Citrix Receiver Replacement

  1. Citrix Receiver Replacement Model
  2. Citrix Receiver Repair Command Line
  3. Does Citrix Workspace Replace Receiver
  4. How To Fix Citrix Receiver
  5. Citrix Receiver Replacement Instructions

In the Windows folder, paste the Receiver for Windows with the version you want to set as the threshold, overwriting the existing file if one exists. Rename the file the CitrixReceiver.exe if it isn’t already. Do this on both StoreFront servers. Go to C: inetpub wwwroot Citrix StoreWeb and edit the file Web.config. This page is designed to give Physicians with Lincoln Surgical Hospital remote access to the information they need regarding their patients. Remote access to Lincoln Surgical Hospital Information System is available via Citrix Connection. Citrix will stop selling XenClient on Oct. 1, but it will maintain the current version through December 12, 2016, before turning out the lights altogether on December 12, 2017. It was a muted announcement, appearing only on Citrix’s EMEA press release website, but the.

So how does Apple Vs Android when running Citrix as a desktop replacement if we utilise them (android or apple devices) as replacements to our traditional desktop or laptop device?

After recently getting access to the fantastic Citrix X1 mouse (thank you Citrix!) I decided to quickly put together the pros and cons of Android vs Apple when running the Citrix receiver (especially if you were thinking of using a touch device as a replacement to a desktop/laptop) when your device is paired with an external keyboard, (Citrix X1) mouse and screen.

Apple: Testing with iPhone 5 (iOS 8.1.3), iPad Air (iOS 8.1.2) coupled with a lightening to HDMI cable,

Citrix Receiver Replacement Model

Android: Testing Samsung S5 Phone (SM-G900F running Android 5.0) and Samsung 7″ Tablet (SM-T210 running Android 4.4.2) coupled with a MicroUSB to HDMI adapter

Monitors: Dell 19” and 30″ external displays

Device comparison when used as a laptop/desktop replacement in combination with Citrix X1 mouse.AppleAndroidNotes
Receiver Required (for mouse support)Specific R1 ReceiverAny Citrix receiver
Mouse SupportX1 OnlyMany including X1
X1 Mouse UsabilityPerfectPerfect
Mouse can be used with other parts of OSNoYes
Re-pairing mouse required?NoNo
Re-pairing keyboard required?YesNo
Keyboard OS Shorcuts working (Start menu)NoNo*Could be the BT keyboard we were using (Logitech DiNovo Edge – further testing required), CTRL + ESC worked on android, not on apple.
Dual MonitorNoNo
Mirrored or Separate external display?Separate & IndependentSeparate & Independent*mirrored if using iPad Air
Max External Resolution tested1280×7201920×1024** *1024×768 on iPad Air** Resolution available on 30″ monitor and TV not the 19″
Orientation of device affect session?No*No* Yes if using iPad
Session SpeedLike LocalSlightly slower than local** This is likely due to the huge external resolution being delivered (Android:1920×1080) vs (Apple:1024 x 768)
Can use another device as touch based trackpad?YesNo
Citrix

The Android device natively supports a bluetooth keyboard and mouse (Citrix X1 mouse or not). The entire android device can be navigated using the keyboard and X1 mouse and the external screen resolution (usb to HDMI cable) reached a whopping 1920x1080p. The normal Citrix receiver worked flawlessly with the external mouse and keyboard and the external screen worked as independently from the Android device.

The Apple device was limited to the X1 mouse only, yet as fabulous as the new mouse is, it only worked in the remote Citrix session (could not interact with the rest of the phone) and the maximum resolution available from the iOS device for Citrix sessions was 1280×720 and 1024×768 for iPad Air

With the flexibility of choice and better external resolution offered from an Android device this would personally be my choice as the device to replace my work desktop or laptop, though as I use multiple monitors its not quite there yet for me!

It isnice to actually have an option to use Apple devices thanks to the recent prototype of the Citrix X1 mouse.

I would love to hear your experience with Apple Vs Android especially in what scenarios you may be able to use these devices instead of traditional PC / Mac / Thin clients?

Cheers

Citrix Receiver Repair Command Line

In XenApp projects you always face the challenge to decide whether to deploy a published Desktop or different published applications for the users. Many times you will have to use a combination of both. Especially in the published application use-case, you have to find a way to allow your users manage their files with a file explorer. This might not be a problem for Fat-Client users with their Windows 10 Notebooks inside the corporate LAN. Those can simply run their local file explorer and access smb shares.

tl;dr ->
Tablacus Explorer is an awesome replacement for a published explorer.exe

  • it’s a x64 EXE, no setup required
  • it’s small
  • open source
  • it has tabs
  • it displays XenApp redirected drives!

The main challenge are Thin Client users with a non Windows OS like IGEL Linux or Dell Wyse ThinOS. And Notebook users in a off-corporate network situation. They could of course utilize offline smb shares, but I think we all agree that this is not an option.

As we are here to talk about XenApp users who rely on published applications, we should take a look at our possibilities. In a typical XenApp deployment, you will most certainly have Microsoft Word and Excel available for your users. And one could just leave it that way, because it would be valid solution to advice your users to just open Word in the first place, and then do a simple “File -> Open -> Search”. Or is this to complicated?

In my opinion, this has two specific drawbacks:

  1. You would have to publish each and every application for the specific files your users could have saved on their personal smb shares.
    Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, TXT, Images, technical drawings, financial data and so on and so on.
    That could become very annoying, sooner or later.
  2. It’s way to complicated. Most people would never open an application, to open the file they want to use afterwards. The normal workflow would be to open your preferred file explorer, which might be explorer.exe for most users. And then search, move, open, rename or edit all of your files. As soon as you wish to open one of those files, the desired application will just start. Simple like that.

Now to the real problem and the reason we are here: It’s just not possible to publish explorer.exe without any drawbacks. There is a reason for a full Citrix KB article just about explorer.exe:
CTX922603 – How to Publish Windows Explorer.exe with Specific Drives, Folders, or URLs
From all suggestions in that article, only Method 4 seems valid to me:

Method 4
Use a third party file management utility that has been tested in your environment.

So I started searching for a replacement:

Does Citrix Workspace Replace Receiver

Alignment tool for clutch replacement. As it's not recommended nor useful to publish explorer.exe as a file explorer, has anyone a good suggestion for a free alternative? #XenApp

— Marco Hofmann (CTA) (@xenadmin) March 23, 2017

I tested a few programs, but they all had the same problem, they weren’t able to display the XenApp redirected client drives and network drives. Especially on off-corporate Windows and macOS clients this is a must have requirement. As it happens I stumbled upon a small file explorer in the news of a tech magazine:

Product Site & Twitter:
https://www.eonet.ne.jp/~gakana/tablacus/explorer_en.html
https://twitter.com/tablacus

Let’s take a look at the official feature list from the author:

Tablacus Explorer is a tabbed file manager with Add-on support.

  • Tabbed interface
  • Add-on support
  • Completely portable, No installation required
  • Multiple language and Unicode support
  • Columns: Total file size, Label
  • Customizable association, menus, keys, mouse gestures, alias

64-bit(TE64.exe/x64 Edition) and 32-bit(TE32.exe/x86 Edition) versions are available

I downloaded it, extracted it, published it and was thrilled!

It has everything I needed. The author also thought about the small details like the “search of updates” button is hidden if you don’t have admin privileges.
It saves the user settings in the right path:
fs01CtxProfilesmarco.hofmannWin2012R2v4UPM_ProfileAppDataRoamingTablacusExplorerconfig
It honors the local drives are hidden.

I don’t think I need to post instructions about how to publish a EXE file as a published application, nor should I need to clarify how to update Tablacus Explorer, should I? 😉
(download -> unzip -> replace everything -> done)

How To Fix Citrix Receiver

Update: In the meantime I’ve written and published a blog post about how to Download and install Tablacus Explorer via an evergreen PowerShell script. Take a look!

Citrix Receiver Replacement Instructions

I hope I could give you a good hint for an alternative to explorer.exe and make your live as an administrator and the live of your users maybe a little bit easier.