Horizon Workspace supports Citrix-based applications. You can use Horizon Workspace to seamlessly integrate with existing Citrix deployments. Horizon Workspace also supports applications, such as View, ThinApp, SAAS, and so on.

You can see more details about Horizon Workspace and Citrix farm synchronization in the Horizon Workspace and Citrix Farm Synchronization diagram. Horizon Workspace does not overwrite the settings in Citrix-based applications. Instead, it copies the information from the Citrix farm and reuses it in Horizon Workspace.

Horizon Workspace and Citrix Farm Synchronization
Shows how synchronization occurs between Horizon Workspace and Citrix Farm

Horizon Workspace provides support for the following functions:

Synchronize applications from a Citrix farm to Horizon Workspace.

Synchronize entitlements from a Citrix farm to Horizon Workspace entitlement store.

Launch Citrix-based applications using SSO.

Horizon Workspace uses the Integration Broker to deliver Citrix-based applications to the end user, including the following functions:

Connector pushes Citrix farm information and publishes application information from the Citrix farm to the catalog based on configured synchronization.

A Horizon Workspace tenant administrator can set the generic user settings template and the ICA launch template for all the resources in an organization. This template is saved as an organization artifact in the Horizon Workspace data store.

Horizon Workspace tenant administrator can set the ICA launch template by resource in the Horizon Workspace catalog. This template is saved as part of the resource definition in the Horizon Workspace catalog.

The Connector synchronizes the Citrix-based applications and entitlements from the Citrix farm to the Horizon Workspace entitlement store. Synchronization occurs based on the frequency set in the schedule. The Citrix farm is the single source of truth for all supported operations in Horizon Workspace.

Horizon Workspace uses the Citrix Receiver to launch Citrix-based applications. The end user must install the Citrix Receiver on their device. The Citrix ICA file launch mechanism determines the entitlements for Citrix-based applications. The Citrix Receiver delivers the Citrix-based applications to the end user. The administrator can create specialized template files for each Citrix-based application in the Administrator Web interface.

Horizon Workspace also provides multi-device support. End users can launch a Citrix-based application, such as Textpad, from Horizon Workspace on a heterogeneous device, such as a laptop, mobile device, domain-joined desktop, or non-domain-joined desktop.

The following table describes the administrator's task on the Citrix farm and the corresponding operation that results after a synchronization with Horizon Workspace.

Horizon Workspace and Citrix Farm Synchronization

Action in the Citrix farm

Result after sync with Horizon Workspace

Publish a new application to the Citrix farm.

Connector creates the Citrix-based application in the Horizon Workspace catalog.

Edit an application in the Citrix farm.

Connector updates the Citrix-based application in the Horizon Workspace catalog.

Delete an application in the Citrix farm.

Connector deletes the entitlements associated with the Citrix-based application, and then Connector deletes the Citrix-based application from the catalog.

Add an end user entitlement for an application in the Citrix farm.

Connector creates an entitlement in the Horizon Workspace entitlement store to associate with the Citrix-based application and domain identities.

Remove an end user entitlement for an application in the Citrix farm.

Connector creates an entitlement in the Horizon Workspace entitlement store to associate with the Citrix-based application and domain identities.

Horizon Workspace does not require additional setup after an Horizon Workspace upgrade or a Citrix product upgrade to maintain the integration between Horizon Workspace and Citrix-based application support. To reinstall Citrix Receiver, see the Citrix documentation.

Horizon Workspace uses the existing single sign-on (SSO) support from Citrix policies and Citrix Receiver. Whether from a Windows or a non-Windows machine, end users can log in to a Citrix-based application using SSO from Horizon Workspace. Horizon Workspace uses its own Integration Broker component and a Citrix SDK to handle SSO from Horizon Workspace to Citrix-based applications.

SSO Between Horizon Workspace and Citrix Farm
Show the integration between Horizon Workspace and Citrix policies for SSO.