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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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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