Archive for December, 2011

Citrix License Server VPX – Version 11.10

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix License Server VPX. Please note this release is only available for XenServer.

License Server VPX

Citrix License Server VPX is a self-contained Linux-based virtual appliance that allows you to easily deploy licensing in your Citrix environment. You can bring the appliance online by:

  • Importing the appliance to your host or pool of hosts.
  • Configuring basic networking – specifying IP address, hostname, and other network information.
  • Using the License Administration Console to upload licenses for your hosts.

To download, and obtain more information about, XenServer and XenCenter, go to the XenServer Download and Product Documentation web pages on the Citrix web site.

What’s New

  • License Server VPX.A self-contained Linux-based virtual appliance that allows you to easily deploy licensing in your Citrix environment.
    • User/Device License Enforcement – Enforcement for the user/device license model based on unique user IDs and unique device IDs is available with XenDesktop 5 Service Pack 1 and XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2.
    • udadmin – udadmin displays the licensed users and devices and enables release of the license assignment for specified users and devices.

Some Considerations

  • Though XenDesktop 5 Service Pack 1 is compatible with License Server VPX, you cannot use the Desktop Studio to view or manage licenses. Use the License Administration Console.
  • Clustered license servers are not supported for VPX. You can use the High Availability (HA) feature on XenServer 5.6 – 6.0.
  • Though /opt/citrix/licensing/LS/conf contains a self-signed SSL certificate and .key file, you can generate and use your own.
  • Ports 1-1024 are reserved by the operating system. When configuring the VPX ports, use ports above 1024. If you use SSL, use port 10443, which is open in the firewall. If you choose a different port for SSL, reconfigure the firewall in the iptables.

Quick Links

  • Prerequisites for Installing License Server VPX
  • To import and configure the License Server VPX
  • To import your first license

Source

Download Citrix License Server VPX 11.10 here – require MyCitrix ID
More info about Citrix License Server VPX – http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/licensing-1110/lic-licensing-1110.html

StoreFront Services 1.0 aka CloudGateway Express

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Reciever, StoreFront Services, XenApp, XenDesktop

Citrix CloudGateway Express aka StoreFront Services 1.0 is released to web.

Citrix have again confussed people about naming their products and the StoreFront Services 1.0 is CloudGateway Express. And if you go under Citrix.com and choose to download CloudGateway Express you can download StoreFront Services =O) does it make sense… hope so.

About Receiver Storefront

Receiver Storefront consists of services that provide authentication and resource delivery infrastructure for Citrix Receiver:

  • The Receiver Storefront authentication service authenticates users to XenDesktop sites, XenApp farms, and AppController. Once a user’s credentials have been validated, the authentication service handles all subsequent interactions to ensure that the user only needs to log on once.
  • Receiver Storefront stores enumerate and aggregate the desktops and applications currently available from XenDesktop sites, XenApp farms, and AppController. Users access stores through Citrix Receiver or a Receiver for Web site.
  • Receiver for Web sites enable users to access Receiver Storefront stores through a Web page. To access their desktops and applications, users require a compatible version of Citrix Receiver. For users running Windows or Mac OS X, Receiver for Web sites attempt to determine whether Citrix Receiver is installed and, if a suitable client cannot be detected, users are offered the opportunity to download and install Citrix Receiver.
  • The Receiver Storefront database records details of users’ resource subscriptions, plus associated shortcut names and locations. When a user accesses a store with application synchronization enabled, the subscribed desktops and applications on the user device are automatically reconfigured so that the configuration is the same as that stored in the Receiver Storefront database.

You manage the Receiver Storefront components with the Citrix Receiver Storefront management console. If you want to perform certain advanced administration tasks, you may also need to edit the Receiver Storefront configuration files.

Receiver Storefront Features

High availability. You can group your Receiver Storefront servers for increased scalability and fault tolerance. For more information, see Planning Your Receiver Storefront Deployment.

Receiver for Web sites. In addition to accessing Receiver Storefront stores within Citrix Receiver, users can also access stores through Web pages. For more information, see To create a Receiver for Web site.

Pass-through authentication. Receiver Storefront supports both pass-through of domain credentials from users’ devices and pass-through authentication from Access Gateway. For more information, see Planning Your Receiver Storefront Deployment.

Application synchronization. Subscribed desktops and applications follow users from device to device so that they do not need to subscribe to the same resources each time they use a different device. For more information, see Planning Your Receiver Storefront Deployment.

Automatically provisioned applications. You can automatically subscribe all users to a core set of applications. For more information, see Integrating Receiver Storefront into Your Environment.

One-click client configuration. You can configure Citrix Receiver for your users by making provisioning files available. For more information, see Configuring Stores.

Source

Download Citrix StoreFront Services 1.0 here – Require MyCitrix ID

More info about Citrix StoreFront Services 1.0 http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/dws-storefront-10/dws-version-wrapper.html

Citrix Receiver for Windows 3.1

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Receiver, XenApp, XenDesktop

Citrix have released Receiver for Windows 3.1 and Receiver Enterprise for Windows 3.1

What’s New in the Citrix Receiver Standard Package

Citrix Receiver (Citrixreceiver.exe) has been enhanced for on-demand access to Windows, Web, and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. You can use it for web access or configure it for use with Citrix CloudGateway.

  • CloudGateway Express Interoperability – Enables existing XenApp and XenDesktop customers to deliver all their Windows apps and desktops to any device using a unified StoreFront with self-service.
  • CloudGateway Enterprise Interoperability – Enables enterprises to aggregate, control, and deliver all of their Windows, web and SaaS apps to any user on any device.
  • Flexible installation methods – You can install CitrixReceiver.exe from Receiver for Web and Web Interface with or without administrator rights or you can use electronic software distribution (ESD) tools like Active Directory Group Policy Objects (GPO) or SCCM.
  • Self-service – Citrix Receiver displays all the resources that you make available to users. Users can browse the list or search for the resources they require and subscribe with a single click. Enabled using one-click configuration and CloudGateway.
  • One-click configuration – Opening a configuration file after installing Citrix Receiver activates self-service access to CloudGateway-published resources. You can publish the configuration file on a web site or email it to multiple users.
  • Secure, remote access through Access Gateway – Integration with Access Gateway provides users with secure access to all enterprise applications, virtual desktops, and data.
  • Domain pass-through authentication– Users already logged on to their domain account do not need to authenticate to access applications.Enable this functionality using a command line switch.
  • Auto-provisioned applications – Receiver automatically adds administrator-designated applications when users first authenticate. Requires CloudGateway StoreFront.
  • CloudGateway internal URL redirection – When a URL is redirected, Receiver checks a keyword to determine if the URL requires an Access Gateway VPN connection for access. If the VPN client is installed, it starts the VPN client and opens the page.
  • Receiver for all devices – User experience is consistent across Receiver platforms and devices.
  • Follow-me subscriptions – Users selected applications follow them across devices. Requires CloudGateway StoreFront.
  • Work space control improvements – Active sessions follow users as they roam from one device to another. Previously, the Self-Service Plug-in disabled workspace control.
  • Multiple account support – Users can access applications and desktops from multiple data centers using different security provisions.
  • Expanded browser support – Chrome versions 10.0 and later are supported. Pre-installation of Firefox is no longer required.

What’s New in the Citrix Receiver Enterprise Package

The Citrix Receiver Enterprise package does not contain any new features. With the upgrade in features in the standard Receiver, the Receiver Enterprise package is required only to support legacy PNAgent service access and for applications requiring Smart Card authentication.

High Availability for Citrix XenDesktop

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Netscaler, XenDesktop

Enhancing XenDesktop Availability with NetScaler Implementation Guide

Providing high-availability to a XenDesktop environment provides the level of assurance organizations need when moving towards a desktop virtualization solution. Because the desktop operating environment is no longer on the endpoint, but is instead within the data center, a failure of one component has the potential to impact hundreds or thousands of users. This is a risk with any desktop virtualization solution. Because of this fact, XenDesktop is built around fault tolerant components that can be further enhanced with Citrix NetScaler to provide disaster recovery and
business continuity.

This Implementation Guide shows how to provide high-availability, disaster recovery and business continuity to a XenDesktop environment.

The document is divided into the following sections:

  • Local Availability: Configure the XenDesktop components in a highly-available configuration
  • Global Availability: Configure the XenDesktop architecture to provide the best delivery for users, regardless of location
  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity: Provide XenDesktop users with a fallback solution in the event of a major outage.

Read the full whitepaper here

High Availability for Citrix XenApp

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Netscaler, XenApp

Enhancing XenApp Availability with NetScaler Reference Architecture

As organizations simplify desktop management activities through the use of desktop virtualization, creating a highly available architecture becomes ever more important. Historically, users were minimally impacted by desktop outages. In many situations, an outage typically impacted a single user, as one desktop device belonged to a single user. In a virtualized desktop operating model, there is the potential for an outage to impact hundreds or thousands of users if the environment is not designed appropriately.

This white paper focuses on the fault tolerant and high-availability options integrated with Citrix XenApp 6.5 as they align with three different focus areas:

  • Layer 1 – Application Availability: Users should always be able to work with an available hosted shared desktop or application.
  • Layer 2 – High Availability: Failures within a site should not impact desktop or application availability.
  • Layer 3 – Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery: The loss of an entire site should not prevent users from accessing their desktops or applications.

By focusing on three distinct layers, an organization can feel confident in the operational availability of the architecture, even in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Read the full white paper here

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