Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2203

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2203.

Release 7 2203 is now available for download, 23th March, 2022.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2203 is a LTSR release. Read more about LTSR here

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Director 2203
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2 build 39000
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2203 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2203 for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2203
  • Citrix Provisioning 2203
  • Profile Management 2203
  • Workspace Environment Management 2203
  • Session Recording 2203
  • StoreFront 2203
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (March 2022)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Standard for Azure (March 2022)
  • Citrix Cloud Health Check
  • Workspace App 2203 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2203 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2203 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2203 for Android
  • Workspace App 2203 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2203 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2203 for ChromeOS

What’s new in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2203

Starting with the 2203 LTSR initial release, previously unsupported public cloud host connections can now be deployed using the new Hybrid Rights License. So, you can now use on-premises deployments with cloud deployments. The public cloud host connections that are supported are: AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. If your deployment has public cloud host connections, you cannot upgrade to the current version without Hybrid Rights License. For more information, see the following:

Citrix Studio

Changes in host support for Current Releases

Starting with the 2203 LTSR initial release, current releases of the product support VDAs (machines that deliver apps and desktops) on the following public cloud hosts:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Microsoft Azure Resource Manager

IMPORTANT:

If you want to add public cloud host connections to your deployment, you need Hybrid Rights License. For information about Hybrid Rights License, see Transition and Trade-Up (TTU) with Hybrid Rights.

For a complete list of supported host and virtualization resources, see System requirements.

License validity checks

Citrix Studio now automatically checks the validity of licenses in use by host connections. A host connection is placed into maintenance mode if its license is invalid. As a result, you cannot perform certain operations, such as editing the connection and turning off maintenance mode. A license becomes invalid, for example, when:

  • The license has expired. In this case, contact your Citrix sales representative to renew it or to purchase new licenses.
  • The license has been deleted from the License Server.

Machine Creation Services (MCS)

Citrix Director

TLS 1.3 support

Citrix Director now supports TLS version 1.3.

Citrix Licensing 11.17.2 build 37000

Option to send your License Server event data to Citrix Cloud

After you register your License Server with Citrix Cloud, you can choose to send your License Server’s event data to Citrix. This option is enabled by default and is available only after registration. For more information, see Collect License Server event data under Usage and Statistics section.

A what’s new modal window

From this release onwards, when you launch your Citrix Licensing Manager a modal window appears that provides information about:

  • Features that are newly available
  • Features that are already available, but currently disabled on your Citrix Licensing Manager
  • Network-related issues and recommended steps to mitigate them

For more information, see A what’s new modal window.

Apache version update

Apache version 2.4.51.

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 7 2206 for Windows Desktop/Server OS.

Version 2203 of the Windows single-session OS and multi-session OS VDAs includes the following enhancements. These items are in addition to any VDA installation and upgrade items listed earlier in this article.

Keyboard layout enhancements for Windows login screen

The 2203 LTSR initial release addresses keyboard layout issues occurring on the Windows sign-in screen prompted by a VDA when single sign-on is not possible (for example, during a connection lease-based launch while using Service Continuity.) Prior to this release, the VDA’s keyboard layout was used on the Windows sign-in screen.

Starting with the 2203 LTSR initial release, when you sign in to a virtual session on the VDA, you can now enter credentials using your local client keyboard layout.

Adaptive audio update

Adaptive audio and UDP audio now have a new implementation. For more information, see Audio over UDP Real-time Transport and audio UDP port range.

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 7 2206 for Linux

Full support for Rendezvous V2

When using the Citrix Gateway service, the Rendezvous protocol allows traffic to bypass the Citrix Cloud Connectors and connect directly and securely with the Citrix Cloud control plane.

There are two types of traffic to consider: 1) control traffic for VDA registration and session brokering; 2) HDX traffic.

Rendezvous V1 allows for HDX traffic to bypass the Cloud Connectors, but it still requires Cloud Connectors to proxy all control traffic for VDA registration and session brokering.

Standard AD domain joined machines and non-domain joined machines are supported for using Rendezvous V2 with single-session and multi-session Linux VDAs. With non-domain joined machines, Rendezvous V2 allows for both HDX traffic and control traffic to bypass the Cloud Connectors.

For more information, see Rendezvous V2.

Easy install GUI is now available

Previously, you could only operate a command line interface for using easy install. This release offers an easy install GUI that guides you through the following operations:

  • Check the system environment
  • Install dependencies
  • Join the VDA to a specified domain
  • Configure the runtime environment

To use the easy install GUI, run the /opt/Citrix/VDA/bin/easyinstall command in the desktop environment of your VDA. For more information, see the Interactive mode section of the Quick installation by using easy install (Recommended) article.

HDX graphics improvement

Thinwire can now improve the numbers of Frames Per Second (FPS) by parallelizing certain tasks, with the overhead of slightly higher overall CPU consumption. This feature is disabled by default. For more information, see the Parallel processing section of the Configure graphics article.

Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2203

This release of Federated Authentication Service includes no new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

Citrix Provisioning 2203

Support for Windows Server 2016 in Citrix Provisioning on Azure

Citrix Provisioning now supports Windows Server 2016 on Azure.

Support for Windows 11 in Citrix Provisioning on Azure

Citrix Provisioning now supports Windows 11 on Azure Standard security type. Security type refers to the different security features available for a virtual machine. You can select the security type when you create a VM on Azure console.

Configuration wizard changes for database credentials

The Configuration wizard now always prompts for database administrator credentials, and uses those credentials to configure the provisioning database. You can now select Active Directory Integrated authentication when providing database administrator credentials, which accesses the provisioning database as the current logged in user.

Azure Marketplace

Citrix Provisioning does not support Azure Marketplace images with plan information. For more information, see Citrix Provisioning on Microsoft Azure.

Support for both Customer Managed and Citrix Cloud Delivery Controllers natively from the same Citrix Provisioning Console

Citrix Provisioning now supports working with both customer managed and Citrix Cloud Delivery Controllers natively from the same Citrix Provisioning Console. It no longer uses the five PowerShell snap-ins for communicating with on-premises Delivery Controller. There is also no need to manually uninstall or reinstall PowerShell modules to switch between on-premises and cloud Delivery Controllers.

While running the Citrix Virtual Desktops Setup and Citrix Provisioning Devices Export Wizard, you can now select either Citrix Cloud or Customer-Managed Control PlaneDelivery Controller.

Support for Device Guard on ESX 6.7 or newer, and ESX 7.0 update 3

Citrix Provisioning now supports the following enabled with Device Guard using ESX 6.7 and above, and ESX 7.0 update 3:

  • Targets running on Windows 10, Windows 2016, or Windows 2019.
  • Citrix Provisioning server on Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, or Windows Server 2022.

For more information, see Deployments using Device Guard.

Support for Hybrid Rights License

Citrix Provisioning now allows use of Hybrid Rights License with Citrix licensing server. For more information, see the following:

Citrix Profile Management 2203

Policy to automatically reattach VHDX disks in sessions. Previously, to have Profile Management automatically reattach VHDX disks in sessions, you had to configure the registry manually. You can now enable the feature by using a policy, which is less error-prone and more convenient. For more information, see Automatically reattach VHDX disks in sessions.

Citrix Workspace Environment Management 2203

Allow users to self-elevate certain applications

This release introduces self-elevation for the privilege elevation feature. With self-elevation, you can automate privilege elevation for certain users without the need to provide the exact executables beforehand. Those users can request self-elevation for any applicable file simply by right-clicking the file and then selecting Run with administrator privileges in the context menu. After that, a prompt appears, requesting that they provide a reason for the elevation. The reason is for auditing purposes. If the criteria are met, the elevation is applied, and the files run successfully with administrator privileges. In addition, self-elevation gives you flexibility to choose the best solution for your needs. You can create allow lists for files you permit users to self-elevate or block lists for files you want to prevent users from self-elevating. For more information, see Self-elevation.

Configure user processes as triggers for external tasks

This release includes enhancements to the external task feature. The feature now provides you with two additional options to control when to run external tasks:

  • Run when processes start. Controls whether to run the external task when specified processes start.
  • Run when processes end. Controls whether to run the external task when specified processes end.

Using the two options, you can define external tasks to supply resources only when certain processes are running and to revoke those resources when the processes end. Using processes as triggers for external tasks lets you manage your user environments more precisely compared with processing external tasks on logon or logoff.

For more information, see External Tasks.

Profile container insights

Starting with this release, you can monitor profile containers for Profile Management and FSLogix. The feature provides insights into the basic usage data of the profile containers, the status of sessions using the profile containers, the issues detected, and more. Use the feature to stay on top of space usage for profile containers and to identify problems that prevent profile containers from working. For more information, see Profile Container Insights.

Administration console

The administration console user interface has changed:

  • In Security, there is a new node, Self-elevation. The node contains a tab that lets you automate privilege elevation for users.
  • In Monitoring, there is a new node, Profile Container Insights. The node contains two tabs. The Summary tab includes two pie charts, providing a summary that shows the status of profile containers. The Profile Container Status tab displays a list of status records for profile containers.

Citrix Session Recording 2203

Monitoring popup window events

When users open or close a confidential file or access a folder, a popup window might appear, showing a prompt or asking for a password. Session Recording can now monitor such popup window events while recording sessions. Popup windows in web browsers are not monitored. For more information, see Configure event detection policies.

Responses configurable for more event types

You can now specify how to respond when the following session events are detected:

  • File transfers between session hosts (VDAs) and client devices
  • Windows registry modifications
  • User account modifications
  • App failures
  • App installs and uninstalls
  • RDP connections
  • Clipboard activities
  • Popup window events
  • Performance data (data points related to the recorded session)

For more information, see Configure event response policies.

Configurable time span for screen recording before a session event is detected

When you specify events to trigger dynamic screen recording, you can configure the amount of time of the screen recording you want to keep before events are detected. The actual length of the screen recording that Session Recording keeps might be a little longer than your configuration.

This feature is available only for virtual desktop sessions. For more information, see Configure event response policies.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service

March 2022

New and enhanced features

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for Google Cloud available on Google Cloud Marketplace. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium for Google Cloud is now available for purchase on Google Cloud Marketplace. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium for Google Cloud runs the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service control plane on Google Cloud.

Azure trusted launch support. Azure trusted launch is now available for the Full Configuration management interface. If you choose to select an image with trusted launch enabled, using a machine profile is mandatory. Also, you must select a machine profile with trusted launch enabled. For more information, see Microsoft Azure Resource Manager cloud environments.

Blade style applied to wizards in three more nodes in Full Configuration. The nodes are SearchDelivery Groups, and Applications.

Image Portability Service (IPS) has been released for general availability. IPS simplifies the management of images across platforms. This feature is useful for managing images between an on-premises Resource Location and the public cloud. The Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops REST APIs can be used to automate the administration of resources within a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops site. For more information, see Migrate workloads to public cloud.

February 2022

New and enhanced features

Azure permissions. There are two sets of permissions required for security requirements and to minimize risk.

  • Minimum permissions: This set of permissions gives better security control. However, new features that require additional permissions will fail because of using minimum permissions.
  • General permissions: This set of permissions does not block you from getting new enhancement benefit.

For more information, see About Azure permissions.

Support for using VM’s temporary disk to host the write-back cache disk in Azure environments. We added an option, Use non-persistent write-back cache disk, to the Machine Catalog Setup > Disk Settings page of the Manage > Full Configurationinterface. Select that option if you do not want the write-back cache disk to persist for the provisioned VMs. With the option selected, we use the VM’s temporary disk to host the write-back cache disk if the temporary disk has sufficient space. Doing that reduces your costs. For more information, see Microsoft Azure Resource Manager cloud environments.

Updates to AWS host connection default settings. The AWS host connection default setting values are updated to higher values and most likely same for all AWS cloud platform setup. This helps to create host connections in AWS cloud environments, without evaluating and configuring the default setting values according to individual setup. For more information, see Host connection default values.

Added support for different storage tiers in GCP environments. You can now provide the following custom properties in the GCP environments to set the storage type of the disks attached to the newly created VM:

  • StorageType
  • IdentityDiskStorageType
  • WBCDiskStorageType

For more information, see Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service SDK.

Change certain VM settings after creating Azure VM catalogs. Using the Full Configuration management interface, you can now change the following settings after creating a catalog:

  • Machine size
  • Availability zones
  • Machine profile
  • Windows licenses

To do that, on the Machine Catalogs node, select the catalog and then select Edit Machine Catalog in the action bar. For more information, see Edit a catalog.

Support for storing Azure ephemeral OS disk either on the cache disk or temporary disk. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service now allows you to store the Azure ephemeral OS disk either on cache disk or temporary disk for an Azure-enabled virtual machine. This functionality is useful for Azure environments that require a higher performant SSD disk over a standard HDD disk. For more information, see Microsoft Azure Resource Manager cloud environments.

Support for Nutanix clusters on AWS. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service supports Nutanix Clusters on AWS. Nutanix Clusters simplifies how applications are run on private or multiple public clouds. For more information, see Nutanix clusters on AWS.

Support for VMware cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS). VMware cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) enables you to migrate VMware based on-premises Citrix workloads to AWS cloud and your core Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service. For more information, see VMware cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Support for configuring write-back cache disk for machines running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In the Full Configuration management interface, when provisioning machines on GCP, you can now configure the following write-back cache disk settings:

  • Disk size
  • Memory allocated to cache
  • Disk storage type
  • Disk persistence

For more information, see Create a machine catalog in the Google Cloud Platform virtualization environments article.

January 2022

New and enhanced features

Support for Nutanix clusters on AWS. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service now supports Nutanix clusters on AWS. This support provides the same functionality as a Nutanix on-premises cluster. Only a single cluster is supported, Prism Element.For more information, see Nutanix virtualization environments.

New features available in Cloud Health Check. Cloud Health Check has been updated to a new version with features including:

  • Automatic fix. Cloud Health Check now supports automatically detecting and fixing certain issues identified on machines where it is running. There is now a results report to show you what specific actions were taken. For more information, see Automatic fix.
  • Command line support. Cloud Health Check can now be run from the command line. For more information, see Running Cloud Health Check on the command line.
  • Citrix Universal Injection Driver status. Cloud Health Check now shows the Citrix UVI driver status and has a related event log check for Citrix UVI drivers.
  • Session launch registry check. Cloud Health check now checks for session launch registry settings.
  • Updates to check report. For checked items that have several check points, the final check report now lists all the checks that have been verified to show what actions were performed during the health check.

For more information, see Cloud Health Check.

Troubleshoot VDA registration and session launch issues using Full Configuration. Using the Full Configuration management interface, you can now run checks that gauge the health of VDAs. VDA health checks identify possible causes for common VDA registration and session launch issues. You can run health checks individually and in batches. For more information, see VDA health checks.

Ability to specify the Azure secret expiration date for existing connections. Using the Full Configuration management interface, you can now specify the date after which the application secret expires. For guidance on how to view the expiration date of the secret, see Microsoft Azure Resource Manager cloud environments. When using this feature, consider the following differences:

  • For service principals created manually in Azure, you can directly edit the expiration date on the Edit Connection > Connection Properties page.
  • For first-time edits of the expiration date for service principals created through Full Configuration on your behalf, go to Edit Connection > Edit settings > Use existing. You can make subsequent edits on the Edit Connection > Connection Properties page.

A button to add administrators. We added a button, Add Administrator, to the Full Configuration > Administrators > Administrators tab. The button offers a quick way to go to Identity and Access Management > Administrators, where you can add (invite) administrators. For more information, see Add an administrator.

New look and feel of wizards in Full Configuration. We have updated the wizards in the following nodes with a new style, including colors, fonts, and other formatting changes, to bring you a better user experience: AdministratorsHostingStoreFrontApp PackagesZones, and Settings. The new wizards appear in blade views with wider viewports, enabling more content to display. The workflows for configuring your settings remain the same.

Support for retaining system disk when MCS I/O is enabled for machines running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In the Full Configuration management interface, when provisioning machines on GCP, you can now retain system disk during power cycles when MCS storage optimization (MCS I/O) is enabled. For more information, see Enabling MCS storage optimization updates.

Support for direct upload or download from EBS on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS now provides API to allow direct creation of EBS volume with desired content. You can now use the API to eliminate volume worker requirement for catalog creation and VM addition. For information on AWS permissions required for this functionality, see Amazon Web Services cloud environments.

Ability to identify Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources created by MCS. We added a new tag named CitrixProvisioningSchemeID to identify AWS resources created by MCS. For more information, see Identify resources created by MCS.

Ability to configure access to Manage and Monitor. The Full Configuration management interface now provides you with additional options to control whether to grant custom roles access to Manage and Monitor. For more information, see Create and manage roles.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure

January 2022

  • When you create catalogs, you can now store your machines on standard SSD storage. Previously, only standard disks (HDD) and premium SSD were supported.
  • Support for these new regions for hosting VDA workloads: Brazil South, Central India, Japan East, South Central US, and UK South.
  • Snapshots and restore are now available for persistent desktops hosted on Citrix Managed Azure and BYO Azure. See VDA snapshot and restore.
  • Static public IP address for all outbound traffic from VDAs hosted are now available. You can configure an Azure NAT Gateway to get the IP address. See Create a public static IP address.
  • Azure VPN is available for technical preview. Azure VPN lets you connect Citrix Managed Azure directly with on-premises data centers. See Azure VPN Technical Preview.
  • New Linux images are available for Citrix prepared images.

Citrix Cloud Healthcheck

Cloud Health Check allows you to run checks that gauge the health and availability of the site and its components. You can run health checks for Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs), StoreFront servers, and Profile Management. VDA health checks identify possible causes for common VDA registration, session launch, and time zone redirection issues.

If issues are present during the checks, Cloud Health Check provides a detailed report and the actions to fix the issues. Each time Cloud Health Check starts, it checks for the latest version of scripts on the Content Delivery Network (CDN) and automatically downloads the scripts if they do not exist on the local machine. Cloud Health Check always chooses the latest local version of scripts to run health checks.

Citrix Workspace App 2202 for Windows

Storebrowse support for Workspace [Technical Preview]

Starting from this release, Citrix Workspace app for Windows provides Storebrowse support to Self-Service. This enables Storebrowse users to access Cloud and Workspace features.

NOTE:

For more information, see Storebrowse for Workspace.

NOTE:

Technical previews are available for customers to test in their non-production or limited production environments, and share feedback. Citrix does not accept support cases for feature previews but welcomes feedback for improving them. Citrix might or might not act on feedback based on its severity, criticality, and importance. It is advised not to deploy Beta builds in production environments.

Citrix Enterprise Browser

For features or bugs fixes in the Citrix Enterprise browser, see What’s new in the Citrix Enterprise browser documentation.

NOTE:

The system requirements for Citrix Workspace 2202 for Windows have changed as follows:

  • Minimum .NET version required is 4.8.
  • Minimum VCRedist version required is 14.30.30704.0.

Citrix Workspace App 2203 for iOS

Use the latest version

This feature helps you to use the latest version of Citrix Workspace app. When you launch the Citrix Workspace app, the in-app prompt asks you to update to the latest version.

When you tap Update, the Apple store page appears. Download the latest version of the app.

Update available

Generic Client IME for East Asian languages

Generic Client Input Method Editor (IME) feature enhances input and display experience with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) language characters on iOS devices. You are recommended to use the client IME instead of the VDA-side IME for a better user experience.

Prerequisites
  • Enable the Client keyboard layout synchronization and IME improvement and Enable Unicode keyboard layout mapping on your Windows VDA through the group policy.Keyboard IME

For more information see, Knowledge Center article CTX312404.

You can also enable the options using the following registries on your Windows VDA:

-  HKLM\Software\Citrix\ICA\IcaIme\DisableKeyboardSync value = DWORD 0
-  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Citrix\CtxKlMap\EnableKlMap value = DWORD 1
-  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Citrix\CtxKlMap\DisableWindowHook value = DWORD 1
  • Enable Settings > Keyboard Options > Keyboard Layout Sync option from Citrix Workspace app.Keyboard options
IME user interface

Generally, IME provides UI components such as candidate window and composition window. The composition window contains the composition characters and composition UI elements, for example, underline and background color. The candidate window displays the candidate list.

IME UI

The composition window enables you to distinguish between the confirmed characters and the composing characters. The composition window and the candidate window move with the input cursor.

As a result, the feature provides:

  • An enhanced input of characters at the cursor location in the composition window.
  • An enhanced display in the composition and the candidate window.

Currently, you can use this feature on the sessions hosted on Windows VDAs and supports both soft keyboards and external physical keyboards.

Feature limitations
  • This feature synchronizes client-side keyboard layout and IME to the VDA-side. However, this feture doesn’t support synchronization from the VDA-side to the client-side.
  • We recommended you use Apple’s native keyboards and IMEs. The third-party IMEs like Gboard for iOS, Sogou Chinese IME, and Baidu IME aren’t supported.

Citrix Workspace App 2203 for Linux

Support for EDT IPv6

Starting with this release, Citrix Workspace app supports EDT IPv6.

Support for TLS protocol version 1.3

Starting with this release, Citrix Workspace app supports Transport Layer Security protocol (TLS) version 1.3. For more information, see TLS.

Custom web stores

Starting with 2203, this feature is generally available for Citrix Workspace app. You can access your organization’s custom web store from the Citrix Workspace app.

NOTE:

The Pinning multi-monitor screen layout feature is not supported in the custom web store.

For more information, see Custom web stores.

Authentication enhancement experimental feature

Starting with this release, authentication enhancement supports storebrowse for the following operations:

  • Storebrowse -E to list the available resources.
  • Storebrowse -L to launch a connection to a published resource.
  • Storebrowse -S to list the subscribed resources.

NOTE:

You can continue to use the remaining storebrowse commands in the AuthMangerDaemon and will be supported with authentication enhancement in the future release.

For more information, see Authentication enhancement for Storebrowse.

Keyboard layout synchronization enhancement

Keyboard layout synchronization enables you to switch among preferred keyboard layouts on the client device. This feature is disabled by default. When enabled, the client keyboard layout automatically synchronizes to the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix DaaS (formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service) session.

Starting with version 2203, Citrix Workspace app supports the following three different keyboard layout synchronization modes:

  • Sync only once – when session launches – Based on the KeyboardLayout value in the wfclient.ini file, the client keyboard layout is synchronized to the server when the session launches. If the KeyboardLayout value is set to 0, the system keyboard is synchronized to VDA. If the KeyboardLayout value is set to a specific language, the language-specific keyboard is synchronized to VDA. Any changes you make to the client keyboard layout during the session do not take effect immediately. To apply the changes, sign out and sign in to the app. The Sync only once – when session launchesmode is the default keyboard layout selected for Citrix Workspace app.
  • Allow dynamic sync – This option synchronizes the client keyboard layout to the server when you change the client keyboard layout.
  • Don’t sync – Indicates that the client uses the keyboard layout present on the server.

For more information, see Keyboard layout synchronization.

Multi-window chat and meetings for Microsoft Teams

You can use multiple windows for chat and meetings in Microsoft Teams, when optimized by HDX in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2112 or higher. You can pop out the conversations or meetings in various ways. For details about the pop-out window feature, see Teams Pop-Out Windows for Chats and Meetings.

If you’re running an older version of Citrix Workspace app or Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA), remember that Microsoft will deprecate the single-window code in the future. However, you can upgrade to a version of the VDA or Citrix Workspace app that supports multiple windows (2203 and greater). To upgrade to a higher version, you will have a minimum of nine months after this feature is generally available.

NOTE:

This feature is available only after the roll-out of a future update from Microsoft Teams. When the update is rolled-out by Microsoft, you can check CTX253754 for the documentation update and the announcement.

Enhancement to auto-redirection of USB devices

Earlier when a device was unplugged and plugged in during a session, the device was auto-redirected. As a result, the device was auto-connected to the VDA. With this release, you are required to enable auto-redirection manually through configuration file settings. Auto-redirection of USB devices is disabled, by default. For more information, see USBsection.

Citrix Workspace App 2203 for Android

Google Assistant integration

You can interact with the Google Assistant to launch resources like apps and desktops without launching Citrix Workspace app each time. All the recently accessed resources are listed under Google Assistant shortcuts. Select the ones that you prefer to add as a shortcut.

For more information, see Google Assistant integration section.

Use the latest version

This feature helps you to use the latest version of Citrix Workspace app. When you launch the Citrix Workspace app, the in-app prompt asks you to update to the latest version.

For more information, see Use the latest version.

Recommendations and notes

  • Citrix Workspace app for Android 22.3.0 supports Android 12.
  • If you are on HTTP-based stores, for a secure context, we recommend that you transition to HTTPS-based stores. For more information, see HTTPS.

Citrix Workspace App 2203.1 for Apple OSX

Inactivity timeout for Citrix Workspace app

The inactivity timeout feature logs you out of the Citrix Workspace app based on a value that the admin sets. Admins can specify the amount of idle time that is allowed before a user is automatically signed out of the Citrix Workspace app. You’re automatically signed out when no activity from the mouse, keyboard, or touch occurs for the specified interval of time, within the Citrix Workspace app window. The inactivity timeout does not affect the already running Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix DaaS (formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service) sessions or the Citrix StoreFront stores.

For more information see Inactivity Timeout for Citrix Workspace app.

PDF Universal Printing

You can now use the PDF universal printing feature when printing from a Mac. You no longer need to install the HP Color LaserJet 2800 Series PS driver when auto-creating client printers on a Mac by using the Citrix Universal Printer Driver (UPD).

For more information about using this feature, see Printing.

Support for an enhanced Single sign-on (SSO) experience for web and SaaS apps [Technical Preview]

This feature simplifies the configuration of SSO for internal web apps and SaaS apps while using third party identity providers (IdPs). The enhanced SSO experience reduces the entire process to a few commands. It eliminates the mandatory prerequisite to configure Citrix Secure Private Access in the IdP chain to set up SSO. It also improves the user experience, provided the same IdP is used for authentication to both the Citrix Workspace app and the particular web or SaaS app being launched.

You can register for this technical preview by using this Podio form.

NOTE:

Technical previews are available for customers to test in their non-production or limited production environments, and to give customers an opportunity to share feedback. Citrix does not accept support cases for feature previews but welcomes feedback for improving them. Citrix might or might not act on feedback based on its severity, criticality, and importance. It is advised that Beta builds aren’t deployed in production environments.

Support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol version 1.3 on Linux VDAs [Technical preview]

If you’re running TLS version 1.3, you can now connect to virtual apps and desktops hosted on the Linux operating system.

NOTE:

You can’t connect to Windows virtual apps and desktops if you’re running TLS version 1.3.

Technical previews are available for customers to test in their non-production or limited production environments, and to give them an opportunity to share feedback. Citrix does not accept support cases for feature previews but welcomes feedback for improving them. Citrix may or may not act on feedback based on its severity, criticality, and importance. It is advised that Beta builds not be deployed in production environments.

Share apps using the ‘Share content’ feature in Microsoft Teams

You can now share individual applications, windows, or full screen using the screen sharing feature in Microsoft Teams. Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent 2109 is a prerequisite for this feature. To show a specific application, click Share content in your meeting controls and select the application of interest. After a red border appears around the app you select, peers on the call can see your app. If you minimize the app, Microsoft Teams displays the last image from the shared app. Maximize the window to resume sharing.

Multi-window chat and meetings for Microsoft Teams

Users can now use multiple windows for chat and meetings in Microsoft Teams (1.5.00.5967 or higher) when optimized by HDX in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix DaaS. Users can pop out their conversations or meetings in a variety of ways. For details on the pop-out window feature, see Teams Pop-Out Windows for Chats and Meetings on the Microsoft Office 365 site.

If you’re running an older version of Citrix Workspace App or VDA, be aware that Microsoft will deprecate the single-window code in the future. However, you will have a minimum of nine months to upgrade to a version of the VDA/CWA that supports multiple windows (2203 or later).

NOTE:

This feature is available only after the roll-out of a future update from Microsoft Teams. Got more details, see Microsoft 365 roadmap.

Give or take control in Microsoft Teams

You can use the Give control button to give control access of your shared screen to other users participating in the meeting. The other participant can make selections and modify the shared screen through keyboard, mouse, and clipboard input. You both now have control of the shared screen and you can take back the control anytime.

To take control during screen sharing sessions, any participant can request control access through the Request control button. The person sharing the screen can then approve or deny the request. When you have the control, you can control the keyboard and mouse input on the screen shared and release control to stop sharing control.

NOTE:

This feature is available only after the roll-out of a future update from Microsoft Teams.

StoreFront to Workspace migration

As your organization transitions from on-premises StoreFront to Workspace, users are required to manually add the new Workspace URL to the Citrix Workspace app. This feature enables admins to seamlessly migrate users from a StoreFront store to a Workspace store with minimal user interaction.

For more information about this feature, see StoreFront to Workspace URL Migration.

Global App Config Service

The new Global App Configuration Service for Citrix Workspace allows a Citrix administrator to deliver Workspace service URLs and Citrix Workspace App settings through a centrally managed service. For more information, see Global App Configuration Service documentation.

Extend multiple monitors in full-screen mode

You can now enter full-screen mode on two or more monitors simultaneously. To use this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Citrix Viewer.
  2. To use full-screen mode on the other connected monitors, drag the window from your primary monitor to span into the connected monitors. From the menu bar, select View > Enter Full Screen. The window goes into full screen mode on those monitors.NOTE:If you have previously selected the Use All Displays In Full Screen option, ensure to unselect it as this selection extends full screen on all connected monitors.

Citrix recommends using a maximum of 3 monitors, including the primary monitor.

Citrix Enterprise Browser

This release includes Citrix Enterprise Browser version 98.1.2.17, based on Chromium version 98. For features or bugs fixes in the Citrix Enterprise Browser, see What’s new in the Citrix Enterprise Browser documentation.

Citrix Workspace App 2203 for HTML5

Global App Configuration Service

From this release, as an administrator, you can use the Global App Configuration Service to:

  • centrally manage and configure app settings and set defaults.
  • apply the settings for both managed and unmanaged (BYOD) devices
  • apply the settings for both cloud users (domain claimed) and on-premise users (URL claimed).

For more information, see Global App Configuration Service documentation.

NOTES:

This feature is available for workspace and HTTPS‑based stores only. For the Global App Configuration Service to work, verify if your users can access the URL https://discovery.cem.cloud.us.

Session reliability enhancement

This feature enhances the user experience by having fewer dropped network connections when you’re roaming. The session reconnection happens in a few seconds.

CEIP data to Citrix and Google Analytics

From this release, end users can:

  • decide whether to send the usage data to Citrix and Google Analytics or not
  • block CEIP through GUI

For more information, see CEIP section as a whole and in particular Blocking CEIPsection.

Change in USB redirection

To redirect the USB device to a new session, it’s required to remove the USB device from the previous session.

For more information, see Automatic redirection of USB devices section.

Source

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2203

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