Citrix is excited to announce that all XenApp Essentials administrators can now customize the appearance of their workspaces to provide a consistent brand experience for their users.

In this walkthrough, I’ll be showing you a new tab on the Workspace Configuration page in the Citrix Cloud management plane. If you’re unfamiliar with the Access and Authentication tabs, please check out my previous walk-through here.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

Workspace Customization for XenApp Essentials

Step 1: As always, I’ll start by signing into XenApp Essentials via the Citrix Cloud management plane. The first page I see after I log in is my Dashboard:

Step 2: Next, I navigating to the Workspace Configuration page by clicking the corresponding item in the Navigation Menu (shown below). Alternatively, I could navigate directly to the Customize tab:

Step 3: The Access tab, where administrators can edit their workspace URL by selecting Change. For more information regarding the Access and Authentication tabs, please see my previous blog post.

Step 4: I now will navigate to the Customize tab to get started on changing the appearance of my workspace. Notice the two main sections of the Customize tab: Sign-In Appearance and After Sign-In Appearance.

If you have set up your workspace to allow users to authenticate with Azure Active Directory, the Sign-In Appearance section will look like this:

In this case, I would customize the sign-in experience from Azure Active Directory itself. For the sake of this walkthrough, however, let’s assume I have chosen for users to authenticate with Active Directory.

Step 5: I’ll start by adding a sign-in logo, which will be displayed on the workspace sign-in page. I will click the upload icon in the logo-select box, and select a compatible logo from my file system. Alternatively, I could drag and drop a logo into the box. I’m an alumnus of the University of Miami, so for the sake of this walkthrough, I’ve chosen fitting logos. The page now looks like this:

If I wanted to remove this icon and select another, I would simply click the delete icon next to the logo-select box to clear it. Also, notice that the cancel and save buttons become enabled after my logo is displayed. Clicking cancel at any time will revert my changes to my last saved state. I’ll click save now before continuing.

Step 6: Next, I’ll add a header logo, which will be displayed in the upper left-hand corner of the workspace. I will upload an icon in the same way that I did for the sign-in logo. After doing so, I see this view:

Notice that the workspace preview is automatically updated with my new header logo. I’ll click save again before continuing.

Step 7: Finally, I will change the colors that will be displayed in my workspace. I will start by clicking the color-select box beneath “Background Color.” This will open the editing popup, where I can drag sliders to find a color, or type in an exact hex, RGB, or HSL value.

Once again, I will click save, finalizing all my customization choices. If, for any reason, I would like to reset my workspace appearance to its default settings, I would simply click “Reset to Default” at the bottom of the page and save my changes.

Please note that it takes roughly five minutes for any appearance change to be reflected in my workspace. Once I have waited for the changes to take place, I will navigate to my workspace URL to see the new appearance.

Notice that my sign-in logo is indeed reflected on the workspace login screen. After entering my credentials and signing in, I see the final appearance changes I made.

I hope this walkthrough provided you with a solid understanding of how to customize your workspace appearance. Now your users will be able to see the appropriate branding logos and colors.

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