Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops features

Enable a modern digital workspace by delivering apps and desktops to any device from any cloud. Compare features of the various Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops editions to determine which is right for your business.

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Cloud service

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service offerings provide simplified IT management and hybrid-cloud flexibility for virtual applications, VDI, and managed desktop as a service (DaaS) deployments. Please refer to the sections below to learn which features are available across cloud editions.

Product Component Citrix Virtual Desktops service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps Premium service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service
Deliver Windows and Linux Apps
Enable secure access to Windows and Linux apps on any type of device including iOS, Android, Mac and Windows for on-demand access from anywhere. The application performs as if it were installed locally on the device.
 
Deliver Multisession Windows and Linux Desktops
Deliver multi-user virtual desktops from a Windows/Linux server or desktop OS on-prem or in a public cloud. Including the multi-session Windows 10 Enterprise on Azure entitlement of Windows Virtual Desktop.
 

Deliver Single Session Server VDI
(Pooled, Dedicated, Personal)
Delivers a desktop from a server operating system for a single user, supported on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session
     
Deliver Single Session Windows Client OS Desktops
(Pooled, Dedicated, Personal)
Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 10 and Windows 7 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.

   
Deliver Single Session Linux Desktops
Linux Desktops that are 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.
 
   
Citrix Managed Azure capacity
Compute capacity managed by Citrix and billed directly to customer
 
   
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.

   
Product Component Citrix Virtual Desktops service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps Premium service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service
Any Device Access
Empowers 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 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 Workspace experience
A complete cloud-based digital workspace solution that allows you to deliver secure access to the information, apps, and content relevant to each employee’s specific role on any device.

Citrix StoreFront
(Citrix user interface for virtualization only)

On-prem hosted enterprise app store that aggregates resources from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, providing self-service access to Windows applications and desktops and internal web applications through a single portal from all devices.
 
Microsoft Teams Optimization
Citrix optimizes 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.
 
HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business
The HDX RealTime Optimization Pack optimizes the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of Skype for Business when hosted on Citrix Virtual Apps or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.
 

Workspace Environment Management
WEM adds incredible value to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving customers money with improved server scalability.


 
Product Component Citrix Virtual Desktops service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps Premium service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service
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.



Custom delegated administration
This capability in Citrix 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
This capability in Citrix 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.
 
Includes Citrix Hypervisor
An on-premises hypervisor provided by Citrix. Visit the Citrix Hypervisor Feature Matrix for more info.
 
Integrates with any Hypervisor
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.
 
Hybrid Resource Locations
Deploy Workloads on-premises and/or public cloud from a unified location
 
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 image management simplifies deployments of all sizes, physical or virtual, by streaming Windows and Linux OS workloads. *Component can only be deployed in an on-prem, co-located, or customer datacenter, contact your sales representative for guidance
+ Citrix Provisioning for Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced is available for VMHosted application instances running on a 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.


Fast Image Builder
A management tool that enables customers to custom build master images with templates provided by Citrix
*Via Quick Deploy only
 
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Citrix Prepared Images
Image template provided by Citrix to aid customers in building master images
*Via Quick Deploy only
 
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The Citrix ITSM Adapter for ServiceNow
Providing a single point of integration between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to ServiceNow, the ITSM adaptor automates aspects of virtual apps and desktop delivery with out of the box workflows aimed at improving efficiency, compliance and productivity.
       
Basic App Layering
Offers admins the ability to create distinct layers for operating systems, applications, 0365 layers, 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).
   

Citrix App Layering with Advanced configuration
Focused on management at scale and multi-site needs, it 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
 
   
Citrix SD- WAN Integration
(Sold separately)
Delivers a superior user experience even over low-bandwidth, high latency connections. Citrix HDX technology can intelligently detect bandwidth capacity and dynamically transform communication on the fly.
 
 

FSLogix Integration*
Access to FSLogix profile and application technologies
*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.
       
Product Component Citrix Virtual Desktops service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps Premium service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced service Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium service
Monitoring with 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 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, reboot warnings and Citrix ADM (formerly NetScaler MAS) integration and override control over roaming sessions ensure that IT is in complete control of their delivery solution for optimal performance and availability.


     
Integrates with Citrix Analytics
(Sold Separately)
Citrix Analytics generates actionable insights, enabling administrators to proactively handle user and application security threats, improve app performance, and support continuous operations.
 

Gateway Service
Citrix Gateway Service provides secure, simplified access to all the SaaS and on-premises deployed web apps IT makes available to their end users. Organizations are entitled to 1GB of data per user per month, and data usage entitled is counted as pooled usage.
*Organizations have the option to upgrade to Gateway Standard (add-on)
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Federated Authentication Service
FAS enables seamless single sign-on to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 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
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.
 

   
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.



On-premises

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on-premises offerings are robust enterprise grade solutions for VDI and virtual applications. To compare the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1912 LTSR to the latest Current Release, please visit this matrix.

Please refer to the sections below to learn which features are available across on-premises editions.

  Virtual Apps Standard
(formerly XenApp Advanced)
Virtual Apps Advanced
(formerly XenApp Enterprise)
Virtual Apps Premium 
(formerly XenApp Platinum)
Virtual Desktops Standard 
(formerly XenDesktop VDI)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Advanced
(formerly XenDesktop Enterprise)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Premium
(formerly XenDesktop Platinum)
Server-based Virtual Applications (Server-based hosted apps)
Enable secure access to Windows, web, or Linux* apps on any type of device including iOS, Android, Mac and Windows for on-demand access from anywhere. 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 10, Windows 7, 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
     
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.
       
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.
   
  Virtual Apps Standard
(formerly XenApp Advanced)
Virtual Apps Advanced
(formerly XenApp Enterprise)
Virtual Apps Premium 
(formerly XenApp Platinum)
Virtual Desktops Standard 
(formerly XenDesktop VDI)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Advanced
(formerly XenDesktop Enterprise)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Premium
(formerly XenDesktop Platinum)
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.
Optimized Skype for Business
The HDX RealTime Optimization Pack optimizes the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of Skype for Business when hosted on Citrix Virtual Apps or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. The Optimization Pack maximizes server scalability to minimize TCO and supports advanced features such as H.264 SVC, QoE reporting, and interop with third-party transcoders, bridges, gateways and audio recording systems.
Learn more
   
Optimization for Microsoft Teams
Citrix optimizes 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
Allows users to securely and seamlessly move Citrix virtual app and desktop sessions from a mobile device to any display connected to Citrix Ready workspace hub
       
Workspace Environment Management (WEM)
WEM adds incredible value to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving customers money with improved server scalability.
   
Citrix X1 Mouse
A purpose-built wireless Bluetooth mouse for use while connecting to apps and desktops from iOS and Android devices. Enables precise interaction while providing an enhanced mobile experience that can often replace the need to work from a laptop or desktop.
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
HDX policy templates make it easy for admins to 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.
Citrix SD-WAN for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard (DaaS)
SD-WAN integrated into DaaS admin workflow for automated provisioning of SD-WAN virtual appliance on Azure.
*Purchase Citrix SD-WAN appliances for on-premise branches separately
       
Citrix SD-WAN AutoQoS
Improves the Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops experience through granular optimization within an HDX session. The proprietary ICA protocol distinguishes different types of ICA traffic such as in-band audio, display remoting, multimedia redirection, and printing and can optimize such traffic using Quality of Service (QoS) controls. Auto-configures Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for optimal integration, whether on prem or in the cloud.
Granular visibility with rich reporting into HDX user, session, and site level detail.
*Purchase Citrix SD-WAN appliances separately
WAN Optimization
(sold separately)
Delivers a superior user experience even over low-bandwidth, high latency connections. Citrix HDX technology can intelligently detect bandwidth capacity and dynamically transform communication on the fly.
     
  Virtual Apps Standard
(formerly XenApp Advanced)
Virtual Apps Advanced
(formerly XenApp Enterprise)
Virtual Apps Premium 
(formerly XenApp Platinum)
Virtual Desktops Standard 
(formerly XenDesktop VDI)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Advanced
(formerly XenDesktop Enterprise)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Premium
(formerly XenDesktop Platinum)
App and Desktop Probing
Proactively monitors the health of apps and desktops by scheduling automated launches to test overall system or site health.
         
Citrix App Layering
Offers admins the ability to create distinct layers for operating systems, applications, 0365 layers, 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, it 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.
*Standard Edition: 1 week
Advanced Edition: 1 month
Premium Edition: 1 year
 
Director Premium Edition
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, reboot warnings and Citrix ADM (formerly NetScaler MAS) integration and override control over roaming sessions ensure that IT is in complete control of their delivery solution for optimal performance and availability.
       
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
Network analysis is provided by Citrix HDX Insight. This advanced feature makes it possible to isolate and manage your HDX network performance.
*Citrix Gateway Advanced or Premium and Citrix ADM required for Citrix HDX Insight
       
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 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.
*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
     
Citrix Machine Creation
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
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
 
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 virtualization solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Citrix Hypervisor
Included with all Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops editions, Citrix Hypervisor vGPU sharing provides the best possible graphics experience when virtualizing 3D applications. Visit the Citrix Hypervisor Feature Matrix for more info.
VMware vSphere integration
Easily integrate with your existing vSphere virtualization solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Nutanix AHV
Integration within Citrix Studio offers built-in virtualization for 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.
The Citrix ITSM Adapter for ServiceNow Providing a single point of integration between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to ServiceNow, the ITSM adaptor automates aspects of virtual apps and desktop delivery with out of the box workflows aimed at improving efficiency, compliance and productivity.        
  Virtual Apps Standard
(formerly XenApp Advanced)
Virtual Apps Advanced
(formerly XenApp Enterprise)
Virtual Apps Premium 
(formerly XenApp Platinum)
Virtual Desktops Standard 
(formerly XenDesktop VDI)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Advanced
(formerly XenDesktop Enterprise)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Premium
(formerly XenDesktop Platinum)
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.
 * Refer to https://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/products/ for additional info.
       
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 (previously NetScaler).
Federated Authentication Service
Integrates with 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 (previously NetScaler). Includes such cards as Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV).
Accelerated Logon for Smart Card Users 
is key when time is of the essence for healthcare workers who need fast access to patient information. 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.

* Must be purchased as an add-on for on-premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops


     
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
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
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 (Previously ShareFile) 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.
  Virtual Apps Standard
(formerly XenApp Advanced)
Virtual Apps Advanced
(formerly XenApp Enterprise)
Virtual Apps Premium 
(formerly XenApp Platinum)
Virtual Desktops Standard 
(formerly XenDesktop VDI)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Advanced
(formerly XenDesktop Enterprise)
Virtual Apps & Desktops Premium
(formerly XenDesktop Platinum)
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)
Aggregates resources from 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.
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.
Deployment comparison

Please refer to the sections below to compare features and level of IT involvement from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service with the on-premises Current Release and the Long Term Service Release (LTSR). All editions compared are Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium 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

Feature

Virtual Apps and
Desktops service

2103 
Current 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.

VDI (Pooled and dedicated)
Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 10, Windows 7, 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.

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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*public cloud not available
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.
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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.

Support for Universal Apps based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
Universal Apps are modern, interactive applications designed to work on a wide variety of the latest Windows devices. Seamlessly deliver apps based on this new flexible platform from both Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 to any device.
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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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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.
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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 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.
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Thinwire 
The modern Thinwire display remoting technology in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 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
Citrix optimizes the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of a fully native Microsoft Teams client 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.  
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Optimized web-based Microsoft Teams
By leveraging Browser Content Redirection within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, the embedded Teams browser content can be redirected to the client. This enables audio and video processing occur on the endpoint to provide the best possible Teams experience within a virtualized environment.
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HDX RealTime Optimization Pack for Skype for Business 
The HDX RealTime Optimization Pack optimizes the delivery of voice, video and telephony features of Skype for Business when hosted on Citrix Virtual Apps or Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. The Optimization Pack maximizes server scalability to minimize TCO and supports advanced features such as H.264 SVC, QoE reporting, and interop with third-party transcoders, bridges, gateways and audio recording systems.
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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 Virtual Apps and Desktops 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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Flash Redirection 
Adobe Flash content accessed via published applications is offloaded from the server and redirected to the user’s device (Windows or Linux) reducing resource consumption and improving performance.
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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
Citrix is the only vendor to make use of 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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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 securely and seamlessly move Citrix virtual app and desktop sessions from a mobile device to any display connected to Citrix Ready workspace hub.
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Citrix Ready workspace hub
Citrix Ready workspace hub a cost effective, high performance enterprise grade thin-client developed on the Raspberry Pi platform.
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Citrix X1 Mouse 
A purpose-built wireless Bluetooth mouse for use while connecting to apps and desktops from iOS and Android devices. Enables precise interaction while providing an enhanced mobile experience that can often replace the need to work from a laptop or desktop.
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Single Sign-on with SAML 
Integrate 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.
 
Citrix SD-WAN for WAN optimization
Significantly improves Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops capacity and performance over the WAN while providing a unified platform that accelerates applications across public and private networks, improving performance and end user experience. Citrix SD-WAN VPX (WANOP edition) appliances are included for branch offices. Citrix SD-WAN appliances for datacenter is purchased separately.
Citrix SD-WAN Plug-in 
Software-based, network accelerator client that runs on Windows laptops and workstations offering accelerated app performance from anywhere, not just offices with Citrix SD-WAN appliances.
HDX MultiStream ICA 
Provides the option of delivering HDX virtual channels over up to four TCP/IP streams and two UDP streams. This gives customers full flexibility for Quality of Service (QoS) routing over the network and provide superior audio/visual quality without disrupting other HTTP traffic.
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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. 
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 Virtual App and Desktop 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)
WEM adds incredible value to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployments by optimizing the user experience, accelerating user logins, improving manageability of the user environment, and saving customers 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 Virtual Apps and Desktops 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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Citrix Provisioning 
Simplifies management for deployments of all sizes, physical or virtual, by streaming Windows and Linux OS image workloads. This reduces the amount of required shared storage and dramatically simplifies the ability to patch and update machines with fast rollout and fast rollback functionality exclusive to Provisioning Services.
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 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
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
Offers admins the ability to create distinct layers for Operating System, 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. 

*User Layers and Multiple platforms requires Premium

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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Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop
Supports the deployment of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops workloads on Microsoft Azure as part of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, including Windows 10 multi-session.
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Azure Government
Supports the deployment of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops workloads on Microsoft Azure Government
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Azure Germany
Supports the deployment of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops workloads on Microsoft Azure Germany
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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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Power Management for Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
Power management support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with the Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops service deliver a better way to work with Google Cloud instances. With this new innovation, you can now create hosting connections to GCP, create managed machine catalogs, browse your GCP resources directly from the Citrix Studio UI, and provide full power management control to your administrators.
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Citrix Hypervisor 
Easily integrate with a Citrix Hypervisor virtualization 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 virtualization solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
VMware vSphere 
Easily integrate with your existing vSphere virtualization solution for provisioning machines and the flexibility to expand or change your infrastructure at any time.
Nutanix Acropolis 
Integration within Citrix Studio offers built-in virtualization for a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure costs. 

 

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Universal enterprise app store
(StoreFront)
Aggregate resources from 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 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 define a list of favorite or frequently used applications for fast access. IT can configure featured applications for easy access to mission-critical programs.

 

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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 includes the full capabilities of Citrix Receiver and more
Citrix Workspace experience
Workspace experience U/I 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 available in Citrix Cloud services 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. For more information on Citrix Workspace experience go here.
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Citrix StoreFront 
Enables IT to create enterprise app stores that aggregate resources from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops in one place. The store created provides users with self-service access to their Windows applications and desktops through a single portal from all their devices. Admins get a single place to manage the provisioning of corporate applications and desktops for users.
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. 

 

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FIPS compliance 
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops meets Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 compliance.
   
Common Criteria Certification
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1912 LTSR meets Common Criteria Certification.

* Refer to https://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/products/ for additional info

     
508 Compliance
Citrix is committed to supporting well known accessibility standards including Section 508 compliance.
   
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.
ICA Proxy via Citrix Gateway Service 
Hardware and software-based SSL-proxy that allows remote users to securely access data center hosted applications delivered via Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. 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 Virtual Apps and Desktops 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.

* Requires on-premise Citrix Gateway

 

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Centralized application delivery 
Applications are configured to execute on the servers in the data center. Apps and data are maintained in the data center 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 data center. 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
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 key logging 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

 
ShareFile integration 
Integrate ShareFile 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.
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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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Active Directory support
Support for this established platform ensures users are properly authenticated for access to resources.

Federated Authentication Service

Integrates with StoreFront and SAML-based identity providers (i.e. Azure AD, Okta, Ping, etc) via Citrix Gateway (previously NetScaler) to deliver secure, single sign-on to apps and desktops while also simplifying account management of contractors, partners and employees who utilize B2B integration.

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 (previously NetScaler).

Kerberos authentication 
Kerberos simplifies user authentication and reduces logon points while ensuring logon chain integrity when users are accessing applications through Citrix StoreFront via Citrix Gateway (previously NetScaler).

Smart card support 
Support for smart card authentication to hosted applications and desktops as well as passthrough support on Citrix StoreFront via Citrix Gateway (previously NetScaler). Includes such cards as Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV).

Passthrough authentication 
Provides the ability to pass the user’s desktop password to the server on Citrix StoreFront via Citrix Gateway (previously NetScaler). This reduces the need for multiple system and application authentication.

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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, like Content Collaboration and Endpoint Management, with shared capabilities across the services.
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Application Groups & 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 
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.

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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.

 

 

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Enterprise Scale
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has been tested and proven in global enterprise implementations supporting tens of thousands of users.
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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 Multilocation Management
Easily Expand to and manage multiple resource locations, across different public and private clouds, as well as Citrix Workspace Appliances.
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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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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 Director 
Citrix Director 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 analytics 
Trend analysis available through the Citrix Director dashboard give admins insight into machine failures, etc. allowing escalation teams to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues.
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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 data center 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 logon, 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-prem license usage monitoring
Aggregates license usage across multiple deployments in a single consolidated view in Citrix Cloud 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 Director 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 Director 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 Director 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 provides by Citrix HDX Insight, this advanced feature makes it possible to isolate and manage your HDX network performance. 
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.
Configuration logging
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. 
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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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