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You can download the latest Workspace Environment Management installer from the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops downloads page https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-virtual-apps-and-desktops/. On that page, access the installer under Components of the latest version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

This release includes the following new features and addresses issues to improve the user experience:

Enhancement to gMSA support

This enhancement simplifies the process of configuring a group Managed Service Account (gMSA) for use with Workspace Environment Management (WEM). You can now use the GUI to configure the account. After binding the Citrix WEM SPN with the account, you can select the account in the same way as you do for an AD user when you do the following:

For more information, see Group Managed Service Account.

Wake up agents

This release introduces the Wake on LAN feature, which lets you remotely turn on agent hosts. WEM automatically selects agents that reside on the same subnet as the target agents and uses those agents as Wake on LAN messengers. This feature requires hardware compatible with Wake on LAN. To use this feature, verify that the target machines satisfy the hardware requirements and relevant BIOS settings are configured. For more information, see Wake on LAN.

Profile Management

Workspace Environment Management now supports the following Profile Management policies. The following new option is now available in the Administration Console > Policies and Profiles > Citrix Profile Management Settings.

  • Enable active write back on session lock and disconnection
    • Available on the Main Profile Management Settings tab.
    • If enabled, profile files and folders are written back only when a session is locked or disconnected. With both this option and the Enable Active write back registry option enabled, registry entries are written back only when a session is locked or disconnected.

    For more information, see Citrix Profile Management Settings.

  • Enable VHD disk compaction
    • Available on the Profile Container Settings tab.
    • If enabled, VHD disks are automatically compacted on user logoff when certain conditions are met. This option enables you to save the storage space consumed by profile container, OneDrive container, and mirror folder container. Advanced options are available on the Advanced Settings tab, including:
      • Disable defragmentation for VHD disk compaction, Set free space ratio to trigger VHD disk compaction, and Set number of logoffs to trigger VHD disk compaction. When Enable VHD disk compaction is enabled, use these three options to adjust the default VHD compaction settings and behavior.

    For more information, see Citrix Profile Management Settings.

  • Enable asynchronous processing for user Group Policy on logon
    • Available on the Advanced Settings tab.
    • If enabled, Profile Management roams with users a registry value that Windows uses to determine the processing mode for the next user logon — synchronous or asynchronous processing mode. This ensures that the actual processing mode is applied each time users log on.

    For more information, see Citrix Profile Management Settings.

  • Enable app access control
    • Available on the App Access Control tab.
    • If enabled, Profile Management controls user access to items (such as files, folders, and registries) based on the rules you provide. A typical use case is to apply rules to control user access to apps installed on machines — whether to make apps invisible to relevant users. This feature can simplify application and image management. For example, using the feature, you can deliver identical machines to different departments while meeting their different application needs, thus reducing the number of images.

    For more information, see Citrix Profile Management Settings.

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