Configure the profiler
workstation to provide a run-time environment that is as close to your user
device environment as possible. For example:
For the full list of
supported operating systems for targets, see the
System Requirements for
In addition, profiles
created on one operating system automatically run on compatible operating
systems. For example, targets created on Windows XP 32-bit platforms
automatically run on Windows 2003 32-bit platforms (and vice versa). Compatible
operating systems include:
- Windows XP 32-bit and
Windows 2003 32-bit
- Windows XP 64-bit and Windows
- Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows
2008 32-bit, and Windows 7 32-bit
- Windows Vista 64-bit and
Windows 2008 64-bit
Install the Citrix
Streaming Profiler on a clean, nonproduction server or workstation. To achieve
the ideal goal of a single target executing on multiple operating system
versions, Citrix recommends in general to use the oldest candidate operating
system for profiling, Windows XP Professional. If the created target works on
all candidate execution operating systems, you are finished. If, however, a
specific operating system level has issues with the multiple-operating-system
target, rerun the profiler and create a new target specific to the failing
operating system version. In this later case, for this target, run the profiler
on the same level operating system that is intended for execution.
After installing the
profiler, simplify the creation or modification of profiles by setting
Known Limitations for Profiling
Certain applications cannot be profiled, including:
- Applications that include device drivers
- Applications that install COM+
- Applications that install DCOM (limited support)
- Other applications such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft
Data Access Components (MDAC), and the .NET framework
Important: Important: If you profile an application that
requires User Access Control (UAC) rights elevation or administrator rights,
make sure that you configure access to the published application only for users
and groups that have the required rights on the user device.
If an application you are installing in a profile must interact with
an application that cannot be profiled, Citrix suggests the following
- Install the application that cannot be profiled, such as .NET
framework, on the profiling workstation before you create a profile for the
applications that interact with it.
- While profiling the new application, enable pre-launch analysis to
confirm that the non-profiled application is installed before the new
application can launch.
- Install the non-profiled application on user devices to run outside
isolation so that the new application can interact with it as needed.
Refer also to the known issues and workarounds in this release of the
Streaming Profiler and Offline Plug-in.
To install the profiler
For best results, use the Windows uninstall program to remove any
previous version of the Citrix Streaming Profiler.
Important: Important: Before you install the profiler, refer
to the system requirements for application streaming for the supported
platforms, system prerequisites, and Microsoft redistributable packages
included with the installation.
- On the workstation you want to use to profile applications:
- Insert the installation media, and in the autorun window,
Browse Media to locate the Application Streaming Profiler
folder and run
- Navigate to the Citrix Support Web site for downloads and
locate the most current version of the profiler for application streaming.
- Choose a language for the installer interface and complete the
- After installation, restart the workstation.
To disable and enable profile signing
If you are not signing profiles, use the profiler preferences to
prevent the digital signature pages from appearing in the New Profile and
Target wizards. To set this default preference for all new profiles, from the
Edit menu of the profiler window, choose
Preferences and then select the
Digital Signature tab.
If you later decide to sign profiles, use the
Digital Signature tab to restore the digital signature pages to
To start the profiler
- From the Start menu, choose
- Select the
When the profiler starts, the Welcome page appears. Use the Welcome
page as an easy starting point for creating and modifying profiles.
To see the profiler interface, on the Welcome page, click Close.
The profiler interface includes four main components:
- Menu and toolbar. Located at the top. The toolbar contains
buttons that initiate the following actions:
- Starting the New Profile wizard to create a profile
- Opening an existing profile
- Saving the current profiler to a file share
- Updating a target or application in the open profile
- Adding a new target to the profile
- Navigation pane. Located on the left. When populated, lists
a profile and its targets.
- Profile and target information. Located on the right.
- Status bar.
Located across the bottom.
After starting the profiler for the first time, set profiler
preferences that optimize how you create profiles and targets.
To set these default preferences for all new profiles, from the
Edit menu of the profiler window, choose
- Save the default
User Profile Security settings for all profiles you create.
This relieves you of specifying enhanced or relaxed security as you create
- If you are not signing profiles, use the
Digital Signature setting to hide the Sign Profile page in the
Preferences save time and improve usability by enabling you to store
relevant settings for use in future packaging tasks.