Feature matrix: Compare Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops solutions

Citrix provides IT with maximum flexibility to quickly and securely deliver apps and desktops from any cloud or datacenter worldwide with our desktop as a service (DaaS) and VDI solutions. Compare features of the various Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops editions to determine which is right for your business.

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Citrix DaaS empowers IT with simplified cloud management and turnkey public cloud delivery with the added flexibility of incorporating on-premises resources. Seamlessly deliver high-performance workloads with our rapid provisioning, streamlined cloud management, and comprehensive hybrid-work solutions. Please refer to the sections below to learn which features are available across Citrix DaaS cloud editions. 

For information on previous Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service versions, please refer to this matrix.

For additional geographical considerations, please visit our Product Documentation.

Product component Citrix Daas Advanced
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Advanced Plus
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Premium
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service)
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Deliver Windows and Linux apps
Enable secure access to Windows and Linux apps on any type of device including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and web browsers for on-demand access from anywhere. Host apps on multi-session operating systems as well as single-session operating systems when required.

* With Citrix DaaS Advanced, running VM Hosted application instances is not supported.
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Deliver multi-session Windows and Linux desktops
Deliver multi-user virtual desktops from both Windows and Linux in public clouds and on-premises. This includes the Azure-exclusive Windows 11/10 Enterprise multi-session.


Deliver single-session Windows client OS desktops
Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 11/10 are delivered from the cloud or hosted in the datacenter and securely delivered to users on demand. These desktops can be made available in a pooled fashion from a common base image or dedicated to users for personalization to meet the needs of advanced users.
 
Deliver single-session Linux desktops
Linux desktops from popular distributions are delivered from the cloud or hosted in the datacenter and securely delivered to users on demand.
 
Non-domain joined
VDA access without requiring an Active Directory, leverages managed Active Directory to authenticate the user. This is accomplished using Citrix Managed Azure Capacity.

Remote PC Access
Provide secure remote access to physical PCs and laptops leveraging the full HDX experience without SSL VPNs or the need to migrate desktops to the datacenter. Wake on LAN support allows users to turn off their PCs when not in use to save energy costs and power on automatically when users click the icon to launch a session.
 
Product component Citrix Daas Advanced
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Advanced Plus
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Premium
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service)
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Hybrid, multi-cloud capabilities
Deploy workloads from multiple public and/or private clouds as required including Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, VMware vSphere, Nutanix Acropolis, Microsoft Hyper-V through SCVMM, and Citrix Hypervisor – all from within one unified management console.
Microsoft Azure
Deliver Microsoft Azure VM instances seamlessly with comprehensive provisioning and power management. Deploy new environments within Azure with ease and leverage our joint DaaS capabilities.
Citrix Managed Azure capacity
*Option to purchase separately

Citrix Managed Azure simplifies the hosting of app and desktop workloads, making it simple to leverage cloud desktops to scale on-demand and pay as you go.
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Google Cloud
Provide seamless management of Google Cloud VM instances. Offer full image management and power management control to your administrators.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Offer seamless management of AWS VM instances. Deploy and manage AWS workloads from within the Citrix management console with full provisioning and power management capabilities.
VMware Cloud on AWS
By running Citrix DaaS on VMware Cloud on AWS, you can use the same management tools and desktop images as your on-premises VMware vSphere environment. And streamline operations between your datacenters and the AWS Cloud.
Azure VMware Solution
Direct support for Azure VMware Solution (AVS) on Citrix DaaS allowing workload deployment, management, and monitoring of Citrix workloads running in Azure via AVS.
Google Cloud VMware Engine
Migrate or extend your on-premises VMware-based Citrix VDA workloads to Google Cloud and your core Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment to Citrix DaaS without having to refactor your applications. Benefit from increased scalability and agility while continuing to leverage the value of your existing VMware investments.
Nutanix Clusters on AWS
Nutanix enables hybrid cloud deployments to run Citrix workloads. Nutanix and Citrix technologies enable you to extend Citrix virtual desktops into AWS under a single management plane.
Includes Citrix Hypervisor
Easily integrate with a Citrix Hypervisor solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time. Citrix Hypervisor vGPU sharing provides the best possible graphics experience when virtualizing 3D applications.

View the Citrix Hypervisor matrix for more details.
Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
Easily integrate with your existing Hyper-V solution for power management and provisioning machines with the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
 
VMware vSphere
Easily integrate with your existing vSphere solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
 
Nutanix Acropolis
Integration within Citrix Studio offers a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure costs.
 
Product component Citrix Daas Advanced
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Advanced Plus
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Premium
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service)
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Any device access
Empower employees to choose the devices that are right for them and their work style. Citrix Workspace app works natively, and via HTML5, on popular browsers, on the broadest range of desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to ensure device investment protection without added work for IT.
Citrix HDX technologies
Deliver a superior high-definition user experience on any device, over any network. With Citrix HDX, the virtual experience rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time voice and video collaboration, USB peripherals (like smart cards and drawing/signature tablets), and 3D graphics.

HDX 3D Pro
HDX 3D Pro is a set of specialized technologies that enable the delivery of 3D professional graphics applications from Citrix DaaS. HDX 3D Pro works with any hypervisor, cloud, device, or GPU, enabling customers the best possible experience with the flexibility of choice.
Citrix digital workspace experience
A complete cloud-based digital workspace service that allows you to deliver secure access to the information, apps, and content relevant to each employee’s specific role on any device. This service is accessed through the latest Citrix workspace user interface.

Citrix StoreFront

Customer-managed hosted enterprise app store that aggregates resources from both Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, providing self-service access to Windows and Linux applications and desktops and internal web applications through a single portal from all devices.
 
Microsoft Teams Optimization
Optimize the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of Microsoft Teams within a virtualized environment. Citrix DaaS maximizes server scalability by redirecting multi-media capabilities to the client for a high-performance user experience.
Workspace Environment Management
Extend the value of your Citrix DaaS deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving money with improved server scalability.

Service continuity
Remove or minimize dependence on the availability of components involved in the connection process. Users can launch their virtual apps and desktops regardless of the cloud services health status. This feature is supported for domain-joined workloads only and is not supported for on-premises StoreFront.

Citrix app personalization
Customize your Citrix client apps with your own app name and co-branded app icon, providing an end-to-end personalized user experience.

 
Global app configuration service
Seamlessly deliver Citrix Workspace service URLs and Citrix Workspace app settings through a centrally managed service.

Product component Citrix Daas Advanced
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Advanced Plus
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Premium
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service)
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Citrix Studio
Web-based administration console for provisioning and managing resources, creating and assigning policies, and performing other configuration tasks.

Quick Deploy
Turnkey DaaS wizard that allows rapid provisioning and assignment of app and desktop workloads from the cloud.
Custom delegated administration
Designate specific administrative tasks to individual users or groups, such as helpdesk staff or support teams. Give large IT departments the ability to isolate the scope and role of administrative functions for compliance and control.
Configuration logging
Track administrative changes made to configure deployments, by whom and at what time they were made to simplify and accelerate troubleshooting and ensure audit compliance.

Machine creation services
Image management and provisioning control from within the Citrix Studio console for simplified administration, especially beneficial in a public or hybrid cloud deployment. Integrates directly with APIs of public clouds and hypervisors to streamline management.

Provisioning Services
Centralized, comprehensive image management and network-based image streaming of Windows and Linux workloads to both virtual and physical target devices. Components can be deployed within the public cloud or on-premises as required. For more details, view the latest Citrix product documentation.
* With Citrix DaaS Advanced, Provisioning services is available for VMHosted application instances running on a single-tenant desktop operating system only.
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Autoscale/power management
Provides a consistent, high-performance solution to proactively power manage your machines. It aims to balance costs and user experience.

Suspend & Resume Virtual Machines (VMs)
IT admins can configure Citrix DaaS to automatically suspend and resume VM instances to disk when not in use to preserve the memory, device state, and application state while reducing the public cloud instance costs.
*Currently only supported with Google Cloud workloads
 
Fast Image builder
Custom build golden images with easy-to-use templates.
*Via Quick Deploy only
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Citrix prepared VDA images
Image template to aid in building golden images. For more details, view the latest Citrix product documentation.
*Via Quick Deploy only

The Citrix ITSM Adapter for ServiceNow
Providing a single point of integration between Citrix DaaS to ServiceNow, the ITSM adapter automates aspects of virtual apps and desktops delivery with out- of-the-box workflows aimed at improving efficiency, compliance, and productivity.
   
App Layering
Create distinct layers for operating systems, applications, and user personalization, which are combined at runtime to provide an optimized user experience. Layered deployments can provide significant cost and management benefits, while giving users a customized desktop experience.


User personalization layers
Extends the capabilities of non-persistent machine catalogs, by preserving users’ data and locally installed applications across sessions. This enables IT organizations to provide a persistent experience to users logging into non-persistent machines. This feature replaces Personal vDisk (PvD).
FSLogix integration
Access to FSLogix profile and application technologies. Please note, access to FSLogix capabilities provided by Microsoft.


Universal print server
Mitigate the administrative burden associated with the management of hundreds or thousands of network and local printer drivers through centralized, universal printing services and further optimizes printing performance across local, mobile, and remote connections.

App and Desktop probing
Proactively monitor the health of apps and desktops by scheduling automated launches to test overall system or site health.
VDA restore
In the event of a VDA installation or upgrade failure, the software will automatically restore the VDA back to its pre-upgrade state. An admin can assess information logs as to why it failed and make the necessary changes to fix the issue. The VDA will be in a stable, usable state without the need to take more significant, time-consuming corrective actions.
Image portability
Manage a single Windows image that is optimized for multiple resource locations for increased admin efficiency in migration workflows or hybrid deployments.
 
VDA upgrade service (tech preview)
Simplify the VDA upgrade process by automating upgrades to the latest version of the VDA, depending on your machine catalog type. Upgrades can be scheduled on-demand without performing a manual upgrade or reinstalling the VDA.
 
Product component Citrix Daas Advanced
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Advanced Plus
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service)
Citrix DaaS Premium
(formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service)
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Adaptive Authentication (tech preview)
Advanced authentication capabilities for Citrix Workspace login including multi-factor authentication, endpoint analysis, conditional/policy-driven authentication, logon page customization, and contextual access to virtual apps and desktops and Citrix Secure Private Access.
Add on Add on
Citrix Monitor
Provides a unified view where IT help desk admins can monitor, troubleshoot and assist users with virtual desktops and apps for thousands of users as easily as for one. The same console can be used to assist users with delivered apps and desktops.

Citrix Monitor Premium
Provides a comprehensive view of enhanced capacity trends, the ability to create customized reports, desktop and server OS usage reporting, proactive notification and alerting including SNMP integration. Ensures that IT is in complete control of their delivery solution for optimal performance and availability. The 365 day max data retention gives a greater historical view of environment trends.


 
Integrates with Citrix Analytics for Security
Citrix Analytics for Security continuously assesses the behavior of users and applies actions to protect sensitive corporate information. The aggregation and correlation of data across networks, virtualized applications and desktops, and content collaboration tools enables the generation of valuable insights and more focused actions to address user security threats.
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Integrates with Citrix Analytics for Performance
Citrix Analytics for Performance provides a single, easy-to-use dashboard to track, aggregate, and visualize key performance indicators across user sessions. It delivers real-time actionable insights with individual user experience scores that are used to help IT isolate and solve performance problems, ensuring a great employee experience.
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ICA Proxy cloud service
Provides secure, simplified access to the virtual apps and desktops deployed by IT to their end users.

*Entitled to 1GB of data per user per month for User/Device licensing, or 2GB of data per user per month for Concurrent licensing.
+Entitled to 5GB of data per user per month for User/Device licensing, or 10GB of data per user per month for Concurrent licensing.
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Federated Authentication Service (FAS)
Enables seamless single sign-on to Citrix DaaS when using a federated identity provider in Citrix Workspace or StoreFront. FAS is deployed in a customer managed environment and leverages Active Directory Certificate Services to dynamically issue certificates for users. These certificates are then used to provide SSO by logging in users into the Active Directory environment as if they had a smart card.
Multi-factor authentication
Enhance secure access from anywhere through integrated solutions.
Session watermarking
Configurable security policy to display a text-based watermark on an app or desktop session to deter and track data theft.
Session recording
(Customer managed)
Record the on-screen activity of any user session hosted from a VDA for Server OS or Desktop OS, over any type of connection, subject to corporate policy and regulatory compliance.

Session recording currently not available for Linux VDA.

App Protection policies
(Sold Separately)
Protect corporate data against key logging and screen capture malware by scrambling keystrokes and saving screen shots as blank images.
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Citrix DaaS delivers the best-performing desktop as a service experience partnered with your public cloud of choice, for an easy-to-adopt solution that scales with your needs. Please refer to the sections below to learn which features are available across our Citrix DaaS editions for hyperscalers.

Product component Citrix DaaS Standard for Azure Citrix DaaS Standard for Google Citrix DaaS Premium for Google Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Deliver Windows and Linux apps
Enable secure access to Windows and Linux apps on any type of device including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and web browsers for on-demand access from anywhere. Host apps on multi-session operating systems as well as single-session operating systems when required.
Deliver multi-session Windows and Linux desktops
Deliver multi-user virtual desktops from both Windows and Linux in public clouds and on-premises.
Deliver multi-session Windows 10 and Windows 11 on Azure
Deliver multi-session Windows 11/10 Enterprise and Windows 11 desktops from Azure Virtual Desktop.
   
Deliver single-session Windows client OS desktops
Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 11/10 are delivered from the cloud or hosted in the datacenter and securely delivered to users on demand. These desktops can be made available in a pooled fashion from a common base image or dedicated to users for personalization to meet the needs of advanced users.
Deliver single-session Linux desktops
Linux desktops from popular distributions are delivered from the cloud or hosted in the datacenter and securely delivered to users on demand.
Non-domain joined
VDA access without requiring an Active Directory, leverages managed Active Directory to authenticate the user. This is accomplished using Citrix Managed Azure capacity.
   
Remote PC Access
Provide secure remote access to physical PCs and laptops leveraging the full HDX experience without SSL VPNs or the need to migrate desktops to the datacenter. Wake on LAN support allows users to turn off their PCs when not in use to save energy costs and power on automatically when users click the icon to launch a session.
Product component Citrix DaaS Standard for Azure
Citrix DaaS Standard for Google
Citrix DaaS Premium for Google 
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Single resource location, on-premises or cloud
Deploy apps and desktops on-premises and/or public cloud from a unified location.

*Restricted to Azure OR on-premises workloads only
#Restricted to Google Cloud OR on-premises workloads only
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Hybrid, multi-cloud capabilities
Deploy workloads from multiple public and/or private clouds as required including Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, VMware vSphere, Nutanix Acropolis, Microsoft Hyper-V through SCVMM, and Citrix Hypervisor – all from within one unified management console.

*Restricted to Google Cloud and/or on-premises workloads only
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Microsoft Azure
Deliver Microsoft Azure VM instances seamlessly with comprehensive provisioning and power management. Deploy new environments within Azure with ease and leverage our joint DaaS capabilities.
   

Citrix Managed Azure capacity
*Option to purchase separately

Citrix Managed Azure simplifies the hosting of app and desktop workloads, making it simple to leverage cloud desktops to scale on-demand and pay as you go.

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Google Cloud
Provide seamless management of Google Cloud VM instances. Offer full image management and power management control to your administrators.
 
Azure VMware Solution
Direct support for Azure VMware Solution (AVS) on Citrix DaaS allowing workload deployment, management, and monitoring of Citrix workloads running in Azure via AVS.
   
Google Cloud VMware Engine
Migrate or extend your on-premises VMware-based Citrix VDA workloads to Google Cloud and your core Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment to Citrix DaaS without having to refactor your applications. Benefit from increased scale and agility while continuing to leverage the value of your existing VMware investments.
 
Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
Easily integrate with your existing Hyper-V solution for power management and provisioning machines with the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
 
VMware vSphere
Easily integrate with your existing vSphere solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
 
Nutanix Acropolis
Integration within Citrix Studio offers a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure costs.
 
Product component Citrix DaaS Standard for Azure Citrix DaaS Standard for Google Citrix DaaS Premium for Google Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Any device access
Empower employees to choose the devices that are right for them and their work style. Citrix Workspace app works natively, and via HTML5, on popular browsers, on the broadest range of desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to ensure device investment protection without added work for IT.

Citrix HDX technologies
Deliver a superior high-definition user experience on any device, over any network. With Citrix HDX, the virtual experience rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time voice and video collaboration, USB peripherals (like smart cards and drawing/signature tablets) and 3D graphics.


HDX 3D Pro
HDX 3D Pro is a set of specialized technologies that enable the delivery of 3D professional graphics applications from Citrix DaaS. HDX 3D Pro works with any hypervisor, cloud, device, or GPU, enabling customers the best possible experience with the flexibility of choice.

Citrix digital workspace experience
A complete cloud-based digital workspace service that allows you to deliver secure access to the information, apps, and content relevant to each employee’s specific role on any device. This service is accessed through the latest Citrix Workspace user interface.
Citrix StoreFront
Customer-managed hosted enterprise app store that aggregates resources from both Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, providing self-service access to Windows and Linux applications and desktops and internal web applications through a single portal from all devices.
   
Microsoft Teams optimization
Optimize the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of Microsoft Teams within a virtualized environment. Citrix DaaS maximizes server scalability by redirecting multi-media capabilities to the client for a high-performance user experience.
Workspace Environment Management
Extend the value of your Citrix DaaS deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving money with improved server scalability.
Service continuity
Service continuity removes or minimizes dependence on the availability of components involved in the connection process. Users can launch their virtual apps and desktops regardless of the cloud services health status. This feature is supported for domain-joined workloads only and is not supported for on-premises StoreFront.
Citrix app personalization
Customize your Citrix client apps with your own app name and co-branded app icon, providing an end-to-end personalized user experience.
   

Global app configuration service
Seamlessly deliver Citrix Workspace service URLs and Citrix Workspace app settings through a centrally managed service.
Product component Citrix DaaS Standard for Azure Citrix DaaS Standard for Google Citrix DaaS Premium for Google Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Citrix Studio
Web-based administration console for provisioning and managing resources, creating and assigning policies, and performing other configuration tasks.

Quick Deploy
Turnkey DaaS wizard that allows rapid provisioning and assignment of app and desktop workloads from the cloud.

   
Custom delegated administration
Designate specific administrative tasks to individual users or groups, such as helpdesk staff or support teams. Gives large IT departments the ability to isolate the scope and role of administrative functions for compliance and control.
   
Configuration logging
Track administrative changes made to configure deployments, by whom and at what time they were made to simplify and accelerate troubleshooting and ensure audit compliance.
Citrix Machine Creation Services
Image management and provisioning control from within the Citrix Studio console for simplified administration, especially beneficial in a public or hybrid cloud deployment. Integrates directly with APIs of public clouds and hypervisors to streamline management.
Provisioning Services
Centralized, comprehensive image management and network-based image streaming of Windows and Linux workloads to both virtual and physical target devices. Components can be deployed within the public cloud or on-premises as required. For details, view the latest Citrix product documentation.
   
Autoscale/Power management
Proactively power manage your machines to balance costs and user experience.

Fast image builder
Custom build golden images with easy-to-use templates.

* Via Quick Deploy only

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Citrix prepared VDA images
Image template provided by Citrix to aid customers in building golden images. For more details, please view the latest Citrix product documentation

*Via Quick Deploy only

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Citrix ITSM Adapter for ServiceNow
Providing a single point of integration between Citrix DaaS to ServiceNow, the ITSM adapter automates aspects of virtual apps and desktop delivery with out- of-the-box workflows aimed at improving efficiency, compliance, and productivity.
   

App Layering
Create distinct layers for operating systems, applications, and user personalization, which are combined at runtime to provide an optimized user experience. Layered deployments can provide significant cost and management benefits, while giving users a customized desktop experience.
   
User personalization layers
Extends the capabilities of non-persistent machine catalogs, by preserving users’ data and locally installed applications across sessions. This enables IT organizations to provide a persistent experience to users logging into non-persistent machines. This feature replaces Personal vDisk (PvD).

FSLogix integration
Access to FSLogix profile and application technologies. Please note, access to FSLogix capabilities provided by Microsoft.

Universal print server
Mitigates the administrative burden associated with the management of hundreds or thousands of network and local printer drivers through centralized, universal printing services and further optimizes printing performance across local, mobile, and remote connections.
App and desktop probing
Proactively monitors the health of apps and desktops by scheduling automated launches to test overall system or site health.

VDA restore
In the event of a VDA installation or upgrade failure, the software will automatically restore the VDA back to its pre-upgrade state. An admin can assess information logs as to why it failed and make the necessary changes to fix the issue. The VDA will be in a stable, usable state without the need to take more significant, time-consuming corrective actions.

   
Image portability
Manage a single Windows image that is optimized for multiple resource locations for increased admin efficiency in migration workflows or hybrid deployments.
   
VDA upgrade service (tech preview)
Simplify the VDA upgrade process by automating upgrades to the latest version of the VDA, depending on your machine catalog type. Upgrades can be scheduled on-demand without performing a manual upgrade or reinstalling the VDA.
Product component Citrix DaaS Standard for Azure
Citrix DaaS Standard for Google
Citrix DaaS Premium for Google
Citrix DaaS Premium Plus
Adaptive Authentication (tech preview)
Advanced authentication capabilities for customers and users logging in to Citrix Workspace including multi-factor authentication, endpoint analysis, conditional/policy-driven authentication, logon page customization, and contextual access to virtual apps and desktops and Citrix Secure Private Access.
Add on
Add on
Citrix Monitor
Provides a unified view where IT help desk admins can monitor, troubleshoot and assist users with virtual desktops and apps for thousands of users as easily as for one. The same console can be used to assist users with delivered apps and desktops.

Citrix Monitor Premium
Provides a comprehensive view of enhanced capacity trends, the ability to create customized reports, desktop and server OS usage reporting, proactive notification and alerting including SNMP integration. Ensures that IT is in complete control of their delivery solution for optimal performance and availability. The 365 day max data retention gives a greater historical view of environment trends.
   
Integrates with Citrix Analytics for Security
Citrix Analytics for Security continuously assesses the behavior of users and applies actions to protect sensitive corporate information. The aggregation and correlation of data across networks, virtualized applications and desktops, and content collaboration tools enables the generation of valuable insights and more focused actions to address user security threats.
Add on
Add on
Add on
Integrates with Citrix Analytics for Performance
Citrix Analytics for Performance provides a single, easy-to-use dashboard to track, aggregate, and visualize key performance indicators across user sessions. It delivers real-time actionable insights with individual user experience scores that are used to help IT isolate and solve performance problems, ensuring a great employee experience.
Add on
Add on
Add on
ICA Proxy cloud service
Provides secure, simplified access to the virtual apps and desktops deployed by IT to their end users.

* Entitled to 1GB of data per user per month for User/Device licensing, or 2GB of data per user per month for Concurrent licensing.
+ Entitled to 5GB of data per user per month for User/Device licensing, or 10GB of data per user per month for Concurrent licensing.
* * + +
Federated Authentication Service (FAS)
Enables seamless single sign-on to Citrix DaaS when using a federated identity provider in Citrix Workspace or StoreFront. FAS is deployed in a customer managed environment and leverages Active Directory Certificate Services to dynamically issue certificates for users. These certificates are then used to provide SSO by logging in users into the Active Directory environment as if they had a smart card.
Multi-factor Authentication
Enhances secure access from anywhere through integrated solutions.
Session watermarking
Confifurable security policy to display a text-based watermark on an app or desktop session to deter and track data theft.

Session recording
(Customer managed)
Records the on-screen activity of any user session hosted from a VDA for Server OS or Desktop OS, over any type of connection, subject to corporate policy and regulatory compliance.

*Session recording currently not available for Linux VDA.


App Protection policies
Protect corporate data against key logging and screen capture malware by scrambling keystrokes and saving screen shots as blank images.
Add on
Add on

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is an IT-managed VDI offering for a robust, enterprise-grade app and desktop virtualization environment for those facing strict compliance standards or who need to stay in the datacenter for operational reasons. To compare the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1912 LTSR to the latest Current Release, view this matrix.

Please refer to the sections below to learn which features are available across our IT-managed VDI editions.

Product component Citrix Virtual Apps Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps Premium
Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium
Server-based virtual applications (Server-based hosted apps)
Enable secure access to Windows and Linux apps on any type of device including Windows, Mac, Linux*, iOS, Android, and web browsers for on-demand access from anywhere. Host apps on multi-session operating systems as well as single-session operating systems when required. The application performs as if it were installed locally on the device.
*Linux available in Advanced and Premium Editions only
 
Server-based virtual desktops
(Windows and Linux hosted-shared desktops) Highly-scalable, multi-user virtual desktops that provide the flexibility and mobility benefits of desktop virtualization while maximizing IT control through enhanced security and simplified management.
 
VDI
(Pooled and dedicated)
Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 11, Windows 10 and Linux*, are hosted in the datacenter and securely delivered to users on-demand. These desktops can be made available in a pooled fashion from a common base image or dedicated to users for personalization to meet the needs of advanced users.
*Linux available in Advanced and Premium only
     
Single session server VDI
(Pooled, Dedicated, Personal)
Delivers a desktop from a server operating system for a single user, supported on Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2016.
       
Remote PC Access
Provide secure remote access to physical PCs and laptops leveraging the full HDX experience without SSL VPNs or the need to migrate desktops to the datacenter. Wake on LAN support allows users to turn off their PCs when not in use to save energy costs and power on automatically when users click the icon to launch a session.
       
VM hosted applications
Ease Windows OS transitions and overcome application compatibility challenges by delivering virtual apps from a desktop operating system. With VM-hosted apps, the app can be hosted on individual desktop VMs and published for seamless delivery to users just like a server-hosted virtual app.
   
Product component Citrix Virtual Apps Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps Premium
Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium
HDX user experience optimization
Delivers a superior high-definition user experience on any device, over any network. With Citrix HDX, the virtual experience rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time voice and video collaboration, USB peripherals (like smart cards and drawing/signature tablets) and 3D graphics.
Optimization for Microsoft Teams
Optimize the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of Microsoft Teams within a virtualized environment. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops maximizes server scalability by redirecting multi-media capabilities to the client for a high-performance user experience.
   
Browser content redirection
Redirects the full contents of a web browser to be rendered on the client for maximum server scalability and optimal user experience.
Unified Communications optimization
Seamlessly integrates solutions from Cisco and Avaya to deliver real time communication applications with “local PC” quality without having to increase bandwidth investments with built-in optimized point to point transfer of voice and video traffic.
HDX 3D Pro
A set of specialized technologies that enable the delivery of 3D professional graphics applications from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. HDX 3D Pro works with any hypervisor, cloud, device, or GPU, enabling customers the best possible experience with the flexibility of choice.
Citrix Casting
Allow users to securely and seamlessly move Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops sessions from a mobile device to any display connected to Citrix Ready workspace hub.
       
Workspace Environment Management
Extend the value of your Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving money with improved server scalability.
   
HDX seamless local apps
Blend a locally installed application on the Windows endpoint into a virtual desktop, providing a seamless user experience.
       
HDX user experience templates
Fine-tune the user experience based on specific use case requirements such as security and control, graphics performance, and environment scalability.
Superior user experience for graphic-rich apps
Sharing enables multiple users to share a single GPU without compromising the graphics experience for cost-effective, high-definition performance. Citrix Hypervisor allows NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel Iris Pro drivers to be loaded directly into the hypervisor to ensure proper management of graphical application performance in a virtual app and desktop scenario.
Product component Citrix Virtual Apps Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps Premium 
Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard 
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium
App and desktop probing
Proactively monitors the health of apps and desktops by scheduling automated launches to test overall system or site health.
         
Basic app layering
Create distinct layers for operating systems, applications, and user personalization, which are combined at runtime to provide an optimized user experience. Layered deployments can provide significant cost and management benefits, while giving users a customized desktop experience.
Citrix App Layering with advanced configuration
Focused on management at scale and multi-site needs, Citrix App Layering enables the delivery of the same application layer to multiple hypervisor types, multiple clouds, multiple provisioning mechanisms, and multiple broker types—without repackaging layers. Includes OS layer, Platform layer, App Layer, and User Layer for dynamic customization of images.

*User layers are not supported with multisession deployments
       
User personalization layers
Extends the capabilities of non-persistent machine catalogs, by preserving users’ data and locally installed applications across sessions. This enables IT organizations to provide a persistent experience to users logging into non-persistent machines. This feature replaces Personal vDisk (PvD).
     
Unified management console
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Studio dramatically simplifies and automates large scale deployments, including multi-tenant, multi-zone and hybrid-cloud implementations.
Citrix Director
provides a unified view where IT help desk admins can monitor, troubleshoot and assist users with virtual desktops and apps for thousands of users as easily as for one. The same console can be used to assist users with delivered apps and desktops.
Director historical reporting and trend analysis
Citrix Director gives you historical data retention and trend analysis.
1 week 1 month 1 year 1 week 1 month 1 year
Director Premium Edition
Provides view of capacity trends, customizable reports, proactive alerts (including SNMP integration, reboot warnings), Citrix Application Delivery Management integration, and override control over roaming sessions.
       
Custom delegated administration (Studio)
Provides the ability to designate specific administrative tasks to individual users or groups, such as helpdesk staff or support teams. Gives large IT departments the ability to isolate the scope and role of administrative functions for compliance and control.
   
Configuration logging (Studio)
Tracks administrative changes made to configure deployments, by whom and at what time they were made to simplify and accelerate troubleshooting and ensure audit compliance.
   
User experience network analysis
Isolate and manage your HDX network performance.
*Citrix Gateway Advanced or Premium and Citrix Application Delivery Management required
       
Robust high availability
Ensures that users can connect to resources should the site database link go down. Local Host Cache technology allows users to connect to their applications and desktops in the event that the connection to centralized management is broken.
Citrix Provisioning for Citrix Virtual Apps
Centralized, comprehensive image management and network-based image streaming of Windows and Linux workloads to both virtual and physical target devices. For more details, view the latest Citrix product documentation
*Citrix Provisioning for Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced is available for VMHosted application instances running on a desktop operating system only.
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Citrix Provisioning for virtual desktops
Centralized image management simplifies deployments of all sizes, physical or virtual, by streaming Windows and Linux OS workloads. This approach reduces shared storage requirements, and simplifies patching and updating machines with fast rollout and rollback functionality.

*Physical desktop support not available with the Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard Edition
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Citrix Machine Creation Services
Image management and provisioning control from within the Citrix Studio console for simplified administration, especially beneficial in a public or hybrid cloud deployment. Integrates directly with APIs of public clouds and hypervisors to streamline management.
Microsoft App-V integration
Distribute App-V applications to virtual desktops or servers through the Citrix Studio console without requiring a separate App-V server and database infrastructure. App-V applications can also share a common isolation environment for intercommunication.
 
Integrated profile management
(User Profile Manager) Intelligently manages user profile settings between active Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops sessions to ensure user settings are consistent. It intelligently streams profile settings and data on-demand to ensure no matter the profile size, the profile performance is optimized and the user login and logoff processes expedited.
Enterprise scalability
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has been tested and proven in global enterprise implementations supporting tens of thousands of users.
Hypervisor agnostic
Permits virtual apps and desktops to be deployed on any hypervisor including Citrix Hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere, cloud management platform, or storage infrastructure to give IT the freedom and flexibility needed to control costs, without impacting the user experience or performance.
Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
Easily integrate with your existing Hyper-V solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Citrix Hypervisor
Citrix Hypervisor vGPU sharing provides the best possible graphics experience when virtualizing 3D applications. View the Citrix Hypervisor Feature Matrix details.
VMware vSphere integration
Easily integrate with your existing vSphere solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Nutanix AHV
Integration within Citrix Studio offers a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure costs.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) integration
Makes it easy to manage pooled desktop and server images from System Center while leveraging policy enforcement and report processes and tools provided in SCCM.
 
Citrix Connector for System Center Configuration Manager
Provides administrators with an end-to-end solution for managing Citrix delivery sites and published applications from within the Configuration Manager console.
       
Citrix ADC load balancing
(optional)
Actively monitors services and web traffic to intelligently load balance users across Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops infrastructure to assure optimal uptime and consistent user access even during planned, unplanned, or scheduled maintenance window.

Requires Citrix Gateway appliance, sold separately.
VDA restore
In the event of a VDA installation or upgrade failure, the software will automatically restore the VDA back to its pre-upgrade state. An admin can assess information logs as to why it failed and make the necessary changes to fix the issue. The VDA will be in a stable, usable state without the need to take more significant, time-consuming corrective actions.
Product component Citrix Virtual Apps Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps Premium 
Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard 
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium
FIPS compliant
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops meets Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 compliance. (Available for 7.15 LTSR)
       
Common Criteria certified
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.15 LTSR meets Common Criteria Certification.
* For additional details refer to https://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/products/.
       
Credential Guard compliant
This Microsoft security feature introduced in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2016, guards against "Pass-the-hash" type attacks and can be utilized with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops workloads.
Strengthened IT security
Protection of all mission-critical data in the datacenter unless it can be audited, controlled and enforced by policy. Only screen updates, mouse clicks and keystrokes—not data—traverse the remote connection keeping application data safe from hackers and protecting the corporate network from unmanaged devices.
Multi-factor authentication
Enhances secure access from anywhere through integrated solutions such as RSA SecureID, RADIUS server, and Aladdin SafeWord for Citrix StoreFront via Citrix Gateway.
Federated Authentication Service
Integrates with Citrix StoreFront and SAML-based identity providers (i.e. Azure AD, Okta, Ping, etc.) via Citrix Gateway to deliver secure, single sign-on to apps and desktops while also simplifying account management of contractors, partners and employees who utilize B2B integration.
Smart card integration
Saves time for workers who need fast access to information. Support for smart card authentication to hosted applications and desktops as well as passthrough support on Citrix StoreFront via Citrix Gateway. Includes such cards as Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV).
Accelerated logon for smart card users
Expedite the user logon process for healthcare workers who depend on smart card identification for access to the virtual applications and desktops that provide patient healthcare information.
App Protection
Protect corporate data against key logging and screen capture malware by scrambling keystrokes and saving screen shots as blank images.
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ICA Proxy
Provides secure access to virtual Windows apps and desktops published on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops while keeping apps, desktops and data safely protected within the datacenter without requiring a VPN.
*Gateway appliance is required separately for on-prem deployments. The throughput of the appliance is 50 Mbps.
SmartAccess
Fine-grained context-based policy engine employs smart access policy management to balance the needs of varying use case scenarios by granting or denying individual tasks, such as printing, copy/paste or mapping drives, at a granular scenario-specific level. Provided with Citrix Gateway Universal License included in Premium.
*Citrix Gateway appliance, priced separately.
       
SSL VPN
Provides secure remote access control from any device to all the corporate resources located on the internal network. Provided with Citrix Gateway Universal License included in Premium.
*Citrix Gateway appliance, priced separately.
       
Session watermarking
Configurable security policy to display a text-based watermark on an app or desktop session to deter and track data theft.
Intelligent session recording
Records the on-screen activity of any user session hosted from a VDA for Server OS or Desktop OS, over any type of connection, subject to corporate policy and regulatory compliance.
       
Citrix Content Collaboration integration
Integrates Citrix Content Collaboration content with an optimized on-demand experience for file access and collaboration. Administrators control security policies and end user presentation to meet compliance or data sovereignty needs.
Product component Citrix Virtual Apps Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced
Citrix Virtual Apps Premium
Citrix Virtual Desktops Standard
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advance
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium
Any device access
Empowers employees to choose the devices that are right for them and their work style with a universal client that works natively on the broadest range of desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones to ensure device investment protection without added work for IT.
Enterprise app store (StoreFront)
Customer-managed hosted enterprise app store that aggregates resources from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, providing self-service access to Windows and Linux applications and desktops and internal web applications through a single portal from all devices.
Self-service password reset
Citrix StoreFront simplifies the set-up and configuration of self-service password reset. An intuitive, web-based, self-service portal allows end users to easily and quickly unlock or reset their domain password.
       
Clientless HTML5 access
Provides breakthrough performance for access to business applications and desktops from popular browsers, as well as Google Chrome devices. Enhances the graphics experience for both 2D and 3D applications and provides an improved audio-video experience at significantly lower bandwidth.
Universal printing services
Mitigates the administrative burden associated with the management of hundreds or thousands of network and local printer drivers through centralized, universal printing services and further optimizes printing performance across local, mobile, and remote connections.

Please refer to the sections below to compare features and level of IT involvement with Citrix DaaS compared to the on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Current Release and the Long Term Service Release (LTSR). All editions compared are Citrix DaaS Premium Plus edition. Some features of the cloud service may require components to be installed on-premises.

For more information on the 7.15 LTSR baseline and compatible and excluded components and features, refer to the product documentation.

Level of IT involvement key
     
= Not entitled in the release at all
= Requires IT to deploy and manage
= Hybrid solution, requires part(s) to be deployed and managed by IT
 = A Citrix cloud service*

* The VMs running the virtual applications and desktops are managed by IT to allow flexibility and data privacy.

Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Server-based virtual applications
(Server-based published applications)
Deploy Windows, web, or Linux applications enabling secure access from a wide range of devices. The application performs as if it were installed locally on the device.
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Server-based virtual desktops
(Windows and Linux hosted-shared desktops)
Highly-scalable, multi-user virtual desktops that provide the flexibility and mobility benefits of desktop virtualization while maximizing IT control through enhanced security and simplified management.
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VDI (Pooled and dedicated)
Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 11, Windows 10, and Linux, are hosted in the public cloud or datacenter and securely delivered to users on-demand. These desktops can be made available in a pooled fashion from a common base image or dedicated to users for personalization to meet the needs of advanced users.
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Server-based VDI
Enables enterprises and service providers to deliver to an individual user a single session, server-based virtual desktop either on-premises or from the cloud.
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Remote PC Access
Provide secure remote access to physical PCs and laptops leveraging the full HDX experience without SSL VPNs or the need to migrate desktops to the datacenter. Wake on LAN support allows users to turn off their PCs when not in use to save energy costs and power on automatically when users click the icon to launch a session.
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VM-hosted applications
Some applications are only compatible with a desktop OS rather than a server OS. With VM-hosted apps, the app can be hosted on individual desktop VMs and published for seamless delivery to users just like a server-hosted virtual app.
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Content publishing
Provide users access to content, including web sites and documents, from within the same Citrix interface that they access their apps and desktops.
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Support for Microsoft App-V integration
Microsoft App-V integration enables admins to distribute App-V applications to virtual desktops or servers through the Citrix Studio console without requiring a separate App-V server and database infrastructure. App-V applications can also share a common isolation environment for intercommunication.
 
Policy-based access control with templates
Policies enable administrators to control application and desktop delivery, availability and performance based on user, group, device, IP address range or other criteria. Policies can be used to control access to peripherals (drives, printers, clipboard, audio, COM ports), optimize performance (bandwidth limits, feature availability, latency reduction), and even enforce connection limits (number of sessions per user, per application, or both). Templates provide starting points for settings based on desired use-case such as maximum server scalability or branch/remote workers.
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Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
HDX user experience optimization
Deliver a superior high-definition user experience on any device, over any network. With Citrix HDX, the virtual experience rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time voice and video collaboration, USB peripherals (like smart cards and drawing/signature tablets) and 3D graphics.
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HDX adaptive transport / Enlightened Data Transport (EDT)
Enlightened Data Transport is a new transport layer for ICA over UDP and is designed to provide users with the best possible experience regardless of if they are on the LAN or a high-latency WAN. Performance improvements are realized across all virtual channels including up to 10x faster file transfers, 5x faster print times and 2x more session responsiveness with improved audio and video.
HDX 3D Pro 
HDX 3D Pro is a set of specialized technologies that enable the delivery of 3D professional graphics applications from Citrix. HDX 3D Pro works with any hypervisor, cloud, device, or GPU, enabling customers the best possible experience with the flexibility of choice.
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Thinwire 
The modern Thinwire display remoting technology maximizes server scalability while providing a great user experience for mainstream business applications running on modern versions of Windows, whether delivered to newer or older endpoint devices.
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Optimization for Microsoft Teams desktop client
Optimize the delivery of voice, video, and telephony features of a fully native Microsoft Teams client within a virtualized environment. Maximize server scalability by redirecting multi-media capabilities to the client for a high-performance user experience.  
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Optimized web-based Microsoft Teams
By leveraging browser content redirection, the embedded Teams browser content can be redirected to the client. This enables audio and video processing to occur on the endpoint to provide the best possible Teams experience within a virtualized environment.
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Cisco Jabber optimization 
(Provided and supported by third-party)
Optimize Cisco Jabber in virtual app and desktop environments with the Cisco Virtualization Experience Media Edition (VXME). Media processing is offloaded to the endpoint device for the best possible user experience and maximum server scalability.
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Avaya One-X optimization 
Designed to run in Citrix environments for optimized delivery of HD-quality voice and video.
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Windows Media redirection
Windows Media redirection controls and optimizes the way servers deliver streaming audio and video to users. By playing the media run-time files on the client device rather than the server, Windows Media redirection reduces the bandwidth requirements for playing multimedia files. Windows Media redirection improves the performance of Windows Media player and compatible players running on virtual Windows desktops.
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H.264-enhanced HDX SuperCodec
The HDX SuperCodec is a blend of modern codec technologies that enables HDX to use the best compression method for each different type of content on the screen. Citrix was the first vendor to leverage H.264 codec technology with virtual desktops and we’ve continued to enhance our H.264 technology to deliver higher frame rates, top quality video and 3D graphics, and best-in-class bandwidth efficiency.
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H.265-enhanced HDX SuperCodec
Leverage H.265 (High Efficiency Video Coding), the latest industry-standard for video compression, within virtual apps and desktops for hardware acceleration of remote graphics and videos.
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HDX Mobile 
HDX Mobile improves the experience of Citrix users working in supported Windows applications and desktops on mobile devices. HDX includes a native interface control channel allowing Windows apps to be re-factored for a touch experience while leveraging device features such as multi-touch gestures and native menu controls.
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Citrix app personalization
Customize your Citrix client apps with your own app name and co-branded app icon, providing an end-to-end personalized user experience.
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Global app configuration service 
Seamlessly deliver Citrix Workspace service URLs and Citrix Workspace app settings through a centrally managed service.
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Session linger 
Keeps the user's session connection open after the user closes the app to provide a quick app reconnect or enable the user to open a new app without repeating the logon process.
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Local app access 
Permit Windows apps local to the endpoint device to be seamlessly displayed within a full-screen virtual desktop session even though they are installed and running locally.
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Citrix Casting
Citrix Casting allows users to move Citrix virtual app and desktops sessions securely and seamlessly from a mobile device to any display connected to Citrix Ready workspace hub.
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Citrix Ready workspace hub
Cost-effective, high-performance enterprise grade thin-client developed on the Raspberry Pi platform.
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Single sign-on with SAML 
Integrate Citrix StoreFront directly with a SAML identity provider for a true single sign-on solution to resources.
Web-based self-service password reset 
Citrix StoreFront simplifies the set-up and configuration of self-service password reset. An intuitive, web-based, self-service portal allows end users to easily and quickly unlock or reset their domain password.
 
HDX MultiStream ICA 
Deliver HDX virtual channels over up to four TCP/IP streams and two UDP streams. This provides full flexibility for Quality of Service (QoS) routing over the network and provides superior audio/visual quality without disrupting other HTTP traffic.
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Browser content redirection
Redirect the full contents of a web browser to be rendered on the client for maximum server scalability and optimal user experience.
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HTML5 video redirection
Offload HTML5 video content to the endpoint device for internal sites that are controlled by IT. This provides the best possible user experience for rich content while also maintaining maximum server scalability.
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Universal print driver 
Set of generic print drivers that can be used by any printer device as an alternative to the standard printer vendor/model driver.
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Universal print server 
Optional server component that is installed on a Windows print server to process print jobs from Citrix sessions.
Citrix profile management 
Comprehensive profile handling and optimization including streaming, inclusion/exclusion, synchronization and reporting.
Pre-launch 
Creates a local-like app launch experience by expediting the session creation process. With pre-launch, a session waits for the user in an active or disconnected state, enabling quick, instant-on app access to an already active app session making for a fast and local-like app launch experience.
Workspace Environment Management (WEM)
Extend the value of your Citrix deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving money with improved server scalability.
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Citrix ITSM ServiceNow Adapter
The Citrix ITSM Adapter for ServiceNow is a cloud service that provides single point of integration between Citrix to ServiceNow, enabling automation of common tasks in the enterprise with out of the box workflows aimed at improving efficiency, compliance and productivity.
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For information regarding cloud provisioning with on-premises LTSR, view CTX270373.

Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Citrix Provisioning 
Centralized, comprehensive image management and network-based image streaming of Windows and Linux workloads to both virtual and physical target devices. Components can be deployed within the public cloud or on-premises as required. For more details, please view the latest Citrix product documentation.
User personalization layers
Integrated technology that captures user customizations, providing a persistent experience to users logging into non-persistent machines. 
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Citrix Provisioning accelerator 
Running Citrix Hypervisor, along with Citrix Provisioning and Citrix DaaS/Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, allows caching of streamed VM data on hypervisor hosts. This cache improves VM performance, especially in large environments, while also reducing network consumption and conserving resources on the Citrix Provisioning servers.
Citrix Machine Creation Services
Image management and provisioning control from within the Citrix Studio console for simplified administration, especially beneficial in a public or hybrid cloud deployment. Integrates directly with APIs of public clouds and hypervisors to streamline management.
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Citrix App Layering
Create distinct layers for operating systems, applications, and user personalizations, which are combined at runtime to provide an optimized user experience. Layered deployments can provide significant cost and management benefits, while giving users a customized desktop experience.

*Multiple platforms require Premium

VDA restore
In the event of a VDA installation or upgrade fail, the software will automatically restore the VDA back to its pre-upgrade state. An admin can assess information logs as to why it failed and make the necessary changes to fix the issue. The VDA will be in a stable, usable state without the need to take more significant, time-consuming corrective actions.


 
Image portability service
Manage a single Windows image that is optimized for multiple resource locations for increased admin efficiency in migration workflows or hybrid deployments.
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VDA upgrade service (Tech Preview)
Simplify the VDA upgrade process by automating upgrades to the latest version of the VDA, depending on your machine catalog type. Upgrades can be scheduled on-demand without performing a manual upgrade or reinstalling the VDA.
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Microsoft Azure 
Azure has been identified as the strategic public cloud vendor for Citrix solutions. Cloud provisioning on Azure enables IT to dynamically provision app and desktop workloads in Microsoft Azure from their on-premises deployment or deploy a new environment entirely within Azure.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) 
Hybrid cloud provisioning enables IT to dynamically provision app and desktop workloads from Amazon Web Services.
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Google Cloud
Provides seamless management of Google Cloud instances. Create hosting connections, deploy managed machine catalogs, browse Google Cloud resources directly from Citrix web Studio, and provide full image management and power management control to your administrators.
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VMware Cloud on AWS 
By running Citrix DaaS on VMware Cloud on AWS, you can use the same management tools and desktop images as your on-premises VMware vSphere environment. And streamline operations between your datacenters and the AWS Cloud.
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Azure VMware Solution 
Direct support for Azure VMware Solution (AVS) on Citrix DaaS allowing workload deployment, management, and monitoring of Citrix workloads running in Azure via AVS.
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Google Cloud VMware Engine 
Migrate or extend your on-premises VMware-based Citrix VDA workloads to Google Cloud and your core Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment to Citrix DaaS without having to refactor your applications. Benefit from increased scalability and agility while continuing to leverage the value of your existing VMware investments.
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Nutanix Clusters on AWS
Nutanix enables customer choice and hybrid cloud deployments to run Citrix workloads. Nutanix and Citrix technologies enable you to extend Citrix virtual desktops into AWS under a single management plane.
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Azure Virtual Desktop
Supports the deployment of Citrix workloads on Microsoft Azure, as part of your Azure Virtual Desktop entitlement, including multi-session Windows 11/10 support.
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Citrix Hypervisor 
Easily integrate with a Citrix Hypervisor solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time. Citrix Hypervisor vGPU sharing provides the best possible graphics experience when virtualizing 3D applications.
Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 
Easily integrate with your existing Hyper-V solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
VMware vSphere 
Easily integrate with your existing vSphere solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Nutanix Acropolis 
Integration within Citrix Studio offers a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure costs.

 

Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Universal enterprise app store
(StoreFront)
Aggregate resources from Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops in one place providing self-service access to Windows applications and desktops and internal web applications through a single portal from all devices.
Anonymous (unauthenticated) access
Enables Citrix StoreFront to provide access to user sessions without authenticating. Generally, this is used where applications themselves require their own authentication. Allows administrators to optionally make a specific Store support anonymous (unauthenticated) access.
Store customization SDK
Enables admins to restrict access to applications and desktops based on the user’s location, the type of devices the user has, or smart access policies. Create and define business logic around how users launch and experience applications to tailor access to application resources so that they meet the needs of your business.

Resource filtering by types or keywords
Tailor the applications visible to certain users by filtering on keywords present in the application description field or property types.
Favorite applications
Enables users to define a list of favorite or frequently used applications for fast access. IT can configure featured applications for easy access to mission-critical programs.

 

Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Citrix Workspace app
Citrix Workspace app is an all-in-one app where users can access their favorite Windows, Linux, mobile, SaaS, web apps, desktops and files seamlessly and instantly. Users get uninterrupted access to the apps they need while IT retains immaculate control over user accounts and password policies to strengthen corporate security. (Refer to the Citrix Workspace app feature matrix for additional details by platform).
Citrix Receiver 
A legacy client interface that automatically installs and configures client devices to access applications and resources meant specifically for authenticated users. Available for a wide array of OS platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. Citrix Workspace app includes the full capabilities of Citrix Receiver and more.
Citrix digital workspace experience
Citrix workspace experience UI is a Citrix cloud service that enumerates and delivers all your digital workspace resources to Citrix Workspace app. On-prem customers can utilize Citrix site aggregation to aggregate their on-premises virtual app and desktop deployments and provide simple two-factor authentication via time-based one-time passwords for enhanced security.
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Citrix StoreFront 
Customer-managed hosted enterprise app store that aggregates resources from both Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, providing self-service access to Windows and Linux applications and desktops and internal web applications through a single portal from all devices.
Clientless HTML5 access
Provides breakthrough performance for access to business applications and desktops from popular browsers, as well as Google Chrome devices. Enhances the graphics experience for both 2D and 3D applications and provides an improved audio-video experience at significantly lower bandwidth.
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Non-admin client installation 
Eliminates the need to give users “Administrator” privileges in order to install Receiver for Windows to simplify application access. 

 

Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Regulatory compliance and certification 
Citrix is committed to providing secure software to our customers and supporting well known accessibility standards. Refer to Citrix Trust Center for the latest information.
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Smart access 
Fine-grained context-based policy engine employs smart access policy management to balance the needs of varying use case scenarios by granting or denying individual tasks, such as printing, copy/paste or mapping drives, at a granular scenario-specific level. Gateway appliance purchased separately for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployments.
ICA Proxy cloud service 
Hardware and software-based SSL-proxy that allows remote users to securely access datacenter hosted applications delivered via Citrix DaaS. All hosted application traffic is proxied to enable firewall traversal without requiring additional ports to be opened. ICA Proxy provides secure access to virtual Windows apps and desktops published on Citrix DaaS while keeping apps, desktops and data safely protected within the datacenter without requiring a VPN.
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Endpoint scanning and extensible analysis 
Clients are scanned against administrator-defined criteria to enforce proper configuration such as up-to-date security software and operating system hotfixes. Endpoint analysis can be extended using industry-standard development tools.
Federated authentication to Azure Active Directory
Deliver secure, single sign-on to apps and desktops by authenticating to Azure Active Directory.

 

Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Centralized application delivery 
Applications are configured to execute on the servers in the datacenter. Apps and data are maintained in the datacenter and never on the users’ devices, improving security and compliance.
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Centralized desktop delivery 
Server-based and VDI desktops reside in the datacenter. Delivery in this manner means that the user experience of a full desktop is preserved regardless of a user’s device.
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Peripheral connection control 
Allows admins to define policies that control data transferred between the virtual session and the end user device. Restricts whether hard drives, printers, USB, COM ports, and the clipboard are mapped for a user.
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Session watermarking
Configurable security policy to display a text-based watermark on an app or desktop session to deter and track data theft.
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App Protection
Protect corporate data against keylogging and screen capture malware by scrambling keystrokes and saving screen shots as blank images.
* Must be purchased as an add-on for on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops editions.
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Adaptive Authentication 
Advanced authentication capabilities for Citrix Workspace login including multi-factor authentication, endpoint analysis, conditional/policy-driven authentication, logon page customization, and contextual access to virtual apps and desktops and Citrix Secure Private Access.
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TLS/SSL encryption 
Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption ensures that all application delivery communications are secure.
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AES support 
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is required by many government agencies and organizations with strict security requirements.
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Trusted server configuration
Similar to Internet Explorer’s “trusted web sites” feature, Trusted Server Configuration prevents users from accessing unauthorized or un-trusted servers. 
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Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Active Directory support 
Support for this established platform ensures users are properly authenticated for access to resources.
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Federated Authentication Service 
Integrates with SAML-based identity providers (i.e. Azure AD, Okta, Ping, etc.) to deliver secure, single sign-on to apps and desktops while also simplifying account management of contractors, partners and employees who utilize B2B integration. If using Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Gateway purchase required.
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Multi-factor authentication 
Enhances secure access from anywhere through integrated solutions such as RSA SecureID, RADIUS server, and Aladdin SafeWord. If using Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Gateway purchase required.
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Kerberos authentication
Kerberos simplifies user authentication and reduces logon points while ensuring logon chain integrity when users are accessing applications . If using Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Gateway purchase required.
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Smart card support
Support for smart card authentication to hosted applications and desktops as well as passthrough support. Includes such cards as Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV). If using Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Gateway purchase required.
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Passthrough authentication 
Provides the ability to pass the user’s desktop password to the server. This reduces the need for multiple system and application authentication. If using Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Gateway purchase required.
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Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Centralized management consoles
Comprehensive interface that enables complete management of the entire infrastructure including servers, applications, licenses, printers and users from any location.
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Citrix cloud-based management
Management infrastructure hosted by Citrix, which guarantees an up-to-date management experience supporting the latest features. Also allows for an easy addition of other Citrix cloud services with shared capabilities across the services.
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Application groups and tagging
Group applications into logical collections to simplify application publishing, settings management and conserve resources. Tagging functionality allows admins to satisfy a broad range of publishing scenarios including individual machine publishing and publishing to subsets of machines.
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Active Directory Group Policy integration
Group Policy templates and integration with Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy-based management enable rapid server, application, and user access configuration across even the most complex environments.
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Delegated administration 
Designate specific administrative tasks to individual users or groups, such as helpdesk staff or support teams. Gives large IT departments the ability to isolate the scope and role of administrative functions for compliance and control.
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Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Enterprise scale
Citrix DaaS and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops have been tested and proven in global enterprise implementations supporting tens of thousands of users.
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Service continuity
Remove or minimize dependence on the availability of components involved in the connection process. Users can launch their virtual apps and desktops regardless of the cloud services health status.
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Local host cache
Allows users to connect to their applications and desktops in the event that the connection to centralized management is broken.
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No single point of failure
Multiple options for redundancy with the required databases, controllers, and other infrastructure components.
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Effortless multi-location management
Easily expand to and manage multiple resource locations, across different public and private clouds.
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Citrix cloud service level agreement (SLA)
Cloud services are designed using industry best practices to achieve a high degree of service availability as defined here.
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Product component

Citrix DaaS
Premium Plus

2203 Long Term Service Release

1912 Long Term Service Release
Citrix Autoscale
Citrix admins can support schedule-based scaling, load-based scaling or a combination of both to automatically power workloads on and off based on peak and non-peak times or loads. This helps with cost-savings and capacity utilization by powering on workloads as needed.
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Citrix Monitor
Provides a single web-based console where IT help desk admins can monitor, troubleshoot, and assist users with virtual desktops and apps for thousands of users as easily as for one. The same console can be used to assist users with delivered apps and desktops.
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Advanced monitoring 
Trend analysis available through the Citrix Monitor dashboard give admins insight into machine failures, etc. allowing escalation teams to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues.
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Integrates with Citrix Analytics for Security
Citrix Analytics for Security continuously assesses the behavior of users and applies actions to protect sensitive corporate information. The aggregation and correlation of data across networks, virtualized applications and desktops, and content collaboration tools enables the generation of valuable insights and more focused actions to address user security threats.
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Integrates with Citrix Analytics for Performance
Citrix Analytics for Performance provides a single, easy-to-use dashboard to track, aggregate, and visualize key performance indicators across user sessions. It delivers real-time actionable insights with individual user experience scores that are used to help IT isolate and solve performance problems, ensuring a great employee experience.
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Zones
Define how users are able to connect to apps and desktops based on criteria such as where the user is currently connecting from, what datacenter the app resides in or the location of the user profile. IT can deliver the best possible user experience while meeting business objectives.

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Load balancing and connection throttling
Load management measures the server load and determines which server to select upon user log on, under the current environment conditions. Connection throttling prevents new servers from being overloaded when many users logon to the environment at once by automatically controlling server load. This ensures users are distributed across the available virtual application servers and creates a consistent, reliable user access experience.
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Connection control 
Administrators can set a limit on the number of total simultaneous connections that each user can have to the environment. Administrators can also prevent users from launching more than one instance of the same published application.
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Cloud-based license management
Flexible license allocation controls to allow administrators to release and reassign licenses as organizational needs change.
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On-premises license usage monitoring
Aggregates license usage across multiple deployments in a single consolidated view and keeps historical records of license usage.

*Must have a Citrix cloud account to enable functionality 
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Application user load
Limits the number of users allowed to connect to each specific hosted application, helping enforce licensing requirements for the application.
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Citrix Hypervisor VM portability 
Full-featured hypervisor including GPU virtualization and live migration functionality of virtual workloads from one physical server to another without interrupting user operation.
App and desktop probing
Proactively monitors the health of apps and desktops by scheduling automated launches to test overall system or site health.
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System monitoring and reporting 
Citrix Monitor allows admins to efficiently manage and monitor system resources and generate reports on application and server availability, performance and capacity.
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Historical performance trending
Analyzes performance trends for proactive capacity planning and deployment optimization. With up to a full year of trend data available, detailed performance management and capacity management allowing you to keep track of your infrastructure.
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Custom reporting
Build your own reports within Citrix Monitor as required when you need something more than what the built-in trends reports offer. An intuitive interface provides access to a wide variety of data points. Reports can be saved and later shared as required along with the corresponding ODATA query.
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SCOM Alerts 
Surface alerts from SCOM through the Monitor web-based console for improved overall visibility.
Proactive notification and alerting 
Set warning and critical thresholds for key metrics, such as CPU, memory and network and receive notifications when they are hit. Alerts can further be integrated with standard SNMP systems.
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User experience network analysis
Network analysis that makes it possible to isolate and manage your HDX network performance. 
Session recording
Record the on-screen activity of any user session hosted from a VDA for Server OS or Desktop OS, over any type of connection, subject to corporate policy and regulatory compliance.
Configuration logging
Track administrative changes made to configure deployments, by whom and at what time they were made to simplify and accelerate troubleshooting and ensure audit compliance. 
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Citrix Insight Services 
Collect and upload diagnostic information to cis.citrix.com from your deployment to proactively prevent issues and quickly resolve issues when they occur. Health checks analyze the environment to spot misconfigurations, identify security updates and advise best practice.
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HDX session screen sharing in Linux 
Linux VDA allows you to share the screen of your virtual desktop with session users on other virtual desktops.
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