Product Documentation

Manage

May 16, 2015
To manage your VM hosted apps site, use XenDesktop infrastructure to:
  • Create and manage application desktop groups and the applications they host.
  • Manage your XenDesktop Controller environment. See "Managing Your Controller Environment" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive for information on controller discovery, adding controllers, removing controllers, moving controllers between sites, and configuring the Secure Sockets Layer.
  • Configure hosts and connections. See "Configuring Hosts and Connections" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive.
  • Enable users to use smart cards. See "Using Smart Cards with XenDesktop" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive. VM hosted apps does not support thin clients.
  • Use Citrix policies to control users access or session environment. See "Working with XenDesktop Policies" and "Policy Settings Reference" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive.
  • Monitor your VM hosted apps deployment. See "Monitoring XenDesktop 5" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive.

Most VM hosted apps management tasks are perform using Desktop Studio or the XenDesktop SDK. To use the SDK, see "About the XenDesktop SDK" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive.

Working With Machine Catalogs and Desktop Groups

In VM hosted apps, collections of virtual machines or physical computers are managed as a single entity called a catalog. After catalogs of machines are created, the machines can be allocated into desktop groups which then can be used to deliver VM-hosted applications to users.

VM hosted apps supports all machine types available in XenDesktop 5. For information about machine types, creating catalogs, and managing catalogs, see in "Creating and Provisioning Desktops" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive.

VM hosted apps supports both types of desktop groups available in XenDesktop 5: private and shared. For a description of desktop groups, see "About Desktop Groups" in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive. When you create a desktop group for VM hosted apps, you specify that it is an application desktop group.

The characteristics of a desktop depend on its machine type and desktop group type:
Machine type and desktop group type These desktops...

Pooled-random machines are used to create shared desktop groups

  • Are virtual machines created by XenDesktop when the catalog containing them is created
  • Discard the user's changes when the user logs off
  • Can be shut down and started by the XenDesktop Controller

Pooled-static machines are used to create private desktop groups

  • Are virtual machines created by XenDesktop when the catalog containing them is created
  • Discard the user's changes when the user logs off
  • Can be shut down and started by the XenDesktop Controller

Dedicated machines are used to create private desktop groups

  • Are virtual machines created by XenDesktop when the catalog containing them is created
  • Retain the user's changes when the user logs off
  • Can be shut down and started by the XenDesktop Controller

Existing machines are used to create private desktop groups

  • Are virtual machines that already exist when the catalog containing them is created
  • Are not used with Provisioning services
  • Can be configured to retain or discard the user's changes when the user logs off
  • Can be shut down and started by the XenDesktop Controller

Physical machines are used to create private desktop groups

  • Enable you to use the XenDesktop Controller to manage dedicated blade PCs in the data center
  • Can be configured to retain or discard the user's changes when the user logs off
  • Cannot be shut down or started by the XenDesktop Controller

Streamed machines are used to create shared desktop groups

  • Are used with Provisioning services
  • Can be configured to retain or discard the user's changes when the user logs off
When you create application desktop groups:
  • You can create desktop groups from multiple catalogs with the same machine type
  • You cannot create mixed desktop groups from catalogs with multiple machine types
  • You cannot use a machine in more than one desktop group
  • You can only create a desktop group if at least one machine remains unused in the catalog you select

Managing Application Desktop Groups

See these subjects in the XenDesktop 5 product documentation in the Citrix eDocs Archive for desktop management tasks you can perform on application desktops:
  • "To enable or disable maintenance mode".
  • "To find desktops, sessions, and desktop groups". You can find applications by selecting the Applications node in Desktop Studio and searching for the application name.
  • "To power manage machines".
  • "To shut down and restart desktops".
  • "To reallocate desktops". You can reallocate machines in a desktop group and reallocate individual desktops, but not change the number of desktops allocated to a users.
  • "To import and export user data".
  • "To remove desktops from desktop groups".
  • "To delete desktops from catalogs".

To delete an application desktop group, first remove all applications from the desktop group. See Working With Applications.