Configuring User Device Mapping on Citrix Virtual Apps

You can use Citrix Gateway filters that are applied to policies on a computer running Citrix Virtual Apps. Filters give users access to Citrix Virtual Apps capabilities, such as user device drive mapping, printer mapping, or clipboard mapping based on the results of the endpoint analysis.

Citrix Receiver supports the mapping of devices on user devices so users can access external devices within user sessions. User device mapping provides:

  • Access to local drives and ports
  • Cut-and-paste data transfer between a user session and the local clipboard
  • Audio (system sounds and .wav files) playback from the user session

During logon, the user device informs the server of the available user drives and COM ports. In Citrix Virtual Apps 6.5, user drives are mapped to the server and use the user device drive letter. These mappings are available only for the current user during the current session. The mappings are deleted when the user logs off and recreated the next time the user logs on.

After enabling the XML Service, you need to configure policies for user device mapping.

To enforce user device mapping policies based on SmartAccess filters, you create the following two policies on the server:

  • A restrictive ICA policy that disables user device mapping and applies to all Citrix Gateway users.
  • A full ICA policy that enables user device mapping and applies only to users who fulfill the endpoint analysis session policy Note: The filtered non-restrictive ICA policy must be given a higher priority than the restrictive ICA policy, so that when it applies to a user, the non-restrictive policy overrides the policy that disables user device mapping.

You configure restrictive and non-restrictive policies on Citrix Virtual Apps 6.5 by using Citrix AppCenter.

Configuring User Device Mapping on Citrix Virtual Apps