If you don’t want Teams to be added to existing installations of Microsoft Apps when you update to a newer version, you can use Group Policy or the Office Deployment Tool. Or, as an alternative, you can let Teams be added, but use Group Policy to prevent Teams from automatically starting when the user signs in to the device.
The following is a configuration. Also, in some situations, doing an Online Repair results in Teams being installed. For example, if Microsoft Apps is configured to get updates from the Office Content Delivery Network CDN and the update channel or version you’re using includes Teams as part of the installation. If your organization isn’t ready to deploy Teams and you use Group Policy, you can enable the Don’t install Microsoft Teams with new installations or updates of Office policy setting.
If you enable this policy setting, Teams won’t be installed in the following scenarios for Version or later:. If you want Teams to be installed, but don’t want Teams to start automatically for the user after it’s installed, you can use Group Policy and enable the Prevent Microsoft Teams from starting automatically after installation policy setting.
By enabling this policy setting before Teams is installed , Teams won’t start automatically when the user logs in to the device. Once a user signs in to Teams for the first time, Teams is configured to start automatically the next time the user logs into the device.
The user can configure Teams to not start automatically by configuring user settings within Teams or by clearing the Open Teams on startup check box on the sign in screen for Teams. If you’ve already installed Teams but you want to use this policy setting to prevent Teams from starting automatically, enable this policy setting and then run this script on a per-user basis to reset the autostart setting for Teams. But even if you enable this policy setting so that Teams doesn’t start automatically, an icon for Microsoft Teams will appear on the user’s desktop.
If devices in your organization are shared by multiple users, be aware that Teams is installed separately for each user that signs into that device. Installations of Teams average about mb, so hard disk space, as well network bandwidth for updates, might become an issue for these shared devices installed with Teams. In cases where shared devices are used by a significant number of users, you might want to consider not installing Teams on those shared devices.
After Teams is installed, it’s automatically updated approximately every two weeks with new features and quality updates. This update process for Teams is different than the update process for the other Office apps, such as Word and Excel. For more information, see Teams update process. If you’re using Version If you don’t want Teams included as part of the installation, there is an Office suite install package available that doesn’t include Teams. You can also use the install packages for individual applications, such as Word or Excel.
For links to the most current install packages, see Update history for Office for Mac. Some Office plans include Microsoft Apps, but don’t include the Teams service. Even if a plan doesn’t include the Teams service, Teams will still be installed with Microsoft Apps, as described earlier in this article. To prevent Teams from being installed, follow the steps outlined earlier in this article. For Office plans that don’t include the Teams service, a free trial version of Teams that’s valid for 1 year is available.
This section provides recommendations and guidance to estimate how many users or virtual machines VMs can be supported on a single physical host. The idea is to find out how many users or VMs can be ran on a single piece of hardware running a major hypervisor. This section includes guidance to estimate SSS. Note that the guidance is high level and might not necessarily be specific to your unique situation or environment. Citrix recommends using this guidance and these simple rules to quickly estimate SSS only.
However, Citrix recommends using Login VSI or the load testing tool of your choice to validate results, especially before purchasing hardware or making any financial decisions. To enable optimization for Microsoft Teams, use the Manage console policy described in the Microsoft Teams redirection policy. This policy is ON by default. In addition to this policy being enabled, HDX checks to verify that the version of the Citrix Workspace app is at least the minimum required version.
Microsoft Teams reads the key to load in VDI mode. Loading the API is the first step toward redirection. Exit Microsoft Teams by right-clicking the notification area icon and restarting. Microsoft Teams relies on Media Processor servers in Microsoft for meetings or multiparty calls. So the network health between the peer and the Microsoft cloud determines the performance of the call.
Please refer to Microsoft network connectivity principles for detailed guidelines around network planning. We recommend evaluating your environment to identify any risks and requirements that can influence your overall cloud voice and video deployment. For support information, see Support. The manner in which this is accomplished will vary depending on the VPN product and machine platform used but most VPN solutions will allow some simple configuration of policy to apply this logic.
For more information on VPN platform-specific split tunnel guidance, see this Microsoft article. Citrix minimum recommendations per user are:. About performance, encoding is more expensive than decoding for CPU use at the client machine. You can hardcode the maximum encoding resolution in the Citrix Workspace app for Linux and Windows.
See Encoder performance estimator and Optimization for Microsoft Teams. If you configure an explicit proxy server in the VDA and route connections to localhost through a proxy, redirection fails. If not, optimization fails. If the branch office is configured to access the internet through a proxy, these versions support proxy servers:. If DNS requests are unsuccessful, P2P calls with outside users and conference calls media establishment fails.
This support means that the endpoint must be able to perform DNS resolutions. Consider a scenario where there is no direct path between the two peers or between a peer and a conference server and you are joining a multi-party call or meeting. The HdxRtcEngine. These ranges include both Transport Relays and media processors, front-ended by an Azure Load Balancer. Call quality depends on the underlying network protocol. Meetings fail. Use this architecture diagram as a visual reference for the call flow sequence.
The corresponding steps are indicated in the diagram. Citrix media engine and Teams. With Direct Routing, you connect your own supported session border controller to the Microsoft Phone System directly without any additional on-premises software. Call queues, transfer, forward, hold, mute, and resume a call are supported. Starting with version , Citrix Workspace app supports dynamic emergency calling. The notification is provided based on the current location of the Citrix Workspace app that runs on the endpoint, instead of the Microsoft Teams client that runs on the VDA.
To enable dynamic emergency calling, the administrator must use the Microsoft Teams Admin Center and configure the following to create a network or emergency location map:.
When users start an optimized call using the Microsoft Teams client for the first time, they might notice a warning with the Windows firewall settings. The warning asks for users to allow communication for HdxTeams. You can apply more restrictive rules if you want. You can deploy Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business side by side as two separate solutions with overlapping capabilities. For more information, see Understand Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business coexistence and interoperability.
Examples include island modes and Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams collaboration. Also, Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams collaboration and meetings. Peripheral access can be granted only to a single application at the time. For example, webcam access by the RealTime Media Engine during a call locks the imaging device during a call.
When the device is released, it becomes available for Microsoft Teams. Optimal audio and video quality require a network connection to the Microsoft cloud that has low latency, low jitter, and low packet loss. Backhauling of Microsoft Teams audio-video RTP traffic from Citrix Workspace app users at branch office locations to a data center before going to the internet can add excessive latency.
It might also cause congestion on WAN links. This use is to identify, categorize, and steer Microsoft Teams traffic. Business broadband internet connections in many areas suffer from intermittent packet loss, periods of excessive jitter, and outages.
You can use multiple meetings or chat windows for Microsoft Teams in Windows. This feature is supported with Citrix Workspace app for Windows Microsoft Teams supports Gallery , Large gallery , and Together mode layouts.
Microsoft Teams displays a 2×2 grid with video streams of four participants known as Gallery. In this case, Microsoft Teams sends four video streams to the client device for decoding. When more than four participants share video, only the last four most active speakers appear on the screen. Microsoft Teams also provides the large gallery view with a grid up to 7×7.
As a result, the Microsoft Teams conference server composites a single video feed and sends it to the client device for decoding, resulting in lower CPU consumption. Lastly, Microsoft Teams supports Together mode , which is part of the new meeting experience. Using AI segmentation technology to digitally place participants in a shared background, Microsoft Teams puts all participants in the same auditorium. The user can control these modes during a conference call by selecting Gallery , Large gallery , or Together mode layouts in the ellipses menu.
Microsoft Teams relies on video-based screen sharing VBSS , effectively encoding the desktop being shared with video codecs like H and creating a high-definition stream.
With HDX optimization, incoming screen sharing is treated as a video stream. Starting from Citrix Workspace app or higher for Windows, Linux or Mac, users can share their screens and video camera simultaneously. Instead, the screen sharing video feed shows. The peer must then manually resume the camera sharing. In that case, other peers can still see your webcam and content and navigate back and forth to review other slides.
In this scenario, the slides are rendered on the VDA. Outgoing screen sharing is also optimized and offloaded to Citrix Workspace app. Set specific permission in Citrix Workspace app for Mac to enable screen sharing.
For more information, see System Requirements. Citrix Workspace app minimum version is required. Starting with Citrix Workspace app for Windows To share a specific app:. Compatibility with app protection The screen sharing of a specific app is compatible with the app protection feature in HDX optimized Microsoft Teams. You can only select the Window option to share any open app. This feature is supported in the following versions of Citrix Workspace app there is no dependency on the VDA version or Operative System, single session or multisession :.
You can request control during a Microsoft Teams call when a participant is sharing the screen. Once you have control, you can make selections, edits, or other keyboard and mouse activities to the shared screen.
To take control when a screen is being shared, click Request control button in the Microsoft Teams UI. While you have control, you can make selections, edits, and other modifications to the shared screen. For these actions, you can use both keyboard and mouse. Give and Request control are not available if the user is sharing a single app also known as App sharing. The full desktop or monitor must be shared. When optimization for Microsoft Teams is active, the Citrix Workspace app accesses the peripherals headsets, microphones, cameras, speakers, and so forth.
Microsoft Teams does not access the devices directly. Instead, it relies on the Workspace app WebRTC media engine for acquiring, capturing, and processing the media. Microsoft Teams lists the devices for the user to select.
After the peripheral is selected, Microsoft Teams caches the information of the peripherals. As a result, the peripherals are automatically selected when you reconnect to a session from the same endpoint.
Workspace app Mar 27 The legacy HDX technologies might be webcam redirection and client audio and microphone redirection. In fallback mode, the peripherals are mapped to the VDA. The peripherals appear to the Microsoft Teams app as if they were locally attached to the virtual desktop. Calling polices : Teams includes the built-in DisallowCalling calling policy, in which all calling features are turned off. Assign the DisallowCalling policy to all users in your organization who use Teams in a virtualized environment.
Meeting policies : Teams includes the built-in AllOff meeting policy, in which all meeting features are turned off.
Assign the AllOff policy to all users in your organization who use Teams in a virtualized environment. To assign the DisallowCalling calling policy and the AllOff meeting policy to a user:. If you have an existing implementation of Teams on VDI with chat and collaboration in which you had set user-level policies to turn off calling and meeting functionality, and you’re migrating to Teams with AV optimization, you must set policies to turn on calling and meeting functionality for those Teams on VDI users.
You can use the Teams admin center or PowerShell to set and assign calling and meeting policies to your users. It can take some time a few hours for policy changes to propagate. If you don’t see changes for a given account immediately, try again after a few hours. Calling polices : Calling policies in Teams control which calling features are available to users. Teams includes the built-in AllowCalling calling policy, in which all calling features are turned on.
To turn on all calling features, assign the AllowCalling policy. Or, create a custom calling policy to turn on the calling features that you want and assign it to users. Meeting policies : Meeting policies in Teams control the types of meetings that users can create and the features that are available to meeting participants that are scheduled by users in your organization.
Teams includes the built-in AllOn meeting policy, in which all meeting features are turned on. To turn on all meeting features, assign the AllOn policy. Or, create a custom meeting policy to turn on the meeting features that you want and assign it users. To assign the AllowCalling calling policy and the AllOn meeting policy to a user:. When users connect from an unsupported endpoint, the users are in fallback mode, in which AV isn’t optimized.
To disable fallback mode, set the value to 1. To enable audio only, set the value to 2. If the value isn’t present or is set to 0 zero , fallback mode is enabled. Teams VDI policies are available in the Teams module. These policies are active and enforced on non-optimized VDI environments. We’re working on adding calling and meeting features that are currently only available in non-VDI environments.
These might include more admin control over quality, additional screen sharing scenarios, and advanced features recently added to Teams. Contact your Teams representative to learn more about upcoming features. This is a known issue with Citrix VDA versions and Then, restart VDA. Skip to main content. This browser is no longer supported. Download Microsoft Edge More info. Table of contents Exit focus mode. Table of contents. Note A roaming folder or, if you are using folder redirection, a caching manager is required to ensure that the Teams app has the runtime data and files required to run the application.
Important Teams won’t work properly with per-user installation on a non-persistent setup. Important Installing Teams per-machine is required for non-persistent setups.
Important If you currently run Teams without AV optimization in VDI and you use features that are not supported yet for optimization such as Give and take control when app sharing , you have to set virtualization provider policies to turn off Teams redirection.
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