How to Configure the Citrix Receiver for Linux and Create Desktop Shortcut

After installing the Citrix Receiver for Linux (here are step by step instructions for Ubuntu and openSUSE), you may want to configure the desktop client and setup desktop shortcuts instead of using the web interface to connect. Here are instructions on how to do this:

  • After Installing, you can launch Citrix Receiver from the shortcut in the Applications menu. Click on View > Citrix XenApp View

Citrix Receiver Configure Desktop Shortcut 1

  • Enter the Server URL and click Update (This should be the same URL you would connect to the web interface with)

Citrix Receiver Configure Desktop Shortcut 2

  • Enter the Username, Password, and Domain. Check Save Password and click OK (This should be the same credentials you would enter on the web interface)

Citrix Receiver Configure Desktop Shortcut 3

How to Install Citrix Receiver for Linux 12.0 on Ubuntu 11.10

Citrix Receiver for Linux is software that lets you access enterprise data, applications, and desktops from any Linux workstation. Although you should be able to install Citrix Receiver on any distribution of Linux, this tutorial is designed and tested for Ubuntu 11.10 32 bit. If you want to install Citrix Receiver for openSUSE, check out this tutorial.

To download Citrix Receiver, go to the download page and download the .deb file for x86 systems:

To install Citrix Receiver, dependencies, and make Firefox's certificates available to Citrix, run these commands (this assumes you downloaded the .deb package into the Download folder):

sudo apt-get install libmotif4 ffmpeg
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/icaclient_12.0.0_i386.deb
sudo cp /usr/share/ca-certificates/mozilla/* /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/keystore/cacerts

Adding local storage to XenServer

One thing that I did like better on ESX vs XenServer was the fact with ESX you could easily upload files to the local storage. By default within XenServer they make you use a shared storage to access files such as ISO images. So what can you do if you want to access ISO images from a local storage rather than a SAN, NAS, or other network device?


First thing you want to make sure you have enough space on your local drive. Then create a folder:

  • mkdir -p /var/opt/xen/iso

Then you simply create a new storage repository:

  • xe sr-create name-label="Local ISO Images" device-config:location=/var/opt/xen/iso device-config:legacy_mode=true type=iso content-type=iso

Thats it! You should now have a storage listed in XenCenter named “Local ISO Images”. You can now upload your image files and use them as you would any other storage repository.

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