Session Manager is a service that can be used in conjunction with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 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 Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service account within Citrix Cloud and the ability to create an on-premises StoreFront. For more information on how to buy or request a trial of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 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-premises StoreFront and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service.
- Connect a cloud-hosted StoreFront to Citrix Gateway.
- Create an anonymous on-premises StoreFront.
- Create an anonymous Delivery Group.
- Add applications to the anonymous Delivery Group.
Connect a cloud-hosted StoreFront to Citrix Gateway
- Access the cloud-hosted StoreFront through
Set up Citrix Gateway as an ICA proxy (no authentication or session policies are needed). This can be configured in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service by clicking the Manage tab. Under Configuration on the left, click StoreFront and under the right pane select Set Gateway.
- Set Citrix Gateway (FQDN:PORT) in the cloud-hosted Studio.
Bind Citrix Cloud Connectors as Secure Ticket Authority (STA) servers to Citrix Gateway. For more information, see Setting Up StoreFront with Citrix Cloud.
Create an anonymous on-premises StoreFront
- Install StoreFront 3.6. Signing in to your Citrix account is required for downloading this software.
- On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and in the Actions pane, click Create Store.
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 names appear in Citrix Receiver under users’ accounts so choose a name that gives users information about the content of the store.
- On the delivery Controllers page, click Add.
- In the Add Delivery Controller dialog box:
- Specify a name that will help you identify the deployment.
Point the on-premises 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).
- Click OK.
- Click Next on the Citrix XenApp Services URL section.
- 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
Using the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service in Citrix Cloud, click Delivery Groups on the left pane in Studio. Under Actions on the right, click Create Delivery Group.
- The Create Delivery Group wizard launches and guides you through the creation of a Delivery Group.
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.
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.
Click Delivery Groups in the left panel in Studio.
- Select the Delivery Group that was configured in the previous step.
Click Add Applications in the right pane Action menu.
- Follow the wizard to add applications to the anonymous Delivery Group.
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
- Return to the Session Manager page and click Manage.
- 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.