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This article describes how to improve the responsiveness of Receiver for Web to the first request on the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.


A common issue faced by website administrators is the need to perform “initialization” tasks and “warm up” tasks for a web application.

Configuration For example, when Receiver for Web first starts, it makes requests to the Store Service and Authentication Service, both of which are isolated web applications. This means that three web applications have to be initialized before the first request can be handled by Receiver for Web.

The resolution is to have the web applications always running and initialized, by utilizing IIS Application Initialization for IIS 7.5. This enables website administrators to improve the responsiveness to Receiver for Web sites by loading the all supporting web applications before the first request arrives. By proactively loading and initializing all the dependencies, IT Professionals can ensure that their Receiver for Web sites are responsive at all times.


To Configure IIS Application Initialization on Windows Server 2008 R2, install the IIS 7.5 Application Initialization feature. This can be downloaded using the following link:

When this has been successfully deployed, complete the following configuration changes:
Important: As this is a manual process, Citrix recommends to create backup of the all the files that are edited.

  1. Open the application host configuration file found at: C:WindowsSystem32inetsrvconfigapplicationHost.config.

  2. Configure each Citrix Application Pool at the path: /configuration/system.applicationHost/applicationPools.

  3. Add the startMode attribute, as shown in the following example:

    <add name='Citrix Delivery Services Authentication'
    autoStart='true' managedRuntimeVersion='v2.0'
    managedPipelineMode='Integrated' startMode='AlwaysRunning'>

    Expected Citrix Application Pools are:

    • Citrix Delivery Services Authentication

    • Citrix Delivery Services Resources

    • Citrix Receiver for Web

    • Citrix Delivery Services

  4. Configure each Citrix Web Application at the path: /configuration/system.applicationHost/sites.

  5. Add the preloadEnabled attribute, as shown in the following example:

    <application path='/Citrix/Authentication'
    applicationPool='Citrix Delivery Services Authentication'

    Expected Citrix Web Applications are:

    • /AGServices

    • /Citrix/Authentication

    • /Citrix/Roaming

    • /Citrix/<StoreName>

    • /Citrix/<StoreName>Web

  6. Save and close the files.

  7. Verify the configuration changes by running the IISReset command and ensure that there are no errors on restart.

  8. Modify the StoreFront Services web.config files by adding the following to the system.webServer section at path: /configuration/system.webServer.

    <applicationInitialization skipManagedModules='true'>
    <add initializationPage='/endpoints/v1' />

    The files are found at the following locations:

    • C:inetpubwwwrootAGServicesweb.config

    • C:inetpubwwwrootCitrixAuthenticationweb.config

    • C:inetpubwwwrootCitrixRoamingweb.config

    • C:inetpubwwwrootCitrix<StoreName>web.config

  9. Modify the Receiver for Web web.config files, by adding the following to the system.webServer section at path: /configuration/system.webServer.

    <applicationInitialization skipManagedModules='true'>
    <add initializationPage='/Home/Index' />

    The config file is found at: C:inetpubwwwrootCitrix<StoreName>Webweb.config.

  10. Verify the configuration by running the IISReset command and in Task Manager where a w3wp process exists for each IIS Application Pool.

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