I’ve been making the transition from Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) to Citrix Streaming recently and came across an issue involving an application that was on a network share. This post will cover a work-around to stream an application residing on a network share.
We received the request to stream a client-server application. The client install was straightforward with just a couple of DLL’s resident on the local system (Profiler). I quickly found out that the client install must be initiated from the server, otherwise all the file locations were local instead of pointing to the server. I also found that the install did not create a local EXE to launch from the Profiler, but instead assumed that you would create a shortcut from the server. During the “profiling” (I think sequencing is a better word) I found that the Citrix Profiler is not aware of network locations and if I added a shortcut that pointed to the remote server and attempted to launch it, it would fail.
I quickly turned to Google to find how to get around this issue. I suspect there is more than one way to skin a cat in this instance, but I used information I found in these 2 Citrix forum threads:
I first tried to use the SUBST command to create a local mapping to the network share and perform the sequencing. This failed to work in my case, so I created a VBS script that would be called by the published application. In order to do this, I first created a shortcut to wscript.exe before I started the sequence. I then added the shortcut to the profile after installing the application and used that shortcut as the published application in the stream. When I did this, I set the additional command-line to ** (double asterisks).
When I published the streamed application, I put a UNC path to the following VBS script I wrote.
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") WshShell.CurrentDirectory = \\SERVER\SHARE\PROGRAMS WshShell.Run \\SERVER\SHARE\PROGRAMS\APPLICATION.EXE
This configuration allows portions of the client application to be streamed, while still running the EXE from a network share.
Please review the above forum posts and as always I welcome any comments or questions.