote the results, for example, “…when using Citrix template x or y…”
  • A method for communicating policies with Citrix Support or trusted third parties by importing or exporting templates.

About this article

This article contains links to download additional templates and updates to the Citrix templates built in to the XenApp and XenDesktop Group Policy management package.

While you will still find Citrix-provided templates in Citrix Studio and in a GPO editor (after installing the Group Policy management package), we want to be able to quickly provide you with updates and templates for scenarios beyond what is included in the installer package.

Templates in this article should be used with the latest version of XenApp and XenDesktop unless otherwise specified. While their name and description are in English, you can import them and use them in other languages.


CloudBridge WAN

This template is an update to a built-in Citrix template, designed to maximize the advantages of CloudBridge WAN acceleration. It configures settings that allow XenApp and XenDesktop to maximize the benefits of CloudBridge WAN acceleration devices in the path between a client and a VDA.

You can assign this template specifically to sessions with CloudBridge present using the “With Citrix CloudBridge” policy filter, allowing for use of different policy settings for CloudBridge and for other connections.

Image showing the policy connections options

Citrix Receiver for Chrome

This template exposes some of the policy settings available that have exclusive or special effect on sessions from Chromebook endpoints.

Citrix Receiver for HTML5

This template includes the applicable settings for sessions using Citrix Receiver for HTML5. In this version of Citrix Receiver, you need to enable WebSockets because in the default installation of XenApp and XenDesktop, it’s disabled.

Improve user experience in unreliable networks

This template enables the Framehawk UDP-based graphics protocol and exposes some of the policy settings available that have exclusive or special effect on these sessions.

Pass-through (dual hop) application sessions

In deployments with managed/pooled/RDS-hosted virtual desktops, it is common to provide users with applications that are not in the desktop image using a pass-through session to XenApp. This template is intended for XenApp deployments providing applications to desktops.

It should decrease the CPU usage in the application session server and, at the same time, allow the desktop session to optimize the delivery to the client endpoint device. You achieve this by disabling the video codec for compression in graphics and delivering compressed graphics from the application to the desktop.

IMPORTANT: Using this template increases the traffic between the applications and desktops.

Citrix Universal Print Server

This is a sample template designed to be used as the starting point to configure your deployment of Citrix Universal Print Server. A resultant policy allows for printer-specific drivers to be used if previously installed by the VDA administrator; otherwise, the Citrix Universal Printer Driver is used. It also lists sample printer assignments (new alternative to session printers and default printer settings), which should be replaced with the proper ones for your deployment. This template requires domain access to the printers for proper configuration.

Image showing Citrix Studio printer settings editor

Templates for previous versions

The following link includes the templates for versions earlier than 7.6FP3. These templates appear as custom templates when imported.


The above-mentioned samples and downloaded policy templates (the sample code) are provided to you AS IS with no representations, warranties or conditions of any kind. You may use, modify and distribute them at your own risk. CITRIX DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, WRITTEN, ORAL OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that (a) the sample code may exhibit errors, design flaws or other problems, possibly resulting in loss of data or damage to property; (b) it may not be possible to make the sample code fully functional; and (c) Citrix may, without notice or liability to you, cease to make available the current version and/or any future versions of the sample code. In no event should the code be used to support of ultra-hazardous activities, including but not limited to life support or blasting activities. NEITHER CITRIX NOR ITS AFFILIATES OR AGENTS WILL BE LIABLE, UNDER BREACH OF CONTRACT OR ANY OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ARISING FROM USE OF THE SAMPLE CODE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Although the copyright in the code belongs to Citrix, any distribution of the code should include only your own standard copyright attribution, and not that of Citrix. You agree to indemnify and defend Citrix against any and all claims arising from your use, modification or distribution of the code.

This article originally appeared in the Citrix Support Knowledge Center.

Group Policy management template updates for XenApp and XenDesktop