Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Removing New Profile First Run Items for XenApp, RDS and Terminal Server with GPO

Having deployed numerous Citrix XenApp and Microsoft RDS over the past few years, I’ve found that I constantly refer to my notes for removing new profile first run items and seeing how I haven’t written a blog post for this year, I figured I’d write one now so I can refer my colleagues to it.

Several add-ons are ready for use

There are two ways to disable the Several add-ons are ready for use prompt when Internet Explorer is first launched:

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The first is to edit the local policy of the server by running gpedit.msc and navigate to:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Automatically activate newly installed add-ons

… or:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Automatically activate newly installed add-ons

Note that both would provide the same result but I prefer using the Computer Configuration because it is applied to the computer rather than the User Configuration which is applied to each user’s profile.

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Enable the configuration:

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If using a local computer policy is not acceptable, this could be configured using a GPO to modify the following registry key:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext

IgnoreFrameApprovalCheck = 1

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Protected mode is turned off for the local intranet zone.

To disable the Protected mode is turned off for the Local intranet zone. message:

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… create a new DWORD registry key named NoProtectedModeBanner with a value of 1 at the following location:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

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Refer to my previous blog post for more detail:

Notes on Security Banner and IE Settings for Citrix XenApp servers
http://terenceluk.blogspot.com/2013/09/notes-on-security-banner-and-ie.html

Set up Internet Explorer 11

To disable the Set up Internet Explorer 11 prompt:

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Create a GPO and enable the following User or Computer Configuration setting:

Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer

Then enable the following setting:

Prevent performance of First Run Customize settings

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Office 2013 First Run

To get rid of the First things first. Office 2013 first run prompt:

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… load the Office 2013 ADM or ADMX templates and navigate to:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2013 > Privacy > Trust Center

Then enable the following setting:

Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run

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Welcome to your new Office

To disable the Welcome to your new Office prompt:

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… load the Office 2013 ADM or ADMX templates and navigate to:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2013 > First Run 

Then enable the following setting:

Disable First Run Movie

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Enable the following setting as well:

Disable Office First Run on application boot

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Outlook 2013 Cached Exchange Mode

XenApp and RDS servers more often than not operate Outlook in non-cached mode so to ensure that this is disabled, load the Office 2013 ADM or ADMX templates and navigate to:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Outlook 2013 > Account Settings > Exchange > Cached Exchange Mode

Then disable the following setting:

Cached Exchange Mode (File | Cached Exchange Mode)

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Proceed and also disable the following setting:

Use Cached Exchange Mode for new and existing Outlook profiles

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Remove Add Account Citrix Receiver

To remove the Add Account Citrix Receiver prompt for new profiles:

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… use the following Citrix KB:

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX135438

Method 3

Change Registry values post installation to suppress the Add Account window.

  1. Under HKLM\Software\Citrix\Dazzle, set AllowAddStore value to N.
    Note: On 64-bit machines, use HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Citrix\Dazzle.
  2. Restart Citrix Receiver for Windows to apply the new Registry value.

Welcome to Microsoft Office 2010

To disable the Welcome to Microsoft Office 2010 prompt:

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… load the Office 2010 ADM or ADMX templates and navigate to:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2010 > Miscellaneous 

Then enable the following setting:

Suppress recommended settings dialog

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Outlook 2010 Cached Exchange Mode

XenApp and RDS servers more often than not operate Outlook in non-cached mode so to ensure that this is disabled, load the Office 2010 ADM or ADMX templates and navigate to:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Outlook 2010 > Account Settings > Exchange > Cachced Exchange Mode

Then disable the following setting:

Cached Exchange Mode (File | Cached Exchange Mode)

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Outlook 2010 Do not prompt user to create new profile

If you do not want users to be prompted with the wizard to create their Outlook profile, navigate to:

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Outlook 2010 > Account Settings > Exchange

Then enable the following setting:

Automatically configure profile based on Active Directory Primary SMTP address

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2 comments:

Saadallah Chebaro said...

Hi Terence,

Great Job. User feedback is what makes or breaks VDI/RDS .

Thanks keep it going.

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