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At the device
HDX uses the computing capacity of user devices to enhance and optimize the user experience. HDX technology ensures that users receive a smooth, seamless experience with multimedia content in their virtual desktops or applications. Workspace control enables users to pause virtual desktops and applications and resume working from a different device at the point where they left off.
On the network
HDX incorporates advanced optimization and acceleration capabilities to deliver the best performance over any network, including low-bandwidth and high-latency WAN connections.
HDX features adapt to changes in the environment. The features balance performance and bandwidth. They apply the best technologies for each user scenario, whether the desktop or application is accessed locally on the corporate network or remotely from outside the corporate firewall.
In the data center
HDX uses the processing power and scalability of servers to deliver advanced graphical performance, regardless of the client device capabilities.
HDX channel monitoring provided by Citrix Director displays the status of connected HDX channels on user devices.
HDX Insight is the integration of NetScaler Network Inspector and Performance Manager with Director. It captures data about ICA traffic and provides a dashboard view of real time and historical details. This data includes client-side and server-side ICA session latency, bandwidth use of ICA channels, and the ICA round-trip time value of each session.
You can enable NetScaler to use the HDX Insight virtual channel to move all the required data points in an uncompressed format. If you disable this feature, the NetScaler device decrypts and decompresses the ICA traffic spread across various virtual channels. Using the single virtual channel lessens complexity, enhances scalability, and is more cost effective.
XenApp and XenDesktop 7.16
NetScaler version 12.0 Build 54.x
Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.10
Citrix Receiver for Mac 12.8
Enable or disable HDX Insight virtual channel
To disable this feature, set the Citrix NetScaler Application Flow service properties to Disabled. To enable, set the service to Automatic. In either case, we recommend that you restart the server machine after changing these properties. By default, this service is enabled (Automatic).
Experience HDX capabilities from your virtual desktop:
HDX provides a superior graphics and video experience for most users by default, and configuration isn't required. Citrix policy settings that provide the best experience for most use cases are enabled by default.
Good to know:
When you're using Windows Media Player and Remote Audio & Video Extensions (RAVE) enabled inside a session, a black screen might display if you right-click on the video content and select Always show Now Playing on top.
When accessing hosted applications or desktops, network interruption might occur. To experience a smoother reconnection, we offer auto client reconnect and session reliability. In a default configuration, session reliability starts and then auto client reconnect follows.
Auto client reconnect
Auto client reconnect relaunches the client engine to reconnect to a disconnected session. Auto client reconnect closes (or disconnects) the user session after the time specified in the setting. If auto client reconnect is in progress, the system sends application and desktops network interruption notification to the user as follows:
During auto client reconnect, sessions relaunch expecting network connectivity. User cannot interact with sessions while auto client reconnect is in progress.
On reconnection, the disconnected sessions reconnect using saved connection information. The user can interact with the applications and desktops normally.
Default auto client reconnect settings:
For more information, see Auto client reconnect policy settings.
Session reliability reconnects ICA sessions seamlessly across network interruptions. Session reliability closes (or disconnects) the user session after the time specified in the setting. After the session reliability timeout, the auto client reconnect settings take effect, attempting to reconnect the user to the disconnected session. When session reliability is in progress, application and desktops network interruption notification are sent to the user as follows:
While session reliability is active, the user cannot interact with the ICA sessions. However, user actions like keystrokes are buffered for few seconds immediately after the network interruption and retransmitted when the network is available.
On reconnection, the client and the server resume at the same point where they were in their exchange of protocol. The session windows lose translucency and appropriate notification area pop ups are shown for applications.
Default session reliability settings
For more information, see Session reliability policy settings.
NetScaler with auto client reconnect and session reliability
If Multistream and Multiport policies are enabled on the server and any or all these conditions are true, auto client reconnect does not work:
Continuum is a Windows 10 feature that adapts to the way the client device is used. This version of Continuum support, including dynamic change of modes, is available starting at VDA version 7.16 and Citrix Receiver for Windows version 4.10.
Windows 10 VDA detects the presence of a keyboard or mouse on a touch enabled client and puts the client in to desktop mode. If a keyboard or mouse is not present, Windows 10 VDA puts the client in to tablet/mobile mode. This detection occurs on connection and reconnection. It also occurs at dynamic attachment or detachment of the keyboard or mouse.
The feature is enabled by default. To disable this version of the feature, edit the Tablet mode toggle policy settings in the ICA policy settings article.
For the feature version included in XenApp 7.14 and 7.15 LTSR and XenDesktop 7.14 and 7.15 LTSR, use the registry settings to disable the feature. For more information, see Tablet mode for touch screen devices in the HDX article.
The tablet mode offers a user interface that is better suited to touch screens:
You have access to the File Explorer.
The desktop mode offers the traditional user interface where you interact in the same manner as using PC and a keyboard and mouse.
Tablet mode requires a minimum of version XenServer 7.2. XenServer 7.2 integrates with the XenDesktop VDA, changing the hypervisor to enable the virtual firmware settings for 2-in-1 devices. Windows 10 loads the GPIO driver on the target virtual machine based on this updated BIOS. It is used for toggling between tablet and desktop modes within the virtual machine. For more information, see http://docs.citrix.com/content/dam/docs/en-us/xenserver/current-release/downloads/xenserver-release-notes.pdf.
Citrix Receiver for HTML5 (the light version) does not support Windows Continuum features.
Run the XenServer CLI command to allow laptop/tablet switching:
xe vm-param-set uuid=<VM_UUID> platform:acpi_laptop_slate=1
Updating the base image for an existing machine catalog after changing the metadata setting doesn't affect any previously provisioned VMs. After making a change in the XenServer VM base image, create a catalog, choose the base image, and provision a new Machine Creation Services (MCS) machine.
Before starting a session
We recommend that you navigate to Settings >System >Tablet Mode on the VDA before starting a session and set the following options from the drop-down menus:
If you don't set these options before starting the session, set the options after you start the session and restart the VDA.
The following visual display policy settings control the quality of images sent from virtual desktops to user devices.
Several popular video conferencing applications are optimized for delivery from XenApp and XenDesktop through multimedia redirection (see, for example, HDX RealTime Optimization Pack). For applications that are not optimized, HDX webcam video compression improves bandwidth efficiency and latency tolerance for webcams during video conferencing in a session. This technology streams webcam traffic over a dedicated multimedia virtual channel. This technology uses less bandwidth compared to the isochronous HDX Plug-n-Play USB redirection support, and works well over WAN connections.
Citrix Receiver users can override the default behavior by choosing the Desktop Viewer Mic & Webcam setting Don't use my microphone or webcam. To prevent users from switching from HDX webcam video compression, disable USB device redirection by using the policy settings under ICA policy settings > USB Devices policy settings.
HDX webcam video compression requires that the following policy settings be enabled (all are enabled by default).
If a webcam supports hardware encoding, HDX video compression uses the hardware encoding by default. Hardware encoding might consume more bandwidth than software encoding. To force software compression, add the following DWORD key value to the registry key: HKCU\Software\Citrix\HdxRealTime: DeepCompress_ForceSWEncode=1.
The application on the server selects the webcam format and resolution based on the supported format types. When a session starts, the client sends the webcam information to the server. Choose a webcam from the application. When the webcam and the application support high definition rendering, the application uses high definition resolution. We support webcam resolutions up to 1920x1080.
This feature requires the Citrix Receiver for Windows, minimum version 4.10.
You can use a registry key to disable the feature. The default resolution of 352x288 is used:
Data: 0 = Disable the high definition webcam streaming
You can use registry keys on the client to configure a specific resolution. Ensure that the camera supports the specified resolution:
Data (decimal): desired width (for example 1280)
Data (decimal): desired height (for example 720)
Priorities are assigned to network traffic across multiple connections for a session using Quality of Service (QoS)-supported routers. Four TCP streams (real time, interactive, background, and bulk) and two User Datagram Protocol (UDP) streams (voice and Framehawk display remoting) are available to carry ICA traffic between the user device and the server. Each virtual channel is associated with a specific priority and transported in the corresponding connection. You can set the channels independently, based on the TCP port number used for the connection.
Multiple channel streaming connections are supported for Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) installed on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 machines. Work with your network administrator to ensure the Common Gateway Protocol (CGP) ports configured in the Multi-Port Policy setting are assigned correctly on the network routers.
Quality of Service (QoS) is supported only when multiple session reliability ports, or the CGP ports, are configured.
Caution: Use transport security when using this feature. Citrix recommends using Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) or Transport Layer Security (TLS). TLS connections are supported only when the connections traverse a NetScaler Gateway that supports multi-stream ICA. On an internal corporate network, multi-stream connections with TLS are not supported.
To set Quality of Service for multiple streaming connections, add the following Citrix policy settings to a policy (see Multi-stream connections policy settings for details):
Explicitly configure the firewalls on VDAs to allow the additional TCP traffic.
The language bar displays the preferred input language in an application session. If this feature is enabled (the default), you can show or hide the language bar from the Advanced Preferences > Language bar UI in Citrix Receiver for Windows. By using a registry setting on the VDA side, you can disable client control of the language bar feature. If this feature is disabled, the client UI setting doesn't take effect, and the per user current setting determines the language bar state. For more information, see Improve the user experience.
To disable client control of the language bar feature from the VDA:
Non-Windows Citrix Receivers use the local keyboard layout (Unicode). If a user changes the local keyboard layout and the server keyboard layout (scan code), they might not be in sync and the output is incorrect. For example, User1 changes the local keyboard layout from English to German. User1 then changes the server-side keyboard to German. Even though both keyboard layouts are German, they might not be in sync causing incorrect character output.
Enable or disable Unicode keyboard layout mapping
By default, the feature is disabled on the VDA side. To enable the feature, toggle on the feature by using registry editor regedit on the VDA.
Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Citrix, create the CtxKlMap key.
Set the DWORD value of EnableKlMap = 1
To disable this feature, set the DWORD value EnableKlMap = 0 or delete the CtxKlMap key.
Enable Unicode keyboard layout mapping compatible mode
By default, Unicode keyboard layout mapping automatically hooks some windows API to reload the new Unicode keyboard layout map when you change the keyboard layout on the server side. A few applications cannot be hooked. To keep compatibility, you can change the feature to compatible mode to support these non-hooked applications.