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Enable or disable live session playback and playback protection

Sep 23, 2016

Enable or disable live session playback

Using Session Recording Player, you can view a session after or while it is being recorded. Viewing a session that is currently recording is similar to seeing actions happening live; however, there is actually a one to two second delay as the data propagates from the XenApp or XenDesktop server.

Some functionality is not available when viewing sessions that have not completed recording:

  • A digital signature cannot be assigned until recording is complete. If digital signing is enabled, you can view live playback sessions, but they are not digitally signed and you cannot view certificates until the session is completed. 
  • Playback protection cannot be applied until recording is complete. If playback protection is enabled, you can view live playback sessions, but they are not encrypted until the session is completed.
  • You cannot cache a file until recording is complete. 

By default, live session playback is enabled.

  1. Log on to the computer hosting the Session Recording Server.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Session Recording Server Properties.
  3. In Session Recording Server Properties, click the Playback tab.
  4. Select or clear the Allow live session playback check box.

Enable or disable playback protection

As a security precaution, Session Recording automatically encrypts recorded files before they are downloaded for viewing in the Session Recording Player. This playback protection prevents them from being copied and viewed by anyone other than the user who downloaded the file. The files cannot be played back on another workstation or by another user. Encrypted files are identified with an .icle extension; unencrypted files are identified with an .icl extension. The files remain encrypted while they reside in the cache on the workstation where the Session Recording Player is installed until they are opened by an authorized user. 

Citrix recommends that you use HTTPS to protect the transfer of data. 

By default, playback protection is enabled.

  1. Log on to the computer hosting the Session Recording Server.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Session Recording Server Properties.
  3. In Session Recording Server Properties, click the Playback tab.
  4. Select or clear the Encrypt session recording files downloaded for playback check box.