I was away for a couple of week, but I’m back and very excited to tell you about the HDX Plug-n-Play for USB storage device. HDX Plug-n-Play for USB storage is another HDX/High Definition eXperience feature introduced in XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2. I believe this new feature will really eliminate many headaches for XenApp administrators and end users alike. So imagine, users now have the ability to plug-in their USB thumb drive/USB stick and use it with their XenApp delivered application at any time; before launching the application or while they are in the middle of working with the application. Effectively, users now have a local-like experience when interacting with a USB stick or USB disk drive.
For those not familiar with how USB storage worked prior to Feature Pack 2, let me explain… Let’s say you are working with Microsoft Powerpoint delivered to you via XenApp. A co-worker stops by, hands you a USB stick and asks for a copy of the Powerpoint. Naturally, your instinct tells you to plug in that USB stick, go to Powerpoint – File – Save As… <bzzzz – wrong!>. Prior to Feature Pack 2, users must first plug in the USB stick before starting the Powerpoint. Otherwise, XenApp would not recognize and map the thumb drive in the session. Needless to say, it’s not very natural, and couldn’t be any less instinctive.
Many customers & admins I talked to are raving about this new feature in XenApp! They are excited because they no longer need to “re-train” users how to use USB drives with XenApp. IT no longer have to field support calls on why they don’t see the USB stick in the application. Applications delivered with XenApp become ever more transparent to the end users…and that’s a great thing!
How do I enable this feature? This feature is enabled by default. So, if you have policies to not allow use of USB sticks, you’ll need to disable this feature in the registry by following the instructions below or in eDocs.
On XenApp 32-bit edition
On XenApp 64-bit edition
1 = redirection disabled
0 = redirection enabled
Now, I also want to point out that this feature, like the HDX MediaStream for Flash is currently available on XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2003. Support on Windows Server 2008 is forth-coming and I’ll be sharing more information on this site in the near future.
So, there you go… XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 makes life easier for admins and end users, again! And if you missed my first post on how XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 delivers a local-like experience with Adobe Flash content, take a look at HDX MediaStream for Flash
But wait! Tomorrow, Ola Nordstrom from our Security team will post our HDX Easter-egg feature called Secure Clipboard Control. Very cool feature for customers who require better control of information flow in an XenApp session. So, stop back tomorrow!
- Official Press Release – http://citrix.com/English/NE/news/news.asp?newsID=1857726
- XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 release Web Site – http://citrix.com/xenapp/featurepack2
- XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 Executive Video – http://citrix.com/xenapp/fp2/video
- XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 Release Webinar – http://citrix.com/xenapp/fp2/techtalk
- XenApp feature matrix by platform, version and edition – http://citrix.com/xenapp/comparativematrix
- XenApp Expert Series videos for this release – http://citrix.com/xenapp/fp2/expertseries
- XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2 Blogs- http://community.citrix.com/blogs/tag/xa5fp2
- Download XenApp technology previews – http://citrix.com/xenapp/techpreviews
- XenApp Product Page – http://citrix.com/xenapp/