As part of our Agile commitment to continuous innovation, we are extending and improving the experience of publishing applications and desktops in each quarterly release of XenApp and XenDesktop. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the guiding principles that we are following are:
- Emphasize Application Publishing while keeping Desktop Publishing essentially as it is today
- Simplify by making new functionality available in the right place
- Minimize the amount of unnecessary change
What are Application Groups?
Application Groups are a new concept that we have introduced in the 7.9 release of XenApp and XenDesktop.
An Application Group consists of three things:
- A collection of applications.
- A list of users that may access the applications.
- Settings that apply to all of the applications in the group
Application groups can be linked to one or more delivery groups. This means that changing an application contained in an application group, or a setting on the application group itself, will affect all of the delivery groups. The list of users on an application group provides a further restriction of the users that are defined on each of the linked delivery groups.Application groups can be used to categorize applications into collections and enable some settings to be administered for all applications in a group. You may have noticed that there are now three places where you can define users: applications, delivery groups and application groups. We recommend that users are defined at just one level and a general Active Directory user group is used elsewhere. If you start to use application groups, it makes sense to use them for all applications.
Read the entire article here, Introducing Application Groups in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9
via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.
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