Product Documentation

Providing Access to Mobile Apps

May 07, 2015

You can provide access to iOS and Android mobile apps from Device Manager and App Controller.

In Device Manager, you can deploy apps to devices by using deployment packages for iOS and Android.

You can upload native, IPA, APK, and wrapped MDX files to App Controller 2.9 for publication to Worx Home and the Worx Store. In addition, if users click an app in the Worx Store that requires payment, the Apple App Store or Google Play store opens depending on the app type. Users can then pay for and then download and install the app to their device.

Citrix provides the MDX Toolkit so that you can wrap a mobile app for iOS or Android with Citrix logic and policies. The tool can securely wrap an app that was created within your organization or a mobile app made outside the company. After you wrap the app, you can upload it to App Controller where you define settings and policies. You can also wrap WorxMail and WorxWeb with the MDX Toolkit.

Users can access mobile apps from Citrix Receiver or Worx Home. If you deploy StoreFront in your network, you can configure App Controller to send application lists to StoreFront. When users log on with Receiver, they can start, download and install mobile apps onto the device.

Worx Home enables your users to enroll their devices into XenMobile for device management, and serves as both an enterprise app delivery mechanism and a support tool (chat or email). When Worx Home is installed on the user device, users have access to WorxMail, WorxWeb, and other mobile apps to which you provide access.

When you upload an app to App Controller, you can configure the following settings:

  • Excluded devices. If you exclude devices, you enter the manufacturer's name and the model of the device. For example, you enter iPad, iPhone, or Samsung HTC Galaxy. You do not need to enter the version number of the device, such as iPad 3.
  • Categories. When users log on by using Receiver, they receive a list of available applications. By using categories, you can sort applications that allow users to access only the applications you want.
  • Roles. When you configure the app, you can use Roles to define the list of users who can use the app.
  • Workflows. When you enable a workflow for the app, you can select the individuals who need to approve the application account.
  • MDX policies. You configure authentication, device security, encryption, app interaction and access, and network access policies for MDX mobile apps.

    You can configure a policy for an MDX app to specify that users authenticate through a particular NetScaler Gateway appliance before they open the app. In doing so, users are asked to enter additional credentials, such as a personal identification number from a token.

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