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I cant seem to figure out how to make it so I can save an ICA file to my desktop to allow
automatic connections to my Xendesktop 7 instance. I remember being able to do this with older Citrix products but when I try to save the ICA it wont let me. Any suggestions?

My goal it to have have the ICA launch at startup to open up the virtual desktop without any user intervention.
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1. Verify AutoLaunchDesktop is true on the StoreFront:
> Browse to the Storefront directory C:\inetpub\wwwroot\Citrix\StoreWeb directory.
> Open web.config with Notepad.
> Locate the autoLaunchDesktop parameter under userInterface tag and set it to “false”

2. Ensure that the receiver on clients load automatically by setting the State key to 1 under the registry path:
32-bit: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Citrix\ICA Client\Prelaunch

64-bit: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\ICA Client\Prelaunch


Saving ICA files is a very old habit which is no more feasible in new Citrix environments.
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Mutawadi,

This is really excellent information thank you! I will try these adjustments tomorrow.

One reason why I like the ica files downloading first is it properly associates and hands off to the reciever application.  I had some issues with older XP systems that the Citrix portal was rendering desktop via  HTML5 client instead of launching the reciever application natively and it was causing for a poor user experience. It was solved by clicking "save" and launching the ica file directly.

Can you recommend a way that I can pass credentials to the web gateway via a shortcut and launch a XenDesktop instance without entering credentials?

Alternately, do you know of a way to disable the Citrix html5 reciever client through policy?
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Can you recommend a way that I can pass credentials to the web gateway via a shortcut and launch a XenDesktop instance without entering credentials?
Do you mean for external users? I can't think of it at the top of my head; I believe this is not possible. Besides, this defies the purpose of Access Gateway and securing communication.

Alternately, do you know of a way to disable the Citrix html5 reciever client through policy?
I have not tried receiver for HTML5. But if this is causing you a lot of issues then you don't have to stick to it. Why not use Citrix Receiver for Windows 3.x (3.4 for example) or 4.x?
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Mutawadi,

I want to have a few re-purposed physical desktops automatically connect to a virtual desktop instance without having to enter credentials (or somehow have the credentials entered automatically) for internal users. We had access to some thin clients that had the same functionality that I would like to emulate. They would store credentials for easy one click access to an app or desktop. I understand the security implication, however this case is rather unique. Users outside of this environment login with secure credentials. Think of it as an instance running in a locked down kiosk mode.

I was able to find an ICA file in my Windows temp directory and I edited the file in notepad. After making some adjustments I attempted to connect to the cloud desktop but got an error code 1030. Do these files expire at a certain time or something? When I looked up the error it was complaining about a DNS problem.

Re-guarding the receiver issue: For some reason the HTML5 web receiver renders in certain cases within Internet Explorer with older XP machines instead of launching the Citrix Receiver application that is fully installed. I was digging around for a policy in Citrix Studio to disable the HTML5 receiver but I didn't have any luck.
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For internal users, I believe it is possible to connect without credentials by implementing pass-through. For pass-through please visit this informative thread:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/System_Utilities/Remote_Access/Citrix/Q_28058447.html

For the second point, I think you don't need Receiver for HTML5. You need Citrix Receiver Enterprise 3.4 (or prior) or Citrix Receiver 4.0.
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While not 100% what I was looking for I believe it was heading in the right direction for my solutions. Thank you Mutawadi.
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