Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service

Quick Deploy


In the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, the Manage > Quick Deploy interface offers fast deployment of apps and desktops when you’re using Microsoft Azure to host your desktops and apps. This interface offers basic configuration, without advanced features.

Use Quick Deploy to:

  • Provision virtual machines and catalogs that deliver desktops and apps hosted in Microsoft Azure.
  • Create Remote PC Access catalogs for existing machines.

With Quick Deploy, you can use a Citrix Managed Azure subscription, or your own Azure subscription.

As an alternative to Quick Deploy, the Full Configuration interface offers advanced configuration features. For information about the service’s Manage tab options, see Management interfaces.

Differences between management interfaces

The following table compares the Full Configuration and Quick Deploy interfaces.

Feature Quick Deploy Full Configuration
Deploy using Azure Yes Yes *
Deploy using other cloud services No Yes
Deploy using on-premises hypervisors No Yes
Citrix prepared images available Yes No
Simplified user experience Yes No

* When using a Citrix Managed Azure subscription, you must use Quick Deploy when creating an image or catalog.

If you are familiar with using Full Configuration to create and manage catalogs, Quick Deploy has the following differences.

  • Different terminology.
    • In Quick Deploy, you create a catalog.
    • In Full Configuration, you create a machine catalog. In practice, it is often referred to as simply catalog.
  • Resource location and Cloud Connectors.
    • Quick Deploy automatically creates a resource location containing two Cloud Connectors when you create your first catalog.
    • In Full Configuration, creating a resource location and adding Cloud Connectors are separate steps that you must complete in Citrix Cloud before creating a catalog.
  • Images used to create catalogs.
    • Quick Deploy offers several Citrix prepared images of Windows and Linux machines. You can use these images to create catalogs.

      You can also use these images to create images and then customize the new images to suit your unique deployment needs. This feature is known as the image builder. You can also import images from your own Azure subscription.

    • In Full Configuration, you customize images from the supported host you’re using. Citrix prepared images are not available.

  • Catalog displays:
    • Catalogs created in Quick Deploy are visible in the Quick Deploy and Full Configuration displays.
    • Catalogs created in Full Configuration are not visible in the Quick Deploy display.
  • Delivery groups and application groups.
    • You do not create delivery groups in Quick Deploy. In Quick Deploy, you specify the machines, applications, desktops, and users (subscribers) in the catalog.

      Citrix automatically creates a delivery group for each Quick Deploy catalog, using the same name as the catalog. That action occurs behind the scenes. You don’t need to do anything to create the delivery group. The delivery group appears only in the Full Configuration interface, not in Quick Deploy.

    • In Full Configuration, you create a delivery group and indicate which machines it contains. Optionally, you also specify applications, desktops, and users. (Or, you can specify users and applications in the Citrix Cloud library.) You can also create application groups.

  • Layout and user interface.
    • The Quick Deploy interface has a different layout and style from Full Configuration. Quick Deploy contains more on-screen guidance.

The interfaces are not mutually exclusive. You can use Quick Deploy to create some catalogs, and then use Full Configuration to create other catalogs.


You can use Full Configuration to edit a catalog created with Quick Deploy. However, if you use Full Configuration to change that catalog or its corresponding delivery group, you can no longer edit that catalog in the Quick Deploy interface.

Similarly, if you create a catalog in Full Configuration, you cannot edit that catalog in Quick Deploy. That catalog does not appear in the Quick Deploy interface.

After a catalog created in Quick Deploy is edited in Full Configuration, it still appears in the Quick Deploy display, but cannot be managed or deleted in that interface. You must use Full Configuration to make further changes to that catalog.

The Quick Deploy interface is easy to use, especially if you don’t need the advanced features of the Full Configuration interface.

Although the names are similar, Quick Deploy is not the same as the Quick Create way to create catalogs in Quick Deploy.

Replacement of earlier Azure Quick Deploy interface

Quick Deploy replaces an earlier interface named Azure Quick Deploy. The Quick Deploy display includes all the catalogs you created using Azure Quick Deploy.

If you started creating a catalog in Azure Quick Deploy, but did not finish it, that catalog appears in the Quick Deploy catalog list. However, the only available action in Quick Deploy is to delete it.


  • Quick Deploy supports only Azure workloads. It is not available with any other cloud host types, services, or hypervisors.
  • Quick Deploy is available only in the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service Standard for Azure, Premium, and Advanced editions, and Workspace Premium Plus.
  • You must have a Citrix Cloud account and a subscription to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service.
  • If you ordered the Citrix Managed Azure Consumption Fund, you can use a Citrix Managed Azure subscription when you create catalogs and images.

    If you did not order the Consumption Fund (or prefer to use your own Azure subscription), you must have an Azure subscription.

  • You must have appropriate permission in the Virtual Apps and Desktops service to see the Manage tab. For details, see Delegated administration.


To ensure that you get important information about Citrix Cloud and the Citrix services you subscribe to, make sure you can receive all email notifications. For example, Citrix sends monthly informational notification emails detailing your Azure consumption (usage).

In the upper right corner of the Citrix Cloud console, expand the menu to the right of the customer name and OrgID fields. Select Account Settings. On the My Profile tab, select all entries in the Email Notifications section.

Citrix Gateway consideration

If you use your own Citrix Gateway, it must have access to the VNet specified in the catalog creation wizard. A VPN can provide that access.

The Citrix Gateway Service works automatically with Quick Deploy catalogs.

What’s next

Follow the Quick Deploy setup guidance in Get started.

After setting up your deployment using Quick Deploy, you can continue using that interface for the following management tasks.

Quick Deploy