How to install Citrix Excalibur Tech Preview (part 5)

In the previous posts I have explained to you how to install the software and how you can create your first environment. Here’s the overview of the previous, current and yet to come posts and the Excalibur Tech Preview.

  1. What is Excalibur, prerequisites and overview of test lab setup
  2. Installation of Excalibur
  3. Configuring Excalibur (Studio)
  4. Configuration StoreFront
  5. Install Agent software on Windows 2012 machine <<Current page >>
  6. Configure Application
  7. Test published application and desktop (old XenApp)

In this post we are going to configure the Agent software for use with Excalibur on a Windows 2012 machine.

In this post I assume you already have installed a Windows 2012 server and are ready to install the Excalibur agent now.

Mount the Excalibur ISO in your VM and (if everything is correct) the auto launch will show this screen. Select the “Delivery Agent for Windows Machines” and let the installation begin. Continue reading “How to install Citrix Excalibur Tech Preview (part 5)”

Citrix XenApp 6.5 Flash 11.3 / 11.4 redirection

I see alot of searches from Google coming to my blog referring to the issues with Flash 11.3 and 11.4 hotfixes released by Citrix [#LA2283] & [#LA2565].

Quick recap of the issues fixed:

  1. With Adobe Flash Player ActiveX 11.3 installed on the endpoint device, Flash content cannot be redirected to be rendered on the client; instead, the content is rendered on the server.To enable this fix in its entirety, you must install both a client hotfix that contains Fix #LA2283, and
    • For XenApp: an HDX Flash hotfix that contains Fix #LA2283
    • For XenDesktop: a Virtual Desktop Agent hotfix that contains Fix #LA2283

    [From OnlinePlug-in_12.3.200][#LA2283] Continue reading “Citrix XenApp 6.5 Flash 11.3 / 11.4 redirection”

HP guide to install Server 2012 on their hardware

HP has released a small PDF which helps you to install and configure Server 2012 on HP hardware.

Read or download the PDF here.

A grab of the document:

This paper identifies the HP ProLiant servers and ProLiant server platform options that we support with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and provides information that can assist you during your OS installation1. The information applies to both Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition and Microsoft Windows Server Standard Edition. Their differences in virtualization support make them appropriate for different environments:

• Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition provides unlimited virtual instances, making it ideal for highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments.

• Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition provides two virtual instances, making it ideal for low density or non-virtualized environments.


This paper addresses the following key topics:

• Recommended system configurations

• Supported HP ProLiant servers

• Supported ProLiant server platform options, including:

Software and drivers

Storage options


• Procedures for a new installation

• Known issues and workarounds


Troubleshooting 1030 error on Windows 7 image


Desktops fail to start with a 1030 error.


In this scenario, when the user clicks on their desktop group, the desktop viewer starts, but then disconnects giving an error 1030:

“The connection to ‘mydesktop’ failed with status 1030”

This issue was not fixed by reinstalling the Virtual Desktop Agent (VDA) software and was not seen with a fresh vanilla OS Image, however the customer required that their organization use the image approved by their security department.


  • Citrix Product: XenDesktop
  • Hosting Infrastructure: VMware 5
  • Citrix Servers: XenDesktop 5.5,VDA 5.5

Hotfix for Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008

Citrix has released hotfix XAE500R01W2K8066 for Windows 2008 32 and 64 bit operating systems.

New Fixes in This Release

When clicking the clock in the notification area of a XenApp 5 session on Windows Server 2008, the following error message appears:

"Unknown Time Zone…"

To enable this fix in its entirety, you must install both a client a server hotfix that contains fix #LA1044.

The fix works with time zone (UTC+09:00) Seoul and (UTC+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo.

[From XAE500R01W2K8066][#LA1044]

XenApp servers behind read-only domain controllers (RODCs) might experience slow application launch issues while winlogon.exe spikes CPU usage.

[From XAE500R01W2K8066][#LA1617]

You can download the 32 bit patch here.

You can download the 64 bit patch here.

HDX MediaStream hotfix for Citrix XenApp 6.5

New Fixes in This Release

  1. HDX MediaStream Flash redirection does not work for any site when the "Flash URL compatibility list" policy is enabled and a site is added to the list – regardless whether it specified to render on the server, on the client, or to be blocked.

    [From HDXFlash200WX64002][#LA1077]

Fixes from Replaced Hotfixes

  1. At times of heavy logon/logoff activity, one or more of the following can be observed:

    • Applications can exit unexpectedly.
    • During logon attempts, an Error 1030 appears on the endpoint.
    • During logoff attempts, the Virtual Desktop Agent returns to the Logon screen and the endpoint continues to display the Desktop Viewer.

    [From HDXFlash200WX64001][#LA0388]

  2. Accessing certain Web sites with Internet Explorer and HDX MediaStream for Flash enabled can cause the Web page to become unresponsive, displaying only a cyan background.

    [From HDXFlash200WX64001][#LA0645]

Continue reading “HDX MediaStream hotfix for Citrix XenApp 6.5”

Citrix Receiver 3.3 available

Citrix has released a new version of the Citrix Receiver. Version 3.3 brings the following enhancements:

– Simplified use for first-time and returning users

– ShareFile integration

– Template to create a site-specific download site

– Simplified logon, with option to use email addresses

– Automatic updates

– Access to SaaS apps from outside the firewall without a VPN


Read the online documentation here.

Download link (requires a MyCitrix ID)

Receiver for Windows 3.3 click here.

Receiver 3.3 for Windows Enterprise click here.

Issue(s) Fixed in This Release

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Hotfix XA600W2K8R2X64114 for Citrix XenApp 6.0 for W2K8R2

Important Notes about This Release

  • Note: As a best practice, Citrix recommends that you install this and other hotfixes only if you are affected by the specific issues they resolve. Otherwise, Citrix recommends that you wait for the next hotfix rollup pack for your product release. Hotfix rollup packs consolidate most previously released hotfixes and allow you to update systems in a convenient, single installation.
  • Caution! Installing this hotfix can inadvertently remove the Citrix Licensing component, if present, from the system. To prevent this issue, make sure to install Hotfix XA600W2K8R2X64060, available as Knowledge Center article CTX129224, before installing this and any subsequent hotfixes on systems running Citrix XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2. [#245185]
  • Important: Installing this hotfix over an ICA session is not supported but you can install it through a remote desktop session using an administrator account.
  • Installing this hotfix causes the ICA Session performance monitor counter to be removed. As a result, HDX Monitor for XenApp and some EdgeSight user session monitoring cannot find and report on that counter. To prevent this issue, make sure to install Hotfix XA600W2K8R2X64023 or its replacement before installing this and any subsequent hotfixes on systems running Citrix XenApp 6 for Windows Server 2008 R2. [#248473]
  • Caution! This release may require you to edit the registry. Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

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Provisioning Services Target Device Software fails to install

Provisioning Services Target Device Software might fail during the installation with the following error:

When you click OK, the following error appears:

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