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Monday, April 29, 2013

Citrix FTA, URL VDA redirector

You might see this message when users are opening internet Explorer on your XenApp servers.

A website wants to open web content using this program on your computer.


One way around this message is to create this registry settings for every user.


Settings as a reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{DB5C2E14-897C-4AE8-B798-E77136187F5E}]
"AppPath"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Citrix\\system32"

You can for example set this by a login script or a Group policy preference.

By using these keys the prompt will not show up. This is just one way to remove the prompt.

Update 04-10-2013 Citrix has release an article on the problem and an other way to deal with the problem by using GPO (as pointed out by Shyam Masala in the comments):

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Windows can display enhanced device icons ….

Yet another popup we might want to hide Smiley

In Devices and Printers you can see the information Windows can display enhanced device icons and information from the internet.


in order to remove / disable this information we can use a Group policy

Computer Configuration – Policies –Administrative Templates – System – Device installation – Prevent device metadata retrieval from the Internet

Enabling this policy will remove the prompt.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Do you want AutoComplete to remember web form entries


My customers do not always like so many user pop-up messages.

One is for example the pop-up in Internet Explorer : Do you want AutoComplete to remember web form entries.


The way I use to disable/hide this message is to set the registry entry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\AskUser and set this to 0 (REG_DWORD).


This can off course be imported to the default user profile and that way be the default setting for all new users.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons prompt

You might see this prompt in Internet Explorer 9.

Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons.


If you don’t want your users to see this question, one way to remove it is to create a Group Policy (GPO).

This is one setting that can be controlled in both the Computer and User node, so go to the one you prefer.

User Configuration – Policies –Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Internet Explorer – Turn off add-on performance notifications


Computer Configuration – Policies –Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Internet Explorer – Turn off add-on performance notifications

Enable and apply the policy and users wont have to decide what to do with this question.
Setting this will hide/disable the prompt.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Identify if SCCM 2012 SP1 CU1 has been installed

After upgrading to System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CU1, you will be able to identify the update in many different ways.

First let us take a look at the console, after the update the console reports version 5.0.7804.1202


The console reported version 5.0.7804.1000 before updating.


The Console update is also listed in Control Panel as an Installed Update.


The site server will still report version 5.00.7804.1000 after the update.


In order to check if the update has been applied we must look in the registry.


CULevel reports 1 after CU1 has been applied.


Before updating CULevel reported 0.


This update is also visible under Installed Updates in Control Panel.


And finally the client will report 5.00.7804.1202 after the client has been updated.


Before updating the client reported 5.00.7804.1000


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Enter your work email or server address prompt

After installing Citrix Receiver you might see this popup Add Account and the question Enter your work email or server address.

What if you don’t need your users to answer this question.


While this article show a lot of ways to skip this, none of them is exactly what I want to achieve.

Renaming the file works but the next user on the computer will see the prompt again.

Creating this registry dword value HKLM\Software\Policies\Citrix\EnableFTU and set it to zero actually works and no users are prompted after this change.


So in order to disable or hide this message you could use this registry setting, and this could be set at deployment time in your MDT or SCCM task sequence by the command:

Reg.exe Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Citrix" /v EnableFTU /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

If users after the install click on the Citrix Receiver icon they will still be prompted, so if you users don’t need the icon then remove it Smile

You can also remove the prompt from here by changing this value in registry to "N"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\Dazzle\AllowAddStore (x64 system)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Citrix\Dazzle\AllowAddStore (x86 system)


The Citrix receiver will after this change present a rather dull interface but without any prompt Smile



Please note that this has changed for receiver 4.4.1000, as you can see in the comments.

EnableFTU is now EnableX1FTU