Working with desktop access rights

When you first log on, the default desktop is your only desktop. Depending on whether you logged on using a local user account or an Active Directory domain user account, you have the default privileges associated with that account. If you have been assigned a role with a desktop access right, the Centrify agent enables you to run individual applications using a selected role from your default desktop or create one or more new desktops to run multiple applications using the administrative privileges associated with your roles.

If you have one or more roles with desktop rights, you can create, select, and switch between desktops on computers that have a traditional Windows desktop.

Note:   If the computer you are using is running Windows 8 or 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2, Windows does not provide access to applications natively when you switch from the default desktop to a privileged desktop due to changes to the underlying interfaces and supported features within the operating system. To enable access to applications on computers running these versions of Windows, the Centrify agent for Windows provides a custom start menu. The Centrify start menu allows you to open and run applications as you would on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. The Centrify start menu is installed on the left side of the taskbar and displays the Centrify logo. This start menu is only available if you are using a role with Centrify desktop rights and cannot be modified.

Note:   If you launch a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application in the default desktop, there won't be a response if you click the same application in the privileged desktop. You need to close the application in the default desktop before you can open it in the privileged desktop.