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Introduction to Citrix

What is Citrix?

Citrix Workspace (hereafter the Citrix system), a product of Citrix, is a system for running statistical software and managing contents virtually from a remote Windows server. In this model, Hamilton College maintains the server that runs the Citrix system, and on which the Windows version of the applications, like SPSS or Maple, has been installed. The Citrix system is also tied to the Academic Server, ESS, and SSS, so that Hamilton users can manage the files stored on these servers directly from the applications.

Essentially, Citrix allows Hamilton students, faculty, and staff to open a virtual Windows computer on their personal computers securely from anywhere (on and off-campus). Hamilton's Citrix system is available for two major platforms, macOS and Windows. Note that the Citrix server is based on Windows, meaning that Mac users may need to use Windows keyboard shortcuts (e.g., Ctrl+C instead of Cmd+C) while using the applications. This document summarizes the major differences between Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts. 

The Citrix system is already set up on the computers in public labs. In order to access Citrix on a personal machine, users will need to 1) install the Citrix Workspace App2) register for Citrix access, and 3) understand file/drive locations. Note that you need to re-register every academic year. If this is your first time using Citrix, review the documents below in the following order to get started. 

  1. Installing the Citrix Workspace App on your Personal Computer
  2. Registering for Citrix & Opening a Program
  3. File Browsing & Drive Mapping from Citrix
  4. Citrix FAQ
  5. If you use the color printers on campus, learn more about Color Printing from Citrix.

We also offer instructional videos for Mac and Windows PC users. Click one of the links below to watch the video tutorials. 

Playlist of instructional videos for Mac users

Playlist of instructional videos for Windows PC users


Available Programs

As of Spring 2021, the following programs are available through Citrix:

If you would like to request a new program be added to the Citrix server, please contact the Research and Instructional Design team (askus@hamilton.edu). Contact the Help Desk (helpdesk@hamilton.edu, 315-859-4181) if you have any questions about Citrix.


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Last updated: February 3, 2021

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