Linux Virtual Delivery Agent

What’s new

What’s new in 2009

Version 2009 of the Linux VDA includes the following new features and enhancements:

Support for RHEL 8.2

Citrix added RHEL 8.2 as a supported distribution. For more information, see System requirements and Install Linux Virtual Delivery Agent for RHEL/CentOS.

(Experimental) Support for Ubuntu 20.04

As an experimental feature, you can distribute the Linux VDA on Ubuntu 20.04. For more information, see System requirements and Install Linux Virtual Delivery Agent for Ubuntu.

Support for browser content redirection

Starting with this release, the Linux VDA supports browser content redirection in Google Chrome. Browser content redirection provides the ability of rendering webpages in the allow list on the client side. For more information, see Browser content redirection.

Support for session watermarks

The Linux VDA now supports session watermarks. You can specify a watermark that is a layer of text, which displays over the entire session screen without changing the content of the original document. Text-based session watermarks help to deter and enable tracking data theft. This traceable information appears on the session desktop as a deterrent to those using photographs and screen captures to steal data. For more information, see Text-based session watermark.

Support for non-domain-joined Linux VDAs in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure

You can now create non-domain-joined Linux VDAs in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure to deliver virtual apps and desktops to any device from Microsoft Azure. For more information, see Create non-domain-joined VMs in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure.

Policy available for setting dynamic keyboard layout synchronization and client IME user interface synchronization

Previously, to enable or disable the dynamic keyboard layout synchronization and client IME user interface synchronization features, you had to edit the registry on each target VDA. Starting with this release, you can use the Client Keyboard Layout Sync and IME Improvement policy to set the features. This policy takes priority over registry settings and can be applied to user and machine objects you specify or all objects in your site. For more information, see Dynamic keyboard layout synchronization and Client IME user interface synchronization.

Prompt provided when you open an extra desktop session from a VDA

You can open a desktop session from a VDA through Citrix HDX, RDP, and direct console connections. However, attempts to open an extra HDX desktop session from the same Ubuntu VDA failed before this release. The issue occurred on Ubuntu VDAs that are installed with the GNOME desktop. As an enhancement, forcible logoff from your current desktop session at the following prompt allows you to continue with the new desktop session. The prompt appears every time you open an extra desktop session from a VDA, no matter what Linux platform the VDA is installed on.

Note:

  • If you click YES at the prompt when you log in to the VDA through gdm3, the screen of your console desktop appears black and seemingly unresponsive. You can use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go back to the VDA login window.
  • The prompt floats for 30 seconds. After that, the answer is set to NO automatically.

Image of the prompt

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