XenApp Secure Browser

As applications are ported to the web, users must rely on multiple browser vendors and versions in order to achieve compatibility with web-based apps. If the application is an internally hosted application, organizations are often required to install and configure complex VPN solutions in order to provide access to remote users. Typical VPN solutions require a client-side agent that must also be maintained across numerous operating systems.

With the XenApp Secure Browser, users can have a seamless web-based application experience where a hosted web-based application simply appears within the user’s preferred local browser. For example, a user’s preferred browser is Mozilla Firefox but the application is only compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer. XenApp Secure Browser will display the Internet Explorer compatible application as a tab within the Firefox browser.

Deploying XenApp Secure Browser Edition

Citrix recommends that you leverage the Citrix Smart Tools blueprint for the XenApp Secure Browser to simplify the deployment.

The XenApp Secure Browser blueprint includes scripts to automate the following tasks:

  • Install XenApp, including the Citrix License Server and StoreFront
  • Create a XenApp delivery site
  • Join the provisioned machines to your existing domain

Using the Citrix Smart Tools blueprint

To use the Citrix Smart Tools blueprint:

  1. From the Citrix Cloud home page, navigate to Services; click Request Trial for Citrix Smart Tools. Once you request the trial, you’ll receive an email notifying you when the trial service is available. This generally takes 5-10 minutes.
  2. Click Manage in the email you received when you requested the trail to display the Citrix Smart Tools home page.
  3. Download the Citrix XenApp Secure Browser Edition ISO from the Citrix download site.

Consider the following after downloading the Secure Browser Edition ISO:

Manually installing XenApp Secure Browser

To manually install XenApp Secure Browser version:

  1. Download the Citrix XenApp Secure Browser Edition ISO from the Citrix download site.
  2. Follow the install instructions for various components of XenApp.
  3. Configure the edition and license mode for the Secure Browser edition after installation, by performing the following additional steps:

    1. On the Delivery Controller, start a PowerShell session by clicking the blue icon on the taskbar, or by browsing to Start > All Programs > Accessories >Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell.

      Note: On 64-bit systems, this starts the 64-bit version. Both the 32-bit or 64-bit versions are supported.

    2. Type Asnp Citrix* and press Enter to load the Citrix-specific PowerShell modules.

      Note: “Asnp” represents Add-PSSnapin.

    3. Check the current site settings and license mode, by running the Get-ConfigSite cmdlet.

    4. Set the license mode to XenApp Secure Browser edition by running the Set-ConfigSite -ProductCode XDT -ProductEdition BAS.

    5. Confirm that the XenApp Secure Browser edition and license mode is set properly by running the Get-BrokerSite cmdlet.


After completing the installation, further optimize your environment for webapp delivery by using the configuration steps specified in the XenApp Secure Browser Deployment Guide.