Delivery groups

May 11, 2018

A Delivery group is a collection of machines selected from one or more machine catalogs. The Delivery group specifies which users can use those machines, and the applications available to those users.

Begin by creating the Delivery group. Later, you can change the initial settings and configure additional ones.

Create a Delivery Group

To create a Delivery Group:

  1. Select Delivery Groups in the Studio navigation pane.
  2. Select Create Delivery Group in the Actions pane. The wizard walks you through the items described below.


Select a machine catalog and specify the number of machines you want to use from the catalog.

  • At least one machine must remain unused in the selected machine catalog.
  • A machine catalog can be specified in more than one Delivery group; however, a machine can be used in only one Delivery group.
  • A Delivery group can use more than one machine catalog; however, those catalogs must contain the same machine types (Server OS, Desktop OS, or Remote PC Access). In other words, you cannot mix machine types in a Delivery group or in a machine catalog.
  • Similarly, you cannot create a Delivery group containing Desktop OS machines from a machine catalog configured for static desktops and machines from a machine catalog configured for random desktops.
  • Each machine in a Remote PC Access machine catalog is automatically associated with a Delivery group.

Delivery type

The type indicates what the Delivery group offers: only desktops, only applications, or both desktops and applications. Delivery groups with static Desktop OS machines cannot offer both desktops and applications.


Specify the users and user groups who can use the applications and/or desktops in the Delivery group.

There are two types of users: authenticated and unauthenticated (unauthenticated is also called anonymous). You can configure one or both types.

  • Authenticated: The users and group members you specify by name must present credentials (such as smart card or user name and password) to StoreFront or Citrix Receiver to access applications and desktops.
  • Unauthenticated (anonymous): For Delivery Groups containing Server OS machines, you can select a check box that will allow users to access applications and desktops without presenting credentials to StoreFront or Citrix Receiver. For example, when users access applications through kiosks, the application might require credentials, but the Citrix access portal and tools do not. An Anonymous Users Group is created when you install the VDA.
    • To grant access to unauthenticated users, each machine in the Delivery Group must have a VDA for Windows Server OS (minimum version 7.6) installed. When unauthenticated users are enabled, you must have an unauthenticated StoreFront store.
    • Unauthenticated user accounts are created on demand when a session is launched, and named AnonXYZ, in which XYZ is a unique three-digit value.
    • Unauthenticated user sessions have a default idle timeout of 10 minutes, and are logged off automatically when the client disconnects. Reconnection, roaming between clients, and Workspace Control are not supported.

The following table describes your choices.

Enable access for

Add/assign users and user groups?

Enable the “Give access to unauthenticated users” check box?

Only authenticated users



Only unauthenticated users



Both authetnicated and unauthenticated users



For Desktop groups containing Desktop OS machines, you can import user data (a list of users) after you create the Delivery group. See Import or export user lists.


A list displays the applications that were discovered on a machine created from the master image, a template in the machine catalog, or on the App-V management server. Choose one or more applications to add to the Delivery group.

You can also add (create) applications manually. You’ll need to provide the path to the executable, working directory, optional command line arguments, and display names for administrators and users.

You can change an application’s properties; see Change application properties for details.

You cannot create applications for Remote PC Access Delivery groups.

By default, applications you add are placed in a folder named Applications. Folders can make it easier to manage large numbers of applications. You can specify a different folder when you add the application; however, it’s easier to manage folders later. See Manage application folders for details.

If you publish two applications with the same name to the same users, change the Application name (for user) property in Studio; otherwise, users will see duplicate names in Receiver.


Select or add StoreFront URLs that will be used by the Citrix Receiver that is installed on each machine in the Delivery group. You can also specify the StoreFront server address later by selecting Configuration > StoreFront in the navigation pane.  When adding the StoreFront Server add ‘/Discovery’ to the end of the URL.