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Citrix Workspace Visio Stencils

The latest Visio stencils for the Citrix Workspace, including XenApp, XenDesktop, NetScaler, XenMobile, XenServer, ShareFile and Citrix Cloud.

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)

Change Log

January 5, 2018:

  • Citrix Visio 2013-2016 Stencils
  • Citrix Visio 2003-2010 Stencils
  • Visio:
    • Added logon process diagrams for cloud
    • Added NetScaler Service for Citrix Cloud
    • Added NetScaler Gateway Service for Citrix Cloud
    • Added NetScaler MAS Service for Citrix Cloud
    • Added App Layering Service for Citrix Cloud
    • Added SmartTools Service for Citrix Cloud

October 3, 2017:

  • Visio:
    • Added logon process diagram
    • Added app launch process diagram
    • Added on-premises port diagram
    • Added Citrix Cloud port diagram
    • Updated conceptual diagram for on-premises deployment
    • Updated conceptual diagram for hybrid-cloud deployment
    • Updated conceptual diagram for Citrix Cloud deployment

September 6, 2017

  • PowerPoint:
    • Added PowerPoint template with icons and Citrix Workspace diagrams

August 21, 2017

  • Visio

June 1, 2017

  • Visio
    • 7.14 Release: Added NetScaler MAS, NetScaler SD-WAN, NetScaler Gateway, and two Citrix Cloud services: XenApp & XenDesktop Service and XenMobile Service

February 28, 2017

  • Visio
    • 7.13 Release: Added Antivirus, PVS Accelerator. Updated XenServer, PVS, VM and Physical Server icons

December 7, 2016

  • Visio
    • 7.12 Release: Added Active Directory, Workspace Environment Management, Federated Authentication Service and Machine Catalog

February 23, 2016

  • Visio
    • 7.9 Release: Added Secure Browser, AppDisk, AppDNA and Provisioning Services

January 4, 2016

  • Visio
    • 7.7 Release: Added Personal and Shared Linux desktop, zone, App-V and Cloud Connector

June 24, 2015

  • Visio
    • 7.6 Release: Added Linux virtual desktop, receiver, GPU/vGPU and Driver icons

August 29, 2013

  • Visio
    • 7.5 Release: Updated entire stencil set with new style

January 23, 2013










Sizing Windows 2016, Windows 2012 and Windows 10 Virtual Machines

It has been almost one year since Windows Server 2016 was released at Microsoft Ignite. Are the virtual machine sizing recommendations for Windows Server 2012R2 applicable to Windows Server 2016? And since we are talking about sizing virtual machines for XenApp and XenDesktop, it might be a good time to revisit Windows 10.

Let’s first look at virtual CPU allocation recommendations: Continue reading Sizing Windows 2016, Windows 2012 and Windows 10 Virtual Machines

Citrix Visio Stencils (August 2017)

Note: These stencils are outdated. Use the latest Citrix Workspace Visio Stencils.

I know I’ve blogged about updates to the Citrix Visio stencils in the past. It seems like every 3 months I post an update to the Visio stencils to include a few new icons for new components/functionality.

The August 2017 Visio stencil update is major. It is aligned with the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR release.

Previously, most of the icons you saw, I created. I have little artistic talent, but I know how to draw circles, squares and rectangles.

We have a team within Citrix that creates our images and icons. I spent the last few months working with them on helping us create a new, standard set of icons. I must say, the output is wonderful.

Not only are there 144 icons, including this really cute penguin for Linux, I also included 6 different diagrams showing different levels of detail that you can use as a starting point. So, make sure you grab the latest Visio Stencils

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 VDI Handbook
XenApp Best Practices
XenApp Video

Citrix VDI Handbook for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15

Almost one year ago, I announced the availability of the Citrix VDI Best Practices Handbook for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (that’s a really long title).

Since then, I received many positive comments from many of you. Thank you.

One of the goals I set was to release an updated version of the handbook for upcoming Long Term Service Releases (LTSR). And with the release of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR, I’m happy to say that we achieved this goal.

Matthew Brooks, Jeff Qiu and I updated the handbook to include new capabilities and recommendations. We added 30 new sections and updated 15 other sections. For example, we have content related to

  1. Cloud
  2. App Layering
  3. Windows 2016
  4. Local Host Cache
  5. Machine Creation Services
  6. Provisioning Services Accelerator
  7. Adaptive Display & Adaptive Transport
  8. And much, much, much, much, much more

A complete list of updates can be found at the end of the paper in the Revisions Table.

So grab a drink, find a comfy chair, sit back, relax and enjoy the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 VDI Best Practices Handbook.

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 VDI Handbook
XenApp Best Practices
XenApp Videos


Sync the Windows 10 (1703) Start Menu in VDI

Even though it is still Windows 10, each release introduces changes that impacts our VDI deployment. We saw this with optimizing the operating system as we have different default apps, scheduled tasks and services.

But what about the Start Menu?

Synchronizing the Windows 10 Start Menu in VDI was the bane of many admin’s existence. And then we saw that we can use Citrix User Profile Management to capture the file at logoff.

I’ve now upgraded to Windows 10 (Creators Update 1703).

Guess what. Syncing the Start Menu just works with UPM. No special configuration except to turn UPM on.

Just make sure you upgrade UPM to version 5.8, which was included with the XenApp and XenDesktop 7.14 release. If you use an older version of UPM, your start menu throws out an error.

It looks like the Start Menu is captured in the registry at HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore.

Simply enabling UPM captures these registry value.

Now that is simple.

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 VDI Handbook
XenApp Best Practices
XenApp Video


Sync the Windows 10 Start Menu in VDI

NOTE: This is for Windows 10 builds before 1703.  Windows 10 1703 changes the storage location for the Start Menu. Learn more here

Windows 10 VDI. Of course it works. But one of the annoying things that really bothers me is not being able to customize my start menu.

My IT team created a standard start menu. It has 3 browsers, Paint.net, Notepad, Windows Media Player, plus much more stuff I never use.  I really, really, really want to customize this thing

So why can’t we roam the start menu between VDI sessions? Continue reading Sync the Windows 10 Start Menu in VDI

Integrate NetScaler with XenApp, XenDesktop and XenMobile

In part 1, I created certificates for my environment with Microsoft Certification Authority

In part 2, I integrated XenMobile into my XenApp and XenDesktop environment

In part 3, I will provide secure remote access to XenMobile, XenApp and XenDesktop with NetScaler.

NetScaler and XenMobile

  1. In a browser, navigate to
  2. Go to the Configuration screen
  3. Select XenMobile at the bottom of the left pane

Select XenMobile 10 and Get Started
Select only the following: Access through NetScaler Gateway6. For NetScaler Gateway Settings, enter the following:

a. IP Address:
Port: 443
Virtual Server Name: XenMobileGateway

6. For the certificate, choose the file from the appliance: WildcardCert.cer
For the key file name, choose the file from the appliance: Wildcard-snpp-local.key
Enter in the private key password we used when we created the key
9. For Authentication, enter in Active Directory information:

a. Primary authentication method: Active Directory/LDAP
IP Address:
Base DN: DC=SNPP,DC=local
Service Account: Administrator@snpp.local
Password: password for service account
Test the connection
Server Logon Name Attribute: sAMAccountName (this matches with the LDAP items we used for XenMobile)

10. For XenMobile App Management Settings, enter the following:

a. XenMobile Server FWDN: xm01.snpp.local
Internal load balancing IP Address: (just an unused IP Address)
Communication with XenMobile Servers: HTTPS

11. XenMobile Server Certificate: Use existing certificate – WildcardCert.cer_CERT_KEY
XenMobile Server:

NetScaler and XenDesktop

  1. In the left pane, select NetScaler Gateway – Virtual Servers
  2. Select _XM_XenMobileGateway in the virtual servers screen

Scroll to the STA section and select

Select Add Binding
Enter in the following:

a. Secure Ticket Authority Server: https://ddc01.snpp.local
Secure Ticket Authority Server Address Type: IPv4

6. Once entered, revisit the STA list to verify the XenMobile and XenDesktop STAs are green. If not, you must fix before continuing.


In the XenMobile Console (https://XM01.SNPP.local:4443), we do the following

  1. Select the gear icon in the upper right corner
  2. Select NetScaler Gateway
  3. Select Add
  4. Enter the following:
    a. Name: Gateway

    b. External URL: https://Gateway.snpp.local
    Logon Type: Domain only
    Password required: Yes
    Set as Default: Yes

Enable authentication


In the StoreFront console, we do the following

  1. Navigate to Stores
  2. Select the appropriate store at the top

In the right pane, select Configure Remote Access Settings

a. Enable Remote Access
Allow users to access only resources delivered through StoreFront (no VPN tunnel)

5. Enter the following:

a. Display Name: Gateway
NetScaler Gateway URL: https://gateway.snpp.local
Usage or role: Authentication and HDX routing

6. For Secure Ticket Authority, add the following:

https://ddc01.snpp.local (this should be the same one added in the NetScaler Gateway configuration. You only need the XenApp/XenDesktop STA and not the XenMobile)

For Authentication Settings, leave default options

8. Verify the remote access settings for the store


On the Android phone used earlier, do the following:

  1. While logged into Citrix Secure Hub, select the menu in the upper left
  2. Select Preferences – Account – Delete Account (We need to reconfigure Secure Hub for our Gateway address. You can also uninstall/reinstall the app from the app store)
  3. Enter in the following: gateway.snpp.local

Enter in user ID and password

Select Add apps from Store

Launch a XenApp/XenDesktop resource

With the session running, launch Director from the delivery controller. Look at the detailed information for the session to verify the Connected via address is the SNIP address ( for the NetScaler.


Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)
Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 VDI Handbook
XenApp Best Practices
XenApp Video