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Server 2008 R2 Terminal Servers and Start Menu Icons RRS feed

  • Question

  • Cross posted http://www.appvirtguru.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3933

    Hi All,

    We have a Citrix XenApp6 Environment, we are having users run a published desktop to. These users also have Win7 workstations, and they have app V apps that are made available to them via group membership to their user account (not machine account). We are using SCCM 2007 R2 to control deployment of the virtual packages. The XenApp servers have the RDS Appv client 4.6 installed and with patch KB2252568 installed.

    In my previous post I was asking about icons to the start menu - patch KB2252568 helped significantly with the consistency of this. But its still not perfect.

    What I think is happening now is that, with Server 2008 R2 the console session is gone (see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947723). Now whoever has the lowest session ID can perform console like features (like running Get Advertised Programs, see http://blog.kevingarner.com/2010/08/scc ... ar-on.html). My theory is that users who log on via an ICA session and have the lowest session ID get the App V icons in their start menu.

    We don't want that, we want to control the icons via publishing with citrix. Is there a way to control this behaviour or should I escalate to Microsoft?

    Thanks for the help!
    PS Mods if cross posting to App V forum is forbidden please let me know, appreciate your hard work keeping forums as clean and useful as possible.
    Monday, January 17, 2011 1:17 AM

Answers

  • I think the disconnect is between the fact SCCM is provisioning App-V and the Citrix shorcut provisioning is based on user targeting. Many of our XenApp/App-V customers have reverted to using the LightWeight Server (Streaming Server for delivery) in conjunction with the XenApp bridge agent for shortcut provisioning.
    Steve Thomas, SSEE, Microsoft
    App-V/MED-V/SCVMM/SCCM/AppCompat
    http://madvirtualizer.wordpress.com/
    The App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
    The MED-V Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv
    The SCVMM Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/

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    Sunday, May 1, 2011 11:02 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    per-user targeting isn't supported for Terminal Servers. Never heard that someone actually had a problem with having per-user shortcuts when utilizing the SCCM infrastructure.  

    Can you confirm that the shortcuts are placed in a users specific start-menu and not the allusersprofile?
    /Znack
    Monday, January 17, 2011 6:52 AM
  • Hi, thanks for the response. Yes I can verify that. For example heres one thats in my redirected profile (changine server, share, username etc):

    Location of Shortcut: \\SERVER\SHARE\USERNAME\AppData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\BMA Software\

     

     

    Monday, January 17, 2011 9:09 PM
  • Does the issue occur when AppData or the Start Menu is not redirected?
    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:07 AM
    Moderator
  • It does occur. We've narrowed this down to only the lowest session number is getting the icons. Since the console is going in 2008 R2, having the lowest session number is equivalent to the console.

    So far our fix is looking like a script to hunt through the start menu and remove any app v icons. If anyone comes across this and has a nicer solution I'm open to it.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:24 PM
  • Hello,

    Are you using mandatory assignments for the applications? 
    /Znack
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:17 PM
  • Yes we are using mandatory assignments.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:39 PM
  • Hello,

    I have never seen any particular session getting the icons on a RDS - but always the %ALLUSERSPROFILE% getting them....

    Anything that you have setup that might interfere? 


    /Znack
    • Proposed as answer by znack Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:04 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Aaron.ParkerModerator Saturday, November 17, 2012 2:23 PM
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:13 AM
  • I think the disconnect is between the fact SCCM is provisioning App-V and the Citrix shorcut provisioning is based on user targeting. Many of our XenApp/App-V customers have reverted to using the LightWeight Server (Streaming Server for delivery) in conjunction with the XenApp bridge agent for shortcut provisioning.
    Steve Thomas, SSEE, Microsoft
    App-V/MED-V/SCVMM/SCCM/AppCompat
    http://madvirtualizer.wordpress.com/
    The App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
    The MED-V Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv
    The SCVMM Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/

    “This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. User assumes all risks.”
    Sunday, May 1, 2011 11:02 PM