Product Documentation

Manage application and desktop delivery

May 10, 2015

Edit a Delivery Group

You can change a Delivery Group's characteristics.

Note: When editing a Remote PC Access Delivery Group, the User Profile Selection and Reboot Schedule do not apply and are locked.

In Studio, select the Delivery Group node, select a Delivery Group, and click Edit Delivery Group.The following table summarizes Delivery Group changes.

On this page:

Change:

Users

Users or user groups that can access desktops and applications.

Select user groups by browsing or entering a list of Active Directory users and groups each separated by a semicolon.

For Desktop OS Delivery Groups, import user data from a file after you create the group.

User Assignments

Machines assigned to the Delivery Group by selecting and assigning machines. You can optionally assign users as described in the Users row.

Delivery Type

Depending on the catalog type, select what the machines deliver to users:
  • Desktops only.
  • Applications only.
  • Desktops and applications. This option is not available in static Desktop OS machines.

StoreFront

Select StoreFront URLs to be pushed to Citrix Receiver so that Receiver can connect to a store without user intervention.

This feature is not available for Application-only Delivery Groups.

Scopes

Select or change the Delivery Group's scope.

Scopes are groups of objects that represent parts of your deployment and your organization. For example, you might have a scope for Delivery Groups used by a Sales team, and another that you assign to the Support team. Make sure that you select the correct scopes so that the right users can access the desktops in this Delivery Group.

End User Settings

Change the Delivery Group description, number of desktops per user, color depth, time zone, or Secure ICA setting.

Power Management

Manage the following machine power settings:
  • Days and times to turn off machines.
  • Specify the delay (in minutes) before suspending any disconnected machine for peak hours and off peak hours.
  • Specify what happens to the machines when disconnected: nothing, suspend, or shut down.

Access Policy

Change whether the Delivery Group connections go through the NetScaler Gateway.

Specify which machines connect through the NetScaler Gateway using filters.

Restart Schedule

(Server OS Delivery Groups only)

Change the following settings for Server OS Delivery Groups:
  • Whether and how to communicate the reboot to users.
  • Automatically reboot machines, and the schedule to do so if selected.

To remove a Remote PC Access Delivery Group machine catalog association

When first created, Remote PC Access machine catalogs have an association to a Delivery Group. This means that machine accounts or Organizational Units added to the machine catalog later can be added to the Delivery Group. The association can be switched off or on.

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Group node in the left pane, select a Remote PC Access Delivery Group.
  2. In the Details section, select Machine Catalogs.
  3. Select a machine catalog and then click Remove Association to remove the machine catalog association from the Delivery Group.
  4. You can add or restore an association by clicking Add Desktops.

To search for a Delivery Group

To search for Delivery Groups, use the Search node as described in Find machines, sessions, machine catalogs, applications, and Delivery Groups . You cannot search within the Delivery Group tab.

Create a Delivery Group application

Using the Studio Create Application feature, you can select applications for a Delivery Group that your users can access when they log on to the desktop. Studio discovers the applications on the master images or templates. You can also manually add custom applications, which reside on Delivery Group machines. The following application types are available:

  • Applications installed on Delivery Group machines — The Studio wizard discovers these applications and then makes them available to the Delivery Group's desktops. The following types of applications may be discovered and made available:
    • 16-bit and 32-bit applications hosted on machines running Windows XP or Windows 7
    • Applications hosted on App-V servers
    • Applications installed on users' machines
  • Custom applications:
    • Any applications that were not discovered by the wizard that you want to include.
    • Applications installed on the user device. Once selected, these applications appear on the desktop's Windows Start menu.
  • Off-line App-V applications — If you plan to be disconnected from the network for an extended period of time, you can work in offline mode through the Microsoft App-V client. Follow the instructions described in How to Work Offline or Online with Application Virtualization.

    Once the App-V 5 client is installed on the end point from which you want to offer offline App-V applications, the applications published to the user through the App-V 5 Management Server become available to that user.

Note: You cannot create applications for Remote PC Access Delivery Groups.

To create applications for a Delivery Group

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Group node, select the Applications tab, and then click Create Applications.
  2. On the Delivery Group page, select a Delivery Group to host the applications and then click Next.
  3. On the Applications page, add existing applications to this Delivery Group from the list of applications Studio discovers and displays.
    Note: The assigned user or group must be a member of the Delivery Group to which this application is assigned to view or access this application.
  4. To optionally add a custom application, click Add applications manually then click Next. Complete the following information about the application on the Add an Application Manually page:
    • Path to the executable file
    • Optional command line parameters
    • Directory
    • Display names for administrator and users — Name that users see and Name that only administrators see
    • Location — Path to the application's executable file, working directory, and an optional command line argument
    • Limit Visibility — Limit which users or groups of users can see the application
      Note: The assigned user or group must be a member of the Delivery Group to which this application is assigned. Otherwise, they cannot view or access this application.
    • File Type Association — Which types of files the application automatically opens
  5. On the Summary page, check all details
  6. Repeat the previous steps to create applications for additional application Delivery Groups or application and desktop Delivery Groups.

Modify and manage applications

To modify and manage applications:

  1. Select the Delivery Groups node, then select the Applications tab.
  2. Select the application on the Applications tab.
  3. Choose a task on the Actions pane.

Application modifications might not take effect for users connected to the application until the users have logged off their sessions.

Action

Description

Refresh the applications listing

Select Refresh in the Applications tab.

View or change application settings

Select the application you want to edit, then click Properties.

Use the Application Settings wizard to change the application's settings. For information about configuring settings, see Create a Delivery Group application.

Copy

Select the application you want to copy, and then click Copy Application.

A copy of the application appears in the Applications tab.

Disable

Make sure that the application is not in use.

Select the application on the Applications tab and then click Disable from the Action pane.

The application appears as Disabled in the Applications tab.

Rename

Select the application on the Applications tab and then click Rename from the Action pane.

Enter the new name in the dialog that appears.

Add or edit searchable tags assigned to and used to categorize applications

Select the application on the Applications tab then click Edit Tags.

Add or edit tags in the Edit Applications Tags dialog that appears.

Delete applications associated with a Delivery Group

Make sure that the application is not in use.

Select the application on the Applications tab then click Delete.

Deleting the application removes the application assignment from the Delivery Group, it does not remove it from the master image.

Search

On the Applications tab, select a saved search from the Saved searches drop-down menu or create a new search. For information about searching, see Find machines, sessions, machine catalogs, applications, and Delivery Groups.

Change Delivery Group user settings

You can change the following user settings for all the machines in a Delivery Group.
  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Groups node and select the Delivery Group whose properties you want to change.
  2. Click Edit Delivery Group.
  3. Click End user settings and, change the desktops' properties as required.

    You can change the following user properties:

    Property Description

    Description

    Delivery Group description that users see and in StoreFront.

    Enabled

    Makes the Delivery Group available to provide resources.

    Desktops per user (Desktop OS machines only)

    Limits the number of shared desktop instances that a user can simultaneously launch.

    For the assigning-on-first-use case, this property limits the number of desktops users can assign to themselves.

    Color depth

    Note that the graphics driver on the Virtual Desktop Agent handles Alpha (transparency) data in addition to red, green, and blue data. Assuming that a suitable Citrix plug-in client in use has enough graphics memory to display 32-bit color, sessions are displayed at that color depth even if you select True Color (24 bit) here.

    Time zone

    The time zone in which the Delivery Group operates.

    Enable Secure ICA

    Conceals all communications to and from machines in the Delivery Group using the SecureICA feature, which encrypts the ICA protocol.

Find machines, sessions, machine catalogs, applications, and Delivery Groups

Use the Search feature to view specific machines, sessions, machine catalogs, applications, or Delivery Groups.
Note: You cannot search within the machine catalogs or Delivery Groups tabs using the Search box. Use the Search node.
  1. Select the Search node.

    To display additional search criteria in the display, click the plus sign next to the Search drop-down fields. You can remove the search criteria by clicking the minus button

  2. Enter the name, or use the drop-down list to select another search option for the Studio item you want to find.
  3. Optionally, save your search for later use by selecting Save as. The search appears in the Save Search field.

Alternatively, click the Expand Search icon ( ) to display a drop-down list that contains search properties. Perform an advanced search by building an expression from properties in the drop-down list.

Use the following tips to enhance your search:
  • To displays additional characteristics to include in the display on which you can search and sort, right click any column and select click Select columns.
  • To locate a user device connected to a machine, use Endpoint and Is, and enter the device's name, or use Client (IP) and Is, and enter the device's IP address.
  • To locate active sessions, use Session State, Is, and Connected
  • To list all of the machines in a Delivery Group, select the group from the Delivery Groups node and click View Machines