Product Documentation

Allowing File Type Association

Jan 22, 2014

File type association allows users to open documents in applications published through Citrix XenApp or Citrix XenDesktop 7. You can use this permission to allow users to open and edit documents on servers in the trusted environment and avoid sending the document to the user device. You can use file type association only for document types that are associated with a published application and only if you correctly configure the virtual server properties on NetScaler Gateway.

Providing file type association as the only means for editing resource documents can help to heighten security because it requires that editing occur on the server and not on the user device. For example, you might choose to grant file type association for a file share in which employees post reports of ongoing project meetings, without providing the ability to download or upload.

Providing file type association requires that:

  • Users run Citrix Receiver on the user device.
  • Users connect through a virtual server that has a traffic policy bound to it and that you configure the policy for XenApp.
  • Users are assigned to the desired applications in XenApp or XenDesktop 7.
  • Administrators configure XenApp to work with NetScaler Gateway.

The steps for creating file type association include:

  • Creating a Web Interface site.
  • Configuring file type association using a traffic policy on NetScaler Gateway.
  • Defining file extensions in XenApp or XenDesktop 7.