StoreFront 1811 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.
Unified user experience
StoreFront supports both the classic and unified user experiences. At this release the unified experience has been updated to align it more closely with Citrix Workspace, and to extend its functionality. For more information see Citrix Receiver unified user experience.
The unified experience is only supported on Internet Explorer 11. See Internet Explorer support.
If you have customized the unified experience, your customizations are preserved when you upgrade to this version of StoreFront. Check that the appearance of your customizations is still suitable with the new unified experience. We recommend that you make users aware of the changes to the unified experience which the upgrade introduces, described in Citrix Receiver unified user experience.
Support for FAS logon evidence and launch disposition data
StoreFront supports passing logon evidence and launch disposition data to Federated Authentication Service (FAS) for evaluation:
- StoreFront can now capture logon evidence, and supply it to the FAS for validation when users attempt to launch VDAs. This allows customers to use FAS plug-ins to verify that authentication occurred at a trusted identity provider (IdP).
- StoreFront can now supply launch ‘disposition’ data to FAS when VDAs are launched. This allows customers to provide access disposition data, which plug-ins on the FAS server can convert into role and security context for identity evaluation.
For more information on how these features can be used, see Citrix Federated Authentication Service Logon Evidence Overview.
StoreFront Authentication SDK
The StoreFront Authentication SDK has been updated to support improvements in collection of Federated Authentication Service (FAS) logon evidence.
The StoreFront Authentication SDK documentation is now available on Citrix Developer Documentation https://developer-docs.citrix.com/.
StoreFront PowerShell SDK
The StoreFront PowerShell SDK has been updated to support improvements in collection of Federated Authentication Service (FAS) logon evidence. The object representing the Authentication service, returned by Get-STFAuthenticationService, has a property “AuthenticationOptions”. This has a new property “CollectFasEvidence” which is false by default. This must be enabled to use the new logon evidence feature.
The StoreFront PowerShell SDK documentation is republished as version 1811 on Citrix Developer Documentation https://developer-docs.citrix.com/.
New product names
If you’ve been a Citrix customer or partner for a while, you’ll notice new names in our products and in this product documentation. If you’re new to this Citrix product, you might see different names for a product or component. The new product and component names stem from the expanding Citrix portfolio and cloud strategy.
Implementing this transition in our products and their documentation is an ongoing process.
- In-product content might still contain former names. For example, you might see instances of earlier names in console text, messages, and directory/file names.
- It is possible that some items (such as commands and MSIs) might continue to retain their former names to prevent breaking existing customer scripts.
- Related product documentation and other resources (such as videos and blog posts) that are linked from this product’s documentation might still contain former names.
Your patience during this transition is appreciated. For more detail about our new names, see https://www.citrix.com/about/citrix-product-guide/.
New product and component version numbers
In this release, the StoreFront version number is displayed in the management console user interface in the same numeric format as Citrix Virtual App and Desktops (1811). The file version continues to use the 3.x format (3.17). For a full description of this format, see New product and component version numbers.
Deprecation of TLS versions
The deprecation of StoreFront support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols was announced at StoreFront 3.14 and XenApp and XenDesktop 7.17, see CTX23226.
Customers can now also upgrade to Citrix Workspace app, which supports the TLS 1.2 protocol.
At StoreFront 1811, Citrix further recommends disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support in the Web Server hosting StoreFront. You should enforce this via group policy objects, which create the necessary registry settings on the StoreFront server to disable older protocols like TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. See also the Microsoft TLS/SSL Settings reference topic.
Internet Explorer support
Microsoft have dropped support for older versions of Internet Explorer. See the Microsoft end-of-support announcement. As a consequence, we only support accessing stores through Citrix Receiver for Web sites using Internet Explorer 11. See System requirements.