Export and Import Citrix XenApp 6 Published Applications Using PowerShell


Exporting and Importing published applications in Citrix XenApp used to be a tedious process. Now, thanks to XenApp PowerShell Cmdlets, this process is much easier and more flexible. No uber scripting skills needed.

Exporting and importing Citrix XenApp 6 published applications using PowerShell is super easy. In this article, I will show you how to export all or some of your XenApp 6 published applications into a XML file. Then, I will show you how to import those applications while overriding certain application properties like Worker Group and Server Names.

note Note: before you get started, be sure to check out this post on how to install the Citrix XenApp 6 PowerShell Cmdlets.


Exporting Citrix XenApp 6 Published Applications

The first thing we need to do is export some published applications from an existing XenApp 6 farm. In this example, I will only export applications in a certain folder instead of the entire application inventory.

Get-XAApplicationReport * | ?{$_.FolderPath.StartsWith("Applications/Testing")} | Export-Clixml c:\testingApps.xml



So, there are 3 parts to this export.

  1. Get-XAApplicationReport gets all properties of a published application. If you are familiar with MFCOM, the Get-XAApplicationReport command is similar to calling LoadData(1) on an application object.

    FYI – There is a command called Get-XAApplication, but that command doesn’t get all properties of a published application.

    Anyway, if you don’t use the Get-XAApplicationReport command, you won’t get all your application properties and you will be sad.

  2. ?{$_.FolderPath.StartsWith("Applications/Testing")} looks at each application object that Get-XAApplicationReport returns and filters out all applications whose folder path does not start with “Applications/Testing”.

    Note to Citrix – it would be nice to have some filtering built into the Get-XAApplicationReport command. You will notice in the example, that I have to get all the published applications in a farm and filter out what I do not want. That is a pretty expensive operation. It would be better to just get what I want from the get go.

  3. Export-Clixml saves it all to a XML file called testingApps.xml.


Importing Citrix XenApp 6 Published Applications

Now that you have the applications exported to a XML file, you can import those applications to another farm. Here is one way to do this:

Import-XmlCli c:\testingApps.xml | New-XAApplication -ServerNames [servers] -WorkerGroupNames $null

The cool thing about this is that you can override settings during an import. For instance, the original farm I exported from had published applications assigned to Worker Groups rather than Servers. In the destination farm, I want to publish the applications to Servers rather than Worker Groups. You can actually override a multitude of properties during the import process which will make your life easier.

note Note: if you do not create the folder structure beforehand, you will get the following error when you try to import:

New-XAApplication : Cannot find folder with path Applications/Testing (0x80160001)
At line:1 char:70
+ Import-Clixml C:\testingApps.xml | New-XAApplication <<<<
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidResult: (Applications/Testing:String) [New-XAApplication], CitrixException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ComApp.GetFolderId,Citrix.XenApp.Commands.NewAppCmdlet

So, check out this article on migrating a folder structure.


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