Here at Citrix, we have had many exciting announcements regarding our partnership with Microsoft and, more specifically, Microsoft Azure.

This likely comes as no surprise, since it has been almost a year since our CEO, Kirill Tartarinov, announced that Citrix selected Microsoft Azure as our preferred and strategic cloud back in May 2016. Yet even before that Citrix Synergy announcement, many of the Citrix engineering teams were already working very closely with the Microsoft engineering teams on strengthening our Azure integration for XenApp and XenDesktop.

Citrix actually has a dedicated engineering team called Microsoft Solutions engineering. The team is based in Redmond, Washington, which is within walking distance from the Microsoft campus. Over the last year, I have had the privilege of working closely with the team’s Director, Prasanna Padmanabhan. Prasanna and his team have a wealth of knowledge on integrating and hosting Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop on Microsoft Azure.

Prasanna’s team, in fact, was publishing so many blog posts on the topic that I pulled in my Citrix knowledge base colleague, Anish Mathai, to see if we could build a new website specifically for all the wonderful XenApp on Azure “How To” information Citrix was creating. Given that I am in product marketing and in touch with a wide assortment of Citrix engineers, product managers, tech marketing teams, and solutions architects, I was able to reach out to other key Citrix employees, such as Tony Sanchez, who prepared an in-depth guide — Getting Started Guide for XenApp on Azure — to consolidate all the information Citrix has produced for XenApp on Azure.

Today, I am happy to announce that gracious Citrix Knowledge Base team has created a single website location where you can go to get “How To” guidance for all things related to XenApp on Azure at

Now, any Citrix XenApp customer who is looking to leverage Microsoft Azure to host and deliver virtual apps from Azure can start at the XenApp on Azure: How Do I? website and get guidance on frequently asked questions such as, “How do I grant XenApp and XenDesktop access to my Azure subscription?” or “How do I use Citrix Machine Creation Services in Azure?” The site also includes guidance for integrating NetScaler VPX on Azure with XenApp as well as information on Troubleshooting your XenApp on Azure environment and general deployment considerations to help you get started.

If you are in the very early stages of assessing a XenApp deployment on Azure, please make sure to visit the XenApp on Azure trial, which will guide you through the steps and automatically provision a complete XenApp site on Azure for you within your personalized Azure subscription.

I want to take a moment to give a big thank you to all the Citrix teams that were involved in creating this new XenApp on Azure: How do I? website. I invite you to explore this website and actively monitor it for new and updated content as we deliver even more solutions for XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure.

The XenApp on Azure: How do I? site is available today. If there is a specific topic you would like to see us highlight or develop a “How do I?” guide for, please post your request in the comments below.