Citrix XenDesktop + Unidesk: Redefining Windows Desktop and App Delivery

Citrix XenDesktop + Unidesk: Redefining Windows Desktop and App Delivery

Unidesk accelerates Citrix XenDesktop deployments and reduces costs by solving the biggest challenge in end user computing – how to deliver and manage your Windows apps.


comparisonchart Deliver all apps as modular virtual disk “layers” separate from the Windows OS to Citrix desktops and session hosts.

comparisonchart Leave no app behind with 99.5% compatibility.

comparisonchart Manage Windows and apps once – no more image sprawl.

comparisonchart Delegate app delivery and image management to helpdesk and Tier 1 IT staff.

comparisonchart Plan for the cloud – extend XenDesktop and XenApp to Azure with the same management.

Best-in-Class Features.

As the leader in application layering, Unidesk adds unparalleled value to Citrix XenDesktop implementations. For enterprises with a wide variety of Windows applications or a desire to keep platform and cloud options open for the future, Unidesk is the clear choice.

Package any app separate from the Windows OS as a virtual disk layer with an ordinary install
Package Windows desktop and server operating systems as virtual disk layers
Deliver app and OS layers to Citrix XenApp session hosts and XenDesktop desktops
Flexible layer assignment by user, AD attribute, VM, or delivery group
Flexible app delivery – static (deliver layers pre-boot) and dynamic (deliver apps into running session hosts without reboot)
99.5% app compatibility – drivers, system services, apps that run while users are logged out
Personalization layer for persistent personalization of desktops
Personalization layer for persistent personalization of XenApp sessions
Personalization layer for persistent personalization of XenApp sessions
Lifecycle management – auditing, versioning, rollback of layers
Broad end user computing platform support
Path to the cloud with full support for Azure RemoteApp

Sunrise Health

"App delivery is where VDI got stuck. We have hundreds of custom and specialty apps needed by different departments that were just too hard to virtualize using traditional methods. Some of our core clinical apps are delivered by XenApp. For everything else, we use Unidesk. Now we’re all app packaging experts. We ran contests internally to see who could layer apps the fastest."

Sheranga Jayasinghe, PMP
Director of IT, Sunrise Health

Citrix Approved.

Citrix Ready

Unidesk is partnering with Citrix to bring simplicity to the management of mobile workspaces. Together, we make it easier for IT to deliver applications and desktops to any device on any network or cloud. Unidesk is Citrix Ready certified to enhance:

  • Citrix XenApp - Unidesk reduces costs by eliminating inefficient XenApp silo management, multiple gold images, and application virtualization issues. Unidesk minimizes downtime by enabling you to update mission-critical apps without rebooting your XenApp session hosts.
  • Citrix XenDesktop - Unidesk accelerates virtual desktop deployments by enabling you to deliver any Windows app to any set of desktops without installation or app virtualization complexity. Unidesk reduces costs by enabling your entire VDI environment to be built on a single gold OS layer.


"Unidesk’s advanced layering technology has been verified in Citrix XenDesktop environments to help streamline the management of desktops and applications. By earning Citrix Ready verification for XenApp, they are now extending the value of their solution, which can ease management and simplify the upgrade process for our customers."

Calvin Hsu
Vice President, Product Marketing, Desktops and Apps, Citrix

Seamless Integration.

Unidesk leverages the full feature set of Citrix XenDesktop for easy integration into existing deployments.

  • Citrix Receiver
    Desktops with Unidesk layers are securely accessed through Citrix Receiver and all supported client devices.
  • HDX and HDX Mobile
    The Citrix HDX and HDX Mobile protocols provide a high-definition user experience on any device, over any network. With Citrix HDX and HDX Mobile, the virtual experience rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time voice and video collaboration, USB peripherals and 3D graphics. Unidesk-layered Windows apps become mobile device aware and optimized to support touch gestures and other native mobile device features. Integrated WAN optimization capabilities boost network efficiency and performance, even over challenging, high-latency networks.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere
    Deploy Unidesk and Citrix XenDesktop together on either of the two leading hypervisors.
  • Support for Windows versions and 16-, 32-, and 64-bit apps
    Citrix XenDesktop and Unidesk together support 16-, 32-, and 64-bit applications running on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
  • Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS)
    Publish Unidesk layered images to Citrix PVS for distribution to desktops.
  • Citrix Profile Management
    Profile management ensures that each user’s personal settings are applied to virtual desktops and applications layered by Unidesk, regardless of the location and end point device.

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