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XenDesktop 5 Services Overview

Summary

This document provides an overview of the Windows services installed with the XenDesktop software. Refer to version release notes for the latest updates to these services, known issues, and such. Licensing services, which are not listed here, might also appear if the license components are installed on the same server as the XenDesktop controller.

Controller Services

Display Name (Service Name) Executable Logon Account / Startup Type Description Dependencies
Citrix AD Identity Service Citrix.ADIdentity.SdkWcfEndpoint.exe Network Service

Automatic

Manages Active Directory computer accounts Windows Management Instrumentation
Citrix Broker Service BrokerService.exe Network Service

Automatic

Brokers connections to desktops None
Citrix Configuration Service Citrix.Configuration.SdkWcfEndpoint.exe Network Service

Automatic

Stores service configuration information Windows Management Instrumentation
Citrix Delivery Services Protocol Transition Service Citrix.DeliveryServices. ProtocolTransition.ServiceHost.exe Local System

Disabled

Provides for impersonation of an arbitrary user via protocol transition None
Citrix Diagnostic Facility COM Service CdfSvc.exe Network Service

Automatic

Controls Citrix diagnostic trace sessions on the system Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Citrix Host Service Citrix.Host.SdkWcfEndpoint.exe Network Service

Automatic

Manages hosts and hypervisor connections Windows Management Instrumentation
Citrix ICA File Signing Service Citrix.DeliveryServices.ICASign. ServiceHost.exe Local Service

Disabled

Adds a digital signature to ICA files None
Citrix Machine Creation Citrix.MachineCreation. SdkWcfEndpoint.exe Network Service Creates new virtual machines Windows Management Instrumentation

VDA Services

Display Name (Service Name) Executable Logon Account / Startup Type Description Dependencies
Citrix Audio Redirection Service CtxAudioService.exe Local Service

Automatic

Provides audio redirection between the endpoint device and the virtual desktop Citrix HDX Audio (driver)
Citrix CGP Server Service CitrixCGPServer.exe Local Service

Automatic

Ensures a reliable connection from the endpoint None
Citrix Desktop Service WorkstationAgent.exe Network Service

Automatic

Manages communication between the controller and virtual desktops Citrix ICA Service

Server

Workstation

Citrix Diagnostic Facility COM Server CdfSvc.exe Network Service

Automatic

Controls Citrix diagnostic trace sessions on the system Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Citrix Encryption Service Encsvc.exe Local Service

Automatic

Provides secure ICA encryption Windows Management Instrumentation
Citrix End User Experience Monitoring Service SemsService.exe Local Service

Manual

Service to collect data on the end user experience Citrix ICA Service
Citrix Group Policy Engine CitrixCseEngine.exe Local System

Automatic

Applies Citrix-specific Group Policy settings configured by administrators Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Citrix HDX MediaStream for Flash Service CtxSvcHost.exe -g HDXFlashSvcs Local Service

Automatic

Enables Adobe Flash content to be rendered locally None
Citrix ICA Service picaSvc.exe Local Service

Automatic

Manages communication

between the endpoint device and the virtual desktop

 

Citrix Client Drive Mapping Redirector

Citrix Client Parallel Port Mapping

Citrix Client Serial Port Mapping

Citrix Console Keyboard & Mouse Driver

DHCP Client

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Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Citrix Print Manager Service CpSvc.exe Ctx_cpsvcuser

Automatic

Implements the Citrix printing subsystem for auto-creation and other functions Citrix ICA Service

Print Spooler

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

 
Citrix Pvs for VMs agent PvsVmAgent.exe Local System

Automatic

The Pvs for VMs agent machine password update service None  
Citrix Smart Card Certificate Propagation Service CtxSvcHost.exe –g SCardCertPropSvcs Local System

Automatic

Propagates certificates from smart cards Citrix Smart Card Service  
Citrix Smart Card Removal Policy Service CtxSvcHost.exe –g SCardRemovalPolicySvcs Local System

Automatic

Applies smart card removal policy on removal Citrix Smart Card Service  
Citrix Smart Card Service CtxSvcHost.exe –g SmartCardSvcs Network Service

Automatic

Provides smart card redirection functionality None

 

 
Citrix USB Service CitrixUSB Local Service

Automatic

Service to manage remote USB devices Citrix ICA Service  

 

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