Because so many people depend on browser-based apps to get their work done, it’s hardly surprising that Citrix customers depend on XenApp to securely deliver those apps to employees. And that’s why we continue to focus on making browser-based apps easier to deploy, manage, and use through XenApp.

Over the past several years, we’ve built redirection capabilities into HDX user experience technologies to improve server scalability and ensure superior user experience. Bidirectional Content Redirection is another essential HDX capability that has been introduced with the recent release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13 – to further improve the user experience.

To put it simply, the Bidirectional Content Redirection feature enables administrators to configure URLs to redirect from client to server and from server to client.

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With the capability of two-way URL redirection, enterprises can further embrace security by configuring URLs that will always be through their network – giving businesses more control over their network traffic. This makes secure browsing much simpler to begin with.

Not does this only make secure browsing much simpler, but also Bidirectional Content Redirection can be used to offload URLs to the endpoints. This then gives administrators the ability to redirect CPU-intensive workloads to the endpoint.

The Bidirectional Content Redirection feature allows administrators to configure URLs to do one of the following actions:

  1. Open on a local browser on an endpoint device
  2. Open on a published Internet Explorer
  3. Open on a browser inside a VDI desktop session

Note: This feature currently supports Internet Explorer 8 and above. URLs can be redirected from/to Internet Explorer only.

This feature also works with URLs that are embedded within documents, including emails, PDFs, and Word documents.

In traditional established enterprises, many web applications are solely compatible with older or specific versions of Internet Explorer. To ensure that links to web applications are redirected to a compatible browser either on the server or on the client, administrators can combat this potential incompatibility with Bidirectional Content Redirection to ensure links to web applications are redirected to a compatible browser.

Enterprises in certain regions are preparing their endpoints for internet separation. Bidirectional Content Redirection comes in handy for administrators in this situation, so that they can ensure all intranet sites are redirected into a server session while all internet sites are offloaded to the browser in the endpoint. Thus, providing a basic internet separation solution right away.

Read more about configuring Bidirectional Content Redirection for both XenApp and XenDesktop 7.13 and Receiver 4.7 for Windows here, and tell us what you think.

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