USB in Citrix environment

Posted on 2009-07-01
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I need to try and get USB devices working dynamically within a Citrix XenApp / PS 4.5 environment. USB devices (mainly memory sticks in this case) can be easily detected and used if plugged into the client before starting a Citrix session. However, my client is finding it increasingly frustrating to have to log out and back in each time they need to plug in a different device.

I've tried a utility called DynamicUSB, but this doesn't seem to work very well.

Can anyone offer any advice or help regarding this?

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I take it your are attempting to get it to redirect?     Port level redirection is not supported by XenApp/4.5 Metaframe.    Printers, Keyboards, Mice work.

I believe when you launch the session Citrix will look at the client drives at that time and map it.   This works because its a drive on the workstation.     The drive will be like a printer where it will not dymanically changed it.    As you found you will have to log off and back on Citrix to get it to the new mapping.

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Hi EndureKona,

Thanks for the reply. You have assumed correctly and indeed, it does seem that it's the low level port redirection that I need working - the one Citrix state doesn't at the moment. In fact, according to that article, it doesn't look like it will for a while! As mentioned, I tried the DynamicUSB tool, but it just didn't seem to work very well. Looks like we'll have to live with it for a while until they come up with something exceptionally clever to get round this!

Thanks for the article though, it's useful to see it in black and white. Surprised I didn't come across this in my research!

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Not a solution for the issue I have exactly, but at least I know it can't be done! Thanks for the info.
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I would also like to see them come out with USB redirection...the problem is this is not offered in Server 2008 either.   Which I was hoping for when 2008 was released.  

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