Configure a Citrix XenApp published application

Use the Citrix XenApp tab to configure the application as a Citrix XenApp published application or to publish content. Access to a published XenApp application or published content depends on the settings that you configured on the Access Control tab.

Citrix XenApp published application

A Citrix XenApp published application is an application that runs on a Citrix XenApp server, but which behaves as if it were running on the user's local computer. When you configure a Citrix XenApp published application in the Management Console, this will create the published application in the Citrix XenApp environment, including all options and access control types that have been configured in the Management Console. The command line of the Citrix XenApp published application will point to Workspace Control with the application ID as a parameter, so that the application will be managed by Workspace Control. Citrix Storefront KEYWORDS can be entered in the Description field of the application. The parent menu structure of the application will be used as the Program Neighborhood Folder property of the application. This property changes automatically when you change the name of one of the parent menus or when you move the application to another menu.


  • Open the relevant managed application at Composition > Applications.
  • In the Properties section, go to the Publishing tab.
  • On the Citrix XenApp Published Application tab, select Enable Citrix XenApp Application Publishing.
  • On the Settings tab, configure the settings for the application.
    • When selecting a value in the Colors field, please note that not all settings listed are supported in all Citrix versions. If a color depth is selected that is not supported by the used Citrix version, the nearest supported color depth will be used.
    • If you use Citrix XenApp Secure Gateway, the default encryption level Basic should be sufficient.
    • Instant Passthrough is a mechanism that provides a shortcut to an application located on a remote server. When a user accesses the shortcut, the request is automatically being redirected to a remote server on which the application is located. See Set up Instant Passthrough for Citrix XenApp published applications for more information.
    • To specify the folder in the Citrix Access Management Console to which the application needs to be published, click the Browse button button in the Citrix folder section and select the applicable folder.
      If multiple Citrix Server farms are integrated into your Workspace Control site, the browse window for selecting a folder will show a merged list of all the relevant folders on the relevant farms. If a selected folder does not exist on each farm, the folder will be created there. Please note that Citrix Administrator rights are required to create a new folder on the Citrix server. Otherwise publishing will fail to farms on which the folder needed to be created.
    • To publish configured file types as content redirection for published applications, select Enable content redirection (using configured file types).
    • To revert to the default settings as configured on the Defaults tab at the global node Setup > Integration > Application Virtualization > Citrix XenApp Publishing, click the button [Restore defaults...].
  • On the Client Settings tab, configure in which folders and with which shortcuts the published application should be exposed to the end user. Also specify the Category that should be used to group the applications in the Citrix Receiver.
  • On the Servers tab, configure to which servers, Server Groups and/or Citrix Worker Groups the application should be published.
    • The list of Available servers / groups is populated automatically by Workspace Control. It shows all the site's Server Groups and Agents that are Citrix servers, and all the Citrix Worker Groups from the farms in your Workspace Control site.
    • Changes to the Citrix Worker Groups are automatically processed every 12 hours. To refresh this information immediately in the lists of Available servers / groups and Configured servers / groups, use the Refresh icon button.
    • To define a Server Group, go to the Server Groups tab at Setup > Integration > Application Virtualization > Citrix XenApp Publishing (Citrix XenApp 6.5).
  • Optionally, click the Load Evaluators tab to assign a specific Citrix Load Evaluator to a Citrix XenApp published application (Citrix XenApp 6.5).
    • To participate in load management, each server or published application must have a load evaluator assigned to it. The rules and their settings determine how the load of a particular server or published application is managed.
    • For XenApp 6.5, only one load evaluator can be selected. For earlier versions of XenApp, it is possible to assign a different load evaluator per configured server.
    • Note that if a server is added to a server group that is assigned a specific load evaluator, the application will be republished to all servers using the configured load evaluator.
  • When you click OK to close the application, it is (re)published on the specified servers with the specified settings.
  • The value 'CTX' in the Published column on at Composition > Applications > Application List indicates that the managed application is a Citrix XenApp published application.
  • The value 'CTX (failed)' in the Published column indicates that the application is configured as a Citrix XenApp published application, but that it has never been published to Citrix successfully from the current Workspace Control environment. This situation can occur if Citrix XenApp applications are imported from a Building Block.
  • Refreshing Citrix Worker Groups from the Workspace Control Console is not available for Citrix XenApp 6.5 Host Only servers.
  • If access to a published application is based on, for instance, OU membership or Identity Director service (configured on the Access Control > Identity tab of an application), a command line to republish a published application can be used. The command line is %respfdir%\pwrtech.exe /republishusers {AppID | AppGUID}. See the Workspace Control Administration Guide for more information.