How to disable specific client drive mappings

Ever wanted to disable certain client drives in your XenApp or XenDesktop environment?

Here’s a good way to disable certain client drive mappings through either the registry or the Web Interface.

Disabling Specific Client Drive Mappings at the registry

Applications launched using Citrix HTML5 Receiver on IE10 disconnects quickly

After installing and configuring the new Citrix Receiver for HTML5 v1.1, applications launched on Internet Explorer 10 disconnects with the following error message after remaining idle for about 30 seconds.

“Cannot reach server. Check your network connection or contact your help desk for assistance.”


  • Within the local corporate network, on your XenApp 6.5 server, download and install CTX135757 without uninstalling XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 1 available on in the Downloads section.
  • Restart the XenApp 6.5 server after installing the preceding hotfix. If you are connecting via Citrix Access Gateway, make sure that the access gateway is updated to the latest version 71.6014 or later.

Read the original KB article here.

Lifecycle Milestones for Citrix Receiver

As with all Citrix products the Receiver versions have an end f life date. Each major version (e.g., v3.0) of a Citrix Receiver for Windows, Mac, Linux, Java, or WinCE, there is a minimum lifecycle of four years.

Component Name Version GA Date* EOM Date* EOL Date*
Receiver for Windows 3.x 24-Aug-11 24-Aug-14 24-Aug-15
Online plug-in for Windows 12.x 24-Mar-10 24-Mar-13 24-Mar-14
Desktop Lock 13.x 24-Aug-11 24-Aug-14 24-Aug-15
Receiver Updater for Windows 3.x 24-Aug-11 24-Aug-14 24-Aug-15
Receiver (Updater) for Windows 2.x 26-Aug-10 26-Aug-13 26-Aug-14
Receiver (Updater) for Windows 1.x 30-May-09 30-May-12 30-May-13
Self Service plug-in 2.x 20-Dec-10 20-Dec-13 20-Dec-14
Dazzle 1.x 23-Nov-09 23-Nov-12 23-Nov-13


For the other Operating Systems and up to date information (these dates are subject to change in the future) check this webpage.

How to Prepopulate Citrix Receiver 3.x with Services Site URL through registry

Citrix has released an article that describes what registry key to edit in order to prepopulate a Services site URL in Citrix Receiver 3.x.


Caution! This procedure requires 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. Back up the registry before you edit it.

Complete the following steps to edit the registry key:

  • Open registry and navigate to
  • For 64-bit machines: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeCitrixPNAgent
  • For 32-bit machines: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE Citrix
  • Restart the machine for changes to take effect. Now, the receiver is prepopulated with the information placed into the ServerURL string.

Here you can find the original article.

Receiver for Windows 3.4

Citrix has released today version 3.4 of the Receiver for Windows.

What’s new

Citrix Receiver for Windows 3.4 (CitrixReceiver.exe) provides the following new features and enhancements.

  • Single authentication to the Access Gateway:
    • Use of a single session for both VPN and clientless access so that a Receiver user logs on once for both types of access and consumes only one license. This feature requires StoreFront.
    • Automatic routing of ICA traffic through the Access Gateway ICA proxy for optimal user experience.
    • Automatic start-up of a VPN tunnel when a user logs on. This feature requires that you disable the Single Sign-On with Windows setting on the Access Gateway.
    • Support for Access Gateway SmartAccess controls. Continue reading “Receiver for Windows 3.4”

Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.7 released

Citrix has released version 11.7 of it’s Receiver for Mac.

What’s new

Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.7 provides the following new features and enhancements for customers:

  • Single authentication to the Access Gateway:
    • Use of a single session for both VPN and clientless access so that a Receiver user logs on once for both types of access and consumes only one license.
    • Automatic routing of ICA traffic through the Access Gateway ICA proxy for optimal user experience. Continue reading “Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.7 released”

FAQ: Using Citrix Receiver on Windows 8 and Windows RT

Citrix has released a list of FAQ what you can expect from the Receiver on Win8 and WinRT devices.

Q: Which are the Citrix products that Windows 8 support (Intel based devices)?

Citrix supports the use of the following Citrix clients for use on Windows 8:

  • Receiver for Windows 3.3 (CitrixReceiver.exe) Click here to download Receiver for Windows 3.3. This can be used with Web Interface or StoreFront (CloudGateway Express), however cannot be used on ARM-based devices. Applications are launched from within the Receiver app or can be pinned to the Windows Start Menu. Receiver for Windows 3.3 can be installed along with Win8/RT on the same Intel based machine. It can be used in conjunction with other Citrix clients such as the ShareFile Sync Supports multiple sessions, can be configured with CloudGateway Enterprise for Web and SaaS apps or Follow-me ShareFile data.
  • Receiver for Win8/RT Preview Note: This version requires CloudGateway (Storefront) for desktop and applications access and a properly-configured Access Gateway (Enterprise Edition) 10.X for remote access (AG 5.x is not supported). It cannot be used with Web Interface. Receiver for Win8/RT Preview must be downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Store via a Windows Live account. It can be used on Intel based desktops, laptops and tablets as well as ARM-based Windows tablets such as the Microsoft Surface. Applications are launched from within the Receiver app or can be pinned to the Windows Start Menu. There is no Citrix Connection Center in this Receiver.
  • ShareFile Sync for Windows 1.3 Continue reading “FAQ: Using Citrix Receiver on Windows 8 and Windows RT”

Customizing the Receiver for web user interface

Citrix has released a good document on how to customize the Receiver for Web User Interface.

Receiver for Web provides a simple mechanism for customizing the user interface. Each Receiver for Web site includes a contrib folder containing files in which UI customizations can be placed. The contents of this folder are preserved when StoreFront is upgraded to a newer version. However, page elements may be added, removed, or renamed in future releases so there is no guarantee that specific customizations will continue to function correctly following an upgrade, especially when the UI changes significantly between releases.

You can customize strings, the cascading style sheet (CSS), and the JavaScript files. You can also add a custom pre-logon or post-logon screen, and add language packs. Receiver for Web style sheets and JavaScript files are concatenated and minified, so you must use Web development tools to discover CSS class and id names.

Download or read the entire PDF here.

Flash 11.4 and ICA Client 12.3 update2

A few weeks ago Citrix has released an update for ICA Client 12.3.

While this update is to get Flash version 11.3 and 11.4 rendering again on the client be aware that when Internet Explorer 9 is used on the XenApp server the content will still be rendered on the server instead of the client. In the event logs on the XenApp server this message will be entered.

Continue reading “Flash 11.4 and ICA Client 12.3 update2”

Desktop viewer support for XenApp

A long time Citrix hasn’t supported the Desktop Viewer for XenApp. Originally the Desktop Viewer is used (and delivered) with XenDesktop. However more and more people have been using the Desktop Viewer also for XenApp. Until now this was not officially supported and if there were any problems likely you’d be redirected back to the supported way.

With the release of Receiver 3.3 the use of Dekstop Viewer in combination with XenApp 6.5 is supported. Here’s a snip from the eDocs of the website:

Hosted Shared desktops. Receiver for Windows now supports server desktops published with Citrix XenApp. The desktops are displayed through the Desktop Viewer. To configure this feature, see the XenApp, StoreFront, or Web Interface documentation.

The use of the Desktop Viewer is only supported with Receiver 3.3 and is not backwards supported. So if you want to use the Desktop Viewer upgrade to Receiver 3.3 before making the support call. Besides the support for Desktop Viewer version 3.3 has also some security fixes.