citrix ad and identifying each user group

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1)      Is there any easy way in AD or elsewhere to see which users in your domain access their apps and files via citrix and which don’t. Where would you look, if you know 50% of your users access their apps and files via citrix and 50% don’t, how can you see which do and don’t, any sort of clue in ADUC?

2)      Is there any specific terminology in AD/citrix world that describes the bunch of users which access their files and apps via citrix, and those that do so just from a traditional desktop?

3)      If users don’t have a true thin client when accessing citrix, i.e. they get the same desktop build as a normal desktop user, how does an admin enforce they do their work via citrix, i.e. if they can access a file share or outlook from outside citrix on their desktop, how does the admin force the user to access such via citrix. We have established they don’t use pass through authentication, so for citrix users its PC on, login via interactive login to domain, then login to citrix via the client. I assume the admin has to make the stage before the citrix login unfriendly so the user needs to access citrix? Or how else do you enforce or push users down the citrix route?
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1.  No there is not.  Not that I am aware of.

2.  Citrix users, Remote Desktop Users (since they have to be in that group).

3.  You can use FTA (File Type Association) and have certain files (say Excel/Word) open only via the software installed on a XenApp server.  Or, you could just not install said software on the client side and have them run the software only via the XenApp server.

It all depends on your environment, user needs and security needs (and maybe software licensing needs).

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Yes liscensing is an interesting one I assume installing word on a desktop intended to just be uused as a facility to get the user access to citrix, where word is also installed, then you are wasting money on unnecceary liscences?

Do non thin client users fall into a specific group terminology. Ie if half your domain users access files and apps on citix and the other half on their local pc, what are the latter group known as to citrix bods?
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - Fellow
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Dekstop users and Citrix users.  There is no standard terminology.  People call them whatever they want to call them.
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Yes liscensing is an interesting one I assume installing word on a desktop intended to just be uused as a facility to get the user access to citrix, where word is also installed, then you are wasting money on unnecceary liscences?
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - Fellow
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It depends.

If you have some users who need offline access you either stream the app down to their dive or you install the software on their device.  Some companies have Enterprise/Campus Agreements and they do not care what gets installed.  Most of us do care and to provide centralized access and centralized control we install the software on XenApp servers.  Very few pieces of software get installed on user devices.
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure Engineer
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People often refer to full-blown (traditional) PCs as "Thick" or "Fat" clients, (vs Thin clients). Thus I refer to "non-Thin client users" as "Thick Client Users". Hope that helps.

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