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how to disable sound in ica session

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Last Modified: 2012-01-19

just recently, when a someone logs into an ica session and trys to save a  word doc for example or anything that requires a yes or no response, the system beeps loudly.  Where would you disable this within citrix?  It's really annoying but also strange that happened all of a sudden after 3 years of no sound at all.  Thanks.
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There are 2 ways to do this:

1)  Create a policy (within Citrix Management Console), create a name, disable sound (one of the options within the policy), then click OK.  Once you do this, right-click the policy and select either servers or users you want this policy to apply to.  Since it sounds like you want to do a system-wide option, select the Citrix servers to apply this policy to.

2)  Within the Citrix Connection Configuration tool, double-click the ica-tcp connection, click the "Client Settings" button, then check the "Disable Client Audio Mapping".  NOTE:  This will have to be done on all Citrix servers, that's why a policy-based solution would work better (unless you only have 1 server).  




i tried option 2 since only have one server but it still beeps.  However, i didn't do it from server console, i did it from within ica session.  Would that be the problem?  Does server need reboot after making this change if i do make the change on console tomorrow?  Thanks.
Is it a standard workstation beep, or is it the Windows ding (on server or workstation, too)?


Hi Chris,

was testing this a lot yesterday and this is what i found.  There is no sound card or sound at all in citrix server so beep is definately coming from client audio which is my laptop.  I disabled all references to client audio mapping but still beeps.  I muted volume in my laptop and of course no sound but still wanna find out why client audio cannot be controlled by disabling in citrix connection settings or by creating policy in managment console.  I took quick look in citrix site and saw instances where disabling client audio still creates sound when speed latency option was enabled.  The beep is a loud windows ding.  It's funny how most people in citrix site were trying to get sound to work, whereas i wanna turn it off.  Any suggestions?  I know if i disable client mappings that would keep me from attaching to network drives but really thought disabling client audio would work.  Is there any setting such as "inherit user config" that is overriding the audio setting?  Thanks.
Have you also turned it off on the actual published application (in addition to what you've done already)?  It might be worth a shot.  It really shouldn't be making any sounds, since you're turning it off at the system level, but maybe it's a newer Windows or Citrix "enhancement" :-) If you set it at the system level, that overrides the "inherit user config" settings.

Is this Metaframe XP, PS3, or PS4?



This is providing you are using Windows 2003


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Hi Chris,

we are using metaframe xp.  I'm not that familiar with published apps but i thought that since this is beeping in non microsoft apps it is a system wide issue.  Just strange that cannot turn this off on client audio setting.  Any other suggestions?  Thanks.
I meant Windows server 2003.
That fix applies to citrix as well since citrix runs off terminal server.


Christophermagee's recommendation should resolve the issue.
You know whats funny, I had the exact same issue. However when i removed the beeping i had a tonne of complaints. *shrug*
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