Netscaler 10.5 and Storefront 2.5.2 Configuration 13 Comments

Citrix Netscaler 10.5 is out since a couple of weeks now, and if you want to read what's new about this new release just click on the [link] because there are so many things I won't list everything here. I will use this blog to refresh the "how to" I already did about Netscaler and I will go through the basic setup, certificate request, import and Access Gateway configuration to plug my XenDesktop 7.5 lab. First, you need to download your Netscaler (download if you're using a VPX appliance). You can find the appliance corresponding to your hypervizor : vmware ESX Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XenServer KVM You can download it here : [link] - myCitrix account is required One you boot up the appliance, after give the basic information like IP address, subnet and getway, you can fireup the GUI through your favorite browser. You need to logon and follow the step by step screenshots : The basic configuration is done. now time to add a certificate for the Access Gateway, creating a private key, a CSR and finally importing the pem certificate.   Don't forget to change the nsroot password. Now the certificate part is done (thanks to Digicert for my lab) you can go ahead to the next step and configure your Strorefront server to create a new store ready to connect with the Netscaler Access Gateway. Storefront part is easy and quick to do, you can now continue by creating the Access Gateway using the new wizard and following these steps : Here you go, just a reboot to have the Access Gateway up and running. I had few issue in the end with Application Firewall with Google Chrome and Safari from a Mac OSx computer, you need to enable the learning mode to check what need to be change in Application Firewall rules and allow connexion to you Access Gateway. You can customize the Netscaler Access Gateway logon page and your Storefront very easily, Eric one of my CTP friends did a very short and nice blog about that [link] and a very detailed blog written by Feng Huang Citrite here [link] This blog will give you a good overview on what needs to be done to set up an Access Gateway with Storefront, for those who don't have time to make test, now you know !

Power and Capacity Management, a bit further 2 Comments

Power and Capacity Management is a great feature for XenApp, I use it more and more for Activlan customers in new implementation we do. Last week I had to find how to automate a workload and server capacity reporting by email. To remind you what is Power and Capacity Management here is a short explanation : Citrix XenApp Power and Capacity Management can help reduce power consumption and manage XenApp server capacity by dynamically scaling up or scaling down the number of online XenApp servers. Consolidating sessions onto fewer online servers improves server utilization, helps minimize power consumption, and helps provide sufficient capacity to handle server loads. As users log on to the system and reduce the idle capacity (the amount of capacity available for additional sessions), other servers in the workload are powered up. As users log off and idle capacity increases, idle servers are powered down. This helps optimize capacity for XenApp workloads. Scheduling provides an automated approach. An administrator defines specific times for powering on and powering off workloads. For example, a schedule powers on servers at 8 in the morning and powers them down at 7 in the evening, from Monday through Friday. The administrator can manually override capacity and schedule settings to accommodate unexpected demand. Load consolidation and power management operate in unison; load consolidation ensures sessions are not spread across online servers, which provides a better opportunity to power off excess servers later, using power management. Use Power and Capacity Management to observe and record utilization and capacity levels. Console monitoring and report generation provide valuable information, even if you do not enable power management and load consolidation. Power and Capacity Management respects all configured XenApp server settings, farm settings, and policies. This is my lab console : I had to figure out how to generate report automatically with Citrix Power and Capacity Management, there is an option to generate report within the PCM console but nothing to send these report automatically by email. When you generate report through the console you can obtain pretty good graphs and table : These reports look good and this is exactly what I needed to generate. CPM is using SQL Reporting Services so it shouldn't be that hard to generate an email from these report. I'm not a SQL expert or whatever but I've done the following change to set two subscriptions. open a web browser and…