Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager environments

Sites using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager) to manage access to applications and desktops can extend that use to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops using these options:

  • Install VDAs using SCCM.
  • Configuration Manager Wake Proxy feature: The Remote PC Access Wake on LAN feature requires Configuration Manager. For more information, see Remote PC Access - Wake on LAN.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops properties: Properties enable you to identify Citrix Virtual Desktops for management through Configuration Manager. (In some versions, Configuration Manager uses the former name of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: XenApp and XenDesktop.)


Properties are available to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to manage virtual desktops.

Boolean properties displayed in Configuration Manager may appear as 1 or 0, not true or false.

The properties are available for the Citrix_virtualDesktopInfo class in the Root\Citrix\DesktopInformation namespace. Property names come from the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider.

Property Description
AssignmentType Sets the value of IsAssigned. Valid values are: ClientIP, ClientName, None, and User (sets IsAssigned to True).
BrokerSiteName Site. Returns the same value as HostIdentifier.
DesktopCatalogName Machine catalog associated with the desktop.
DesktopGroupName Delivery group associated with the desktop.
HostIdentifier Site. Returns the same value as BrokerSiteName.
IsAssigned True to assign the desktop to a user, set to False for a random desktop
IsMasterImage Allows decisions about the environment. For example, you might install applications on the image and not on the provisioned machines, especially if those machines are in a clean state on boot machines. Valid values are: True on a VM that is used as an image (this value is set during installation based on a selection), or cleared on a VM provisioned from that image.
IsVirtualMachine True for a virtual machine, false for a physical machine.
OSChangesPersist False if the desktop operating system image is reset to a clean state every time it is restarted; otherwise, true.
PersistentDataLocation The location where Configuration Manager stores persistent data. This location is not accessible to users.
PersonalvDiskDriveLetter For a desktop with a Personal vDisk, the drive letter you assign to the Personal vDisk.
BrokerSiteName, DesktopCatalogName, DesktopGroupName, HostIdentifier Determined when the desktop registers with the Controller. They are null for a desktop that has not fully registered.

To collect the properties, run a hardware inventory in Configuration Manager. To view the properties, use the Configuration Manager Resource Explorer. In these instances, the names might include spaces or vary slightly from the property names. For example, BrokerSiteName might appear as Broker Site Name.

  • Configure Configuration Manager to collect Citrix WMI properties from the Citrix VDA
  • Create query-based device collections using Citrix WMI properties
  • Create global conditions based on Citrix WMI properties
  • Use global conditions to define application deployment type requirements

You can also use Microsoft properties in the Microsoft class CCM_DesktopMachine in the Root\ccm_vdi namespace. For more information, see the Microsoft documentation.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager environments