Citrix Provisioning

Running the configuration wizard silently

Silent product software installs

You can silently install target devices, Citrix Provisioning servers, and consoles to a default installation directory using the following command:

<Installer Name>.exe /s /v"/qn"

To set a different destination, use the INSTALLDIR option:

<Installer Name>.exe /s /v"/qn INSTALLDIR=D:\Destination"


After performing a silent install of a Citrix Provisioning client, subsequent upgrades using the Upgrade Wizard fail because the client fails to reboot.

Workflow for running the configuration wizard silently

The basic steps involved in the silent configuration of servers in the farm are:

  • Create a ConfigWizard.ans file from a configured provisioning server in the farm, or create the file manually. To create the file manually, see Create the ConfigWizard.ans file manually.
  • Copy the ConfigWizard.ans file onto the other servers in the farm, and modify the IP address in the ConfigWizard.ans file to match each server in the farm.
  • Run ConfigWizard.exe with the /a parameter on each server.

Enhanced security for Configuration Wizard answer file

The configuration wizard answer files have sensitive fields such as passwords to database and domain accounts. Starting with Citrix Provisioning version 2303, these passwords are protected with enhanced security. Therefore, when you create a new answer file using the Configuration Wizard, provide a passphrase to encrypt passwords. You must use the same passphrase when you use the answer file. You can also continue using your answer files created by the Configuration Wizard prior to Citrix Provisioning version 2303.

Create the ConfigWizard.ans file using the Configuration wizard

  1. Run ConfigWizard.exe with the /s and /p parameter on a configured server. Use:

    • /P to be prompted for a passphrase
    • /P:phrase to provide the passphrase on the command line
  2. On the Farm Configuration page, choose Join existing farm.
  3. On the Citrix Cloud page, select to Join Citrix Cloud or Do not join Citrix Cloud.
  4. Continue selecting configuration settings on the remaining wizard pages, and then select Finish.
  5. Copy the resulting ConfigWizard.ans file from the Citrix Provisioning application data directory in \\ProgramData\\Citrix\\Provisioning Services.

Copy and modify the ConfigWizard.ans file

  1. For each server, copy the ConfigWizard.ans file to the Citrix Provisioning application data directory.
  2. Edit the StreamNetworkAdapterIP= value so that it matches the IP of the server being configured. If more than one IP is being used for Citrix Provisioning on the server, add a comma between each IP address.

Run the ConfigWizard.exe silently

To configure servers:

Run ConfigWizard.exe with the /a /p parameter on each server. The parameter /p ensures enhanced encryption with a passphrase. The passphrase must be the same that you provided while creating the answer file. For example, use:

  • /P to be prompted for a passphrase
  • /P:phrase to provide the passphrase on the command line


If you use an answer file created with Citrix Provisioning version 2212 or earlier, you can omit /P.

If you join your farm to Citrix Cloud, then you must supply the Citrix Cloud administrator credentials to the Configuration Wizard when using the /a option. These credentials are necessary to register or re-register the Citrix Provisioning servers in the farm with Citrix Cloud. To supply the credentials non-interactively, do the following:

  1. Create a secure client for your Citrix Cloud administrator account and download the secureclient.csv file to your Citrix Provisioning server.
  2. On the Citrix Provisioning server, apply the secure client using the Set-XdCredentials PowerShell command, choosing the default profile. For example:

    Set-XDCredentials -SecureClientFile secureclient.csv -CustomerId xxxxxxx -ProfileType CloudApi -StoreAs default

For instructions to create secure clients, see Get started with Citrix Cloud APIs in the Citrix Developer documentation

For more information on Citrix DaaS Remote PowerShell SDK, see

For a list of valid ConfigWizard parameters:

  1. Run ConfigWizard.exe with the /? parameter.
  2. In the Citrix Provisioning application data directory, open the resulting ConfigWizard.out file.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the file to view all valid parameters.

To get a list of commands and their descriptions, use the / c parameter.

Create the ConfigWizard.ans file manually

If you want to create the ConfigWizard.ans file from scratch, using a text editor that lets you save as Unicode, create a file named ConfigWizard.ans, and save it as Unicode. Enter the parameters shown in the table. Include all of the parameters relevant to your configuration.

Screen UI Option Manual parameter
DHCP Services The service that runs on this computer: Microsoft DHCP IPServiceType=0
  Citrix Provisioning BootP service IPServiceType=1
  Other BootP or DHCP service IPServiceType=2
  The service that runs on another computer Not included
PXE Services Microsoft DHCP on this computer PXEServiceType=0
  Citrix Provisioning PXE service on this computer PXEServiceType=1
  The service that run on another computer PXEServiceType=0
Farm Configuration Farm is already configured FarmConfiguration=0
  Create farm FarmConfiguration=1
  Join existing farm FarmConfiguration=2
Database Server DatabaseAdminAuthentication DatabaseAdminAuthentication=< ActiveDirectoryIntegrated or SqlPassword>
  DatabaseAdminUsername DatabaseAdminUsername=<SQL login> ( Used only if DatabaseAdminAuthentication is SqlPassword)
  DatabaseAdminPassword DatabaseAdminPassword=<password> (Used only if DatabaseAdminAuthentication is SqlPassword)
Database Server (after Create Farm or Join existing farm) DatabaseAuthentication DatabaseAuthentication=<ActiveDirectoryIntegrated or SqlPassword>
  DatabaseUsername DatabaseUsername=<SQL login> (Used only if DatabaseAuthentication is SqlPassword)
  DatabasePassword DatabasePassword=<password> (Used only if DatabaseAdminAuthentication is SqlPassword)
  Server name DatabaseServer=<dBName>,<NonDefaultSQLPort> (If default port, omit port value)
  Instance name DatabaseInstance=<InstanceName>
  Database name DatabaseNew=<DbName>
  Enable MultiSubnetFailover for SQL Server Always On MultiSubnetFailover=<0 or 1>
  Database Mirror Failover Partner Server Name FailoverDatabaseServer=<dBName>,<NonDefaultSQLPort> (If a database mirror failover partner is not used, this value is omitted, or has an empty value)
Database Mirror Failover Partner Instance Name
New Farm (when new farm is created) Farm name FarmNew=<FarmName>
  Site name SiteNew=<SiteName>
  Collection name CollectionNew=<CollectionName>
  Farm Administrator group: PVS server is in Active Directory ADGroup=<Path to AD group> Ex: test.local/Users/Domain Users
  PVS server is in Workgroup Group=<Path to local group> Ex: PVS-Server-1/Administrators
New Store (when new farm is created) Store name Store=<StoreName>
  Default path DefaultPath=<Store path>
Existing Farm (when joining an existing farm) Farm name FarmExisting=<database name>
Site (when joining an existing farm) Existing site; Site name ExistingSite=<Site name>
  New site; Site name Site=<Site name>
  Collection name Collection=<Collection name>
Store (when joining an existing farm) Existing store; Store name ExistingStore=<Store name>
  New store; Store name Store=<Store name>
  Default path DefaultPath=<Path to store>
License Server License server name LicenseServer=<Citrix License Server’s IP, host name, FQDN>
  License server port LicenseServerPort=<LicenseServerPort> (27000 is default port)
  On-premises (license type) licenseSKU=0
  Use Datacenter licenses for desktops if no Desktop licenses are available LicenseTradeup=<0 or 1>
  Cloud (license type) licenseSKU=1
User account Network service account Network=1
  Specified user account; User name/Domain <domain\username>
  Password UserName2=<Password>
Active Directory Computer Account Password Days between password updates PasswordManagementInterval=<#ofDays> (Including this parameter enables Automate computer account password updates)
Network Communications Streaming network cards StreamNetworkAdapterIP=<IPofStreamingNIC1,IPofStreamingNIC2,…> (comma-separated list of IPs)
  Management network card ManagementNetworkAdapterIP=<IPofManagementNIC> (only one IP)
  Note: Network cards can be both streaming and management.  
  First communications port IpcPortBase=6890
  Total ports used for server communication IpcPortCount=20
  Console port SoapPort=54321
Stream Servers Boot List Specify boot servers (maximum of 4, LS1–LS4) LS#=<IP,Default Subnet Mask,Device Gateway,Server Port>
    For Default Subnet Mask and Device Gateway, use if info is provided by DHCP
Advanced Stream Servers Boot List Verbose mode (Display diagnostic information) AdvancedVerbose=<0 or 1>
  Interrupt safe mode (Select if target device hangs during boot) AdvancedInterruptSafeMode=<0 or 1>
  Advanced Memory Support AdvancedMemorySupport=<0 or 1>
  Network recovery method AdvancedRebootFromHD=<0 for Restore Network Connection, 1 for Reboot from hard disk>
  Recovery time in seconds AdvancedRecoverSeconds=<time in seconds>
  Login polling timeout AdvancedLoginPolling=<time in milliseconds>
  Login general timeout AdvancedLoginGeneral=<time in milliseconds>
Soap SSL Configuration SSL port SSLPort=54323
  SSL certificate SSLCert=<token>
Problem Report Configuration My Citrix Username CisUserName=<username>
  Password CisPassword=<password>