Project accelerator (beta)

Citrix Project Accelerator is the new version of the Citrix Desktop Transformation Accelerator.

Project Accelerator is a FREE, interactive XenDesktop assessment, design and deployment tool from the experts. Based on the industry-proven Desktop Transformation Model and real-world XenDesktop projects, it simplifies your desktop virtualization planning and installation with tools, decision checklists, best practices, peer benchmarks, documentation and how-to videos – all organized in a no-nonsense, step-by-step way. Perfect for IT managers, architects and administrators who are preparing to install XenDesktop, the Desktop Transformation Accelerator ensures you get value quickly from your XenDesktop purchase.

Visit this website for more information about this new project.

HDX Monitor 3.0 tool released

HDX Monitor 3.0 is a helpful monitoring and diagnostic tool for HDX components.

Background

HDX Monitor 3.0 tool provides detailed information about the various HDX technologies, their performance, and diagnostics information. The following are the HDX technologies covered by this tool:

  • Thinwire (Graphics)
  • Direct 3D (Graphics)
  • Media Stream (aka RAVE)
  • Flash
  • Audio
  • USB Devices
  • Mapped Client Drives (CDM)
  • Branch Repeater
  • Printer
  • Client
  • Smart Card
  • Scanner
  • System

Prerequisites

  • XenApp 6.5 or greater or XenDesktop 5.5 or greater.
  • This tool may be installed on any machine on the same domain as the target system including the XenDesktop VDA or XenApp Server.

Download

Download the tool here.

Weakness in Citrix XenDesktop could result in inconsistent propagation of USB redirection policy changes

The USB redirection feature of Citrix XenDesktop allows a user to redirect USB devices on the client to their XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Agent (VDA).

A weakness has been identified in the Citrix XenDesktop VDA implementation of USB redirection that could result in changes to the server-side policy controlling USB redirection not being propagated to the VDA. This could allow an authenticated user to gain access to their USB devices in contravention of the updated administrator-defined policy.

This issue affects all versions of Citrix XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Agent 5.x, up to and including version 5.6.

This vulnerability has been assigned the following CVE number:

• CVE-2012-6314

Mitigating Factors

Only customers that have modified server-side policy to disable USB redirection are affected by this weakness.

What Customers Should Do

A new version of the VDA has been released to address this issue. Citrix recommends that affected customers upgrade to this version of the VDA, which can be downloaded from the following locations.

Vulnerability in Citrix XenApp could result in arbitrary code execution

A vulnerability has been identified in the XML Service interface of XenApp that could potentially be used by a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of a service account on a XenApp server. The vulnerability could potentially be exploited by sending a specially crafted packet to the vulnerable component.

This vulnerability affects Citrix XenApp versions 6.5 both with, and without, Feature Pack 1.

This vulnerability has been assigned the following CVE:

• CVE-2012-5161

Mitigating Factors

In order to exploit this issue, the attacker would need to be able to access the XML Service interface. In a normal deployment, the XML Service would not be directly exposed to the Internet.

What Customers Should Do

Hotfixes have been released to address this issue. Citrix strongly recommends that all customers install these hotfixes, which can be downloaded from the following locations:

Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Feature Pack 1: CTX135025 – Hotfix XA650R01W2K8R2X64033 – For Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 – English

Customers that are not able to upgrade to XenApp 6.5 with Feature Pack 1 may use the hotfix for the release version of XenApp 6.5 which is available at the following location: Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2: CTX135499 – Hotfix XA650W2K8R2X64036 – For Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 – English

Read more about this vulnerability here.

Hotfix XA650W2K8R2X64036 for Citrix XenApp 6.5 released

Citrix has released a new hotfix today for XenApp 6.5.

New Fixes in This Release

  1. When changing the XML server’s logon control to prohibit logons, the Citrix XML Service might become unresponsive. As a result, connected users might not be able to enumerate applications and for authenticated users, the sessions might fail to launch.[From XA650W2K8R2X64036][#LA1787]
  2. This fix addresses a security vulnerability. For more information, see Knowledge Center article CTX135066.[From XA650W2K8R2X64036][#LA2089]
  3. This fix addresses a security vulnerability. For more information, see Knowledge Center article CTX135066.[From XA650W2K8R2X64036][#LA2325] Continue reading “Hotfix XA650W2K8R2X64036 for Citrix XenApp 6.5 released”

Hotfix XA650R01W2K8R2X64033 for Citrix XenApp 6.5 released

Citrix has released a new hotfix for XenApp 6.5.

XA650R01W2K8R2X64033 has the following fixes:

  1. When changing the XML server’€™s logon control to prohibit logons, the Citrix XML Service might become unresponsive. As a result, connected users might not be able to enumerate applications and for authenticated users, the sessions might fail to launch.

    [From XA650R01W2K8R2X64033][#LA1787]

  2. This fix addresses a security vulnerability. For more information, see Knowledge Center article CTX135066.

    [From XA650R01W2K8R2X64033][#LA2089]

  3. This fix addresses a security vulnerability. For more information, see Knowledge Center article CTX135066.

    [From XA650R01W2K8R2X64033][#LA2325]

  4. This fix addresses an issue that prevents “restricted users” (those configured with permissions to log on specifically to non-XenApp servers) from launching applications published on XenApp servers from the Web Interface.

    [From XA650R01W2K8R2X64033][#LA2678]

Fixes from Replaced Hotfixes

  1. The Citrix XML Service might become unresponsive after running continuously for several days.

    [From XA650R01W2K8R2X64005][#LA1139]

To download this hotfix or read more about the installation of this hotfix click here.

Citrix released XenApp Manager

XenApp Manager is a light weight administration app, available from the Windows Store, that lets XenApp administrators perform  session management tasks on their Citrix XenApp 6.5 farms.

From their Windows 8 desktop, laptop or tablet device, administrators can swiftly and smoothly browse, search, disconnect and reset Citrix HDX and Microsoft RDP sessions on Citrix environments with up to 10,000 sessions, managing up to 10 farms at once.

When you are ready to start managing live XenApp environments, just apply XenApp 6.5 FP1 with hotfix DSCXACmd650WX64001 (available below)  to the server used for remote management.  No other servers in the farm require this hotfix.  The XenApp Manager app requires that your device be on the corporate network or connected via a VPN.

XenApp Manager has the following features: Continue reading “Citrix released XenApp Manager”

Advanced Printing Configuration in XenApp 6.x and XenDesktop 5.x

In previous releases of XenApp, a registry flag called DefaultPrnFlags was used to modify advanced printing options. It was a single DWORD in which a particular hexadecimal value was set if an option was turned on. If two or more options were desired, the corresponding values were added together and the resultant value was stored in the registry. DefaultPrnFlags has been removed in XenApp 6.0, but the functionality it supported is still available for both XenApp and XenDesktop environments.

One of the features introduced in XenApp 6.x and XenDesktop 5.x is Active Directory integration for policies. There are many new settings that can be configured using these policy objects. Most of the functionality previously provided with DefaultPrnFlags can now be set using these policy settings. Refer to documentation on policy configuration for more information about configuring these policy settings. Continue reading “Advanced Printing Configuration in XenApp 6.x and XenDesktop 5.x”

McAfee Agent 4.6.0 Patch 3 is now available

McAfee has released the third patch for its agent 4.6.0.

This release includes new features, fixes, and enhancements including:

  • Support for Windows and Non Windows Builds
  • Updated McAfee Agent Extension
  • Platform Support for Solaris 11 (Sparc), Scientific Linux 5.7 and 6, and Debian 5.1 and 6.0.4
  • Resolved issues as listed in PD24187

To download McAfee Agent 4.6 Patch 3, go to the McAfee downloads site at: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx.

For a full list of changes, see the Release Notes in PD24187:
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=PD24187.