SmithApps Citrix Portal
SmithApps is a Citrix XenApp tool that
allows Smith students, faculty, and staff to access applications
and files that are normally only available in Van Munching Hall
computer labs. These applications are delivered to any computer
with Internet access that has the Citrix client installed.
The goal of myApps/SmithApps is to
provide the Smith community an off-campus solution to access
on-campus services and applications so that the community can do
their work, research, and studies anywhere that has Internet
access. It also provides Mac users a way to use Windows-only
applications (such as Visio or Access) on their Mac.
Behind the scenes, what happens is that using Citrix will
launch your program on a server in Van Munching Hall, and put
the display of the running program over the Internet to your
local computer. Even though the program is running remotely, you
will still be able use local disks and printers.
Basic Smith Apps / Citrix Overview
When you connect to http://smithapps.rhsmith.umd.edu the web page will try to determine if you have the Citrix client software installed. If it can't detect the client software is installed it will alert you with a message.
Clicking on the message tab will show you that you can click to obtain a client.
The next click will give you the download link. Just download and install. In Internet Explorer on Windows a browser
plug-in will be installed. On all other combinations you'll download a client installer.
There is nothing special about the Citrix client at this link compared to one
you might have gotten from another source -- say, from your employer. You can always use whatever older client you might have installed already. If you already have a client but our site isn't detecting it for some reason, you can pick the "Already installed" link on the right side of the page and skip the download step.
Once you get connected you'll be presented with a list of programs you can run.
If you do not see any applications listed, the campus system may not have you as
a BMGT student/faculty/staff. If you are associated with the Smith School
and don't see any applications, just let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get
everything straightened out for you.
You will need to use your Directory ID to log in. Once you
are logged in, you will see all the applications you will have
access to. There will be a second tab called "Content" that is
also available. This tab contains any downloads or external
links that may be helpful to you. Just click on the application
you want to use to launch it.
The first time you launch an application, it may prompt you
about File Security. You would want to checkmark "Do no ask me
again for this site" and click "Yes" to give the application
access to read/write files onto your local computer. If you
clicked "No", then you will not be able to open files from your
local computer to work with nor save your work onto your local
Is giving Read & Write access safe? There is some risk that a virus infected file could get written to your hard drive if you give write permission. We feel this is very unlikely, however, as we run antivirus software on the server and you are running antivirus software on your client (you are, aren't you?) so you should be protected. In many years of running this service we have gotten no reports of cross infections coming from allowing this access.
You can work with files that are located on your own
computer. For example, you may want to open a Word document
file. Go to File > Open and you will see a Windows file explorer
window. Click on Computer on the left menu and you will see all
the drives on the computer that you are using located on the
bottom half of the screen and your Smith network drives on the
top half of the screen. Just navigate to the location of where
your file is located and click "Open."
When you want to save a file, you will do the same.
Important Warnings about using SmithApps
Make sure you understand
the following warnings. Not understanding them could cause you
to lose your work!