The Citrix Workspace app serves as a unified platform for users to securely access their virtualized desktops, applications, and data from various devices and locations. It enables remote and mobile work by connecting users to their virtual workspaces, streamlining access to Windows-based desktops and software, and providing a single sign-on experience.
To enable users to connect to Citrix-based applications and desktops, it’s essential to have the Citrix Workspace application (formerly known as Citrix Receiver) installed on their devices.
The deployment of the Citrix Workspace app involves four primary steps:
- Download the Citrix Workspace app from the Citrix website.
- Create a .intunewin file for generating a Win32 app deployment within Intune.
- Set up the Win32 app deployment to distribute Citrix.
- Monitor the progress of the app deployment.
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STEP 1 – Download Citrix Workspace App
The First step is to download the latest version of Citrix Workspace App. You can do this by visiting the provided link: “Download Citrix Workspace App“. Then, click on the “Download Citrix Workspace app for Windows” button to obtain the CitrixWorkspaceApp.exe file.
STEP 2 – Create .IntuneWin file
- Once you downloaded Citrix Workspace app, move it a separate folder which does not contain any other files apart from application setup files. I have moved it to D:\CitrixWorkspaceSetup folder.
- Create an empty folder anywhere in C:\ or D:\ drive called Output. You can name it whatever you like. This will be the folder where we will generate .Intunewin file.
- Download and Extract Microsoft Win32 Content Prep tool. I have extracted it to C:\IntuneContentPrepTool.
- Launch Powershell console as an administrator and then navigate to the folder where the Microsoft Win32 Content Prep Tool is located to set it as the current directory.
IntunewinAppUtil.exeand you will get options to specify Source Folder, Setup File, Output Folder and Catalog Folder.
- Source Folder: Provide the location of the folder where all application setup files are copied. D:\CitrixWorkspaceSetup.
- Setup File: Provide the name of the .exe file which installs applications on user device. CitrixWorkspaceApp.exe
- Output folder: Provide a location of a folder where .Intunewin file will be generated. You can provide any folder you like, But i generally create an empty folder called Output for this. C:\output
- Catalog folder: Specify N to not specify any Catalog folder or simply press Enter to skip.
If you are facing any Issues creating .Intunewin file. You can refer to my step-by-step guide which provides more details on “How to create an IntuneWin file“How to create Intunewin file (Step-by-step) Guide
STEP 3 – Create Win32 app Deployment
Now that we have created .intunewin file. Using this file we will create Win32 app deployment on Intune admin center to deploy Citrix Workspace app on target devices.
To Create Win32 app deployment, follow below steps:
- Login on Microsoft Intune admin center
- Click on Apps and then click on All Apps
- Click on + Add and Select Windows app (Win32) from app type
Click on “Select app package file” and browse to .Intunewin file.
Provide Information in below mandatory fields. The rest of the fields are optional, but can be useful for application documentation and troubleshooting issues.
- Name – Provide a unique name of the application.
- Description – Provide a useful description.
- Publisher – Provide Publisher Information. For example: Citrix.
Provide the Install command, uninstall command, Install behavior, Device restart behavior. Click on Next to proceed. You can refer to the Citrix website to know more Information about Citrix Workspace app switches.
- Install command: CitrixWorkspaceApp.exe /silent /ALLOWADDSTORE=N
- Uninstall command: CitrixWorkspaceApp.exe /silent /uninstall
- Installation time required (mins): Keep default which is 60 minutes.
- Allow available uninstall: Yes
- Install behavior: System
- Device restart behavior: Select No specific action.
You can specify the requirements that devices must meet in order to deploy the app. If your devices are a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit types, then check both the boxes for 32-bit and 64-bit in the Operating system architecture drop-down. Else, just go with 64-bit.
- Operating System Architecture: 64-bit
- Minimum operating system: Select the minimum OS requirement for this deployment.
Select Manually configure detection rules and click on +Add to add a detection rule.
- Rule Type: File
- Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\ICA Client
- File or folder: wfica32.exe
- Associated with a 32-bit app on 64-bit clients: No
Click on Add group to add an Azure AD group containing users or devices. You can also click on Add all users or Add all devices.
Review + Create
Review the deployment and click on Create to start the deployment process.
Sync Intune Policies
The device check-in process might not begin immediately. If you’re testing this policy on a test device, you can manually kickstart Intune sync either from the device itself or remotely through the Intune admin center.
Alternatively, you can use PowerShell to force the Intune sync on Windows devices. Another way to trigger the Intune device check-in process is by restarting the device.
STEP 4 – Monitoring Deployment Progress
You can follow below steps to monitor the installation:
From the Microsoft Intune admin center >Apps > All apps. Click on the deployment and check Overview page which will show the deployment status.
Let’s check if the application has been installed on end user device. To check and confirm the Installation, please follow below steps:
- Press Windows Key + R to open Run dialog box
- Type appwiz.cpl and press enter to open programs and features window
- Find Citrix Workspace application in the list of Installed programs to confirm the Installation.
In this blog post, we’ve explored the process of deploying the Citrix Workspace app using the Intune Win32 app deployment method. Another option is to deploy the Citrix Workspace app through the Microsoft Store Apps (new) method, but it offers limited customization and Win32 app deployment using this method is still in Preview. If you require the flexibility to use switches with the CitrixWorkspace.exe app, the Win32 app deployment method is the recommended choice.