Named user licensing support for virtualized Acrobat DC environments now available

Last updated: 30th January 2017


If you’re an end user who uses virtual technology such as Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop or VMware Horizon to get your work done then you may have wondered why you never had Acrobat DC on your virtual desktop or as a virtual app to go alongside your other line of business applications.


A quick call to your IT support team would typically have given you the following answer.“Virtualisation and virtual desktops and apps is the process of hosting applications or full blown desktops on servers.  Virtualisation saves us (IT support) a lot of time and expense because rather than having to deploy an application to multiple end point devices for multiple users, we only have to deploy an application once per server and then push these applications to all our users.  The downside to this virtualised setup is that we cannot guarantee that only licenced users are accessing Acrobat.”


However, on the 10th of January 2017 Adobe announced that organisations could deliver secure, named user access to Acrobat DC via Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop as well as VMware Horizon (Microsoft’s App-V has had this ability for a while).  Named user access is a licensing agreement that allows an IT department to deploy the software to multiple systems, but only the named user can access the virtual app or desktop at any given time.


This is great news for end users, who can now benefit from Acrobat functionality in a virtualised environment from anywhere, at any time, in any place.  In addition, IT departments benefit from the control that named user licencing offers.  IT departments can add and remove product licenses for a user at any time, and facilitate better compliance tracking since they can manage licences centrally.


To summarize, the new named user license for Acrobat DC virtualization streamlines the deployment process and resolves the compliance concerns of IT departments.  IT can now create an Acrobat DC image with their standard customization tools and deploy the image to the relevant servers.  The final part of the process is to publish the application to the relevant users and for the named users themselves to launch the app as if it was on their desktop.


Read the Adobe’s Enterprise administration guide for information on how to deploy Acrobat DC in a virtual environment,


For more information on Acrobat DC, including how to license it in virtual environments and for price and compliance in your organisation, why not call us – we are here to help on 01974 200 201 or email

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