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We have a shortcut to an "https://......" website on our Citrix desktop.  When we excecute the shortcut, it does not run in Citrix, but as a Windows XP task.  How can we set the shortcut to run in Citrix?
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by:NYtechGuy
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I am not exactly sure what you mean by a "windows xp task".  Does this mean it is running on the remote client PC, and not the Citrix server?

If that is the case, you are using Content Redirection within Citrix.

You didn't state what version of Citrix, so I will assume the newest (MPS 4.0)

In Citrix you must configure content redirection, as I don't believe it is setup by default.

The way I did it was by Publishing Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) as a Citrix application.  As you go through the application publish wizard, you are asked if you would like to enable this feature.  

If you already have IE published, go through the properties and you should see this setup.

Thanks,

Justin
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It is Citrix Metaframe XP.  IE6 fine in Citrix desktop sessions.  When set up a shortcut on the Citrix desktop pointing to an "https://..." website.  When that shortcut is started in the Citrix session, IE6 starts up outside the Citrix session.  It minimizes the Citrix session and runs the IE6 in Windows XP.  We want the shortcut to launch the IE6 task in the Citrix session.  Does that clear up my question?

Thanks,

Frank
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Sorry...............IGNORE THAT LAST COMMENT!  It should be:

It is Citrix Metaframe XP.  The IE6 shortcut works fine in Citrix desktop sessions.  We set up a shortcut on the Citrix desktop pointing to an "https://..." website.  When that shortcut is started in the Citrix session, IE6 starts up outside the Citrix session.  It minimizes the Citrix session and runs the IE6 in Windows XP.  We want the shortcut to launch the IE6 task in the Citrix session.  

Thanks,

Frank
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Frank-

Yes, that is what I assumed in my answer all the way above.  Did you check to see if Internet Explorer is published?  By default it SHOULD launch locally to the server unless otherwise specified.

** WORKAROUND **

What you can also do is this:

1. Find the IEXPLORE.EXE executable on your citrix server
2. Right-click, copy IEXPLORE.EXE
3. Then on the Citrix Desktop, choose "Paste Shortcut".  You will then have a shortcut to launch Internet Explorer on your desktop.
4. Right-click the new shortcut and choose "Properties"
5. On the "Shortcut" tab, find the target box.  (it should give the path to IEXPLORE.EXE in quotes)
6. After the entry of the path in quotes and then a space, add the following (with quotes:  "https://www.websitename.com")
     -example:  "M:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" "https://www.websitename.com"
7. Repeat for each different website you would like to have a shortcut to.

This shortcut explicitly calls the Citrix copy of internet explorer and will then load up the website you specify in the shortcut line.  

Thanks,

Justin
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