StoreFront 2.6

Haven’t upgraded to StoreFront? It’s a great time to make the move. Citrix StoreFront 2.6 accompanies XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6.   It’s our most capable release to date and transitioning to StoreFront has never been easier.

StoreFront can help you enable enterprise mobility, making it easy to work from anywhere, on any device.  It also provides the benefit of improved enterprise security and simplifies your XenApp and XenDesktop deployments. It can help you manage multi-site deployments as well as tailor your XenApp and XenDesktop deployments to meet specific needs. In fact, not only can you customize StoreFront functions, with this latest release, you can also customize authentication services. And, of course, StoreFront is also a central component of Citrix Workspace Suite which empowers people with new ways to work better and live better.

StoreFront 2.5 added features like HTML5 clientless access, pass-through authentication to Receiver for Web, mandatory apps, and resource filtering.  Those features have inspired large numbers of  customers to update to StoreFront and retire Web Interface. The StoreFront Customization SDK is enabling unprecedented customization and the recently announced StoreFront Web API makes it simpler than ever to enable access to virtual apps from within corporate portals.

StoreFront 2.6 make XenApp and XenDesktop easier to use:

Updated Receiver for HTML5 and New Receiver for Chrome. Receiver for HTML5 is great for productivity applications like Office. The newest version adds audio-video playback in XenDesktop and XenApp; clipboard across remote applications and between local and remote application; direct SSL connections with XenDesktop 7.6; multi-session aware printing; end user experience monitoring support; and App Switcher for switching applications launched in the same session. More details are here: Receiver for Chrome and Citrix Receiver for HTML5 1.4.

Receiver for Web Access from Mobile Browser. Enables users on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices to verify credentials, remove apps and restart desktops.

Simplified store configuration in the administration console. The updated StoreFront console simplifies configuration for the following:

·        Mandatory Stores

·        HTTP session timeout for Receiver for Web

·        Domains lists on logon forms

Receiver for Web My Apps Folder View. This new view displays applications in a folder hierarchy and includes a breadcrumb path for unauthenticated and mandatory stores. This view can help your users feel more comfortable moving from Web Interface to Receiver for Web.

Single Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Access. Previously you might have had to have separate FQDN’s for external access via NetScaler and internal access. In StoreFront 2.6, you can use the same FQDN to access published apps and desktops internally and externally.

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Connection Leasing. XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Controllers cache information about recent user connections. If the database becomes unavailable, the Controllers use that cached information to continue supporting connections for applications and desktops that the user launched within the last two weeks. See Simplifying Connections for High Availability for XenApp and XenDesktop for more details.

Session Pre-launch and Session Linger for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6. Currently available for Receiver for Windows only, these feature create a local-like feel for published applications.  See New and Improved Session Prelaunch and Linger Coming to XenApp and XenDesktop for more details.

StoreFront 2.6 make XenApp and XenDesktop more secure

Unauthenticated (Anonymous) Users Access with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6. Unauthenticated users can access applications and desktops without presenting credentials to StoreFront or Receiver. When unauthenticated users are enabled, you must have an unauthenticated StoreFront store. See Anonymous User Support for XenApp on FMA for more details.

Kerberos Constrained Delegation for XenApp 6.5. Enables pass-through authentication to published applications and desktops from non-domain-joined client devices. This is useful to enable ADFS or other forms of federated authentication via Netscaler and to speed smart card authentication.

Smart Card Authentication Using Receiver for Android, iOS and Linux. Newer Receiver versions support local and remote smart cards for accessing apps and desktop.

Smart Card Authentication Using XenApp Services Site. Enable Linux and Windows thin clients to use smart card authentication with the StoreFront’s XenApp Services Site feature for continued use of thin clients you may already be using.

Extensible Authentication. Provides a single customization point for extension of StoreFront’s form based authentication. WorxHome and Receiver for Web use it to authenticate with XenMobile, XenApp and XenDesktop for both direct internal and external via NetScaler Gateway access scenarios. Where the StoreFront Customization SDK enables unprecedented StoreFront customization, Extensible Authentication enables unprecedented customization of authentication functions.  Stay tuned for new authentication customizations.

See eDocs and look for companion blogs with further details.

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