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Prevent user access to the local desktop

Jan 06, 2014

Use the Desktop Lock when users do not need to interact with the local desktop. In this access scenario, the virtual desktop effectively replaces the local one, allowing the user to interact with the virtual desktop as if it is local.

The Desktop Lock is a separate component that is released with Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box. It is an alternative to the Desktop Viewer and is designed mainly for repurposed Windows computers and Windows thin clients. The Desktop Lock employs a replacement Windows shell, in which no Start menu is displayed, to prevent users from accessing the local operating system. A replacement for Windows Task Manager is also used.

With the Desktop Lock, users can access desktops from Server OS and Desktop OS Delivery Groups.