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Configure Citrix Receiver for Web sites

Sep 30, 2014

Citrix Receiver for Web sites enable users to access stores through a webpage. The tasks below enable you to modify settings for your Citrix Receiver for Web sites. Some advanced settings can only be changed by editing the site configuration files. For more information, see Configure Citrix Receiver for Web sites using the configuration files.

Important: In multiple server deployments, use only one server at a time to make changes to the configuration of the server group. Ensure that the Citrix StoreFront management console is not running on any of the other servers in the deployment. Once complete, propagate your configuration changes to the server group so that the other servers in the deployment are updated.

Choose authentication methods

Use the Choose Authentication Methods task to assign authentication methods for users connecting to the Citrix Receiver for Web site. This action allows you to specify a subset of authentication methods for each Receiver for Web site.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Citrix Receiver for Web node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and select the relevant store that you want to modify from the results pane.
  3. In the Actions pane, click Choose Authentication Method to specify the access methods that you want to enable for your users. If a desired authentication method is not available for selection, verify that it is enabled in the Authentication node before configuring Citrix Receiver for Web site authentication methods.
    • Select the User name and password check box to enable explicit authentication. Users enter their credentials when they access their stores.
    • Select the Domain pass-through check box to enable pass-through of Active Directory domain credentials from users' devices. Users authenticate to their domain-joined Windows computers and are automatically logged on when they access their stores. In order to use this option, pass-through authentication must be enabled when Citrix Receiver for Windows is installed on users' devices. Note that Domain pass-through for Citrix Receiver for Web is limited to Windows operating systems using Internet Explorer.
    • Select the Smart card check box to enable smart card authentication. Users authenticate using smart cards and PINs when they access their stores.
    • Select the Pass-through from NetScaler Gateway check box to enable pass-through authentication from NetScaler Gateway. Users authenticate to NetScaler Gateway and are automatically logged on when they access their stores.
  4. Once the authentication method has been selected, click OK.

    For more information about modifying settings for authentication methods, see Configure the authentication service.

Add resource shortcuts to other websites

Use the Add Shortcuts to Websites task to provide users with rapid access to desktops and applications from websites hosted on the internal network. You generate URLs for resources available through the Citrix Receiver for Web site and embed these links on your websites. Users click on a link and are redirected to the Receiver for Web site, where they log on if they have not already done so. The Receiver for Web site automatically starts the resource. In the case of applications, users are also subscribed to the application if they have not subscribed previously.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Citrix Receiver for Web node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and, in the results pane, select a site. In the Actions pane, click Add Shortcuts to Websites.
  3. Click Add to enter the URL for a website on which you plan to host shortcuts. URLs must be specified in the form http[s]://hostname[:port], where hostname is the fully qualified domain name of the website host and port is the port used for communication with the host if the default port for the protocol is not available. Paths to specific pages on the website are not required. To modify a URL, select the entry in the Websites list and click Edit. Select an entry in the list and click Remove to delete the URL for a website on which you no longer want to host shortcuts to resources available through the Citrix Receiver for Web site.
  4. Click Get app shortcuts and then click Save when you are prompted to save your configuration changes.
  5. Log on to the Citrix Receiver for Web site and copy the URLs you require to your website.

Change the store for a Citrix Receiver for Web site

Use the Change Store task to switch the store that users access through a Citrix Receiver for Web site. Only a single store can be accessed through each site. To switch to a store hosted on another server, select Remote store and specify the URL of the remote store.

Set session timeout

By default, user sessions on Citrix Receiver for Web sites time out after 20 minutes of inactivity. When a session times out, users can continue to use any desktops or applications that are already running but must log on again to access Citrix Receiver for Web site functions such as subscribing to applications.

Use the Set Session Timeout task to change the session timeout value.



You can choose minutes, hours, or days from a dropdown menu. The minimum value for all time intervals is 1. The maximum equates to 1 year for each time interval.



Configure site behavior for users without Citrix Receiver

Use the Deploy Citrix Receiver task to configure the behavior of a Citrix Receiver for Web site when a Windows or Mac OS X user without Citrix Receiver installed accesses the site. By default, Citrix Receiver for Web sites automatically attempt to determine whether Citrix Receiver is installed when accessed from computers running Windows or Mac OS X. For more information about modifying this behavior, see "Disable detection and deployment of Citrix Receiver" at Configure Citrix Receiver for Web sites using the configuration files.

If Citrix Receiver cannot be detected, the user is prompted to download and install the appropriate Citrix Receiver for their platform. The default download location is the Citrix website, but you can also copy the installation files to the StoreFront server and provide users with these local files instead. For more information, see "Make Citrix Receiver installation files available on the server" at Configure Citrix Receiver for Web sites using the configuration files.

For users who cannot install Citrix Receiver, you can enable Citrix Receiver for HTML5 on your Citrix Receiver for Web sites. Citrix Receiver for HTML5 enables users to access desktops and applications directly within HTML5-compatible web browsers without needing to install Citrix Receiver. Both internal network connections and connections through NetScaler Gateway are supported. However, for connections from the internal network, Citrix Receiver for HTML5 only enables access to resources provided by specific products. Additionally, specific versions of NetScaler Gateway are required to enable connections from outside the corporate network. For more information, seeInfrastructure requirements.

For local users on the internal network, access through Citrix Receiver for HTML5 to resources provided by XenDesktop and XenApp is disabled by default. To enable local access to desktops and applications using Citrix Receiver for HTML5, you must enable the ICA WebSockets connections policy on your XenDesktop and XenApp servers. XenDesktop and XenApp use port 8008 for Citrix Receiver for HTML5 connections. Ensure your firewalls and other network devices permit access to this port. For more information, see WebSockets policy settings.

Citrix Receiver for HTML5 can only be used with Internet Explorer over HTTP connections. To use Citrix Receiver for HTML5 with Mozilla Firefox over HTTPS connections, users must type about:config in the Firefox address bar and set the network.websocket.allowInsecureFromHTTPS preference to true.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.
  2. Select the Citrix Receiver for Web node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and, in the results pane, select a site. In the Actions pane, click Deploy Citrix Receiver.
  3. Specify the response of the Citrix Receiver for Web site if Citrix Receiver cannot be detected on a user's device.
    • If you want the site to prompt the user to download and install the appropriate Citrix Receiver for their platform, select Install locally. Users must install Citrix Receiver to access desktops and applications through the site.
    • If you want the site to prompt the user to download and install Citrix Receiver but fall back to Citrix Receiver for HTML5 if Citrix Receiver cannot be installed, select Use Citrix Receiver  for HTML5 if local install fails. Users without Citrix Receiver are prompted to download and install Citrix Receiver every time they log on to the site.
    • If you want the site to enable access to resources through Citrix Receiver for HTML5 without prompting the user to download and install Citrix Receiver, select Always use Receiver for HTML5. With that option selected, users always access desktops and applications on the site through Citrix Receiver for HTML5, provided they use an HTML5-compatible browser. Users without an HTML5-compatible browser have to install the native Citrix Receiver.

Remove Citrix Receiver for Web sites

Use the Remove Website task to delete a Citrix Receiver for Web site. When you remove a site, users can no longer use that webpage to access the store.