Product Documentation

Connector for Configuration Manager 2012

Feb 21, 2014

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XenApp Connector provides a bridge between Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and XenApp, extending the deployment capabilities of Configuration Manager to enable the delivery of any application, to any user, on virtually any device.

By integrating XenApp Connector with Configuration Manager, XenApp administrators:
  • Can use a single infrastructure and tool set to both deploy and publish applications. Without XenApp Connector, you could use the Configuration Manager console to deploy applications to XenApp servers and then use XenApp to publish the applications to users. XenApp Connector enables you to handle both of those tasks from the Configuration Manager console.
  • Benefit from automated and consistent installation of software across a XenApp farm, including to any worker groups. This functionality, particularly valuable in large environments with many servers, is available only through Configuration Manager.
  • Extend the reach of the Configuration Manager user-centric application deployment model to include virtualized applications running on XenApp servers and to deploy applications to unmanaged, non-Windows devices.

In addition to the documentation provided in this section of eDocs, be sure to also refer to our XenApp Connector blog and forum.

The following diagram and table provide an overview of XenApp Connector usage with Configuration Manager.


Conceptual diagram of XenApp Connector uses

1

XenApp Connector integration with Configuration Manager includes various components that interact with a Configuration Manager site, the Configuration Manager console, XenApp farms and servers, and user devices. For information, refer to XenApp Connector components and Example XenApp Connector deployments.

2

XenApp Connector optionally uses an active/passive model for high availability: Only one XenApp Connector service operates at a time per XenApp farm, thus minimizing resource usage while ensuring operation continuity.

XenApp Connector optionally uses the XenApp Power and Capacity Management Concentrator to manage the power states and load consolidation of XenApp servers when installing Configuration Manager applications or Windows Software Update Management (SUM) updates, with minimal disruption to user sessions.

3

XenApp Connector orchestrates software installation to XenApp servers, farms, and worker groups using:

  • MSI-based applications
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) stream-to-server applications
  • Applications that are part of the XenApp server disk image in the XenApp farm

4

XenApp Connector coordinates application installation, operating system updates, and application updates to XenApp servers that are manually managed or those that are managed by Citrix Provisioning Services.

XenApp Connector fully integrates with Provisioning Services, allowing you to publish applications that are deployed to a base vDisk for a XenApp image.

5

XenApp Connector enables you to use the Configuration Manager console to publish XenApp hosted applications to Citrix Receiver or StoreFront.

XenApp Connector extends the Configuration Manager user-centric delivery capabilities to deliver applications to users in the most appropriate manner (MSI, App-V, or XenApp) for their device. That choice is based on Configuration Manager rules that check whether a device meets prerequisites such as network location or physical characteristics.

6

Users of devices managed by Configuration Manager access XenApp hosted applications from Citrix Receiver and the Configuration Manager Application Catalog. Policy rules determine whether those managed devices launch either locally installed applications or Receiver-based applications.

7

Users of unmanaged devices, such as mobile devices and Macs, access applications managed by Configuration Manager from web sites created in Citrix StoreFront or Citrix Web Interface. An unmanaged device is not managed by Configuration Manager.


How to download

Download XenApp 6.5 Connector (SP2) from the XenApp Connector download page.

Viewing and downloading features on the download pages require that you have a Citrix account associated with your license entitlement for XenApp 6.5. You only see those features to which you are entitled according to your license. Features are made available to you on the download page depending on the edition level of your entitlement: Platinum, Enterprise, or Advanced. If you do not have a Citrix account that is associated with the license entitlement for XenApp 6.5, Citrix Customer Support can assist you.