WEM 1906 UPDATE AVAILABLE

Intro

Summer is just around the corner and Citrix has released another version of WEM. This version is 1906. You can download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the release notes below.

What’s new in Workspace Environment Management 1906

Action Groups

Action Groups functionality has been added to the administration console Actions pane. This functionality lets you configure a group of actions that you want to assign to a user or user group. For more information, see Action Groups.

Administration console

The administration console user interface has changed:

  • In Actions, there is a new Action Groups pane. In the Actions > Action Groups pane, there is a new Action Group List tab for configuring a group of actions that you want to assign to a user or user group.
  • An “Enable Notifications” option is provided on the Advanced Settings > Configuration > Agent Options tab. You can use this option to control whether the agent displays notification messages on the agent host when the connection to the infrastructure service is lost or restored.

Upgrade enhancement

This release includes the following enhancements to improve the user experience with the upgrade of Workspace Environment Management:

  • After upgrading the infrastructure service, the fields on all the tabs of WEM Infrastructure Service Configuration are automatically populated with the data you previously configured. As a result, you no longer need to type the required information manually after you upgrade the infrastructure service.
  • After upgrading the database, the fields in the Database Upgrade Wizard window are automatically populated with the data you previously configured. As a result, you no longer need to type the required information manually after you upgrade the database.

Profile management

Workspace Environment Management now supports all versions of Profile Management through 1903. The following new option is now available on the Administration Console > Policies and Profiles > Citrix Profile Management Settings > Synchronization tab:

  • Enable Profile Container (option for eliminating the need to save a copy of the folders to the local profile)

VMware Persona settings deprecation

Support for VMware Persona settings has been deprecated. All VMware Persona settings content will be removed from the documentation in the next release. For more information, see Deprecation.

Documentation

Workspace Environment Management documentation is updated to reflect current product behavior.

Fixed Issues

Fixed in Workspace Environment Management 1906

  • Attempts to create a WEM database using the WEM Database Management Utility might fail. The issue occurs when the synchronization context creation for the WEM database times out. [WEM-3020, LD0675]
  • When you click Apply Filter or Refresh Report on the Administration Console > Monitoring > User Trends > Devices Types tab, you might not be able to view the report. Instead, you are returned to the Administration Console > Actions > Applications > Application List tab. [WEM-3254]
  • On Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019, Workspace Environment Management fails to pin the applications to the task bar. [WEM-3257]
  • After WEM upgrades to the latest version, if you still use earlier versions of the agent, the agent fails to work properly in offline mode. This issue occurs because of the scope changes of the agent local cache file in the latest release. As a workaround, delete the old agent local cache file, and then restart the WEM Agent Host Service (Norskale Agent Host service). [WEM-3281]
  • On the Security tab of the administration console, if you create an AppLocker rule for a file with an .exe or a .dll extension using a file hash condition, the rule does not work. This issue occurs because WEM calculates the hash code of that file incorrectly. [WEM-3580]
  • On the Security tab of the administration console, if you create an AppLocker rule for a file with an .exe extension using a file path condition, the rule does not work. This issue occurs because WEM converts the path for that file incorrectly. For example, suppose you browse to the .exe file in C:\ProgramData folder. Instead of converting the file path to %OSDRIVE%\ProgramData<filename>, WEM converts it to %SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData<filename>. [WEM-3581]
  • On the Security tab of the administration console, if you create an AppLocker rule for a file using a publisher condition, the rule does not work. This issue occurs because WEM resolves the file name incorrectly. [WEM-3582]
  • On the Security tab of the administration console, if you attempt to create an AppLocker rule for a file with a .bat extension, WEM fails to display the .bat file in the Open window after you browse to the folder where the .bat file is located. [WEM-3585]
  • The Enable AutoEndTasks option on the Policies and Profiles > Environmental Settings > SBC / HVD Tuning tab of the administration console does not work. [WEM-3749, LD0876]
  • The Application Security feature does not work on Windows servers that use non-English Windows operating systems. This issue occurs because WEM fails to start the Application Identity service in non-English language environments. [WEM-3957, LD1185]
  • Workspace Environment Management fails to convert a UNC path to a local path. The issue occurs when you use the Administration Console > Actions > Applications > Application List tab to associate an icon located on the network with an application. [WEM-3977]
  • The Windows theme of the agent host might revert to the default if you use GPO to customize your Windows theme. The issue occurs when you enable the WEM agent to process environmental settings without selecting Set Specific Theme File and Set Background Color on the Policies and Profiles > Environmental Settings > Start Menu tab of the administration console. As a result, the WEM agent deletes the registry settings associated with the Windows theme. [WEM-4044, LD1246]
  • The Windows desktop background of the agent host might revert to the default if you use GPO to customize your Windows desktop background. The issue occurs when you enable the WEM agent to process environmental settings without selecting Set Specific Theme File and Set Background Color on the Policies and Profiles > Environmental Settings > Start Menu tab of the administration console. As a result, the WEM agent deletes the registry settings associated with the Windows desktop background. [WEM-4217, LD1408]

Known Issues

Workspace Environment Management contains the following issues:

  • On Windows Server 2012 R2, if Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed, it prevents Workspace Environment Management from associating PDF files with other PDF reader applications. Users are forced to select the PDF reader application each time they open a PDF. [WEM-33]
  • When you use a configuration object with Workspace Environment Management PowerShell modules SDK cmdlets, all parameters must be specified. If they are not, the command fails with an InvalidOperation error. [WEM-691, WEM-693]
  • In PowerShell, when you use the help command with the -ShowWindow switch to display help in a floating window for a Workspace Environment Management PowerShell cmdlet, the Examples section of the help is unpopulated. To see the examples, use the get-helpcommand with the -examples-detailed, or -full switch instead. [WEM-694]
  • In Transformer (kiosk) mode, and with Log Off Screen Redirection enabled, WEM might fail to redirect the user to the logon page after logging off. [WEM-3133]
  • When you enable the process launcher on the Administration Console > Transformer Settings > Advanced > Process Launcher tab to launch a Windows built-in application (for example, calc.exe) as entered in the process command line field, the agent host might keep opening the application after you refresh Citrix WEM Agent. [WEM-3262]
  • You might experience the following two issues:
    • Attempts to connect to the WEM administration console might take a few minutes to complete.
    • It takes a long time to load WEM configurations on agent hosts. The issue occurs when you have a large Active Directory deployment and there are many connected agents. [WEM-4225]
  • Attempts to map a network drive to users might fail if the assigned drive letter is already in use by an existing network drive. The issue occurs when the existing network drive failed to connect as indicated by a red “X” on the network drive icon. [WEM-4495, LD1552]

Depreciated Features

Click here to see depreciated features.

Thanks for reading,
Alain

WEM 1811 UPDATE AVAILABLE

Intro

Another season, another WEM version. The version numbering system in now in line with other newly released Citrix products. This version is 1811. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the release notes below.

What’s new in Workspace Environment Management 1811

Workspace Environment Management 1811 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

Administration console

A Profile Management health status column is provided on the Administration > Agents > Statistics tab. As of this release, Workspace Environment Management supports performing automated status checks on your agent hosts to determine whether Profile Management is configured optimally. You can view the status in the column.

Documentation

Workspace Environment Management documentation is updated to reflect current product behavior.

New product names

If you’ve been a Citrix customer or partner for a while, you’ll notice new names in our products and in this product documentation. If you’re new to this Citrix product, you might see different names for a product or component.

The new product and component names stem from the expanding Citrix portfolio and cloud strategy. Articles in this product documentation use the following names:

  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops offers a virtual app and desktop solution, provided as a cloud service and as an on-premises product, giving employees the freedom to work from anywhere on any device while cutting IT costs. Deliver Windows, Linux, web, and SaaS applications or full virtual desktops from any cloud: public, on premises or hybrid. Virtual Apps and Desktops was formerly XenApp and XenDesktop.
  • Citrix Workspace app: The Citrix Workspace app incorporates existing Citrix Receiver technology as well as the other Citrix Workspace client technologies. It has been enhanced to deliver additional capabilities to provide end users with a unified, contextual experience where they can interact with all the work apps, files, and devices they need to do their best work. For more information, see this blog post.
  • Citrix Provisioning: The Citrix Provisioning is a solution for managing virtual machine images, combining previous technologies known as Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). Citrix Provisioning was formerly Provisioning Services.

Here’s a quick recap:

IsWas
Citrix Virtual Apps and DesktopsXenApp and XenDesktop
Citrix Workspace appCitrix Receiver
Citrix ProvisioningProvisioning Services

Implementing this transition in our products and their documentation is an ongoing process.

  • In-product content might still contain former names. For example, you might see instances of earlier names in console text, messages, and directory/file names.
  • It is possible that some items (such as commands and MSIs) might continue to retain their former names to prevent breaking existing customer scripts.
  • Related product documentation and other resources (such as videos and blog posts) that are linked from this product’s documentation might still contain former names.

Your patience during this transition is appreciated. For more detail about our new names, see https://www.citrix.com/about/citrix-product-guide/.

New product and component version numbers

In this release, product and component version numbers are displayed in the format: YYMM.c.m.b.

  • YYMM = Year and month when the features are finalized. For example, if the features are finalized in August, a release in September 2018 appears as 1808.
  • c = Maintenance version (if applicable).
  • m = Citrix Cloud release number for the month.
  • b = Build number. This field is shown only on the About page of the product, and in the OS’s feature for removing or changing programs.

For example, Workspace Environment Management 1808.0.1 indicates that the released product with features finalized in August 2018 is associated with Citrix Cloud release 1 in that month, and is not a maintenance version. Some UI elements display only the version’s year and month, for example, Workspace Environment Management 1808.

In earlier releases of this product (Workspace Environment Management 4.7 and earlier), version numbers were displayed in the format: 4.version, where the version value incremented by one for each release. For example, the release following 4.6 was 4.7. Those earlier releases will not be updated with the new numbering format.

Thanks for reading,
Alain

WEM 1808 UPDATE AVAILABLE

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Intro

Fall, my favorite time of year. More so now that Citrix has released the next version of WEM. The version numbering system in now in line with other newly released Citrix products. This version is 1808. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the release notes below. I also have it on good authority that Citrix added Pumpkin Spice to this this version.

What’s new

What’s new in Workspace Environment Management 1808

Workspace Environment Management 1808 includes the following new features. For information about bug fixes, see Fixed issues.

New product names

If you’ve been a Citrix customer or partner for a while, you’ll notice new names in our products and in this product documentation. If you’re new to this Citrix product, you might see different names for a product or component.

The new product and component names stem from the expanding Citrix portfolio and cloud strategy. Articles in this product documentation use the following names:

  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops offers a virtual app and desktop solution, provided as a cloud service and as an on-premises product, giving employees the freedom to work from anywhere on any device while cutting IT costs. Deliver Windows, Linux, web, and SaaS applications or full virtual desktops from any cloud: public, on premises or hybrid. Virtual Apps and Desktops was formerly XenApp and XenDesktop.
  • Citrix Workspace app: The Citrix Workspace app incorporates existing Citrix Receiver technology as well as the other Citrix Workspace client technologies. It has been enhanced to deliver additional capabilities to provide end users with a unified, contextual experience where they can interact with all the work apps, files, and devices they need to do their best work. For more information, see this blog post.
  • Citrix Provisioning: The Citrix Provisioning is a solution for managing virtual machine images, combining previous technologies known as Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). Citrix Provisioning was formerly Provisioning Services.

Here’s a quick recap:

Is Was
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops XenApp and XenDesktop
Citrix Workspace app Citrix Receiver
Citrix Provisioning Provisioning Services

Implementing this transition in our products and their documentation is an ongoing process.

  • In-product content might still contain former names. For example, you might see instances of earlier names in console text, messages, and directory/file names.
  • It is possible that some items (such as commands and MSIs) might continue to retain their former names to prevent breaking existing customer scripts.
  • Related product documentation and other resources (such as videos and blog posts) that are linked from this product’s documentation might still contain former names.

Your patience during this transition is appreciated. For more detail about our new names, see https://www.citrix.com/about/citrix-product-guide/.

New product and component version numbers

In this release, product and component version numbers are displayed in the format: YYMM.c.m.b.

  • YYMM = Year and month when the features are finalized. For example, if the features are finalized in August, a release in September 2018 appears as 1808.
  • c = Maintenance version (if applicable).
  • m = Citrix Cloud release number for the month.
  • b = Build number. This field is shown only on the About page of the product, and in the OS’s feature for removing or changing programs.

For example, Workspace Environment Management 1808.0.1 indicates that the released product with features finalized in August 2018 is associated with Citrix Cloud release 1 in that month, and is not a maintenance version. Some UI elements display only the version’s year and month, for example, Workspace Environment Management 1808.

In earlier releases of this product (Workspace Environment Management 4.7 and earlier), version numbers were displayed in the format: 4.version, where the version value incremented by one for each release. For example, the release following 4.6 was 4.7. Those earlier releases will not be updated with the new numbering format.

Administration console

In this release, an “Everyone” default group is provided on the Assignments > Action Assignment tab. To simplify assigning actions for all users in Active Directory, you can use the ‘Everyone’ default group to assign the actions.

Profile management

As of this release, Workspace Environment Management supports configuring all settings for Citrix Profile Management 1808. The following new options are now available in the administration console:

  • Enable application profiler (option for defining application-based profile handling)
  • Enable search index roaming for Microsoft Outlook users (option for improving the user experience when searching mail in Microsoft Outlook)
  • Enable Large File Handling (option for eliminating the need to synchronize large files over the network)

Documentation

Workspace Environment Management documentation is updated to reflect current product behavior.

The Workspace Environment Management SDK documentation is updated to version 1808.

Thanks for reading,
Alain