Receiver for Chrome 2.1 adds smartcard, SSON, COM port redirection and secure ICA support!

Yet another release of Receiver for Chrome! This time, we’ve added support for smartcard authentication, SSON, COM port redirection and Secure ICA, expanding the use cases for XenApp and XenDesktop with Chrome devices.

Smartcard authentication

Chrome devices, with their simplicity, security and speed characteristics, make a good fit in verticals like the public sector, finance and healthcare. Smartcard support with Citrix Receiver is a key enabler for customers to adopt Chrome devices in these industries.

Smartcard authentication with XenApp and XenDesktop is enabled through the smartcard virtual channel in Citrix Receiver for Chrome, smartcard connector app from Google and middleware, such as Charismathics and CACKey. Follow this detailed Citrix documentation to enable this feature on your Chrome devices.


The video below shows the Smartcard feature working with Citrix Receiver on Chromebook:


Many of us that use Chrome devices wished we could get Citrix Receiver logged in automatically using the Chrome login. Well, now that’s possible with Receiver for Chrome 2.1, which adds the SSON capability with the authentication on Chrome device. You need either the new Federated Authentication Service from XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9 or Kerberos Constrained Delegation in XenApp 6.5 to enable this capability for end-to-end SSON. Follow the Citrix documentation to configure the SSON with Citrix Receiver on your Chrome device.

The video below shows the SAML-based SSO on Chromebook with Citrix Receiver:

Secure ICA

If you have the legacy XenApp and XenDesktop environment and your organization has enabled SecureICA (RC5) encryption, then the new Receiver for Chrome lets you use Chrome devices as your endpoints for XenApp and XenDesktop. This has made it possible for organizations to adopt the Chrome devices with their existing deployment while they plan a transition to the new version of XenApp and XenDesktop.

COM/Serial port redirection

There are number of COM/Serial-based peripheral devices on which organizations rely for the productivity of their employees. Also, there are some interesting Chrome Commercial device options that enable the use of COM/Serial-based devices. The new Receiver for Chrome release makes it possible to use these devices with the virtual app and desktop powered by XenApp and XenDesktop.

By default, Receiver for Chrome maps COM5 as a preferred serial COM port for redirection, but you can change it if you need.

Receiver for Chrome 2.1 is now available on the Google Chrome Web Store and on the Citrix download page for admins to customize and deploy using Chrome device management.