Citrix Published App - Close/Minimize IE Window

Let me try to explain my issue:
I have an application from a vendor that launches via ASP.  There is a client installed on my Citrix Server and the client simply launches a browser connection to the IIS server and then a Login dialog box is received outside of the IE window.  The problem is this.

The IE window never closes.  The application launches outside of IE and all work is performed in that window.  I dont want a browser window running from my Citrix server just sitting on the users desktop.  The vendor has no solution for this, but I would like to at least have the browser window minimized and out of the way.  Any suggestions on how I might accomplish that are appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
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ata_isConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Our workaround was to write a VB script that closes IE after the login is successful.  I am not a huge script kiddie, so I cannot explain the specifics of the VB.  One of my co-workers wrote the script, which successfuly closes the unwanted IE window after login.

b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Can you change anything on the ASP page?  Honestly it is limited in what it can do but I wanted to clarify if the vendor would change anything in the ASP script.  Just to clarify ASP on its own can't do anything for this but it could send some Javascript or clientside script.  If you can't modify the ASP then there is nothing we can do in the ASP zone.  You would need some other program to close the browser or some other server/computer solution to do it.

Is this app actually just using the ASP page to get some type of response or result and the browser opening is just a byproduct of running it?  In other words you and the app don't care if the browser is ever opened?  If so the solution would still involve a change to the ASP part but the script could be made to send something that wouldn't open a browser window.  I could look into specific if needed but sending the content with a header saying it is some type of "app" should make the browser window not appear (or appear only briefly).  An illustration of this is web sites where you download a file.  Often you see a browser window appear real quick but then the save dialog appears.  Choosing the wrong content type could just cause that dialog to appear instead which would probably be a problem but this method may have a solution.  The key is if you can modify the ASP.

From what you described the best would be to not use ASP or IIS at all but have the app run a script file which won't be tied to web services or the browser.  That probably isn't an option though. :)

Let me know how this helps.  If you have a question or something isn't clear then let me know.

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