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Workspace Environment Management service

Warning:

The Workspace Environment Management service is currently available as a technical preview only and should not be used in a production environment.

Introducing Workspace Environment Management service

Workspace Environment Management uses intelligent resource management and Profile Management technologies to deliver the best possible performance, desktop logon, and application response times for XenApp and XenDesktop deployments. It is a software-only, driver-free solution.

Resource management - To provide the best experience for users, Workspace Environment Management monitors and analyzes user and application behavior in real time, then intelligently adjusts RAM, CPU, and I/O in the user workspace environment.

Profile Management - To deliver the best possible logon performance, Workspace Environment Management replaces commonly used Windows Group Policy Object objects, logon scripts, and preferences with an agent which is deployed on each virtual machine or server. The agent is multi-threaded and applies changes to user environments only when required, ensuring that users always have access to their desktop as quickly as possible.

Simplified setup and configuration - The Workspace Environment Management service eliminates most of the setup tasks required by the on-premises version of Workspace Environment Management. This can concentrate on using the web-based administration console to tune Workspace Environment Management behavior.

Technical overview

Workspace Environment Management (WEM) service has the following architecture:

WEM cloud service technical overview

The following components are hosted in Citrix Cloud and administered by Citrix as part of the service:

Infrastructure services. The infrastructure services synchronize the various back-end components (Azure SQL Database service, administration console) with the front-end components (agent, Active Directory). Citrix ensures that sufficient infrastructure services are provided on Citrix Cloud.

Administration console. You use the administration console to manage your WEM installation from the service’s Manage tab using your web browser. The administration console is hosted on a Citrix Cloud-based XenApp server, with a Citrix Receiver for HTML5 connection to the console on the XenApp server.

Azure SQL Database: Workspace Environment Management service settings are stored in a Microsoft Azure SQL Database service, deployed in an elastic pool. This is managed by Citrix.

The following components are installed and managed in each resource location by the customer/partner:

Agent. The Workspace Environment Management service agent connects to the Workspace Environment Management infrastructure services and enforces the settings configured by the administration console. All communications are over HTTPS using the Citrix Cloud Messaging Service. The agent must be deployed on each VDA (and on any physical endpoints which use the Transformer feature). You can install the agent on Windows desktop OS clients (to manage client environments) or on Windows server OS (to manage server environments, or to manage published desktops and applications).

All agents use local caching. This ensures that agents are able to continue using the latest settings if network connection is interrupted.

Note The Transformer feature is not supported on server operating systems.

Microsoft Active Directory Server: Workspace Environment Management service requires access to your Active Directory to push settings to your users. The infrastructure service communicates with your Active Directory using the Citrix Cloud Identity service.

Cloud Connector: The Citrix Cloud Connector is required to allow machines in your resource locations to communicate with Citrix Cloud. You must install Citrix Cloud Connector on at least one machine in every resource location you are using.

Tip Citrix recommended two cloud connectors in each resource location to ensure high availability.

Installation

To install the current release, see Install and configure.

Workspace Environment Management service