Citrix ICA , HDX

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    Avatarlolix
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    Hi,

    Currently using RDP for several Windows 2019 RDS servers and a few Windows 10, I’d like to test Citrix protocols  (ICA, HDX ).

    Which Citrix product is relevant ?

    I don’t want any “VDI infrastructure” option such as broker, gateway farm etc…, I just want ICA, HDX and ThinOS 8  and 9 as client.

     

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    I’m not sure I’m following how you want to connect. In my experience there’s always been something to broker the connection.

    Are you a Citrix customer currently? You could reach out to Citrix and see if they could provide you with a Citrix cloud environment for testing.

    #104277
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    Ok, I re-formulate my question :

    I have a single , on premise, isolated, self-sufficient, Windows 2019 RDS server. Up to now ThinOS connections are done through RDP / RemoteFX. (no broker, no gateway)

    I’d like to test if Citrix ICA/HDX offers a better experience. How can I test that ?

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    I don’t think you’ll be able to test that. You’ll need to install the Citrix Virtual Desktop Agent on your server since that is what you want to connect to, but the VDA agent needs to register to be able to broker the connection between the server and endpoint.

    https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-virtual-apps-desktops/manage-deployment/vda-registration.html

    Citrix HDX and ICA are proprietary technologies and they want their money. There is licensing involved etc. I would reach out to Citrix and begin a vendor engagement and see if they can offer you a trial for a proof of concept or something to that effect. I don’t believe there is any other way for you to test this.

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    Hi,

    “VDA” is probably the word I was looking for.

    I guess I have to contact a Citrix representative anyway to be entitled to trial products.

    Thanks for your reply.

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    I know this is a bit off topic, but if someone can confirm :

    It looks like Citrix Workspace / Virtual Desktop, offers no way to connect directly to a host.

    A client (say, ThinOS) must goes through some kind of broker, even to connect to a known host (be it a Windows 10 or Windows RDSH server). Right ?

    Questions :

    What level of Citrix Workspace in ThinOS 8 ?

    is it proprietary client like RDP ?

    Same questions for ThinOS 9..

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    Correct, you do need a broker in between. You cannot directly connect to a Citrix server as you could do with an MS RDSH host.
    ThinOS 8 is using an older Citrix Receiver, whereas ThinOS is using the latest Citrix Workspace app.
    The ThinOS 8 version was based on the source code of the Win32 Citrix Receiver, but rewritten by Dell. Today, Dell is using the original Linux-based Citrix Workspace app.

    CG

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