What is Citrix Receiver and how does it work?

Citrix Receiver is client software that is required to access applications and full desktops hosted on Citrix servers from a remote client device. This tool provides access to Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp)/Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) installations from different types of client devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Mac OS X, iPad, Windows, Linux, Windows Mobile, Android, Google Chromebook, thin clients, and embedded operating systems.

Citrix ReceiverCitrix Receiver” works with the HDX protocol built on top of the ICA protocol. The ICA protocol sends keyboard and mouse input to the remote server and receives screenshot updates on the client device. The Receiver handles this traffic. HDX protocol extends this procedure by providing a high definition experience of Windows applications to users working on many of the most well-known devices. Citrix Receiver is available for different operating systems. When you visit the Citrix Receiver download page, it automatically detects the OS and prompts you with the correct client software to download. Citrix Receiver connects remote client devices to Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp), Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop), Citrix Access Gateway, XenVault Secure Storage, and other Citrix services.

Challenges with Citrix Receiver

As with every Citrix component, Citrix Receiver has gone through multiple changes. It was previously known as ICA Client. Before the release of Receiver, there were multiple client software components such as Secure Access Gateway Client, ICA Client, and Password Manager Client. Configuration and management of multiple products and components were a big challenge. Later, Citrix changed these components into plug-ins and combined them into one product called Citrix Receiver 1.0. With the release of Citrix 3.0, this product was split into Receiver Updater and Receiver Insider. It was again changed to Citrix Receiver Enterprise. The current product, Citrix Receiver, is now a suite of components, including the online web plug-in and self-service plug-in. The combination of plug-ins varies with the client’s form factor and specifications.

While there are no performance issues with the Citrix Receiver, the presence of multiple products and components is confusing. Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) is available in different editions with different pricing and feature sets. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) is also available in three editions. Customers have to scour through multiple products and features. Moreover, configuring these components is complicated and time-consuming. Citrix software also comes with a high price tag, and not many businesses can afford it.

The Parallels Client simplifies application delivery

Parallels Client is a simple tool that lets you access centrally hosted resources from any device, anytime, and from any network. It is free to download and use. It uses SSL and second-level authentication, which means resources are securely transferred through the network. It works with every type of OS and platform, including iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Linux, Mac, and Google Chromebooks. The Parallels Client leverages the Microsoft RemoteFX protocol to deliver a high definition user experience to remote clients. Parallels Client is the best alternative to the costly HDX protocol suite of technologies.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is a single package containing all virtualization components. Moreover, essential components such as printer redirection and load balancing come auto-configured by default. It is simple and easy to deploy and use. It eliminates the challenges of managing multiple products, upgrade issues, and configuration complexities. Most importantly, it is inexpensive, with the lowest overall TCO when compared with Citrix and VMware products.

Parallels RAS makes the migration process more comfortable with a free migration tool that automates most of Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) use case scenarios. The migration tool extracts settings from Citrix XenApp 6.x into a file that can be imported from Parallels RAS Console.

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References

Understanding Citrix Receiver | thomaskoetzing.de

The Citrix ICA file explained and demystified | ingmarverheij.com

Citrix Receiver definition | searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com

Citrix Systems | en.wikipedia.org

Citrix Alternative | https://www.parallels.com/citrix-alternative/

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