At Synergy, I learned that quite a few people didn’t realize that you can present both XenApp and XenDesktop resources to users via Web Interface. As you’ll see below, the configuration is relatively simple, and you should first make sure that your users will understand the functionality behind the new tab.

But before I explain how to configure multiple resources, you may wish to consider providing users with access to the XenApp-based applications by means of the XenDesktop virtual desktop. By doing so, the users aren’t presented with an either/or option based on the Applications and Desktops tabs. You know your users best.

Or you could embed the apps into the virtual desktop or you could isolate the apps into the virtual desktops by means of Citrix Streaming or App-V or you could . . . well, lots of options, but not the focus of our discussion here. For more on that, plan to attend the Technical Criteria for Delivering Apps to Users TechTalk on June 16th:

Okay, now onto presenting both XenApp and XenDesktop resources to users. Assuming that you have an existing XenApp farm and have recently added (or are planning to add) XenDesktop, Web Interface is already part of your Citrix infrastructure. You can continue to use your existing Web Interface site rather than the one that is installed automatically as part of the XenDesktop autorun installation process. By the way, even if you uncheck Web Interface during the XenDesktop installation, it installs anyway. The only way to completely avoid installation of Web Interface is to install XenDesktop via command line and use the no sites option.

Within Web Interface, choose Manage Server Farms, and click Add. To add the XenDesktop farm as a server farm, designate the farm name and a Desktop Delivery Controller as a Citrix XML Service server. Once you complete the configuration, the additional Desktop tab will automatically appear within Web Interface as shown above. Of course, the user needs permissions to both resources.

That’s it!