Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service

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Citrix manages Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service deployments by installing and maintaining the core components and features in Citrix Cloud.

You take care of the machines (VDAs) in resource locations that deliver apps and desktops. You also manage connections to those resource locations, plus the apps, desktops, and users.

  • Autoscale: A consistent, high-performance solution to proactively power manage your machines.

  • Applications: Manage applications in delivery groups.

  • Virtual IP and virtual loopback: The Microsoft virtual IP address feature provides a published application with a unique dynamically assigned IP address for each session. With Citrix virtual loopback, you can configure applications that depend on communications with localhost (127.0.0.1 by default) to use a unique virtual loopback address in the localhost range (127.*).

  • VDA registration: Before a VDA can facilitate delivery of apps and desktops, it must register (establish communication) with a Cloud Connector. You can specify Cloud Connector addresses using several methods, which are described in this article. As you add Cloud Connectors, VDAs must have current information.

  • Sessions: Maintaining session activity is critical to providing the best user experience. Several features can optimize the reliability of sessions, reduce inconvenience, downtime, and loss of productivity.

  • Using Search: To view information about machines, sessions, machine catalogs, applications, or delivery groups in Studio, use the flexible search feature.

  • IPv4/IPv6 support: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops supports pure IPv4, pure IPv6, and dual-stack deployments that use overlapping IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This article describes and illustrates these deployments. It also describes the Citrix policy settings that control the use of IPv4 or IPv6.

  • Profile management: Citrix Profile Management can be installed when you install a VDA. If you use this user profile solution, review its documentation.

  • Citrix Insight Services: Citrix Insight Services (CIS) is a Citrix platform for instrumentation, telemetry, and business insight generation. Analytics and diagnostics are collected when you install a VDA.

  • Local Host Cache: Local Host Cache enables connection brokering operations to continue when a Cloud Connector in a resource location cannot communicate with Citrix Cloud. Scale, size, and other configuration considerations are also provided.

  • Delegated administration: With delegated administration, you can configure the access permissions that all of your administrators need, according to their role in your organization.

  • Configuration logging: Configuration logging tracks configuration changes and administrative activities.

  • Event logs: Services within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops log the events that occur. Event logs can be used to monitor and troubleshoot operations.

  • Licenses: You can view Citrix license usage information for this service from the Citrix Cloud console.

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