Product Documentation

Configuring Receiver for Mac

May 17, 2015
After the Receiver software is installed, the following configuration steps allow users to access their hosted applications and desktops:
  • Configure your application delivery—Ensure your XenApp environment is configured correctly. Understand your options and provide meaningful application descriptions for your users.
  • Configure self-service mode—Configure self-service mode, which allows your users to subscribe to applications from the Receiver user interface.
  • Configure StoreFront—Create stores that enumerate and aggregate desktops and applications from XenDesktop sites and XenApp farms, making these resources available to users.
  • Provide users with account information—Provide users with the information they need to set up access to accounts hosting their applications and desktops. In some environments, users must manually set up access to accounts.
  • If you have users who connect from outside the internal network (for example, users who connect from the Internet or from remote locations), configure authentication through NetScaler Gateway. For more information see NetScaler Gateway

Configure your application delivery

When delivering applications with XenDesktop or XenApp, consider the following options to enhance the experience for your users when they access their applications:

Web access mode

Without any configuration, Receiver for Mac provides web access mode: browser-based access to applications and desktops. Users simply open a browser to a Receiver for Web or Web Interface site and select and use the applications that they want. In web access mode, no app shortcuts are placed in the App Folder on your user's device.

Self-service mode

By adding a StoreFront account to Receiver or configuring Receiver to point to a StoreFront site, you can configure self-service mode, which enables your users to subscribe to applications through Receiver. This enhanced user experience is similar to that of a mobile app store. In self-service mode you can configure mandatory, auto-provisioned, and featured app keyword settings as needed. When one of your users selects an application, a shortcut to that application is placed in the App Folder on the user device.

When publishing applications on your XenApp farms, to enhance the experience for users accessing those applications through StoreFront stores, ensure that you include meaningful descriptions for published applications. The descriptions are visible to your users through Citrix Receiver.

Configure self-service mode

As mentioned previously, by adding a StoreFront account to Receiver or configuring Receiver to point to a StoreFront site, you can configure self-service mode, which allows users to subscribe to applications from the Receiver user interface. This enhanced user experience is similar to that of a mobile app store.

In self service mode you can configure mandatory, auto-provisioned and featured app keyword settings as needed.
  • To automatically subscribe all users of a store to an application, append the string KEYWORDS:Auto to the description you provide when you publish the application in XenApp. When users log on to the store, the application is automatically provisioned without the need for users to manually subscribe to the application.
  • To advertise applications to users or make commonly used applications easier to find by listing them in the Receiver Featured list, append the string KEYWORDS:Featured to the application description.

For more information, see the StoreFront documentation.

If the Web Interface of your XenApp deployment does not have a XenApp Services site, create a site. The name of the site and how you create the site depends on the version of the Web Interface you have installed. For more information, see the Web Interface documentation.

Configure StoreFront

With StoreFront, the stores you create consist of services that provide authentication and resource delivery infrastructure for Citrix Receiver. Create stores that enumerate and aggregate desktops and applications from XenDesktop sites and XenApp farms, making these resources available to users.

  1. Install and configure StoreFront. For more information, see the StoreFront documentation.

    Note: For administrators who need more control, Citrix provides a template you can use to create a download site for Receiver.
  2. Configure stores for CloudGateway just as you would for other XenApp and XenDesktop applications. No special configuration is needed for Receiver. For more information, see Configuring Stores in the StoreFront documentation.

Provide users with account information

After installation, you must provide users with the account information they need to access their hosted applications and desktops. You can provide this information by:
  • Configuring email-based account discovery
  • Providing users with a provisioning file
  • Providing users with an auto-generated setup URL
  • Providing users with account information to enter manually

Configure email-based account discovery

You can configure Receiver to use email-based account discovery. When configured, users enter their email address rather than a server URL during initial Receiver installation and configuration. Receiver determines the NetScaler Gateway, Access Gateway, or StoreFront server associated with the email address based on Domain Name System (DNS) Service (SRV) records and then prompts the user to log on to access their hosted applications and desktops.

To configure your DNS server to support email-based discovery, see the topic Configuring Email-based Account Discovery in the StoreFront documentation.

To configure NetScaler Gateway or Access Gateway to accept user connections by using an email address to discover the StoreFront, NetScaler Gateway, or Access Gateway URL, see Connecting to StoreFront by Using Email-Based Discovery in the NetScaler Gateway or Access Gateway documentation.

Provide users with a provisioning file

You can use StoreFront to create provisioning files containing connection details for accounts. You make these files available to your users to enable them to configure Receiver automatically. After installing Receiver, users simply open the file to configure Receiver. If you configure Receiver for Web sites, users can also obtain Receiver provisioning files from those sites.

For more information, see the StoreFront documentation.

Provide users with an auto-generated setup URL

You can use the Citrix Receiver for Mac Setup URL Generator to create a URL containing account information. After installing Receiver, users simply click on the URL to configure their account and access their resources. Use the utility to configure settings for accounts and email or post that information to all your users at once.

For more information, see To create and configure a setup URL.

Provide users with account information to enter manually

If providing users with account details to enter manually, ensure you distribute the following information to enable them to connect to their hosted and desktops successfully:
  • The URL for the StoreFront store or XenApp Services site hosting resources; for example: https://servername.example.com
  • For access using NetScaler Gateway or Access Gateway: the NetScaler Gateway or Access Gateway address, product edition, and required authentication method

    For more information about configuring NetScaler Gateway or Access Gateway, see the NetScaler Gateway or Access Gateway documentation.

When a user enters the details for a new account, Receiver attempts to verify the connection. If successful, Receiver prompts the user to log on to the account.