A quick look at the new Citrix Receiver for Mac version 11.3

I have made a couple of quick screen-shoots of the new Citrix Receiver for Mac version 11.3. I will start testing it right away and will make a more thorough review of the client in a couple of days. For now take a look at the screen-shoots and try downloading it yourself.

Citrix Receiver is now available from the new Apple App Store for Mac:

After adding the app and agreeing to a couple of new Apple license agreements for the new App Store (because it was the first App I downloaded), the Citrix Receiver is downloaded:

After download you can launch the Citrix Receiver from the Launchbar.

The Citrix Receiver now gives you the possibility to signup for a demo account at the CitrixCloud or Logon to your own site:

After I logged on to the DemoCloud it presented me with the ”Dazzle-look” where you can add your Citrix Apps to your workspace:

The chosen applications is immediately accessible from the Application pane:

When launching your Citrix Apps, the new Citrix Viewer is launched:

The Citrix Viewer is holding the sessions and by quitting the Citrix Viewer you disconnect your sessions:

When the initial setup is done, the Citix Receiver always start in the Application pane, with your selected applications.You can start the application by double-clicking the icons or you can drag-n-drop the application icon to your desktop or Application folder:

You can also launch your selected applications by ”right-clicking” the Citrix Receiver icon:

Check out the feature list below (this is from the documentation that can be accessed in full here: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/receiver-mac-appstore-113/rec-mac-app-wrapper.html).

Citrix Receiver for Mac includes the following features:

  • Direct download and updates from the Apple Mac App Store. Users can download and update the Receiver directly from the Apple Mac App Store.
  • Secure, remote access through both Access Gateway and Secure Gateway. Integration with Access Gateway and Secure Gateway provides users with secure access to all of the enterprise applications, virtual desktops, and data they need to be productive.
  • Direct access to applications and desktops when connected on an internal network. Users can access applications and desktops directly when connected on an internal network.
  • Automatic configuration of multiple devices using a Store URL. The Citrix Receiver for Mac Setup URL Generator utility enables administrators to configure settings for XenApp or XenDesktop resources and email those configurations to multiple users at once. Users can go to the URL and automatically configure Receiver access to specific XenApp and XenDesktop resources.
  • Support for multiple stores. Citrix Receiver for Mac provides support for users to access applications and virtual desktops provided by multiple stores. Using a simple drop-down list, users can switch between stores to subscribe to all the applications and desktops they need to complete their everyday tasks.
  • Application and desktop launch directly from Receiver and the Dock. Users can launch applications and desktops either from Receiver or directly from the Dock, just like local applications.
  • User-configurable appearance, device, and keyboard settings. User-configurable preference settings allow users to configure whether virtual desktops are displayed in full-screen or windowed mode. Remote applications are automatically displayed in fully resizable windows. Users can also map local drivers and devices so they are available within a session and configure their own keyboard shortcuts.
  • Server-client content redirection. Server-client content redirection enables administrators to specify that URLs in a published application are opened using a local application. For example, opening a link to a Web page while using Microsoft Outlook in an ICA session opens the required file using the browser on the client device. Server-client content redirection enables administrators to allocate Citrix resources more efficiently, thereby providing users with better performance.
  • Desktop resize support. Desktop resize support enables users to resize their desktop when connected to desktop sessions, using the resize control, zoom button, or by selecting Full screen orWindowed from the View menu on the toolbar. Note that these options are available only when connected to non-seamless sessions.
  • Desktop toolbar support. Desktop Toolbar support enables users to perform tasks such as switching between the desktop session and the local desktop or disconnecting from the remote desktop when connected to full screen desktop sessions.
  • Client drive mapping support. Client drive mapping enables users to map local drives and devices so that they are available from within a session. If enabled on the server, client device mapping allows remote applications or desktops running on a server to access devices attached to the local client device. Users can select to always allow or deny access to local drives from remote applications and desktops. Users can also select to allow read-only access to local drives, if required.
  • Multi-monitor support. Multi-monitor support allows users to view full-screen desktop sessions from XenDesktop across multiple monitors. Users can also resize existing session windows, by dragging the session window to cover multiple monitors and selecting Full screen from the View menu.
  • Support for saved passwords. Citrix Receiver for Mac allows users to save passwords to their local keychain, preventing the need for multiple logons when launching multiple applications and desktops.

I think the guys developing the new Receiver have done a great job. It all looks amazing and I can wait to get on with a more thorough testing.

Download the new Citrix Receiver for Mac version 11.3 here: http://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/citrix-receiver/id404221303?mt=12

Jacob Berg

Citrix Receiver 4.2.1 for iPad released!

The new Citrix Receiver for iPad is finally released.

The feature list of the Citrix Receiver is as follows:

  • On Screen trackpad
  • Simplified gestures
  • 2.5x faster session performance
  • Self-service enterprise apps
  • Web Interface support
  • Access Gateway 5 support
  • Third-­‐party authentication support
  • Enhanced video out display
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • International keyboard support

It looks fantastic and I’m very excited to start playing around with this release.

The Citrix Receiver can be found in the app store (link)

Jacob berg

iPad news from Citrix Synergy

Earlier this month Citrix hosted the first Citrix Synergy event out of the US. Citrix Synergy Berlin was totally sold out and expectations was high. I personally had a great event, with good sessions and great networking opportunities with both Danish Citrix customers, Citrix employes and other cool people form around the world. I was quite impressed that Citrx actually had enough of new announcement, to make it worth of my time, even though I attended Citrix Synergy in San Francisco in May.

I’m not going to go through the whole event or keynotes. There are already a lot of good information available on that topic, like on BrianMadden.com or ShawnBass.com, both of them did live blogging from the keynote and Brian Madden have written a couple of articles after the event, about some of the announcements, like XenDesktop 5 and XenClient.

If you haven’t already done so, I will suggest you to check out the special Citrix Synergy, Citrix TV Channel (http://community.citrix.com/p/citrixtv-synergyberlin#entire+plenary). From this site you can watch the keynote, a few breakout sessions, Citrix TechEdge videos and demoes. Unfortunately the updated session on Mac’s, iPhones and iPads in Citrix environments, from Citrix Synergy San Francisco, that I delivered with René Vester wasn’t recorded, but I will try to make the SlideDeck and the demo-videos available from this website shortly.

One thing I will comment on is the upcoming Citrix Receiver for iPad.

At the keynote Wednesday, Advanced Solutions Development Wizard, Gus Pinto (That’s the coolest job title – don’t’ we all want to be Wizards :-)) did a great demonstration of the upcoming Citrix Receiver for iPad. You can watch the demonstration right here, it’s starts with CEO Mark Templeton talking about iPads around 5.00 minutes into the video and Gus Pinto taking the stage at 6.50.

In this video Gus Pinto demonstrates the new Citrix Receiver, coming with the release of iOS 4.2 for iPad in November.

Here are some of the cool new features:

  • New interface
  • App-store integration (formerly known as Dazzle)
  • Faster connection start-up (With XenApp 6 and XenDesktop 5)

Hopefully this feature will work with earlier versions as-well – but don’t count on it.

  • Visual indicator when clicking

Helps you train where you click on the screen.

  • Mouse pointer

You use the iPad screen as an touchpad, dragging around with the mouse pointer.

  • Fast application switch between Citrix applications
  • Receiver running side-by-side with other applications utilizing iOS 4.2 multi-tasking

You don’t have to launch your application again, after shortly having switched to another iPad app.

  • Automatic keyboard pop-up

The keyboard will automatically pop-up when a textfield is detected.

  • Wireless printing
  • Web Interface integration with the Citrix Receiver

This integration makes it possible to use Safari to access a Web Interface site, logon and access your application/desktops without the setup of any special configuration.

Gus Pinto also shows how to use the Citrix Receiver on iPad with external keyboard and external screen. This is easy, looks great and you can use the iPad as a touchpad. I really love this, but I would love it even more, if I could attach my bluetooth mouse directly to the iPad and use it inside the Citrix session.

I really can’t wait to start using the new Citrix Receiver and iOS 4.2.

Jacob Berg

Basic Administration for Citrix XenApp 6 – Additional content

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of delivering the first XenApp 6 class in Denmark. Even though we experienced some technical issues in the labs, due to the extremely high hardware requirements for the lab computers (A problem that was solved late in the evening on day two), it was a great experience. I had the pleasure of teaching a great team of students and I think we all had a good time learning what’s new in XenApp 6.

I promised one of the student to post links to some of the information, that I mentioned as part of the class. Some of this content I used as part of my preparation for the class and some was actually shown as part of the class.

Documents and pdf’s:

Client Feature Matrix: http://www.citrix.com/clientfeaturematrix

A great comparison of different Citrix client features for different Operating Systems. Unfortunately it hasn’t been updated with version 12.x, hopefully that will happen soon.

Citrix-TV and YouTube:

TechTalk Webinar: XenApp 6 Migration Tool

Simple and fast migration from XenApp 5 farms to XenApp 6.

TechTalk Webinar: Microsoft App-V integration with Citrix XenAppp 6

Introduces integration with Microsoft® App-V, delivering App-V virtualized applications to users.

Whiteboard introduction to the Citrix HDX technologies by Michael Harris:

I love the simplicity by which Michael Harris introduces the HDX technologies. I normally use this short presentation as part of my classes, either by playing the video, or by doing it myself at the whiteboard. I actually meet Michael in San Francisco, at Synergy, but forgot thank him for the great presentation.

Knowledgebase articles:

Unattended XenApp 6 installation:


Installing XenApp from the Command Line:


Preparing for XenApp 6 Imaging and Provisioning:


I’m pretty sure I forgot some of the stuff I referenced, but I hope this is a good start. If you know of something that would be good reference material, feel free to post additional links in the comments area below.

Jacob Berg

SMS Passcode for iPad Receiver

Earlier this week SMS Passcode released their new  iPad App called ”SMS Passcode for iPad Receiver”. This new App makes it possible for SMS Passcode users to logon securely with two-factor authentication to their Citrix environment.

The new SMS Passcode App adds one of the features that I really missed, to the Citrix Receiver to the iPad (and it even works with iPhone).

The fact is that I have a lot of customers running SMS Passcode, this have been a show-stopper for me, to really start using the iPad to access customer installations, when on the road. Even though I believe it would be fairly easy for Citrix, to incorporate SMS Passcode in the Citrix Receiver as one of the standard choices, they haven’t done it yet (I’m sure we’ll see it in a future release). Now SMS Passcode have decided to solve the problem them-self until Citrix embed it into the Receiver.

I have now had a couple of days to test the SMS Passcode and Citrix Receiver together, and I think they have made an elegant solution, that really make Citrix Receiver on iPad/iPhone even better. I love the fact that I’m able to access customer sites running SMS Passcode from my iPad, so this App is definitely a keeper.

It can be a little tricky to setup the Receiver and SMS Passcode App to work together, but there is a guide in the SMS PAsscode that can help you along. I have included the guide in this blog post for you to use then setting it up (I personally had to go back to the guide several times during setup, which was a bit annoying because I had to exit the configuration to look at the guide). After setting up the Citrix Receiver and SMS Passcode App the integration works smoothly.

One thing that I’m missing is the possibility to setup different SMS Passcode profiles for me to use for different customer sites, but I guess that most of the users won’t need more than one profile. I still hope to see it in a later version.

As I already have mentioned the SMS Passcode for iPad Receiver is compatible with both iPad, iPhone and iPad touch as long as they are running iOS3 or later.

Download SMS Passcode for Citrix Reciever here:

To give you a quick impression on what’s going on, when you logon I have made this quick guide:

Once everything is configured (look at the guide further down), you first launch the SMS PASSCODE for iPad Receiver application:

Click “Log On” (enter User name and Password if the fields are empty):

Once authenticated, a window will state you will receive the passcode shortly. Click “Ok” and the Citrix Receiver for iPad will launch.

Select the created SMS PASSCODE profile above.

Enter the code received as an SMS (in this case on my iPhone) in the Passcode field and click “OK”.

You are now authenticated.

Excepts from the SMS Passcode for iPad Receiver guide (with my screendumps):

To configure the Citrix Receiver for iPad to work with SMS PASSCODE, please go through below to configure the Citrix Receiver for iPad, the SMS PASSSCODE for iPad Receiver and the log in process as follows:

SMS PASSCODE and Citrix Access Gateway configuration

Configure the SMS PASSCODE server to work with Citrix Access Gateway using SMS Authentication. If you do not know how to configure SMS PASSCODE contact http://www.smspasscode.com/support. If you have not installed SMS PASSCODE® contact sales at http://www.smspasscode.com/contact to purchase the solution.

Configure the Citrix Receiver for iPad to work with the SMS PASSCODE application:

1) In workspace, select a new profile

2) Name it something easy to remember such as SMS PASSCODE

2) Enter the Citrix Access Gateway default address from above server configuration

3) Enter user name, password and domain like a regular authentication configuration

4) Set Access Gateway option to “on”

5) Select the proper edition from above. Note Standard and Enterprise are the supported Gateway editions.

6) Select the RSA SecurID Only option (this will tell it is two-factor authentication)

7) Save the configuration

Configure the SMS PASSCODE for iPad Receiver application:

1) Once the Server is configured, select the SMS PASSCODE application, click configure.

2) Enter the Citrix Access Gateway url, that you use for regular SMS PASSCODE two-factor authentication and click load. Select yes, if you want the application to remember User name and Password

3)  Enter User name and Password and click logon.

Jacob Berg