Workspace App Shortcuts!

Citrix Workspace app is the replacement for Citrix Reciever. Workspace App allows users to connect to Citrix Cloud and have that newer unified workspace experience for end-users where desktops, apps ( Saas and published) and files are all available in a single view. I have recently been asked by more than one customer who use PNAgent ( remember PNagent) how they can get that same functionality with Citrix Workspace experience and Citrix Cloud.

PNagent is supported by Citrix Cloud but requires an on-premise storefront to allow its use. I wanted to write this blog that shows how to create the desktop and start menu shortcuts without using an on-premise storefront and enabling the full use of Citrix Workspace experience.

Citrix Workspace app comes with a set of GPO ADMX files that will allow admins to control shortcuts creation and much more. Let’s take a look at how to configure them.

Let’s start by downloading the ADMX files

Save the ADMX files and extract them

Once extracted save the files in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\ folder on a machine where you plan to create the Citrix Workspace GPO policy. Please refer to Microsoft documentation on ADMX files for more information. Make sure to copy the ADML fiile in en-US and the CitrixBase.admx for use with the GPO

Open Group Policy Object editor and choose to “Create a GPO in this domain and link it here” on the OU containing the client target machines.

Now Edit the newly created GPO called Citrix Workspace app

Navigate to Administrative templates \ Citrix Workspace \ Self Service and edit the Manage App Shortcut settings.

Enable the GPO and choose a name for the Start Menu and Desktop Directory and give it a name that you are happy for users to see. In this example, I used “My Citrix Apps”

Each of the applications is added to the Desktop. The GPO can be set to delete shortcuts at exit and logoff.

When the shortcuts are set to start menu.

I am continuing to test the options for this setting, and there are specific settings for both Desktop and Start menu shortcuts as well as PNagent.


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