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

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

New Receiver for iPhone 4 – Part 1

Citrix recently released Citrix Receiver for iPhone version 4.

This new version is an updated version for iOS 4 and iPhone 4.

The client runs on older iPhones as-well, but their might be features that don’t work with older iPhones (Like external display support).

The Citrix Receiver for iPhone 4.0 adds the following new features:

  • User Interface Refresh
    • New Recent apps list
    • Retina display support
  • Auto-fit Screen
    • Auto-size on rotation
  • Multitasking Support
    • Use virtual apps side by side with native apps.
  • New Gestures
- Simpler and more accurate gestures
    • Tap-point feedback
  • Shared Clipboard
    • Share pasteboard between virtual/native apps
  • Shared Documents
    • Share files via iTunes with your virtual apps
  • External Display Support
    • Extend your virtual app to a monitor or projector
  • Performance enhancements
    • Up to 30% faster than previous version
  • Bug Fixes

Download Citrix Reciever for iPhone here:

Citrix has also released two new pdf-documents for the Citrix administrator:

One is the Administrator guide for Receiver for iPhone. This guide describes how to setup your environment for remote access, using Citrix Access Gateway and Citrix Secure Gateway.

Download Citrix Receiver for iPhone Administration guide here.

The other guide is Citrix Receiver for Mobile Devices Troubleshooting Guide (CTX125533).

This guide delivers valuable information on troubleshooting the Citrix Receiver and delivers information on log-files and error messages.

Download Citrix Receiver for Mobile Devices Troubleshooting Guide here.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I will take a closer look at Shared Documents and Shared Clipboard.

Jacob Berg

Citrix is ready for the iPad

Citrix is ready for the big release of the iPad tomorrow.

Right on time, Citrix has today released a new Citrix Receiver for iPad. The new iPad Receiver will use Dazzle features and integrate GoToMeeting into the iPad.

Even though there is no news from Apple, when they plan to release the iPad in Denmark, I’m ecstatic.

I think this is so cool and I hope the iPad (and Citrix Receiver on iPad) will turn out to be exactly as useful as I imagine it could be.

It looks like Citrix have done a great job in developing the client for iPad, If you haven’t seen it in action check out the demo on Citrix TV (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1935). One thing that i notice about the demo, is the fact that Chris Fleck use what looks like a mouse with the Receiver. I don’t think it will be possible to use a real mouse with the iPad, so it’s properly because the video is recorded with the iPad emulator.

UPDATED: Citrix have a trick up their sleeve. Check out this video and see how Gus Pinto use his iPhone as a trackpad to control the iPad (http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/1937).

If your one of the lucky owners of an iPad, you can download the Citrix Receiver for iPad via iTunes here (http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/citrix-receiver-for-ipad/id363501921?mt=8).

For more information check out the official Citrix ipad site (http://www.citrix.com/ipad).

If you don’t have a Citrix farm, where you can test your new iPad with Citrix Receiver, you can test it at http://citrixcloud.net/Citrix_Cloud_Demos.html.

If you by any chance, is going to Synergy in San Francisco. I will be giving a session at Synergy with René Vester. In this session we will feature information on the iPad, and hopefully be able to make a demonstration of the new Citrix Receiver for iPad.

More info on this session: SYN321- Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure

Jacob Berg