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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2402

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2402 LTSR.

Release 7 2402 LTSR is now available for download, 15th April, 2024.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2402 is a LTSR release. LTSR is supported 5 years

Its 2 years ago since last LTSR was released, so its time to plan and upgrade your LTSR environment.

You can read more about LTSR FAQ are here

If you are running 1912 LTSR it reach end-of-life by December of 2024. – please plan upgrade

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

  • WebStudio 2402
  • Director 2402
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2 build 47000
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2402 LTSR for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2402 LTSR for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2402 LTSR
  • Citrix Provisioning 2402 LTSR
  • Profile Management 2402 LTSR
  • Workspace Environment Management 2402 LTSR
  • Session Recording 2402 LTSR
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (Jan-April 2024)
  • Workspace App 2402 LTSR for Windows
  • Workspace App 2402 LTSR for Linux
  • Workspace App 2402 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2402 for Android
  • Workspace App 2402 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2402 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2402.1 for ChromeOS

I highly recommend you read following whitepaper for parallel migration LTSR

https://community.citrix.com/tech-zone/build/tech-papers/ltsr-parallel-migration

What’s new in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2402 LTSR

New HDX Graphics policy – Allow Windows screen lock

With the new Allow Windows screen lock policy in HDX Graphics, you now have the option to modify Windows display timeouts in a Citrix Virtual Desktop session on Workstation OS as per your requirement. For more information, see Allow Windows screen lock.

New loss tolerant mode for audio policy

Loss tolerant mode for audio is now available to allow audio delivery through the loss tolerant mode policy. For more information, see Loss tolerant mode for audio.

Signed third-party binaries

Binaries distributed by Citrix are now signed. Signed binaries indicate that they are validated by either Citrix-generated certificates or authentic third-party certificates. For more information, see Install VDAs.

Enhanced system logs for browser content redirection

With the enhancements to the system logs, browser content redirection now allows admins to monitor the feature status. For more information, see How to troubleshoot browser content redirection.

Enhanced bidirectional content redirection configuration

Previously, configuring bidirectional content redirection involved managing three distinct policies: Allow bidirectional content redirection, Allow redirection of URLs to VDA, and Allow redirection of URLs to the Client. These policies require configurations on both the server side and the client side (configured through Group Policies). Starting with this release, we have consolidated all three policies into a single, unified policy. It not only simplifies and enhances the configuration process but also eliminates the requirement for client-side configurations. For more information, see Bidirectional content redirection configuration.

HDX Reducer

You can now configure the version of the HDX compression algorithm, or Reducer, that you want to use in the session host. For more information, see HDX Reducer.

New HDX registry setting for configuring EDT timeout

You now have the option to configure EDT timeout by setting the registry. For more information, see Configure EDT timeout.

Microsoft Teams Optimization – whitelisted registry entry

Starting with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2402, you no longer need to manually configure the msedgewebview2.exe registry entry as it is now whitelisted by default.

For more information, see the Microsoft documentation.

Citrix Web Studio

Support for provisioning VMware VMs using machine profiles

When provisioning VMware VMs using the Machine Creation Service (MCS), you can now select an existing template as the machine profile, letting the VMs within the catalog inherit settings from the selected template.

The inherited settings include:

  • Tags placed on the template
  • Custom attributes
  • vSAN Storage policies
  • Virtual hardware version
  • vSphere Virtual TPM (vTPM)
  • CPU count and core per socket
  • NIC count

For more information, see Creating machine catalogs.

Managing prepared images with the Images node

An Images node is now available in Web Studio, letting you prepare an MCS image (prepared image) from a single source image and deploy it across various MCS machine catalogs. This node facilitates complete image lifecycle management, enabling you to create image definitions, versions, and catalogs.

Images prepared using this node can only be used in Azure and VMware environments. For detailed information on image management, see Image management (Preview).

Alternatively, you can also create catalogs with prepared images using the Machine Catalogs node. For more information, see Creating machine catalogs.

Deprecated features

The following features and settings have been deprecated in Web Studio:

  • Azure environments:Provisioning VMs using a master image from a different region has been deprecated. We recommend using Azure Compute Gallery to replicate the master image to the region where the VMs will be created.
  • AWS environments:The option Apply machine template properties to virtual machines, on the Machine Catalog Setup > Machine Template page, has been deprecated. We recommend using machine profiles to specify machine properties for VMs instead.
  • All hypervisor and cloud service environments:Configuring the write-back cache with only a disk cache and no memory cache has been deprecated. We recommend setting the memory cache size to a value greater than zero.

Citrix Director

Secure Private Access integration with Director (Preview)

The Secure Private Access integration with Director allows help desk admin or full admin to monitor and troubleshoot all Secure Private Access sessions in Director. To support this feature, you must use the 2402 or later versions of Director, Secure Private Access, Citrix Workspace app, and VDA.

Available actions include viewing the details of the following:

  • Secure Private Access active sessions for a user under the Select a Sessionpopup > Sessions tab > Web Apps and SaaS Apps
  • Secure Private Access failed or blocked enumerations and failed app launches under the  Select a Session popup > Denied Access tab
  • Session and application details view for active and failed app launches
  • Session and application details view for failed and blocked enumerations

For more information, see Secure Private Access integration with Director (Preview) page.

Enhanced Performance Metrics panel

The Performance Metrics panel has an enhanced visualization of the real-time metrics. When you click the Session Performance tab, along with the real time data, you can view the last 15-minutes data without waiting for the page load time. This enhancement helps to reduce mean time for resolution by enabling admins to be able to correlate multiple component performance metrics in a single view. For more information, see Performance metrics section.

Support for newer version of Microsoft Teams

Citrix Monitor now supports Microsoft Teams version 2.1 or earlier.

Machine Creation Services (MCS)

Image management (Preview)

With the image management functionality, MCS separates the mastering phase from the overall provisioning workflow.

You can prepare an MCS image (Prepared Image) from a single source image and use it across multiple different MCS machine catalogs. This implementation significantly reduces the storage and time costs, and simplifies the VM deployment and image update process.

The benefits of using this image management functionality are:

  • Generate prepared images in advance without creating a catalog.
  • Reuse prepared images in multiple scenarios, such as creating and updating a catalog.
  • Significantly reduce catalog creation or update time.

For detailed information on image management, see Image management (Preview).

Check for multiple NICs in VMware

In VMware environments, we have introduced various pre-flight checks when the hosting unit and machine profile template have multiple networks, and the -NetworkMapping parameter is used in the New-ProvScheme and Set-ProvScheme commands. For more information on the pre-flight checklist for multiple NICs, see Check for multiple NICs.

Support for creating Windows 11 VMs in GCP

You can now create Windows 11 VMs in GCP. If you install Windows 11 on the master image, then you must enable vTPM during the master image creation process. Also, you must enable vTPM on the machine profile source (VM or instance template).

This feature is applicable to:

  • Persistent and Non-persistent MCS machine catalogs
  • Only sole-tenant node group

For information on creating Windows 11 VMs on the sole-tenant node, see Create Windows 11 VMs on the sole-tenant node.

Citrix Licensing 11.17.2 build 47000

This release includes bug fixes that i´mproves user experience.

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 7 2402 for Windows Desktop/Server OS.

Option to install, upgrade, or uninstall Citrix Workspace App during VDA installation, upgrade, or uninstallation

This feature allows you to choose to install, upgrade, or uninstall the Citrix Workspace App during a VDA installation, upgrade, or uninstallation in the following scenarios:

  • During a VDA installation, you can choose to install the Citrix Workspace App. By default, Citrix Workspace App is not installed during the VDA installation.
  • During a VDA upgrade, if Citrix Workspace App is not already installed in the VDA, you can choose to install Citrix Workspace App.
  • During a VDA upgrade, if the version of Citrix Workspace App can be upgraded, then the option to upgrade Citrix Workspace App is displayed.
  • During a VDA uninstallation, you can choose to not uninstall the Citrix Workspace App. By default, the Citrix Workspace App is uninstalled during the VDA uninstallation. For more information, see Select the components to install and the installation location and Command-line options for installing a VDA

WebSocket support for VDAs

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops now allow you to use WebSocket technology over the Citrix Brokering Protocol (CBP) to facilitate communication between VDAs and Delivery Controllers. This feature requires only the TLS port 443 for communication from the VDA to the Delivery Controller.

For more information, see WebSocket communication between VDA and Delivery Controller.

Support VDA Updates from a local file share that VDAs have access (Preview)

You can now support VDA updates from a local file share and specify the VDA installer location through PowerShell commands. For more information, see Support VDA updates from Local File Share.

Virtual Delivery Agents (VDAs) 7 2402 for Linux

Distributions supported by Linux VDA LTSR

Support for RHEL 8.9, Rocky Linux 8.9, RHEL 9.3, and Rocky Linux 9.3

The Linux VDA now supports the following Linux distributions:

  • RHEL 8.9
  • Rocky Linux 8.9
  • RHEL 9.3
  • Rocky Linux 9.3

For more information, see System requirements.

New .NET version required

Starting with this release, you must install .NET Runtime 8.0 on all supported Linux distributions except RHEL 7.9 and Amazon Linux 2 before you install the Linux VDA. For RHEL 7.9 and Amazon Linux 2, continue to install .NET Runtime 6.0.

If your Linux distribution contains the .NET version that you require, install it from the built-in feed. Otherwise, install .NET from the Microsoft package feed.

Xfce support for RHEL, Rocky Linux, and Ubuntu

You can now use the Xfce desktop environment in the VDA sessions hosted on RHEL 8/9, Rocky Linux 8/9, and Ubuntu 20.04/22.04.

For more information, see System requirements.

Smart card and Federated Authentication Service (FAS) support extended to Quest-joined Linux VDAs

Smart card and FAS support is now also available for the Linux VDAs that are joined to a domain using Quest. This feature is fully tested on RHEL, CentOS, and Ubuntu distributions that the Linux VDA supports for smart card and FAS authentication.

For more information, see Smart cards and Federated Authentication Service.

Ability to check what dependencies are installed

We have extended the XDPing capabilities so that you can now use XDPing to check what dependencies are installed on the Linux VDA. To do so, run the XDPingexecutable to display installed dependencies or save installed dependencies to a specific path while displaying them.

For more information, see Tasks that can be done with XDPing.

Support for new Linux streaming target devices

We have extended Linux streaming to the following distributions:

  • SUSE 15.5

For more information, see Create Linux VDAs using Citrix Provisioning and Streaming Linux target devices in the Citrix Provisioning documentation.

Logon duration breakdown

This feature displays the duration of each step that the user logon process takes in Citrix Director and Monitor. It helps you troubleshoot logon issues more effectively. The user logon process is broken down into phases such as HDX connectionAuthentication, and GPOs. For more information, see Logon process phases and Linux VM and Linux session metrics.

Dynamic windows preview for published apps

You can now preview the onscreen content in the windows of published apps. For example, you can open multiple windows of Google Chrome sessions using Citrix Workspace app for Windows and then hover over the Chrome icon on the taskbar to preview the content.

The feature depends on the Dynamic windows preview policy that you can set in Citrix Studio. For more information, see Dynamic windows preview and Policy support list.

New and optimized session metric query utilities

This release introduces a new session metric query utility (ctxsession) to align with the Windows VDA and to provide a Windows user experience. With this utility, you can access more session metrics.

This release also optimizes the help information and adds access control for the legacy session metric query utilities including ctxqsessionctxquserctxqfull, and ctxquery. Previously when there was no access control, any logged-in user of the Linux VDA was able to query the metrics of all sessions through one of the tools. Now with access control added, users can query only their own session metrics and only the root and ctxadm group users have permission to query other users’ session metrics.

For more information, see Session metric query utilities.

Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2402 LTSR

Federated Authentication Service certificate request enhanced to include SID. The certificate request from FAS to the certificate authority is enhanced to include the SID parameter. For users who enable the Supply in the requestoption of the Subject Name properties in the Citrix_SmartcardLogontemplate, this addition allows FAS to operate with the certificate authentication changes detailed in KB5014754. These authentication changes are already supported for users who use the default setting Build from this Active Directory information.

Citrix Provisioning 2402 LTSR

Update licenses to enable telemetry uploads

As outlined at Required License Server Update, Cloud Software Group has updated the license requirements that require you to upload telemetry. This implementation implies that as a Citrix Provisioning customer, you must return and allocate your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Provisioning license. For more information on licenses, see Licensing.

Support for installing Citrix Provisioning servers on Windows Server Core

With this feature, you can now install Citrix Provisioning servers on the system running Windows Server Core. The Server Core option is a minimal installation as opposed to the installation of Server with Desktop Experience. The Windows Server core reduces the potential attack surface to critical infrastructure.

The benefits of using this feature are:

  • Enhanced security for the Citrix Provisioning Servers.
  • Reduced cost because you can use a smaller VM.

The current limitations of this feature are:

  • You cannot create target VMs on a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops‑hosted hypervisor using HDD BDM boot.
  • You cannot do a BDM update using the Citrix Provisioning Console.

Support for new Linux streaming target devices

For Linux streaming, the following operating systems are now supported:

  • SUSE 15.5

For more information, see Streaming Linux target devices.

Citrix Profile Management 2402 LTSR

This release addresses several issues that help to improve overall performance and stability.

Citrix Workspace Environment Management 2402 LTSR

This release includes the following new features and addresses issues to improve the user experience:

User Data source name

Using the web console, you can now add user data source names (DSNs) and assign them to users. For more details, see User DSN.

Ports

Using the web console, you can now add port mappings and assign them to users. For more details, see Ports.

INI files

Using the web console, you can now add INI file operations and assign them to users. For more details, see INI files.

Agent on-demand task history

This enhancement allows you to check the progress and results of tasks initiated in the last 24 hours. You can see the task status for each of the target agents after you trigger a task. You can also view the history of recent tasks and their statuses. For tasks with reports, you can access those reports directly from the Reports tab. For more details, see Agents.

Enhanced filter condition capability for report management

This enhancement lets you filter and add multiple values by separating each value with a semicolon when you choose the Result summary condition, providing a flexible method for report management that enables you to monitor and optimize the system.

Health check enhancements in the web console

You can now gain a clearer and more detailed insight into the status of Profile Management through Workspace Environment Management:

  • Invalid: Indicates that Profile Management is either not found or not enabled.
  • Error: Indicates configuration issues in Profile Management.
  • Warning: Identifies a suboptimal state of Profile Management.
  • Notice: Identities an acceptable state of Profile Management.
  • Good: Identities Profile Management is in a healthy state.

For more details, see the description for the Profile Management health column in Statistics.

Enhanced analysis capability for Windows Logon

This enhancement provides a more detailed data analysis for User profile and Citrix Profile Management. Group policy objects sub-metric is now introduced with HDX connection sub-metric being enabled. For more details, see Windows Logon analysis.

WEM health check tool

You can now launch the WEM standalone tool to check the status of the WEM components and troubleshoot. This tool can run on WEM agents or the infrastructure server providing results for different selected (check) items respectively. After completing a check, a report is saved to their machine. You can turn on the debug mode and retrieve the log files to the specified location. You can also fix some configuration issues automatically. For more details, see WEM health check tool.

Citrix Session Recording 2402

This release includes the following new features and addresses issues to improve the user experience:

Session Recording database is now made the mandatory subfeature of the Session Recording server

When the Session Recording server is selected for installation, the Session Recording database is now also selected automatically and cannot be unselected. This enhancement helps avoid installation or upgrade issues in load balancing scenarios. For more information, see Install, upgrade, and uninstall.

Contextual session recording based on smart access tags

When creating a custom policy, you can now specify smart access tags to use as scopes for the policy to apply to. This feature lets you apply policies based on the user access context including:

  • The user’s location
  • IP address range
  • Delivery group
  • Device type
  • Installed applications

This feature brings more granular control over session recording and is available for the following policies:

Azure Active Directory (AD) support (preview)

You can now install the Session Recording server and agent on an Azure AD joined machine and enable Azure AD support for them. Later when you configure various policies and playback permissions from the cloud, you can specify Azure AD users and groups who launch sessions from Azure AD joined machines.

For information about installing Session Recording, see Install, upgrade, and uninstall.

For information about configuring policies and playback permissions from the cloud, see Configure session recording policies and Playback permissions.

Citrix Secure Private Access for on-premises 2402

Secure Private Access for on-premises and support for ZTNA and other enhancements

Citrix Secure Private Access on-premises solution enhances an organization’s overall security and compliance posture with the ability to easily deliver zero-trust access to browser-based apps (internal web and SaaS apps) using the StoreFront on-premises portal as a unified access portal to web and SaaS apps, along with virtual apps and desktops as an integrated part of Citrix Workspace. Citrix Secure Private Access on-premises is a customer-managed Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution that provides VPN less access to Internal web and SaaS applications with the following along with a seamless end-user experience:

  • Least privilege principle
  • Single sign-on (SSO)
  • Multifactor authentication
  • Device posture assessment
  • Application-level security controls
  • App protection features

For more information, see Citrix Secure Private Access for on-premises – General Availability.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service

April 2024

New and enhanced features

Deprecated features in Full Configuration. The following features and settings have been deprecated in Full Configuration:

  • Azure environment:Provisioning VMs using a master image from a different region has been deprecated. We recommend using Azure Compute Gallery to replicate the master image to the region where the VMs will be created.
  • AWS environments:The option Apply machine template properties to virtual machines, on the Machine Catalog Setup > Machine Template page, has been deprecated. We recommend using machine profiles to specify machine properties for VMs instead.
  • All hypervisor and cloud service environments:Configuring the write-back cache with only a disk cache and no memory cache has been deprecated. We recommend setting the memory cache size to a value greater than zero.

Enhanced service disruption experience in Full Configuration. To enhance your experience during service disruptions, we’ve improved the notification content on the Full Configuration page. With this enhancement, you can now gain a clearer understanding of service disruptions, such as the causes, steps to enable service, and estimated enablement times. This enhancement covers the following service disruptions:

  • Service enablement requests for first-time use
  • Service pauses caused by prolonged inactivity
  • Service outages caused by DaaS unavailability

Data caching for the Hosting node. We’ve introduced data caching for the Citrix DaaS Hosting node. This enhancement significantly reduces the page load times when you navigate to the Hosting node, improving the overall user experience.

Support for HDX Plus for Windows 365 Cloud PCs and Azure Virtual Desktops. Monitor now supports HDX Plus for Windows 365 Cloud PCs and Azure Virtual Desktops (AVD). For more information, see Troubleshoot Machines.

Cloud Build Service Account Change. GCP is introducing changes to Cloud Build Services’s default behavior and use of service accounts in new projects created after April 29, 2024. For more information, see Cloud Build Service Account Change. However, your existing Google projects and Citrix catalogs are not affected by this change. For more information, see:

March 2024

New and enhanced features

Dynamic Session Recording. You can now record the current active session using the Session Recording controls from the User Details screen without the need to re-establish the session. This feature enables quicker and effective troubleshooting of session experience-related issues faced by users. This is useful to debug issues that are difficult to reproduce.

For more information about Dynamic Session Recording, see the Session Recording service article.

Enrollment tool to register VDAs using WebSockets to machine catalogs. You can now use this enrollment tool to securely register your non-domain joined VDAs to machine catalogs. This feature provides the benefits of using only the TLS port 443 for communication from VDA to the Delivery Controller and removing port 80 traffic. For more information, see Enroll machines to catalogs using the WebSocket VDA enrollment tool.

Simplified subnet updates for machine catalogs. Previously, to change the subnet settings of a machine catalog, you had to delete and recreate it. With this feature, you can now achieve the same functionality by editing the catalog. Note that only new virtual machines created under the catalog will be on the newly associated subnets. This enhancement reduces the need for catalog deletion and associated tasks. For more information, see Edit a catalog.

Full Configuration: Support for updating more Azure VM settings using machine profiles. With Full Configuration, you can now update a wider range of settings for MCS-provisioned Azure VMs through machine profiles, which include:

  • Machine size
  • License type
  • Availability Zone
  • Dedicated Host Group ID

After you update the machine profile, Full Configuration compares the current settings with the new ones. If differences exist, you’ll be prompted to confirm which to apply. This design ensures transparent and efficient VM setting updates.

Full Configuration: Support for Changing write-back cache properties for MCS-provisioned Azure VMs. For Azure VMs provisioned using Machine Creation Services (MCS), you can now change their write-back cache (WBC) properties using Full Configuration, such as Disk cache sizeMemory cache size, and Enable storage cost saving. In addition, when you select a new machine size or machine profile for those VMs, Full Configuration validates WBC settings to prevent conflicts, such as exceeding the memory limit of the new selection. If conflicts occur, you’ll be prompted to re-configure WBC settings.

February 2024

New and enhanced features

Suspend VMs from the Workspace interface. You can now suspend persistent VMs with active sessions from the Workspace user interface. This enhancement offers the following benefits:

  • Resume the system from where you left off.
  • Faster launch time compared to a stopped deallocated machine.
  • Cost-effective and energy efficient.
  • Efficient resource allocation using the Autoscale feature.

New Machine Creation Services (MCS) Storage Optimization (MCSIO) support: You now have the option for the Image Portability Service to add or remove MCSIO when you prepare an image for the MCS provisioning. For more information, see Automate VDA configuration.

Probes Overview enhancements: A summary of the Probe Metrics and the Probe Failure Stages in now available in the Probe > Overview page. The Probe Metrics shows the count of Scheduled, Failed, Skipped, and Successful runs. The graphical representation of the failure stages helps analyze the stages in which most failures have occurred. This information helps to quickly troubleshoot the probe results. For more information, see the Application and Desktop Probing article.

Image information on the Machine Catalogs page. You can now view the following image information through the Template Properties of the machine catalog:

  • Operating system
  • Machine identity service
  • Machine Creation Service storage
  • Filepath for pagefile.sys for Azure deployments

This enhancement provides better clarity on the image information and ensures that the administrators have all the information about the machine catalog in one place.

Full Configuration support for VDA enrollment token management. Token-based VDA enrollment reduces the load on Cloud Connectors and decreases potential failure points, ideal for the use cases where you prepare the machines using non-Citrix Provisioning technology. With Full Configuration, you can now generate and manage enrollment tokens for non-Citrix-provisioned VDAs, streamlining enrollment token-based deployments. For more information, see Generate and manage enrollment tokens.

PowerShell logging. In Full Configuration, you can now view the PowerShell commands corresponding to your daily UI actions. This feature helps you gain insights into the underlying PowerShell commands for learning purposes. To view the PowerShell logs, go to Logging > PowerShell. For more information, see Configuration logging.

Enable Local Host Cache (LHC) for single-session pooled VDAs using Full Configuration. By default, single-session pooled VDAs provisioned using MCS or Citrix Provisioning are unavailable when in LHC mode. With Full Configuration, you can now override this default behavior on a per delivery group basis, making those VDAs available for new connections during LHC. For more information, see Create delivery groups and Manage delivery groups.

Citrix Hypervisor rebranded to XenServer in Full Configuration. In line with our rebranding strategy, we’ve updated all instances of Citrix Hypervisor within Full Configuration to XenServer.

End-to-end Network Hop view. End-to-end network hop view is the next step towards enhancing troubleshooting workflows in Citrix Monitor. The User Details > Session Performance > Session Topology section provides a visual representation of the end-to-end network hop view for connected HDX sessions. The in-session path helps understand the components involved in the session path with their metadata, the link between the components, and the applications published on the VDA. The Session Topology helps the data flows and to identify the specific hop that might be bringing in performance issues.

In addition, ICA Latency and ICA RTT measurements are displayed for the session when it is in a connected state. For more information, see End-to-end Network Hop view.

Use Disk Encryption Set ID (DES ID) of the master image to encrypt all the disks of catalog VMs. In Azure environments, previously, the Disk Encryption Set ID (DES ID) of an MCS machine catalog was derived from a machine profile or custom properties. With this feature, a machine catalog can also derive the DES ID from the master image to encrypt all the disks of the VMS in a catalog.

Update MCS tags to detect orphaned resources after migration. When you migrate from on-premises configuration to a cloud site, or from your cloud configuration to another cloud site, the orphaned resources aren’t detected correctly because of the old site id tag. With this feature, using a PowerShell command, you can update the MCS site id tags of a persistent catalog, after migration so that orphaned resources can be detected correctly. Currently, this feature is applicable to Azure. For more information, see Update MCS tags to detect orphaned resources after migration.

Validate configuration before creating an MCS machine catalog. With this feature, you can now validate configuration settings before creating an MCS machine catalog using the parameter -validate in New-ProvScheme command. After you run this PowerShell command with the parameter, you get an appropriate error message if there’s an incorrect parameter used or a parameter has conflict with another parameter. You can then use the error message to resolve the issue and successfully create an MCS machine catalog using PowerShell.

Currently, this feature is applicable to Azure, GCP, and VMware virtualization environments. For more information, see Validate configuration before creating an MCS machine catalog.

Support for copying tags from a machine profile source to a VM in AWS. With this feature, in AWS virtualization environments, you can copy tags on NICs, and disks (Identity disk, write back cache disk, and OS disk) that are specified in the machine profile to newly created VMs in an MCS machine catalog. You can specify these tags in any of the machine profile sources (AWS EC2 instance or AWS launch template version). This feature is applicable to persistent and non-persistent machine catalogs and VMs. For more information, see Copy tags on VMs.

SCVMM support for machine profile. With this feature, you can now use a machine profile to create and update an MCS machine catalog in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) environments. You can also enable nested virtualization and vTPM. For more information, see Create a catalog with a machine profile.

Azure support for using spot VMs with MCS. Azure Spot VMs allow you to take advantage of Azure’s unused computing capacity at a significant cost savings. However, due to its eviction policy, Azure Spot VMs are good for only some non-critical applications and desktops.

With this feature, you can create an MCS machine catalog of Azure Spot VMs using a machine profile (VM or template spec). You can update an existing catalog to have Azure Spot VMs as the newly created VMs or switch to have standard Azure VMs. You can also update existing VMs to be Azure Spot VMs. For more information, see Create a catalog using Azure Spot VMs.

Support for capturing diagnostic settings from a machine profile. In Azure environments, MCS now supports capturing of diagnostic settings on VMs and NICs from a machine profile while creating or updating an MCS machine catalog, or updating existing VMs. Therefore, with this implementation, the diagnostic data can be seamlessly transmitted to designated Azure destination endpoints, such as Log Analytics workspaces or Event Hubs, for in-depth analysis and visualization. For more information, see Capture diagnostic settings on VMs and NICs from a machine profile.

MCS support for managing different versions of a machine catalog. With this feature, you can manage the configuration versions of a machine catalog using PowerShell commands. Each configuration change using the Set-ProvSchemeresults in a new configuration version. You can:

  • See the list of versions.
  • Use any previous version to update a machine catalog.
  • Manually delete a version if it isn’t used by a VM.
  • Change the number of maximum versions to be retained by a machine catalog.

For more information, see Manage versions of a machine catalog.

Publish App-V, MSIX and MSIX app attach packaged applications on single-session and shared desktop VDAs. You can now access packaged applications, for example, App-V, MSIX, and MSIX app attach on the single-session and shared desktop VDAs. This enhancement ensures that the packaged applications are readily available to use when you sign in. This feature facilitates faster launch of packaged applications and improves your experience significantly by bringing it closer to accessing a locally installed application. For more information, see Publish packaged applications on single-session or shared desktop VDAs.

Play back live and recorded sessions: Citrix Monitor now supports playing back recorded and live user sessions that are recorded using the Session Recording service. You can quickly understand the session-related issues encountered by the user from the replay. With this feature, you get ready access to recordings along with session-related metrics within the Monitor console. It helps corelate the issues discovered in the recordings with the performance metrics. It eliminates the requirement of searching for recordings across multiple session recording servers or looking for third-party apps to view the recordings.

This feature requires VDA and the Session Recording server version 2308 or later.

Monitor stores the recordings in a centralized repository and displays them on the Session Selector modal. The Sessions with recordings link displays the recordings of sessions that were active during the last 24 hours or the last 2 days. The recording is played back on a new tab using the Citrix Session Recording playback server.

For more information, see Record sessions.

Microsoft Teams Optimization: Monitor displays the status of HDX optimization available for Microsoft Teams. The new Microsoft Teams Optimization can be viewed in the User Details page > Session Details panel. Monitor displays the status of the Microsoft Teams optimization only if Microsoft Teams is run as a published app or inside a published desktop. This enhancement provides administrators with visibility to enable troubleshooting of session performance issues on Microsoft Teams reported by users. For more information, see Troubleshoot user issues.

User interface improvements: The Citrix Monitor user interface is now refreshed with a modern look and feel. The new and improved user interface provides easier navigation and better data representation. The improved experience is intuitive and designed to easily comprehend the data required to monitor and troubleshoot a Citrix session.

Optimal screen resolution: The recommended optimal screen resolution for viewing the Citrix Monitor is updated to 1440 x 1024.

January 2024

New and enhanced features

Enhanced bidirectional content redirection configuration Previously, configuring bidirectional content redirection involved managing three distinct policies: Allow bidirectional content redirection, Allow redirection of URLs to VDA, and Allow redirection of URLs to the Client. These policies require configurations on both the server side (configured in DaaS > Full Configuration) and the client side (configured through Group Policies). Starting with this release, we have consolidated all three policies into a single, unified policy. It not only simplifies and enhances the configuration process but also eliminates the requirement for client-side configurations. For more information, see Bidirectional content redirection configuration.

Support for restarting and shutting down single-session machines from the Search node’s Sessions tab. On the Sessions tab of the Search node, you can now search for user sessions in an unhealthy state and seamlessly restart or shut down the associated single-session machines within the same tab. This feature enhances efficiency, enabling prompt action on identified session issues within a single interface.

Support for accessing Global App Configuration Service from Full Configuration.We’ve provided action items in the Full Configuration interface to link you to the Global App Configuration Service. With this integration, you can easily access Global App Configuration for managing end-user settings through Full Configuration.

To access this service from Full Configuration, you have two options:

  • Select the StoreFront node, click a server record, and then select Configure Client Settings in the action bar.
  • Select the Policies node and then select Configure Client Settings in the action bar.

Support for managing user assignments for Citrix Cloud-managed delivery groups using Full Configuration. As part of our plan to migrate user assignment management from Cloud Library to Full Configuration, you can now manage user assignments for Citrix Cloud-managed delivery groups through Full Configuration. To accomplish this task, edit a target delivery group in Full Configuration > Delivery Groups and designate users permitted to use desktops or applications through one of these menus: Desktops (or Desktop Assignment Rules) or Application Assignment Rule. For more information, see Manage delivery groups.

Updates made in one portal seamlessly synchronize with the other, ensuring consistent updates across both portals.

Limit WEM console access to the WEM Full Access Administrator role. We’ve enabled access control for the Workspace Environment Management (WEM) consoles to prevent unauthorized entry. Only users with the Workspace Environment Management Full Access Administrator role can now use DaaS > Manage to access the WEM consoles.

WEM console access

Full Configuration: Azure catalogs support for inheriting DES settings from master images. Previously, Full Configuration set the Azure catalogs’ default DES settings only based on machine profiles. We’ve now expanded this capability. With this enhancement, in the following cases, Full Configuration sets an Azure catalog’s default DES settings directly based on the master image:

  • If a machine profile isn’t selected
  • If the profile specifies a Platform Managed Key (PMK)

For more information, see Create a machine catalog using an Azure Resource Manager image in the Full Configuration interface.

Enhanced search: More filters for enhanced precision. We’ve enhanced the search on the Search node to include two new filters, Zone and Provisioning Type, for enhanced precision and improved usability.

Full Configuration: Support for selecting Google Cloud machine type for GCP machine catalogs. With this feature, administrators have the flexibility to select the required memory and processor configurations for provisioned GCP VMs, tailoring them to meet specific operational requirements. For more information, see Create a machine catalog using the Full Configuration interface.

Support for global and regional customer-managed encryption keys (CMEK) for provisioning GCP VMs. You can now use global and regional CMEK keys for provisioning VMs from any provisioning project. This enhancement provides greater flexibility in key selection for provisioning VMs and improving VM security.

Target release dates for Citrix Workspace App for desktop apps

Citrix Workspace appFeb 2024Mar 2024Apr 2024May 2024Jun 2024Jul 2024Aug 2024Sep 2024Oct 2024Nov 2024Dec 2024
Windows
Windows LTSR
Mac
ChromeOS and HTML5
Linux
Note: The  symbol denotes major releases and the ✲ symbol denotes minor releases. The ◇ symbol denotes cumilative updates (CUs).

Target release dates for Citrix Workspace App for mobile and tablet

Citrix Workspace app for Android and Citrix Workspace app for iOS follow a monthly release cadence.

Citrix Workspace appMar 2024Apr 2024May 2024Jun 2024Jul 2024Aug 2024Sep 2024Oct 2024Nov 2024Dec 2024
Android and iOS
Note: The  symbol denotes major releases and the ✲ symbol denotes minor releases. Minor releases are optional releases tailored to meet specific requirements or improvements.

Citrix Workspace App 2402 LTSR for Windows

The following features are available in this release:

Citrix Workspace App 24.3.5 for iOS

Support for the twocanoes smart card utility reader

Support for configuring device name through UEM

Citrix Workspace App 2402 LTSR for Linux

The following features are available in this release:

Citrix Workspace App 24.3.5 for Android

Push Citrix Workspace app settings through UEM

Citrix Workspace App 2402 for Apple OSX

Improved loading experience of virtual apps and desktops for on-premises deployments

Citrix Workspace app for Mac has improved the first-time user experience for on-premises deployments. After successful authentication, the enumeration of virtual apps and desktops is faster than before.

Support for H.265 video decoding

Starting with the 2402 version, Citrix Workspace app for Mac supports the use of the H.265 video codec (HEVC) for hardware acceleration of remote graphics and videos. The h.265 video codec (HEVC) supports YUV 4:2:0 color space by default. H.265 video codec must be supported and enabled on both the VDA and Citrix Workspace app. If your Mac device doesn’t support H.265 decoding using the VideoToolbox interface, then the H.265 decoding for graphics policy setting is ignored and the session falls back to the H.264 video codec. For more information, see Support for H.265 video decoding.

Support for system shortcuts on HDX desktop sessions

Previously, the system keyboard shortcuts such as Option-Command-ESC, Command-Space bar, Command-Tab, Control-Command-Q, Shift-Command-Q, Control Up/Down/Left/Right took effect only on macOS locally since they were consumed by macOS at first.

Starting with the 2402 version, Citrix Workspace app for Mac supports passing the macOS system keyboard shortcuts to the VDA (HDX session) in window mode and full-screen mode. This feature allows you to set preferences on how the system shortcut must take effect on macOS locally or the HDX desktop session in window or full-screen mode.

The following options in the keyboard settings allow you to control the system shortcuts:

  • Local device: The system shortcuts can take effect only on macOS locally. It does not affect the HDX session. The Local device option is the default option.
  • Fullscreen HDX session only: The system shortcuts take effect on HDX sessions when the session is in full-screen mode. If the session is in window mode or there are no active sessions, then the system shortcuts have no effect on HDX sessions.
  • Active HDX session: The system shortcuts take effect on HDX sessions when the session is in window mode and full-screen mode. If there is no active HDX session or the active session window on the front, then the system shortcuts can take effect only on the macOS locally.

To enable the system shortcuts to take effect on the HDX session, open the HDX session. In the Citrix Viewer menu bar, navigate to Devices > Keyboard > System shortcuts take effect on and select Fullscreen HDX session only or Active HDX session.

NOTE:

When enabling system shortcuts for HDX sessions, you are prompted to provide accessibility access to Citrix Viewer to use this feature. To provide accessibility access to Citrix Viewer, click Open System Settings in the dialog box and enable accessibility access to Citrix Viewer. For more information, see Allow accessibility apps to access your Mac in the Apple support article.

System shortcut

Alternatively, you can enable the system shortcuts to take effect on HDX sessions in full-screen or window mode by navigating to Preferences > Keyboard. Select Fullscreen HDX session only or Active HDX session options from the System shortcuts take effect on drop-down menu.

Keyboard local

For more information, see Support for system shortcuts on HDX desktop sessions.

Support for background blur for webcam

Starting with the 2402 version, Citrix Workspace app for Mac supports background blur when using a webcam. You can enable the background blurring feature by navigating to Preferences > Mic & Webcam and select Turn on blur when using webcam. For more information, see Support for background blur for webcam.

Webcam blur

Support for audio volume synchronization

Previously, audio volume control is independent between the Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) and your device. You’ve to adjust the volume on both sides to maintain the desired volume. Also, if you’ve muted the volume in your device, then it restricts to unmute the volume in the VDA.

Starting with the 2402 version, Citrix Workspace app for Mac supports synchronization of audio volume between the VDA and your audio devices. You can now tune the volume using the VDA audio volume slider and have the same volume on your device and the other way around. By default, this feature is enabled. For more information, see Support for audio volume synchronization.

Loss tolerant mode for audio

Starting with the 2402 version, Citrix Workspace app supports loss tolerant mode (EDT lossy) for audio redirection. This feature improves the user experience for real-time streaming when users are connecting through networks with high latency and packet loss. By default, this feature is enabled. For more information, see Loss tolerant mode for audio.

Upgraded HDX Reducer to Version 4

Previously, Citrix Workspace app for Mac supported HDX Reducer V3. Starting with the 2402 version, Citrix Workspace app for Mac supports HDX Reducer V4. This feature reduces the network bandwidth required for a typical session and improves response time. For more information, see Upgraded HDX Reducer to Version 4.

Support for screen sharing when App Protection is enabled

Starting with the 2402 version, you can share content through Microsoft Teams with HDX optimization, even when App Protection is enabled. With this feature, you can share a screen in the virtual desktop session to its full potential. For more information, see Compatibility with HDX optimization for Microsoft Teams.

Enhanced Global App Configuration service

Starting with the 2402 version, the enhanced Global App Configuration service (GACS) for Citrix Workspace now supports the following features:

  • Settings are secured with user authentication
  • Enhanced the discovery workflow
  • Support for full StoreFront URL

For more information, see Global App Configuration service.

Citrix Enterprise Browser

This release includes Citrix Enterprise Browser version 121.1.1.12, based on Chromium version 121. For more information, see the Citrix Enterprise Browserdocumentation.

Security indicator when visiting websites

Citrix Enterprise Browser now displays a security indicator on the address bar when users visit any websites. The indicator aims to inform users about the security aspects of the websites, such as whether it is an internal site or if there are any potential security restrictions. The indicator provides more information when you click it. The indicator appears on the Enterprise browser by default, and it enhances the user experience.

Security indicator restrictions
Security indicator internal

Simplified single sign-on for Web and SaaS apps through the Global App Configuration service

NOTE:

For the Mac operating system, this feature was previously available only for StoreFront starting with the release 119.1.1.115. Now, with the release of 121.1.1.26, it is also available for Workspace.

Previously, single sign-on (SSO) was configured in Citrix Enterprise Browser using the PowerShell module. From this version, you can configure the simplified SSO feature in Citrix Enterprise Browser by using a newly introduced setting in the Global App Configuration service (GACS). Administrators can use this new setting to enable SSO for all web and SaaS apps in Citrix Enterprise Browser. This method eliminates the need for the complex PowerShell module.

For more information on how to manage SSO through GACS, see Manage single sign‑on for Web and SaaS apps through the Global App Configuration service.

Citrix Enterprise Browser introduces additional settings in the Global App Configuration service

The following additional settings have been added into the Global App Configuration service (GACS) for configuring Citrix Enterprise Browser:

  • “Enable autofill address” – Allows administrators to enable or disable the autofill suggestions for addresses.
  • “Enable autofill credit card” – Allows administrators to enable or disable the autofill suggestions for credit card information.
  • “Auto launch protocols from origins” – Allows administrators to specify a list of protocols that can launch an external app from the listed origins without prompting the user.
  • “Enable command-line flag security warnings” – Allows administrators to display or hide security warnings, which appear when potentially dangerous command-line flags try to launch the Enterprise Browser.
  • “Manage default cookies setting” – Allows administrators to manage cookies for a website.
  • “Manage default pop-ups setting” – Allows administrators to manage pop-ups from a website.
  • “Extension install sources” – Allows administrators to specify valid sources for users to install extensions, apps, and themes.
  • “Disable lookalike warning pages” – Allows administrators to specify the preferred domains where lookalike warning pages don’t display when the user visits pages on that domain.
  • “Enable payment method query” – Allows administrators to enable websites to check whether the users have saved payment methods.
  • “Manage saving browser history” – Allows administrators to manage the saving of Enterprise browser history.
  • “Manage search suggestion” – Allows administrators to enable or disable search suggestions in the Enterprise browser’s address bar.
  • “Enable export bookmark” – Allows administrators to enable an option to export the bookmarks in the Enterprise Browser.
  • “Force ephemeral profiles” – Allows administrators to clear or persist user profile data when users close the Enterprise Browser.

For more information, see Manage Citrix Enterprise Browser through Global App Configuration service.

Citrix Workspace App 2402 for HTML5

This release addresses areas that improve overall performance and stability.

Citrix Workspace App 2402.1 for Chrome OS

Service continuity

Starting from the 2402.1 version, the service continuity feature is disabled.

NOTE:

If you previously enabled the service continuity feature and are using an older version of Citrix Workspace app for ChromeOS, you might be unable to use service continuity. To enable this feature, it is recommended that you update the Citrix Workspace app to the latest version, which is 2402.1 or later and follow the instructions in the Knowledge Center article CTX632723.

For more information on configuration, see the Service continuitydocumentation.

Config utility tool

This release addresses areas that improve overall stability of config utility tool. The configuration setting allowEditStoreName is included in the tool.

How to access the tool

Previously, the config utility tool was available on the Knowledge Center page.

Starting from the 2402 version, you can download the config utility tool from the Citrix downloads page.

Virtual Channel SDK

Starting with the 2402 release, Citrix Virtual Channel SDK (VCSDK) for ChromeOS has capabilities and functionalities that facilitate compatibility of Citrix Workspace app for ChromeOS with third-party plug-ins. Third-party plug-ins must be integrated with VCSDK. This capability handling ensures seamless backward and forward compatibility across all versions and combinations. For more information about these functionalities, see the developer documentation page.

In addition, APIs to support multi-monitor scenarios are added.

HTTP proxy setting on Chromebook

In case you have set up the HTTP proxy setting on your Chromebook, it’s possible that your sessions might not start.

For more information on how to resolve the issue, see the HTTP proxy setting on Chromebook article.

Short name for store URL

Previously, you were able to see the store URLs, but there was no provision to add or modify a short name for the store URLs. This arrangement made it difficult for the administrators and users to remember the store URLs.

Starting with the 2402 release, for managed users, administrators can push a custom store name along with the store URL from the Google Admin Console. This feature makes it easier for users to identify the different stores.

For more information about this feature, see Short name for store URL.

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