Citrix released StoreFront 3.5 and for me the one that finally killed Web Interface! You should get your Hands dirty with 3.5 :-) First lets have a look what has been added to the 3.5 release of Citrix StoreFront.

New Features:

  • Store-centric console architecture for authentication and Receiver for Web settings
  • Specify the optimal NetScaler Gateway appliances for various users
  • New or enhanced Receiver for Web settings:
    • Authentication methods
    • Shortcuts to websites
    • Deploy Citrix Receiver
    • Session settings
    • Workspace control
    • Client interface settings
    • Advanced settings
  • Multi-site configuration for multiple XenDesktop sites or XenApp farms across multiple geographies
  • Delegate authentication to XenApp and XenDesktop farms/sites
  • Configure features previously configured via web.config, including:
    • Workspace control
    • Client interface settings
    • Store timeout duration and retry attempts
    • Communication timeout duration and retry attempts
    • HTML5 browser tab settings
    • Socket pooling
  • StoreFront server health checks on each XenDesktop broker and XenApp Server

 

Quite some time ago I made a list that compared Web Interface with StoreFront. 
 

Here an update to StoreFront 3.5

 

Web Interface 5.4 versus StoreFront 3.5

Description

Web Interface

StoreFront

Account Service for Receiver

No

Yes

HTML5 Client support

No

Yes

Windows RT support

No

Yes

Roaming devices with persistant apps

No

Yes

Domain Membership requirement

No

No - Only during installation

Server groups for load balancing with configuration push

No 

Yes 

Receiver UI delivery

No

Yes

Highlight application groups

No

 Yes

Launch applications

Yes

Yes

Autolaunch Desktop

Yes

Yes

Session Pre-Launch

Yes

Yes

Prevent multi-launch of applications

Yes

Yes

Filter or hide applications

Yes

Yes

Tweak ICA parameters

Yes

Yes

Messages, Notes, Pre-, Post Logon message etc.

Yes

Yes

Web UI change through console

Yes

Yes

Advanced customization

Yes

Yes

Code extension

No

Yes

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Yes

Yes

Pre-populated domain

Yes

Yes

Domain list

Yes

Yes

Explicit authentication

Yes

Yes

SmartCard, Token authentication

Yes

Yes

Anonymous logon

Yes

Yes

Access Gateway integration

Yes

Yes 

Password change

Yes

Yes 

Customize web session timeout

Yes

Yes 

Settings per location (IP subnet)

Yes

No

Client proxy settings

Yes 

No (file fix)

Client deployment

Yes 

Yes 

Application search

Yes 

Yes 

Favorite applications

No 

Yes 

Stateless web sessions

No

Yes 

Theme support

No

No

Error logging in eventlog

Yes 

Yes

Documentation

Yes

Yes 

 

 When looking through the list you should notice that Web Interface has more NO's then yeses!

 

These days I actually avoid the use of Web Interface at all cost! I just resently transition a Web Interface customer to StoreFront, still using "old" Citrix Clients like version 11.x and 12.x They now must upgrade due to compatibility issues with XenDesktop 7.6 but with StoreFront already in place, no Problem!

 

VOTE

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 5.00
 

Add comment