In older versions of XenApp (6.5 and earlier), we could create ICA files, which were essentially shortcuts, and email them to users or place them on a static web page.
With XenApp 7.x, ICA files are no longer available. However, StoreFront provides an alternative with a little option called “Website Shortcuts”.
It is a feature I was unaware of until I needed it for a project.
After you setup your environment with StoreFront servers, Delivery controllers and VDI resources, you do the following:
- Launch the StoreFront console
- Select “Stores”
- Select your store
- Select “Manage Receiver for Websites”
- Select “Configure”
- Select “Website Shortcuts”
This should give you a screen like the following
If you plan to host the resource links from an internal web site, you want to add the website’s URL into the websites section. This will trust launches from that location only. (note: A URL must be entered or the resource will not start)
Once the trusted websites are defined, selecting the “Get Shortcuts” link will send the admin to StoreFront, where each resource will contain a unique shortcut. Those shortcuts can be added into the web site.
But what if you want to email the link to users?
Those same links can be used, but because they are not on the trusted list of websites, users will receive a warning message they must acknowledge.
This prompt can be disabled by going to “Advanced Settings” and deselecting “Prompt for untrusted shortcuts”. (Note: A URL must still be added to the list of websites or else the resource will not launch. Any URL can be used).
- Pass through authentication: If users must use their domain credentials to launch the resource, it might be worthwhile to setup pass through authentication so the users are not subjected to authentication challenges.
- Unauthenticated users: If the application incorporates its own authentication, it might be worthwhile to enable unauthenticated user access to the resource.