Citrix XenApp 5 Hotfix Rollup Pack 4

Citrix has released a new hotfix rollup pack for XenApp 5/Presentation Server 4.5 for Windows 2003.

Before you install this latest rollup pack make sure you read through this article http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX119069

One of the most important prerequisites is to update your Citrix Licensing server to 11.6 https://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=1688507&productId=186%20target=

If you have not yet installed hotfix rollup pack 3 then you first need to install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=200B2FD9-AE1A-4A14-984D-389C36F85647

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Citrix Application Streaming Troubleshooting

Here are some useful resources for troubleshooting Citrix Application Streaming.

Troubleshooting Application Streaming Issueshttp://support.citrix.com/article/CTX113304

Application Streaming FAQs for Administratorshttp://support.citrix.com/article/ctx118181

RadeRunSwitches – Application Streaminghttp://community.citrix.com/blogs/citrite/josephno/2008/03/28/RadeRunSwitches+-+Application+Streaming

Citrix Application Streaming Guide for XenApp 5.0http://support.citrix.com/servlet/KbServlet/download/17820-102-18856/Application-Streaming-Guide.pdf

How to Find the .Rad File that is Used to Launch a Streamed Applicationhttp://support.citrix.com/article/CTX114673

XenApp Plug-in for Streamed Apps – Version 1.3http://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=1686680&productId=186&c1=sot2755

Application Streaming Utilitieshttp://support.citrix.com/article/ctx115137

How to Enable the Streaming Client Debug Consolehttp://support.citrix.com/article/ctx112472

Application Streaming Licensing Explainedhttp://support.citrix.com/article/ctx112636

Mandatory User Profiles in Windows 2008 Terminal Server and XenApp 5

Some of you may have already known about the mandatory profile change in Windows 2008 but I had no idea. I recently did my first Citrix XenApp 5 – Windows 2008 project and had a hard time getting the mandatory profile working.

After some searching I found that the mandatory profile folder name has to have a “.v2” appended to the end of the folder name. The reason Microsoft made this change is because the user profile sturcture in Vista and Windows 2008 is a lot different than in previous versions of Windows. By forcing you to append .v2 to the end of the folder prevents Windows 2008 from trying to load a profile from a previous version of Windows.

It was a little tricky configuring Group Policy to point to the mandatory profile with a .v2 on the folder name. When I first configured the “Set path for TS Roaming User Profile” setting I set it to %logonserver%\netlogon\xenapp-prof.v2. This didn’t work, I had to set the profile path to %logonserver%\netlogon\xenapp-prof and then Windows 2008 automatically appends .v2 to the end when looking for the path.

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So to recap,

  1. I created a mandatory profile with the folder name “xenapp-prof.v2”.
  2. I configured my profile path to point to “%logonserver%\netlogon\xenapp-prof”. If you configure the profile path with a .v2 it will not work.

Hotfix Recommendations for Windows 2008 XenApp Servers Streamed with Provisioning Server 5.1

I did a migration last week at a clients site from Windows 2003 Presentation Server 4.5, Provisioning Server 4.5 and Web Interface 4.6 to Windows 2008 XenApp 5, Provisioning Server 5.1a and Web Interface 5.

During the image build for Windows 2008 XenApp I had a few issue that were resolved by installing these 5 Windows 2008 hot fixes from Microsoft.

New Names for Citrix Presentation Server Components

  • Citrix XenApp is the new name for Citrix Presentation Server. The following clients and components have been updated to reflect that product name.
  • Citrix XenApp Advanced Configuration is the new name for the Presentation Server Console
  • Citrix XenApp Plugin for Hosted Apps is the new name for the plugin for server-side virtualization (formerly named Citrix Presentation Server Client), which contains the following plugins:
    • Citrix XenApp, formerly named Program Neighborhood Agent
    • Citrix XenApp Web Plugin, formerly named the Web Client
    • Program Neighborhood
  • Citrix XenApp Plugin for Streamed Apps is the new name for the plugin for client-side virtualization, formerly named the Citrix Streaming Client
  • Citrix XenApp Provider is the new name for the WMI Provider
  • Citrix XenApp Management Pack is the new name for the System Center Operations Manager and MOM Management Packs

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