How to Score an A Grade on Your Citrix NetScaler SSL Virtual Servers

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] February 14, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, NetScaler

Have you had your external SSL based Virtual Servers on a Citrix NetScaler scanned? Scanning with free utilities such as ssllabs.com can ensure that you have the proper certificate chain on the NetScaler to avoid any certificate errors on browsers. In addition, this can flag any security issues with your SSL based virtual servers.

But what if you don’t get an “A”? Let’s look at what causes a lower letter grade, and what you can do to improve your score.

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How to Perform Single Image Management in Azure Resource Manager with Citrix XenApp

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] October 12, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, PowerShell, Microsoft Azure

Citrix and Microsoft appear to be re-kindling their partnership and Azure could soon be the Citrix preferred cloud hosting solution. Check out this video at the 13:00 minute mark.

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Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) vs. Machine Creation Services (MCS)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] September 30, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk

Deploying Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) with your new XenApp/XenDesktop site? Consider the benefits of Machine Creation Services (MCS) first.

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NetScaler Website Redirection - The Nice & Elegant Way

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] August 10, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, NetScaler

Did you know that you can configure NetScaler so users don’t have to type in the https:// when going to StoreFront or the NetScaler Gateway URLs?

More often than not, this is accomplished using a crude method in which port 80 http Virtual Server is configured on the same IP as the https site and the Redirect URL field in the protection section of the Virtual Server is set. While this works just fine, it unfortunately also renders a permanently Down Virtual Server in the Load Balancing screen.

Good news though, there is a better way to configure the redirection that renders all of the Virtual Servers as Up by using Responder Policies.

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Bug FIx: View Templates Folder in Azure Resource Manager Premium Storage

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Phillip Martin [fa icon="calendar'] July 20, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, How To Guide, PowerShell

I recently ran into a snag where my Citrix XenApp Session Host was created in my Azure Premium Storage account. When you capture an image as a template, Azure places the template in the same storage account in which the server is currently running.

The Template folder is hidden by default in the ARM portal. You can use Azure Storage Explorer to navigate and see the Templates folder to get the template path and vhd name. However, the Storage Explorer doesn’t show the Template folder in the Premium Storage account. I can only guess that this is a bug. 

Here’s a work around by running a few PowerShell commands. Now I’m able to see the Template folder right from the ARM portal. 

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Error Fix: "The App-V server addresses must be valid URLs" in XenApp/XenDesktop 7.9

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Kevin Ottomeyer [fa icon="calendar'] July 11, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk

The new Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.9 has a lot to offer and worth making the upgrade, but being at the front of the line to implement a new release can also come with the risk of a few bugs. Here’s one we've come across and a quick fix to resolve the error.

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Citrix Synergy 2016 Recap, News and Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] June 15, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Virtualization, VMware, Citrix XenMobile, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Citrix XenDesktop, Lewan News & PR, Microsoft Windows, Cloud Computing

This year Citrix Synergy was hosted in Las Vegas, May 24-26, at the Venetian conference center. Myself and another engineer from Lewan attended and came back with our heads full of announcements, product updates and a look at what’s coming next. It’s going to be an exciting year for Citrix customers!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, or are still trying to digest all of the exciting and innovative announcements you heard while you were there, here is a recap.

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Citrix XenApp 6.0 end of life is coming soon, what's your upgrade plan?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Kenneth Fingerlos [fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Citrix, Microsoft, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Lewan News & PR, Cloud Computing, Product Announcements

If you’re running Citrix XenApp 6.0, or even 6.5, you should already know the importance of August 24, 2016. But if you don’t yet, this is the end of life (EOL) date for XenApp 6.0 (and for XenApp 6.5 for customers of who don't have Subscription Advantage), meaning security related Hotfixes, technical support and product downloads will no longer be available.

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Hide Desktops to Create an Application-Only Store in Citrix StoreFront

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Johnny Ma [fa icon="calendar'] April 14, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix Storefront, Citrix XenDesktop, How To Guide, PowerShell

In a perfect world—in any Citrix XenDesktop deployment—all of the applications install, license and run perfectly on a non-persistent desktop. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and there are applications out there that, for whatever reason, will not work properly on a non-persistent desktop.
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12 Ways App & Desktop Virtualization Is Transforming IT (Infographic)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Allie Perry [fa icon="calendar'] March 22, 2016 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Citrix, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft Windows, Data Security, infographic

"More than 35 million Americans in the workforce did some or all of their work at home in 2014."
"Mobile workers will account for nearly three quarters (72%) of the total U.S. workforce by 2020."

What does this all mean? Forward-thinking businesses of every size are turning to application delivery and desktop virtualization to reduce IT costs, provide greater mobility and productivity for employees, and to improve data security and compliance.

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