XenApp and XenDesktop

Client folder redirection

Client folder redirection changes the way client-side files are accessible on the host-side session. When you enable only client drive mapping on the server, client-side full volumes are automatically mapped to the sessions as Universal Naming Convention (UNC) links. When you enable client folder redirection on the server and the user configures it on the user device, the portion of the local volume specified by the user is redirected.

Only the user-specified folders appear as UNC links inside sessions instead of the complete file system on the user device. If you disable UNC links through the registry, client folders appear as mapped drives inside the session.

Client folder redirection is supported on Windows Desktop OS machines only.

Client folder redirection for an external USB drive will not be saved on detaching and reattaching the device.

Enable client folder direction on the server. Then, on the client device, specify which folders to redirect (the application you use to specify the client folder options is included with the Citrix Receiver supplied with this release.


Editing the registry incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it.

  1. On the server:
    1. Create a key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\Client Folder Redirection.
    2. Create a REG_DWORD value.
      • Name: CFROnlyModeAvailable
      • Type: REG_DWORD
      • Data: Set to 1
  2. On the user device:
    1. Ensure the latest version of Citrix Receiver is installed.
    2. From the Citrix Receiver installation directory, start CtxCFRUI.exe.
    3. Select the Custom radio button and add, edit, or remove folders.
    4. Disconnect and reconnect your sessions for the setting to take effect.
Client folder redirection

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