Configure the Workspace Composer as a Citrix XenApp Published Application


To let the Workspace Control Desktop start on a Terminal Server:

  • In the Citrix Console, publish a Citrix server desktop.
    • Depending on your Citrix XenApp edition, it may differ how a Citrix server desktop is published. For more information, refer to your Citrix documentation.
  • In Microsoft Active Directory, configure a GPO:
    • Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > "Custom User Interface".
    • Enter the correct path to pfwsmgr.exe. This starts Workspace Control when a user launches a Citrix Desktop.
    • Create the GPO:
      • Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > "Custom user interface".
      • Enter the correct path %RESPFDIR%\pfwsmgr.exe.
    • Enable loopback processing on this GPO:
      • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy > "User Group Policy loopback processing mode".
      • Enable this setting in Replace mode.
    • Configure security for the GPO:
      • On the Security tab of the GPO properties (Delegation > Advanced), add the group containing all users for whom you want a Managed Desktop.
      • You can remove (or deny) the "apply-rights" for your administrative accounts.
    • Link the GPO:
      • Link the GPO to the OU where your Citrix Servers exist in the Microsoft Active Directory.
  • For Citrix XenApp 6.5 you should use the Citrix AppCenter.
  • For Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x you should use Citrix Studio.

This best practice applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows Server Remote Desktop Services.
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5 and Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x.