Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops


Managing a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops site covers various items and tasks.


A valid connection to the Citrix License Server is required when you create a site. Later, you can complete several licensing tasks from Studio, including adding licenses, changing license types or models, and managing license administrators. You can also access the License Administration Console from Studio.


Manage applications in Delivery Groups and optionally, Application Groups.


In a geographically disperse deployment, you can use zones to keep applications and desktops closer to end users, which can improve performance. When you install and configure a site, all Controllers, machine catalogs, and host connections are in one primary zone. Later, you can use Studio to create satellite zones containing those items. After your site has more than one zone, you will be able to indicate in which zone any newly created machine catalogs, host connections, or added Controllers will be placed. You can also move items between zones.

Connections and resources

If you are using a hypervisor or other service to host machines that deliver applications and desktops to users, you create your first connection to that hypervisor or other service when you create a site. The storage and network details for that connection form its resources. Later, you can change that connection and its resources, and create more connections. You can also manage the machines that use a configured connection.

Local Host Cache

Local Host Cache allows connection brokering operations in a site to continue when the connection between a Delivery Controller and the site database fails.

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 to use a unique virtual loopback address in the localhost range.

Delivery Controllers

This article contains considerations and procedures when adding and removing Controllers from a site. It also describes how to move Controllers to another zone or site, and how to move a VDA to another site.

VDA registration with Controllers

Before a VDA can help deliver applications and desktops, it must register (establish communication) with a Controller. Controller addresses can be specified in several ways, which are described in this article. It is critical that VDAs have current information as Controllers are added, moved, and removed in the site.


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.

  • Session reliability
  • Auto Client Reconnect
  • ICA Keep-Alive
  • Workspace control
  • Session roaming

Use search in Studio

When you want to view information about machines, sessions, machine catalogs, applications, or Delivery Groups in Studio, use the flexible search feature.


Use tags to identify items such as machines, applications, groups, and policies. You can then tailor certain operations to apply on to items with a specific tag.


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.

User profiles

By default, Citrix Profile Management is installed automatically when you install a VDA. If you use this profile solution, review this article for general information. See the Profile Management documentation for details.

Collect Citrix Diagnostic Facility (CDF) traces

The CDFControl utility is an event tracing controller or consumer for capturing Citrix Diagnostic Facility (CDF) trace messages displayed from various Citrix tracing providers. It is made to troubleshoot complex Citrix related issues, parse filter support, and collect performance data.

Citrix Insight Services

Citrix Insight Services (CIS) is a Citrix platform for instrumentation, telemetry, and business insight generation.

Citrix Scout

Citrix Scout collects diagnostics and runs health checks. You can use the results for proactive maintenance in your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment. Citrix offers comprehensive, automated analysis of diagnostics collections through Citrix Insight Services. You can also use Scout to troubleshoot issues, on your own or with Citrix Support guidance.