What Is Citrix XenApp Advanced Edition?

Applications can be installed on to a server running XenApp and then made available to users securely (application publishing). Users can use different types of devices such as desktop computers, tablets to smartphones to connect to and use the published applications.

Browser selection

IT departments can select the best web browser for each web or SaaS application to securely deliver the application to the user’s browser on their device.

XenApp published desktops

Users can connect to the desktop of a server running XenApp. This desktop can be made available (published) to users securely and accessed remotely to give the look and feel to users as though they were working on a desktop computer.


High Definition eXperience allows for better graphical definitions, including using a wider range of peripherals and optimization capabilities on high latency networks.

Citrix X1 Mouse

Able to use a mouse with Apple iPad and iPhone devices with Windows apps and Desktops accessed using Citrix Receiver.

HDX 3D Pro

Remote office workers can utilize graphically intense 3D applications securely and safely using HDX 3D Pro technology.

HDX Virtual Display Technologies

Increased visual performance using Framehawk and Thinwire technologies including over wireless and low bandwidth, high latency network connections.

HDX User Experience Templates

Policy templates to fine tune the user environment especially in graphics performance.

XenServer vGPU

For intensive graphics, such as 3D, the XenServer video card sharing (vGPU) allows NVIDIA drivers to enhance the virtual application and desktop experience.

Any device access

There are a multitude of Citrix clients available for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, allowing these devices to connect to XenApp and XenDesktop and be able to access published applications and desktops.

Pre-launch technology

Published applications can be set to pre-launch, so when a user connects, the application is launched automatically in the background, so when the user themselves launch the published application, they appear almost instantaneously.

Session linger

After a user closes an application, the application session remains open or a time period, thereby launching almost instantaneously should the user open the application again, without requiring the user to logon again.

Anonymous Logon

Users can be provisioned to log on without being authenticated using the anonymous logon feature.

WAN optimized

Citrix HDX technology detects the available bandwidth and latency of connections to intelligently adjust the communication between XenApp and XenDesktop, to maintain a quality user experience.

Enterprise App Store

StoreFront provides users with self-service selection of applications and desktops they are authorised to use.

Clientless HTML 5 Receiver

Users can connect using devices which have a HTML 5 compatible browser, instead of needing the full Citrix Receiver client installed.

Universal Printing Services

Universal Printing Services (UPS) provides a centralized printing service with optimised printing performance without the need for specific printing drivers on XenApp or XenDesktop systems.

16,32 and 64-bit application support

16-bit and 32-bit applications can be deployed using desktop operating systems, whilst 64-bit applications can be deployed using the Server operating systems such as Windows Server 2012.

FIPS Compliance

The US Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) is a security requirement for cryptology.

Centrally secured applications

Applications interaction is provided by Citrix clients, allowing the applications to remain installed in the data centre and not on the end user devices.

Central secured desktops

By deploying XenApp and XenDesktop in centralized data centres, the desktops and applications accessed by users are not only physically protected but can also be access from many locations without compromising the overall security of the systems.

High Security

Access to XenApp and XenDesktop reduces the exposure of the corporate network to external user access, providing higher levels of security, through only sending screen updates across connections in response to mouse clicks and keystrokes.

Two Factor Authentication

NetScaler provides Two Factor Authentication requiring users to enter a user name, password and a shared secret using a third party service such as Symantec 2FA, Aladdin SafeWord, RSA SecurID or other RADIUS services. This shared secret can usually be displayed commonly using a token keyring device or a application running on a smartphone.

Accelerated Logon for Smart Card Users

Allows faster access to applications for Smart Card Users by improving logon times.

ICA Proxy

By using NetScaler and it’s ICA Proxy service, users can connect securely without the need to set up a full on VPN service.

Support for Risk-Based Authentication

The Citrix Receiver provides presentation of multi-factor authentication (such as RADIUS) by interfacing with systems such as NetScaler which can connect to multi-factor authentication systems.

ShareFile integration

ShareFile integrates with virtual apps and desktops to provide secure data sharing areas and syncing. ShareFile Integration is available separately.

Hosted MobileMail

Available separately, MobileMail provides a secure way to deliver email to mobiles devices with Citrix Receiver.

Simpler Deployment and Management

Management and deployment of XenApp and XenDesktop is carried out using a unified console, Citrix Studio. Previous versions such as XenApp 6.5 used a different console to XenDesktop.

Simpler Operations

Powerful monitoring using EdgeSight to report on trend analysis, reports and alerts.

Improved Connection Resilience

Connection Leasing allows Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp to carry on working even when there is no database connectivity. Allowing controllers to use a cache of commonly used applications to still be served to users.

AppDisk Layering

Applications can be added to a master image without changing the master image. AppDisk uses layering technologies to add applications and updates without altering the master image.

Automated Application and Desktop thin provisioning

Automated Application and Desktop thin provisioning using a centralised image and making copies of the image.

Machine Creation Services

Allows the automated creation of virtual machines from master images to speed up deployment.

Powerful migration scripts

Scripts to migrate applications, policies and folder structure from XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.x environments.

Microsoft App-V integration

Citrix Studio can be used to manage Microsoft App-V packages for streaming from SCCM to virtual desktops and XenApp servers.

Integrated Profile Management

The User Profile Manager (UPM) can be used to virtualise the active XenApp and XenDesktop sessions, leading to faster logons/logoffs and optimised profile sizes.

Enterprise scalability

XenApp and XenDesktop can scale to enterprise levels of users.

Open Architecture

Allows virtual applications and desktops to be deployed to Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere as well as cloud platforms.

Microsoft Hyper-V integration

XenDesktop Virtual Machines can be deployed to Microsoft Hyper-V environments from XenDesktop/XenApp management tools.

Citrix XenServer integration

XenDesktop Virtual Machines can be deployed to Citrix XenServer environments from XenDesktop/XenApp management tools.

VMware vSphere integration

XenDesktop and XenApp Virtual Machines can be deployed to VMware vSphere environments from XenDesktop/XenApp management tools.

NetScaler load balancing

Optionally NetScaler can be used to manage to load balance components in a XenDesktop system providing higher availability, so if XenApp software components stop functioning, NetScaler load balancing can redirect to a working component.

Citrix LifeCycle Management – Deploy edition

Automated deployment of XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure and workloads using Citrix verified blueprints.

Secure Browser Deployment Kit

Automated deployment and configuration of XenApp to publish web or SaaS applications via a Citrix Lifecycle Management XenApp Secure Browser Blueprint.

Bal Kang

Bal Kang is a technology expert based in the UK, with experience across a number of technology areas from phones, tablets, computers to gaming.

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