Citrix Discussions Xenapp 7.9: Wait for local session manager: “I have a Xenapp 7.9 environment on Windows 2012 R2.

Get in the habit of periodically upgrading your LTSR VDAs to the latest Cumulative Update.

Prepare: CLI Install: Command Line Install Options are detailed at Install using the command line at Citrix Docs.

The Citrix Telemetry Service seems to cause problems.

You can use the Command Line Installer to exclude Telemetry Service as detailed at VDA upgrade cmdlet at Citrix Discussions.

Add your non-administrator RDP users to this local group so they can RDP directly to the machine.

From CTX228128 What is the HKLM\Software\Citrix\Port ICA\Direct Access Users registry function: The HKLM\Software\Citrix\Port ICA\Direct Access Users registry key determines which Local group the VDA references to determine if a user should be allowed Unbrokered RDP access.

Xen Desktop /quiet /noreboot /masterimage /Enable_HDX_PORTS /enable_framehawk_port /Enable_REAL_TIME_TRANSPORT /optimize /controllers "xdc01local xdc02local" /Exclude "Citrix Telemetry Service" If these features are desirable, download the tool from the blog post and install it.

Configurable Registry keys are located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Citrix\Desktop Helper.

CTX212439 Desktop Session Stuck in Pre-Logon State with Message “Please wait for the Local Session Manager”: Some environments will not accept the default port 80 for Virtual Delivery Agent registration, even though registration is authenticated and encrypted on port 80. Several people in Citrix Discussions reported the following issue: If you see a message about RD Licensing Grace Period has expired even though RD Licensing is properly configured, see Eric Verdumen No remote Desktop Licence Server availible on RD Session Host server 2012.