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Web Interface 4.x - The other How to's Print
Written by Thomas Koetzing at Saturday, 04 March 2006

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Citrix has published many "How to..." articles about Web Interface 4.x and published also a very good Web Interface SDK (CTX106665) with a lot of details but there are always some "other How to questions". Most people know how to change the header, footer or the welcome area but in this article I will show some of the other Answers to How to questions.

Question like: How to speed-up WI logins? How to set default values? How to use the original multilanguage footer? How to disable right-click? How to redirect to HTTPS and so on.

How to speed-up Web Interface logins

When somebody tries to open the Web Interface login page early in the morning, then it might take some time before the page is loaded. Additional requests are fast and is due to the fact that in the background the worker processes needed to be started. If they are idle for 20min, then they get closed and new logins will again take some time. Now this behaviour can be disabled.

This can be done with the Internet Information Server (IIS) that comes with Windows 2003. Open the IIS Manager | Application Pools | Disable idle timeout for “worker processes”  for CitrixWebInterface4.xAppPool

worker processes

How to use the multilanguage footer function

Close any Access Suite Console (ASC) that might be open and enabled the footer manually through the webinterface.conf file that is located by default in /Citrix/MetaFrame/Conf

Change the following lines

# FooterTextDefaultLocale=[language code]
# FooterText_<lang-code>=[Customized footer text in the specified language]

to something like

FooterText_en=This is a example.
FooterText_de=Dies ist ein Beispiel.
FooterText_fr=Cela est un exemple.

How to set per Application settings

Therefore edit the default.ica file loacted by default in /Citrix/MetaFrame/Conf

In the [wfclient] section add the AppDN of your Publish Application, like [notepad] but remember the value is case sensitive to what you have used in the CMC!
Now add any Application specific setting you like. For instance adding TWIMode=Off will result in a none seamless session for the Publish Application notepad


How to create a simple website

Sometimes a simple website is needed to launch a Publish Application. The option to create an html file with a linked ica file has been in the CMC since day one.

Open CMC | Applications | Application property | Create html file

create html file

How to change the STA ID when cloning PSE Server

Cloning Presentation Server 4.0 will not change the STA ID that is integrated in the XML service! To change the STA ID edit CtxSta.conf file in %ProgramFiles%\Citrix\system32 and change the STA ID with a value you like.

UID=STABB4BD26E58F5 <= change this (sample) value

After changing the STA ID, restart the Citrix XML service to pick-up the new ID.

How to disable right mouse click

This is a very old feature from Project Columbia but was never included to any Web Interface version. The following change is the simplest way to do it.

Edit the ayout.ascx file in /Citrix/MetaFrame/auth/include and /Citrix/MetaFrame/include
Search for the <body> html tag and add oncontextmenu="return false"
Like  <body oncontextmenu="return false"...

How to Disable "Remember folder location" and start always in the root

Web Interface "remembers" (in a cookie) the folder location by default where users exit Web Interface and at the next login starts automatically in that folder. To overwrite the default of remembering folders and starting always in the root, two things need to be changed.

  1. Start always in the root

    Edit applist.cs in site/serverscripts

    -- find --
    currentFolder = userPrefs.getCurrentFolder();

    -- change to --
    currentFolder = "";

  2. Remove or Disable option from the presentation settings

    Edit in site/include

    -- find --
    value="<%=VAL_ON%>" <%=viewControl.getRememberFolderCheckedStr()%>>

    -- change to --
    value="<%=VAL_ON%>" <%=viewControl.getRememberFolderCheckedStr()%>" disabled>

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    To remove the option from the presentation settings

    Edit presentationSettings.cs in site/serverscripts

    -- find --
    bool bCustomizeRememberFolderOption = true;

    -- change to --
    bool bCustomizeRememberFolderOption = false;

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How to enable "Show current folder location" for all users and always.

As a default Web Interface doesn't show the current folder location and the user has to set it by him self. To force the setting for all users, again two things need to be changed

  1. Show folder as default

    Edit applist.cs in site/serverscripts

    -- find --
    toolbarControl.setShowCurrentFolder( !java.lang.Boolean.FALSE.Equals( userPrefs.getShowFolder() ) && (currentFolder != null) );

    -- change to --
    toolbarControl.setShowCurrentFolder( currentFolder != null );

  2. Remove or Disable option from the presentation settings

    Edit in site/include

    -- find --
    value="<%=VAL_ON%>" <%=viewControl.getShowFolderCheckedStr()%>>

    -- change to --
    value="<%=VAL_ON%>" <%=viewControl.getShowFolderCheckedStr()%> checked disabled>

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    To remove the option from the presentation settings

    Edit presentationSettings.cs in site/serverscripts

    -- find --
    bool bCustomizeFolderDisplayOption = true;

    -- change to --
    bool bCustomizeFolderDisplayOption = false;

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How to force the Application details description

Edit applist.cs in site/serverscripts

-- find --
viewControl.setShowAppDetails( !java.lang.Boolean.FALSE.Equals( userPrefs.getShowDetails() ) );

-- change to --
viewControl.setShowAppDetails( true );

How to securely redirect to Web Interface

As default Web Interface should be used with SSL encryption (HTTPS) enabled, since users are sending credentials overt the wire. This is even more important when using WI internally because researches showed that most attacks are coming from inside.

Difficult part is that users are not very familiar with typing httpS...

  1. After the Server certificate was applied to IIS, SSL should be disabled
    IIS Manager | Default Web Site | Directory Security | Edit secure communications | Disable SSL

    SSL Disabled

  2. Next is to enable SSL ONLY for Web Interface and every other site/folder you like.
    IIS Manager | Default Web Site | Citrix | MetaFrame | Directory Security | Edit secure communications | Enable SSL

    SSL Enabled

  3. Redirect user to Web Interface via secure channel
    When Web Interface 3.0/4.x was set as default Web Site, then the file webinterface.htm is placed in the IIS root (default %RootDrive%\Inetpub\wwwroot). Now the following line needs to be changed:




This way user can connect to FQDN_WI_SERVER using port 80 (HTTP) but they will be redirected to WI using HTTPS. Direct connection to http://FQDN_WI_SERVER/Citrix/MetaFrame/ will fail, since SSL is required. If direct connect should also supported, then a bit more scripting is required.


Written by sanchito75 on 2006-06-12 19:03:13
keep up the good work thomas!

Thank you so much
Written by Guest on 2006-08-15 22:01:14
I tried this out today and wow what a difference on the time it takes to load the initial page. Thanks Thomas.

very good
Written by Gast on 2006-09-04 11:21:55
you continue to impress :-) 
very good info - worker-process startup tip works nicely. 
info: name of process seems to be "w3wp". Apparently it doesn't start until the first user starts WI. Perhaps on bootup one could start the MSIE with a link to the WI start-page as a scheduled job - or is there a more intelligent way to make sur ethe w3wp is up and running before the first user.

Written by Guest on 2006-09-13 01:45:41
same as above

Excellent Information
Written by Guest on 2007-01-19 21:03:24
Excellent website with very useful information and easy to find. :grin

WI 4.0 Link Issues
Written by Guest on 2007-02-07 16:10:09
Great work! 
As you know the only client that works with VISTA is the Network Neighborhood client 9.2 How do I put a static link on the WI page that users click to downloads it, and does not have the link dissapear everytime I run the Wizards in Access suite? 

WI 4.0 Link Issues
Written by thomas koetzing on 2007-02-08 01:18:40
Please, use my forum for questions on troubleshooting etc. For the english section of the forum you have to scroll down. 

Disable "Remember folder location"
Written by Guest on 2007-02-20 22:54:16
any way to do this in 4.5?

Web Interface 4.5
Written by thomas koetzing on 2007-04-25 22:03:48
Most of the stuff should work with WI 4.5 but you have to look in other locations for the files.  
C# files like XXX.cs are now named XXX.aspxf and the file location will often be Citrix/AccessPlatform/app_data

Great Article
Written by Guest on 2007-04-05 19:34:41
Thanks for posting!

Another HTTP to HTTPS Redirection Tip
Written by Guest on 2007-06-13 02:18:28
Great article! Here's another little trick to ensuring that the users are using your new SSL cert. The redirection included in this article only covers the users that go to http://FQDN it does not cover the people that already have a shortcut pointing http://FQDN/citrix/metaframe/auth/login.aspx. Add this little bit of text to the global.asax file in the metaframe directory and it will ensure that the users are using the new SSL certificate. 
*** Add the following text right after ***** 
protected void Application_BeginRequest(Object sender, EventArgs e) 

if (Request.ServerVariables["HTTPS"] == "off") 

string redir = "https://" + Request.ServerVariables["SERVER_NAME"] + 
if (Request.ServerVariables["QUERY_STRING"] != "") 
redir += "?" + Request.ServerVariables["QUERY_STRING"]; 


CPS4.5: ICA- und HTML-Files erstellen?
Written by Gast on 2007-06-16 22:50:37
Diese Funktion ist in der PSC/CMC/AMC nicht mehr zu finden!

Disable Remember Folder Location and 4.5
Written by nravid on 2007-08-28 18:15:14
I tried the code for starting in the root folder. It then never allowed me to navigate in to any subfolders. 
I have had this working in 4.2, however. 
Any thoughts? 
Thank you!

Start in Root Folder in WI 4.5
Written by Guest on 2007-09-05 17:29:31
For WI 4.5 the currentFolder setting that needs to be changed is in the applist.aspxf in app_data\site\serverscripts.

Web Interface
Written by Guest on 2007-10-11 10:24:15
Please help me! 
I need multiplis sessions through the webinterface 4.5, how do I do allow multiple users to log on with the same credentials?

Fantastic Article
Written by Guest on 2008-01-03 00:52:35
This article has been a great help. Keep up the good work. Thanks so much! :grin  
NOTE: The folder location stuff works for WI4.6 also. (it's the same process as on 4.5)

Written by Guest on 2008-06-24 15:49:37
Also see CTX104384 for additional info. 
Automating Secure Redirection of Web Interface for MetaFrame Presentation Server 

Written by Gast on 2008-08-14 19:13:28
Einfach Super!

Written by Guest on 2009-01-05 17:56:29
Thank you so much! I had to tweek some for AE, but you were spot on with all of your suggestions. 

Written by Gast on 2009-06-10 17:03:44
besteht die Möglichkeit, sich mit dem iPhone und dem Citrix Client auf das Firmen Citrix einzuloggen? 

Citrix Receiver für iPhone
Written by Thomas Koetzing on 2009-06-10 17:05:31
Sicher, einfach den Citrix Receiver für iPhone verwenden. 

Written by Guest on 2009-07-18 16:02:21
If you're running the XML Service under IIS, the correct ctxsta.config might be located in the \Scripts folder.

Jeferson Amaral
Written by Guest on 2010-06-03 11:32:49
Hi! I'd like to know how to delivery a pop-up at web interface when the users access the log in page?

Written by Guest on 2011-11-12 23:45:29
http to https redirection steps worked for me like a charm...

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