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Citrix XenApp 6X URL open on client device

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Hi

Is it possible to have a XenApp user that clicks on a URL within the XenApp app, to have that URL open on a browser on the client device and NOT in XenApp?

Scenario:
Client has a secure XenApp 6 system hosted in a remote data centre
Data Center has XenApp locked down so only ports between the Citrix Access Gateway and the XenApp servers are open
If a user clicks on a URL within a XenApp app IE fires up but then reports the page cannot be displayed
Port 80 and 443 are blocked for outgoing requests

So, what I would like to know, is it possible to have the system open that URL on the client device, seamlessly?

Thanks
Mark
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Yes it is possible.

What you should do is make sure that the Citrix Client is disabled in IE and safe the launch.ica file.
Within this file you could actually set up a server and port number to communicate to.

Do keep in mind though that the StoreFront server normally connects to the datacollector to see which server is least occupied (depending on the policy you set up there). If you change the launch.ica file, safe it and use it (also make sure to change the deleteafterstartup option) it will always connect to this specific server.

To be honest i wouldn't do this. If you are that concerned with security, use the NetScaler. This creates a tunnel on port 443 and encapsulates the entire traffic using this port. So you would only need to open up port 443. This is more safe than using 1494.
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Hi

It looks like what I want to set up is this 'XenApp Content Redirection' as per  http://www.shaunritchie.co.uk/xenapp-content-redirection

The one I want is 'Server to Client
Again, provided everything is configured correctly, when you click on certain URLs in a XenApp hosted Desktop or Application, it will be intercepted and passed back to the client.'

I have scheduled downtime with this system tonight for something else and will have a play with this.

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Sorry about the delay. The solution was to enable Server to Client Redirection using XenApp Policies. The setting is located under User Configuration–> Policies–> Citrix Policies–> Policy Name–> ICA–> File Redirection–> Host to client redirection.

This worked a treat. I was able to set the policy to only a particular set of AD users.

Thanks for your help

Mark/
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