Citrix Receiver 4.2

By Hank Smith
Posted in Virtualization
On December 08, 2014

Citrix recently released Receiver 4.2 and there are some major enhancements. Typically receiver updates are not worth all that much fanfare but this release has some really noteworthy features.

New Features

The following is a high-level list of new features:

  • Start menu integration and shortcut management
  • Support for Windows tablet and multi touch with virtual apps and desktops
  • HDX Mobility
  • USB Device Selection
  • Device selection for seamless apps
  • Improved graphic performance with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

These may not seem like a big deal, but let’s explore the new features and what they really mean.

  • Start menu integration and shortcut management

    • This is huge as it brings back a feature that was previously supported with PNAgent. If you are looking to seamlessly present published applications on the Start Menu of the user’s physical desktop you now have that ability. I know many customers that have been waiting for this feature ever since migrating to Receiver/StoreFront.

  • USB Device Selection

    • Citrix now supports USB 3.0 redirection along with an updated connection center that allows the user to manage USB device connections.

  • Improved graphic performance with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6

    • HD resolution H.264 video playback is now available, which is beneficial to thin clients using multi-monitor configurations at higher screen resolutions.

  • Desktop Lock

    • Initially desktop lock (hot desktop) came out many years ago and utilized Password Manager. There have been various iterations since then. Receiver 4.2 greatly improves on this as it can be utilized on a locked down thin client or recycled workstation. Of course it doesn’t require password manager.

Overall there are some great features/enhancements with Receiver 4.2.

One other note: Citrix has decided to disable use of SSL v3 to improve security.

Hank Smith

Hank Smith

Hank is an expert in the design, development, and delivery of cost-effective, high-performance technology solutions. As manager of Gotham’s Virtualization practice, Hank builds motivated, productive teams for Gotham’s large-scale networking and infrastructure engagements, develops implementation standards and methodologies around virtualization technologies, and manages overall design and implementation of multiple infrastructure projects.