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, as well as the apps, desktops, and users.

  • 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. The Citrix virtual loopback feature allows you to configure applications that depend on communications with localhost ( 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. VDAs must have current information as you add Cloud Connectors.

  • 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.

  • Delegated Administration: With Delegated Administration, you can configure the access permissions that all of your administrators need, in accordance with their role in your organization.

  • Configuration Logging: Configuration Logging allows administrators to keep track of configuration changes and administrative activities.

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