Storefront Resource Integration with WEM 4.6

One of the cool new features of WEM 4.6 is the ability to directly call Storefront resources as WEM applications and push into relevant Start Menu’s or desktops the same as you would any other WEM driven application. We have been able to achieve the same result previously by utilising the receiver selfservice.exe with a launch switch, but this integrates a little nicer

There are a few things to note as pre-requisites and a few things to consider before you run off conquering giants and all that…

  • The Server hosting the WEM console you are adding StoreFront applications from must have Citrix Receiver installed
  • WEM will publish the application shortcut regardless of the user having access to the Published Application. It may make sense to align your WEM assignments to your application publishing groups
  • You will want to think about how you display the WEM Agent for published applications, else you can end up with duplicates which whilst makes sense to us, may confuse users as below – hiding the Agent for published applications may make a little more sense than usual
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Duplicate Agents

There are a few new items in the WEM console to support this new functionality

Advanced Settings -> Storefront

Here you can add, edit and remove StoreFront Stores

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New StoreFront Configuration Tab

The WEM Application dialog box has also been redesigned

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Redesigned Application Action Screen

Configuring the Integration

The flow to enable this new functionality is as follows

  1. Enable your storefront stores within the WEM Console Itself
  2. Create WEM Applications based on these stores

Advanced Settings -> Storefront -> Select Add

Enter your StoreFront Store (you will need a URL per Store)

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Adding a Store

Select Add and Apply your Config.

Navigate back to Actions -> Applications and add a new Application

Select the Application Type as “Storefront Store

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Adding a new Application Action

Select the Store you defined previously and select Browse

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Choosing the Store

Note at this point receiver will kick in an enumerate resources from the store you have defined. This is actioned via Citrix Receiver

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Enumerating Apps via Receiver

From here you can select any of your published applications and create a WEM application action from them

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Receiver Apps ready to be created as WEM Actions

Give it the normal details and enable self-healing if you need

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Application Details

I build out start menu’s, and you can add the Application the same as any other

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Start Menu Layout

Carry out your assignments (Take note of the first point discussed above – align this to a group that has access to the application via Citrix)

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Assignment Actions

Refresh the WEM agent on your published desktop

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First Pass at Desktop with Ugly Icons

Note that the icon is a bit narky – this is pulled from the cache in receiver on the server with the WEM console, so is worth changing to something nicer manually under the application properties in WEM

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Initial Icon from Cache
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Nicer Icon from proper path

Refresh your agent again….Much nicer

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Second Pass Desktop with nice Icon

Launch the application

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Typical Citrix Launch Screen

As expected – a nicely launched published app

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Success – Published App Provisioned by WEM

Conclusion

This is probably the first true bit of integration with existing Citrix components we have seen. Admittedly its simply utilising receiver but it’s a start. Hopefully it’s a start of many more convergences with the existing product set

(Dear Citrix, please integrate more stuff)

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