How To: NetScaler 10.1 Deployment Part 3: Load Balancing Cont’d.

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.

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Tips From the Field: Google Chrome

If you have a client or you yourself are wanting to install Google Chrome into your Citrix XenApp environment and are struggling with setting it up there are a few tips you should know. In my search these aren’t all readily available and consolidated, they also require some digging to find and sort out so hopefully this post can get you off on the right foot with all the information in one spot. Continue reading

Must Have Citrix Support Tools

If you run or regularly work with Citrix products like XenApp, XenDesktop, or XenServer (and more..) there are some tools out there that the “pro’s” use, and heck, even internal Citrix support — and they’re all available to the general public. Some history…so back in 2011 Citrix started their TaaS beta (Tools as a Service) with a goal of automating a lot of the support data collection and reporting and making it easier for their clients to troubleshoot issues in their environment. Not all of these roll up into TaaS/AutoSupport, but some of them do, and I’ve even included some that are just unofficial and unsupported scripts but help when troubleshooting various things. This article isn’t meant to be an in-depth deep dive into each product, but rather a high level overview. So hopefully if you weren’t familiar with some or all of these this post will help you…and maybe show you some you weren’t aware of. Continue reading