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Session Manager

Session Manager is a service that can be used in conjunction with the XenApp and XenDesktop Service to create anonymous, ready-to-use applications reducing the time it takes to launch an application. This service is currently available as a Lab only.

Getting Started with Session Manager

The Session Manager service requires you have a XenApp and XenDesktop Service account within Citrix Cloud and the ability to create an on-premise StoreFront. For more information on how to buy or request a trial of the XenApp and XenDesktop Service, go to the Citrix Cloud product page.

The applications delivered through this service are pre-launched and delivered by an anonymous StoreFront and published to an anonymous Delivery Group.

Using Session Manager

To use Session Manager, you need to configure a few settings with an on-premise StoreFront and XenApp and XenDesktop Service.

  1. Connect a cloud-hosted StoreFront to NetScaler Gateway.
  2. Create an anonymous on-premise StoreFront.
  3. Create an anonymous Delivery Group.
  4. Add applications to the anonymous Delivery Group.

Connect a cloud-hosted StoreFront to NetScaler Gateway

  1. Access the cloud-hosted StoreFront through
  2. Set up NetScaler Gateway as an ICA proxy (no authentication or session policies are needed). This can be configured in the XenApp and XenDesktop Service by clicking the Manage tab. Under Configuration on the left, click StoreFront and under the right pane select Set NetScaler Gateway.

    StoreFront node in XenApp and XenDesktop Service console

  3. Set NetScaler Gateway (FQDN:PORT) in the cloud-hosted Studio.
  4. Bind Citrix Cloud Connectors as Secure Ticket Authority (STA) servers to NetScaler Gateway. For more information, see Setting Up StoreFront with Citrix Cloud.

    Set Gateway dialog in XenApp and XenDesktop Service console

Create an anonymous on-premises StoreFront

  1. Install StoreFront 3.6.
  2. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  3. Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and in the Actions pane, click Create Store.

    Stores node in Citrix StoreFront console

  4. On the Store Name page, specify a name for your store, select Allow only unauthenticated (anonymous) users to access this store and click Next.

    Store Name page in Create Store wizard

  5. Store names appear in Citrix Receiver under users’ accounts so choose a name that gives users information about the content of the store.
  6. On the delivery Controllers page, click Add.
  7. In the Add Delivery Controller dialog box:
    1. Specify a name that will help you identify the deployment.
    2. Point the on-premise StoreFront Store’s Delivery Controllers to the Citrix Cloud Connectors. For transport select HTTP and port 80. The StoreFront machine must be able to directly access the connector through the fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

      Add Delivery Controller dialog

  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Next on the XenApp Services URL section.
  10. View the summary and click Create.

The unauthenticated store is now available for use. For more information, see Create an unauthenticated store.

Create an anonymous Delivery Group

  1. Using the XenApp and XenDesktop Service in Citrix Cloud, click Delivery Groups on the left pane in Studio. Under Actions on the right, click Create Delivery Group.

    Delivery Groups node in XenApp and XenDesktop Service console

  2. The Create Delivery Group wizard launches and guides you through the creation of a Delivery Group.
  3. Select Allow any authenticated users to use this Delivery Group. Then select the Give access to unauthenticated (anonymous) users: no credentials are required to access StoreFront option. Click Next to complete the steps. For more information, see Create Delivery Groups.

    Users page in Create Delivery Group wizard

Add applications to the anonymous Delivery Group

By adding applications to an anonymous Delivery Group they can be launched anonymously and can be viewed by all Active Directory users.

  1. Click Delivery Groups in the left panel in Studio.

    Delivery Groups node in XenApp and XenDesktop Service console

  2. Select the Delivery Group that was configured in the previous step.
  3. Click Add Applications in the right pane Action menu.

    Add Applications action in XenApp and XenDesktop Service console

  4. Follow the wizard to add applications to the anonymous Delivery Group.

Note: When selecting an applicationto prelaunch on the Session Manager UI, make sure that the application is assigned to only one Delivery Groups. The application must not be provided by multiple Delivery Groups. For more information, see Applications.

Manage anonymous Delivery Groups

  1. Return to the Session Manager page and click Manage.
  2. From the Manage page, you can edit or activate your anonymous Delivery Groups.

If you have questions or need additional information about this Lab, refer to the Discussions site.

Session Manager