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Auto Fill User Start Menu with Citrix Receiver 4.x

11. September 2014

One of the biggest challenges in a lot of migrations to Citrix Receiver 4.x (and XenDesktop / XenApp 7.x) is the (missing) function to automatically fill the users start menu. In the past it was quite easy to push all published applications for the user into his start menu using the Citrix Receiver Enterprise (aka. Online Plugin). Citrix decided to stop the development of the Citrix Receiver Enterprise and fully switched to the Citrix Receiver.
But how can we now automatically fill the user start menu without any user interaction?

First of all you need to make sure that the Receiver Single-Sign-On is working. If you don’t know how to configure this read the article “Citrix Receiver Single-Sign-On (Pass-through Authentication) does not work with StoreFront”.

Also it is necessary to configure the Receiver automatically with your StoreFront Store. You can either achieve this by creating a GPO (with the Receiver adm) or using another command line parameter (next to /includeSSON for Single-Sign-On). To use a GPO import the Receiver ADM-File into the GPO. You can find the ADM-File on a computer with an installed Receiver in the following path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\ICA Client\Configuration   (or C:\Program Files\….)

After importing the icaclient.adm you find the following settings inside the GPO:
Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) => Citrix Receiver => Storefront => Storefront Accounts List
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Change the setting to enable and enter the Store (account) details under “Show”.
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Enter your StoreFront Store in the following format:
STORE NAME;STOREURL;ON;STORE DESCRIPTION
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Alternatively you can add the following parameter to your Receiver-Installation:
STORE0="STORE NAME;STORE URL;On;STORE DESCRIPTION"

The next step is to add the following registry keys under the path HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\Dazzle (if it’s a 32Bit-System without Wow6432Node):

Name Type Data
InitialRefreshMinMs REG_SZ 1
InitialRefreshMaxMs REG_SZ 1
DontWarnOfRemovedResources REG_SZ True

The last one (DontWarnOfRemovedResources) is optional – if you activate this a user is not informed if one of his applications is removed.
For adding the keys the following commands can be used:

REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\Dazzle /f /v InitialRefreshMinMs /t REG_SZ /d 1
REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\Dazzle /f /v InitialRefreshMaxMs /t REG_SZ /d 1
REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\Dazzle /f /v DontWarnOfRemovedResources /t REG_SZ /d True

Don’t forget to change the path on a 32Bit-System.
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Now you need to create a new Shortcut in the Startup Folder. With this Shortcut the Receiver automatically connects to Storefront and receives the subscribed applications of the user after he logged in. For every application a Shortcut is created in the Start Menu. The Shortcut gets the following settings:

Target:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\SelfServicePlugin\SelfService.exe" -logon -poll
Start in:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\SelfServicePlugin\"

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If your users now log in not all of their available applications won’t be published to the Start Menu. The reason for this is that the user first needs to subscribe all of his available applications. The good thing is: You can also automate this Smiley

Switch to your Delivery Controller and start the Desktop Studio. Now open  “Delivery Groups => Applications” and change the Settings of one Application. You need to change the “Description and keywords”. Either enter
KEYWORDS:mandatory
or enter
KEYWORDS:auto
In this situation both keywords have the same effect – after the user logs on and the SelfService is triggered with –logon and –poll every application is subscribed for the user. Of course only applications with a configured Keyword are subscribed.2014-09-09 10_16_04-RDS - DEDAM-SV421 - Royal TS

The difference between the keywords is that with “auto” the application is only once subscribed – if the user removes it from his applications inside the Receiver it stays removed. If the keyword is “mandatory” the application is subscribed with every user logon. Don’t forget to enter the Keyword for every application which should be automatically published to the Start Menu.

That’s it – now Applications are automatically pushed to the user start menu after he logged in – if anything is unclear feel free to contact me.

9 Comments
  1. Hi,

    thanks for your instructions. I have an litte Problem with it, and i hope you can help me?!
    I had installed an XD 7.6 Pooled Desktop the Profiles are Roaming an i had an Redirection off
    Appdata, Fav, Documents and Pictures.
    When a New User with a fresh Profile connects to and Openend the CTX Receiver i get Icons in the Startmenu.
    After the User logged off and on again i cant see any icon in the Menu. When the user Openend the Receiver and Removed the Icons und Adds the Icons they are available over the startmenu too. When i made an redirect of the startmenu it worked too! I hope you have an answer how i can use it without made an redirect of my startmenu?

    • Hi.
      Receiver only creates the Shortcut once – so you n
      need to Redirect you Startmenu too.

  2. Ah, okay. So these prooblem i haven’t found in your Book. And in the Part redirection the startmenu wasnt redirected. Thanks for Info. I added you in Twitter. Your Book is whery nice.
    Have you maybe any idea how to Debug the Citrix Receiver when the ssonsvr.exe don’t starts.
    Network Order, differente Versionsnummer etc where without any success.

    • Hi.
      Thanks for your Feedback – yeah sorry it’s unfortanetaly not possible to cover everything in the book :/
      Did you read my article about sson? /includeSSON Parameter ? IE Settings? GPO?

  3. Christophe permalink

    This actually just drops all the shortcuts in the startmenu root. What about managing the links in subfolders?. And how to do create a universal structure for all my users

    • You should read the article about Receiver 4.2 – much better start menu Integration.

  4. Inga permalink

    Real good documentation! I’ve followed the instructions, but in my case not all applications
    are showen in the startmenue were in Receiver-Pad the application is activated.

    Kind regards
    Inga

  5. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for the article. I have got KEYWORDS:Mandatory set on all my published applications, and it works well, putting icons on the start menu as desired, aswell as populating the main receiver self-help screen.
    The one exception, is connecting to the actual desktop (not a published application) … I can’t find anywhere to set a keyword for that, nor anywhere to set a category (which pools all the icons in the same start menu folder nicely).
    Have you had any success with that? Currently users have to visit “all applications” inside their receiver, and manually subscribe to the desktop icon (the “desktop” is an entity automatically created as part of the Delivery Group … whereas in the older xenapp releases, we used to manually create “published desktop” (versus a published application))
    Cheers,
    brad.

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