Category Archives: XenApp

Framehawk and Thinwire – It’s all about the numbers

Recently Marius Sandbu (@msandbu) and I attended a conference by Citrix User Group Norway were I held a session regarding when and when not to use Framehawk Back home I decided to write two blogposts on the subject; Thinwire vs Framehawk – from a 1800ms latency perspective and Framehawk – Why, When and How The main point in the presentation was that although using Framehawk in situations when packet loss is tremendously better, Thinwire Advance will often be “enough” or even more useful when there is only latency involved This…

Custom ICA with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x

With earlier versions of XenApp (Presentation Server 4 until XenApp 6.5) we had the option to create custom ICA files to launch desktops and applications directly and bypass the Web Interface. One tool that we could use to create these files were Citrix Quick Launch Although it is possible to use this tool to create an ICA file for a published Desktop in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x, it is not possible to do so for a published application. Luckily, there is a way to launch desktops and applications bypassing Storefront as well….

CSP Base Licenses not recognised by Studio with XD/XA 7.5 and 7.6

The last couple of months I have been contacted by a few partners and customers were they are experiencing issues with their CSP Base Licenses where the Citrix Studio does not recognise licenses installed on a license server. On February 10 2015 a hotfix for XenDesktop 7.6.1 was released (CTX141745) that among other things is supposed to fix that Citrix Studio might not recognise Citrix Service Provider licenses and the following error message appears: “Can’t find a valid license” If you are running an earlier version of XenDesktop you have to use PowerShell (PoSH)…

How to combine XenApp and XenDesktop licenses in XenDesktop 7

Back again with a post regarding Citrix Licensing. The story behind this post is that during the last few years some customers running XenApp chose to buy some XenDesktop licenses instead of more XenApp lisenses since that made them able to use VDI for a small group of their users and still use the included XenApp licenses that came with XenDesktop in their existing terminal server environment. ( it has to be same versjon i.e Enterprise or Platinum.) With the arrival of XenDesktop 7 and the fusion of XenApp and…

How to get full Insight (Edgesight) functionality in XenDesktop 7.1 App edition

A few days ago I created a blogpost regarding XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop 7 License Compatibility. ( http://bit.ly/17iuKTK ) During my research I found that using XenApp Platinum licenses in a XenDesktop App edition environment, Provisioning Services were enabled as part of the Platinum license. I also mentioned that I believed Insight functionality as well would be “boosted” with use of these licenses, and today I followed up on that thought. The procedure to find this out were a lot easier than the last time. I started the environment configured with…

XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop 7 License Compatibility

SINCE THE “RELAUNCH OF XENAPP” WITH VERSION 7.5, THIS ARTICLE IS SOMEWHAT OUTDATED. APP EDITION IS GONE AND ADVANCED EDITION IS BACK There has been a lot of confusion regarding XenDesktop 7 vs XenApp licensing since the release of XenDesktop 7 and there is hard to get any official and correct information regarding different licensing scenarios. As a Citrix Instructor and Solution Advisor at a Citrix Distributor in Norway, I get a lot of questions about XenDesktop 7 licensing and I believe it is about time to put this out…