If you have XenApp, chances are you have Microsoft Office in XenApp..its a popular combination. Well Office 2013 is in full swing and if you want to save time and headache with installing it and wondering “What do I configure?”, this expanded Tips From the Field post is for you.
In this part 4 in my 5 part series of basic NetScaler configuration I will show you how to make your XenApp/XenDesktop environment securely available to your external users with Access Gateway Enterprise Edition (AGEE). In addition, your LDAP authentication queries will be load balanced (bonus!) and we’ll modify the theme to match StoreFront’s green bubble UI. As a prerequisite you need to have the certificate already loaded onto the NetScaler that you want to use for your external access. I’ve got to say I really like the new AGEE setup wizard, it really simplifies setup here over past releases.
Continuing from my 2nd of this 5 part series..in my last post I showed how to load balance your DNS and LDAP. Along that same line we will now load balance a XenApp farm’s XML brokers and StoreFront servers. If you have web interface, I’ll call out where you would do that also but I won’t detail it with screen shots as StoreFront is the de facto standard moving forward now. You can also load balance XenDesktop using a wizard almost identical to the XenApp one and I will call it out also but will not be diving into it with screen shots as they would just be redundant.
As a prerequisite, almost all StoreFront deployments utilize SSL internally (and externally) so the StoreFront servers would be loaded with a certificate. That certificate would need to be exported and then imported into the NetScaler along with its intermediate and root and properly linked. That is beyond the scope of this post but there is a great walkthrough HERE on how to do it.
NetScaler can be quite a daunting piece of technology to learn for the newcomer. Luckily, Citrix has constantly been revisiting the interface/config and with each new release the obstacles to deploy basic functionality have gotten smaller. A good load balancing solution is the backbone to any highly available Citrix deployment.
In the first of this 5 part series on setting up a NetScaler VPX 10.1 we will cover initial IP configuration, licensing, and interface config. For this “How To”, this will be a single arm deployment on an “internal” network and we will assume you are sufficiently knowledgeable to import a virtual appliance on your Hypervisor of choice. By the culmination of this series we will have load balanced XenApp XML, XenDesktop XML, StoreFront HTTP/S, DNS, LDAP, and Access Gateway. Continue reading