Now you know a bit more about Worker Groups (cf Fast Provisioning Citrix XenApp 6 with Worker Groups and Policies 1/3) I can continue with the fast provisioning and policies part.

What’s new regarding Policies ?

XenApp 6 policies changed a lot, first change, you don’t need to launch a Citrix Management Console (Java old console), you can access it from the Citrix Delivery Services Console, a node named Policies is here, waiting for a click.

Here is CDSC (Citrix Delivery Services Console) screenshot :

For the non familiar with this management console, I will just point the different sections focusing on the policies part.

  1. This is the Policies node, when selected, the right pane popup with Policies informations
  2. In XenApp 6, policies have been split in two parts, User Policies and Computer Policies (GPO like)
  3. Here is the list of IMA Policies created with for example, the Allow Local Drive Mapping one I created for the example.
  4. This is a summary of the parameters set in the selected policy
  5. This is the filter apply to the selected policy above (here this policy allow the Worker Group XE_CEC).

New feature extended to Active Directory Group Policies

But, the new Policies feature extend the new view in the CDSC, you can now set your XenApp Policies in the Active Directory and administer the same way you administer your GPOs.

What does it means ?

Wherever you set your farm settings, in the CDSC and/or in the Active Directory, possibilities and result are the same.

The following diagram has been draw by Juliano Malander and this is the best way to “show” the two new ways to use Policies in XenApp 6.

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