Product Documentation

Local App Access requirements

Jul 05, 2013

Local App Access is supported on Desktop OS machine, Server OS machine, and Remote PC Access desktops.

To enable Local App Access, the hosting environment must include the following components:
  • XenDesktop 7
  • StoreFront
  • Operating systems for hosted desktops:
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows 7(32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Operating systems for client:
    • Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Web Browsers (only the following are supported):
    • Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.5 through 21.0.
    • Google Chrome 10
  • Citrix Receiver 4.x


  • Local App Access is only designed for full-screen, virtual desktops spanning all monitors as follows:
    • User experience could be confusing if Local App Access is used with a virtual desktop that runs in windowed mode or does not cover all monitors.
    • For users with multi-monitors, if one monitor is maximized, it becomes the default desktop for all applications launched in that session, even if the subsequent applications typically launch on the other monitor.
    • The feature is designed for use with one VDA; there is no integration with multiple, concurrent VDAs.
  • Some applications have unexpected behavior, which could impact users:
    • Users might be confused with drive letters, such as local C: rather than virtual desktop C: drive.
    • Printers available in the virtual desktop are not available to local applications.
    • Applications that require elevated permissions cannot be launched as client-hosted applications.
    • No special handling for single-instance apps (such as Windows Media Player).
    • Local applications appear with the Windows theme of the local machine.
    • Full-screen applications are not supported. This includes applications that open to the full screen, such as PowerPoint slide shows, or photo viewers that cover the entire desktop.
    • Local App Access copies the properties of the local application, such as the shortcuts present on client's desktop and the Start menu on the VDA. However, it does not copy other properties, such as shortcut keys and read-only attributes.
    • Applications that do customize the manipulation of the order of overlapping windows can have unpredictable results. For example, some windows might be hidden.
    • Shortcuts are not supported, including My Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel, Network Drive shortcuts, and folder shortcuts.
    • The following file types and files are not supported: custom file types, files with no associated programs, zip files, and hidden files.
    • Taskbar grouping is not supported for mixed 32-bit and 64-bit client-hosted applications or VDA applications, such as grouping of 32-bit local applications with 64-bit VDA applications, and vice versa.
    • Applications cannot be launched using COM. For example, if you click an embedded Office document from within an Office application, the process launch cannot be detected, and the local application integration fails.
  • URL Redirection supports only explicit URLs (that is, those appearing in the browser's address bar or found using the in-browser navigation, depending on the specific browser).
  • The URL Redirection feature only works with desktop sessions and currently does not work with application sessions.
  • The local desktop folder in a VDA session does not allow users to create new files.