Hey all.  This is just a quick post to go through an issue that I came across with Citrix XenApp 7.6.  When launching an application the user is prompted with “Running Security Scan” message

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And eventually you will be prompted with a message to Open the ICA File which has been downloaded

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Obviously this is not a nice experience for the end user.  The issue is occurring due to the enhanced security on IE11. 

Luckily the fix is nice and simple, just add the URL used to access the StoreFront site to the Trusted Sites list and then it will work as expected.

Deploying Citrix StoreFront X1

Posted: 29th March 2015 by neil in Citrix StoreFront

Hey Folks.   Citrix recently released a tech preview of Citrix StoreFront X1 aka StoreFront 2.7.  The UI feels a lot more modern and Citrix are making it easier to make the branding of the page easier to do.  More information about the new features can be seen here but I will hopefully be going through these in future blog posts.

The X1 stands for eXperience 1st which explains where Citrix are going with this.  They want to provide a consistent brilliant user experience across all devices which I think most people will agree is what most VDI projects should aim to deliver.

In this post i will show you how to deploy to a single server solution, but in future posts I will show how to integrate with NetScaler 10.5.  So lets get going! 

1) First step is to download the tech preview from the Citrix Download site. The link is http://www.citrix.com/downloads/storefront-web-interface/betas-and-tech-previews/storefront-x1-technology-preview.html?_ga=1.156428280.256533298.1426411787 

2) Once you had downloaded the tech preview we can begin the installation

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3) Select Next to continue to the next screen. If IIS is not installed already it will be automatically installed.

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4) Let the installation continue and eventually it will complete. Note that the version number will probably change in the future as this is just a tech preview and is not to be used in a production environment

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5) After the installation has completed we need to perform the initial configuration of the StoreFront configuration. Select “Create a new deployment” from the StreFront MMC console

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6) When prompted type in the base URL that will be used to access the StoreFront page.  At this stage since we are only deploying a single server I will just use the servername, but in load balanced environments, you would enter the VIP. Select Next to continue

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7) StoreFront will now create the deployment as requested

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8) Next step we need to create the Store which the end users will be connecting to.  Enter a suitable name and press next to continue

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9) In this next section we will enter the Delivery Controllers

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10) As you can see from the screenshot below you can select what type of Delivery Controller is in your environment. Note I selected HTTP as its only an internal test environment but for production environments you should always select HTTPS for which you will need a SSL Certificate for which I will cover in another post.

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11) Since we are only configuring for an internal deployment we do not need to configure Remote access so select None and press Create to continue

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12) The store should now be created successfully and the URL required to connect to the store displayed

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13) After entering the URL you should see the funky new logon page!! Enter your credentials to access your assigned resources

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14) And if everything is working as expected you should be able to connect successfully :)

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This post only covers the vey basic configuration of StoreFront.  In future posts I hope to delve much deeper into customisations and NetScaler Integration.  Until next time!!

Hi folks. Its been a while since I posted on here due to work commitments but now that I have a lot more spare time I hope to post a bit more :) 

In this post I am going to cover deploying a NetScaler VPX device using VMware Workstation 11.  VMware workstation is a brilliant tool which can be used for setting up home lab environments without having to deploy an actual server.  Luckily you can deploy a Citrix NetScaler VPX device to most popular virtualisation hypervisors on the market today.  The current supported solutions are:

  • VMware ESX (including Workstation)
  • XenServer
  • Hyper-V
  • KVM
  • DSD

So lets go ahead and get this set up and running. 

1) Head over to Citrix and download the required products. You can download them from here http://www.citrix.com/downloads/netscaler-adc/virtual-appliances.html

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2) Select the required download and unzip it to a safe location

3) In our instance since we are deploying using VMware Workstation we would use the .OVF file to import the appliance into VMware Workstation

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4) When you import the appliance you will be asked to provide the name that you wish to call the appliance in VMware Workstation

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5) Click the Import button and then it should be imported successfully

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6) After successful import we need to power on the device so we can perform the required configuration to get up and running

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7) When prompted you need to enter the static IP configuration required for network connectivity. After performing the configuration Press 4 to Save the configuration

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8) The NetScaler will now initialise ready to accept HTTP connections

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9) You should now successfully be able to connect to the management console using the IP details you just configured

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10)  To log into the device you use the default username and password which is nsroot/nsroot.  It is recommended to change the default username and password at your earliest convenience. After logging in you can then perform additional configuration which we will cover in later posts.

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