How to Improve end-user Experience using Luna Themes in Published Applications

One of the customers at my last Citrix project asked me the question, “Why does the application bar of this published application look so bad? I don’t like it!

One of the customers at my last Citrix project asked me the question, “Why does the application bar of this published application look so bad? I don’t like it!”  The buttons were too big and everything looking “stretched.”

It looked like this:

The problem was easy to understand and to resolve. The Client on it was actually running was a Windows XP client with Windows themes enabled. Switching the user’s client to the “Windows Classic” desktop turned the application bar “Classic” and everything looked great:

Unfortunately the user liked the Windows theme and was not willing to switch to classic. So let’s improve his experience.

Windows Themes depend on a system service called “Themes.” To enable these cool-looking themes on a server, you need to change the Themes service startup type to “Automatic” since this service is disabled by default on Windows Server 2003.

Merely enabling the Themes service, however, is not enough to enable the new look for published applications. Each user would need to manually select the Theme that they want to use. Fortunately this is something that can easily be done with Group Policy. In my case I’m using “Loop-back” policies on all my Citrix or Terminal Server implementations, so these settings are applied only on users logging on to the Presentation Server. It doesn’t impact them users when logging on to their Clients.

To configure this via group policy, navigate to Users | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | Display | Desktop Themes

Open “Load a specific visual file style or force Windows Classic” and make the desired settings. In this case I made the Windows XP Luna Style the default Theme for all Users:

After the policy was applied to the user the published application has a completely new look and feel.

In the end I had a newly-convinced Citrix End User with a nice application bar and good overall look.

The only downside to enabling the Themes service on the server is that it will take more resources and most likely lead to fewer users being loaded on your server. However, in some cases, a nice interface is more important than getting a lot of users on a server.

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Interesting stuff. How do you create a “Loop-back” profile Brian?
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You can also use a GPO to set the "Themes" service to start automatically.

Computer Configuration \ Security Settings \ System Services
Themes -> Automatic



FYI, this is how you enable the loopback processing mode in a GPO:
Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System \ Group Policy
User Group Policy loopback processing mode -> Enabled

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GPO look back processing is set on the Computer OU that holds your Terminal servers. Specifically:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Group Policy A User Group Policy Loopback processsing mode
There are two mode replace and merge. See the explain tab for explanation of the difference

Hope this helps. Cheers

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Hi!
 
I heard that by enable this you can make you winows 2003 server crash or become unstable. And that Microsoft doesnt support it.
Any one else head this? 
 
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I've been running themes on my Windows 2003 Servers for the past 18 months.  The only crash I've had was related to memory timings.


Whether MS supports it or not is kinda immaterial.  It's easy to turn on and off.
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Interesting stuff. How do you create a ?Loop-back? profile Brian?
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You can also use a GPO to set the "Themes" service to start automatically.

Computer Configuration \ Security Settings \ System Services
Themes -> Automatic



FYI, this is how you enable the loopback processing mode in a GPO:
Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System \ Group Policy
User Group Policy loopback processing mode -> Enabled
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I've been running themes on my Windows 2003 Servers for the past 18 months.  The only crash I've had was related to memory timings.


Whether MS supports it or not is kinda immaterial.  It's easy to turn on and off.
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All our users have the XP theme, but one user states that the colors really impact her vision and would like to have the Windows Classic theme back. Is there a way to set a a single users profile to the Windows Classic theme?
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I am trying to use XP Themes on a Citrix PS 4.5 server to support a .NET application. Themes have been started on the server. I have the GP in place and when if I allow the user to connect using a desktop console session they receive the XP theme with no problem each time. However if they connect using a Citrix published app it appears to ignore the theme policy.

Even when I try and "pre-configure" themes by using a console session first and making certain that XP themes are enabled in the user profile, the published app will still be without XP themes. I have looked at process monitor to see if there was a permission error and see not a thing.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
tcampbell@nxtphase.com

 

 

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Make sure to publish the app in high color. The XP themes won't work without it.

 Give that a try...

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I can do the above any idea how to apply but with a different colour theme? Ie Olive green to distinguish from FAT apps that are blue?

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