A new connector is available, the XenApp Connector for System Center ConfigMgr 2007 R2 (become to the project titan).
What is the citrix connector for configuration manager?
The Citrix Connector for Configuration Manager is an add-on to Configuration Manager developed by Citrix that provides integrated management of application deployment to Citrix XenApp servers and publishing XenApp hosted applications from System Center Configuration Manager. The connector enhances the capabilities of Configuration Manager by extending the built in capabilities to perform the series of tasks required to deploy applications to XenApp Servers with the same ease and familiarity used for desktops.
The Citrix Connector for Configuration Manager infrastructure enables application deployment to target devices (non-managed, non-Windows, smartphone, and thin client) that couldn’t be managed before with Configuration Manager alone. Typical Configuration Manager packages and programs are reused and delivered to XenApp servers. The Citrix Connector for Configuration Manager populates collections with XenApp Farms, Folders and Worker Groups for targeting application deployment. In the end, application deployment is accomplished by a coordination of Configuration Manager task sequence advertisements and Citrix Power and Capacity Management, created with the familiar Configuration Manager console that orchestrates application installation on XenApp servers.
Benefits of the citrix connector for configuration manager:
Single, integrated view and management: All enterprise applications including on-demand apps by XenApp are managed with a single management infrastructure, toolset, and administrative tasks.
Extends System Center applications: Applications reach a broader set of users, devices and access scenarios. Manage all traditional and virtual (App-V) applications, deliver applications on-demand for Mac (with Citrix Receiver and Dazzle), thin client, smartphone, and other non-config manager clients – lightly managed (again - Citrix Receiver/Dazzle agent) and non-managed devices (no agent installed).
Leverage System Center unified management console: Deploy and publish applications and updates to XenApp servers with minimal impact to user sessions.
Orchestrate Application Installation: Extend existing Configuration Manager components to orchestrate application deployment to XenApp Servers, utilizing advertised task sequences to deploy applications across entire farms by draining user connections to servers and changing load preferences automatically with Citrix Power and Capacity Management.
Short learning curve: Configuration Manager administrators use the same settings, attributes and configurations available on Citrix XenApp server within the Configuration Manager console to publish applications. Administrators can manage the entire lifecycle of XenApp applications (deploy to server, publish to users, etc.) from a single interface.
Utilize XenApp Farms, Folders and Worker Groups: Configuration Manager administrators don’t have to create custom collections for delivery to XenApp farms. The Citrix Connector synchronizes XenApp Farms, Folders and Worker Groups with the existing Configuration Manager collections to provide suitable targets for XenApp advertisement.
Reuse existing packages and programs: Application packages and programs that are created for Configuration Manager clients can be used for delivery to XenApp servers. The Citrix Connector creates the task sequence with the required orchestration to facilitate tasks required for installing to XenApp servers.
For download the white paper, click HERE
A video demonstration is available HERE
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