WebInterface vs Receiver Storefront (CloudGateway) 23 Comments

CloudGateway is here to replace the good old WebInterface (end of support 2015) as WebInterface is one product, CloudGateway is a marketing name for several products : CloudGateway Express (Free) = Receiver Storefront + Access Gateway VPX CloudGateway Enterprise ($$$) = Receiver Storefront + Access Gateway + AppController If we want to compare the WebInterface to one of this component, that will be Receiver Storefront. This blog idea originally comes from Thomas Koetzing (CTP) blog post last year : Web Interface replaced by Citrix Cloud Gateway and I made several presentation about CloudGateway based on the table he build. I tried to maintain this table up to date with the new releases of Receiver Storefront. What is CloudGateway Citrix definition : Citrix CloudGateway is an enterprise mobility management solution that aggregates, controls and delivers Windows, web, SaaS and mobile apps, and data, to any device, anywhere. CloudGateway provides end-users with a unified single point of access and self-service to all of their business apps on any device anywhere. It also provides IT with a comprehensive single point of aggregation and control for all apps, data, devices and identities. CloudGateway helps IT and users Deliver all apps. Go beyond Windows apps to aggregate, control and deliver all apps including web, SaaS, mobile apps and data. Unified—not siloed. IT no longer needs to create and manage individual/soloed processes and tools to add new devices, user types and apps. Regain control and eliminate chaos. IT can manage and secure corporate IP, apps and data by unifying and automating controls for apps, devices and identities. Empower users by giving them every app they need in a unified, self-service app catalog that is available from any device, anywhere. My point of view is CloudGateway came too early on the market and WebInterface death have been announced too fast. With the lake of feature integrated in Receiver Storefront, the adoption by IT and companies will be slow. Citrix should have introduce a more feature complete product, of course Citrix needs to move fast and evolve as fast as possible to lead the market but simple fast make me think Citrix is big, way too big to move as fast as they were use to : New NetScaler 10 still include WebInterface instead of Receiver Storefront Citrix App Studio allow to provision WebInterface, no Receiver Storefront yet... Why's that ? Because Receiver Storefront is not mature for all our existing customer…

This is a new step in application and desktop delivery access point process but Citrix again made it very messy to understand (at least for me...) This is very important to know and understand every component of this new products, but between, Receiver Storefront, CloudGateway Express, CloudGateway Enterprise, AppController and all the past names, some of us can be lost, and our customer are even more lost... (nFuse, Web Interface  2 3 4 5 etc... and Receiver Storefront) If I remember well, at Synergy in Barcelona last October, CloudGateway had been introduce by Citrix CEO with this slide : Now when I read documentation about CloudGateway Express and Enterprise release, I think we lost something : The data "square" (ShareFile & RingCube (?)) is gone for now... Anyway, with the previous picture you can have a clear view about each component present in Citrix CloudGateway. First let's check what is the difference between CloudGateway Express and CloudGateway Enterprise : The difference is mostly around features, but what's not shown in Citrix edition and features matrix is a row with the price. CloudGateway Express is free because this product is here to replace the actual Web Interface and Program Neighborhood to give access to Windows App and Desktops. The enterprise edition is here to centralize access between Desktops, Windows Apps, SaaS and web applications. The upgrade from Express edition to Enterprise edition should be simple and painless, just need to try it out to check how simple it is :) Regarding the architecture, the big picture is simple, we had Web Interface, now we have Receiver Storefront and it should be it... But that's not :) To simplify user's life and give a centralized access to apps, again we need to build an architecture more complex than our good old Web Interface. In the previous image above, there is not that much difference if we consider Storefront is here to replace Web Interface and AppController as a new component to build a bridge between Desktops / Windows Apps and SaaS / Web Apps. The external access is still secured using an Access Gateway, I mean NetScaler Access Gateway (same product, new name), but if we look further, it more complicated than that : Same as Web Interface, high availability is possible with an external load balancing mechanism (ie NetScaler or MS NLB) Now an external database is required to host users…

Installing Citrix CloudGateway Express (Citrix Receiver StoreFront) was the easy part, setting it up wasn't that hard. But being able to use it was a bit more tricky. I tried to install it at first with a remote database, I encounter several issue and I've never been able to add application to the dashboard. I got this message every time : The fact I tried to use and external database didn't allow my Receiver Web dashboard to be saved, this is the reason why I got this error. I didn't had time to troubleshot this issue, this is clearly a right issue between the server I chose to install Citrix CloudGateway Express and The server where my SQL database is hosted. So I installed Citrix ClouGateway Express with a local SQL database and everything went fine. When I tried to add the store I just created on my workstation, I haven't been able to do it unless I had a https URL, I got this pop-up message : To be able to add http store URL, you need to change or create the following registry key (old Dazzle trick)

Citrix WebInterface is dead (soon), welcome CloudGateway ! CloudGateway Express exactly, Citrix Receiver StoreFront precisely... Ok it's a bit complicated :) I suggest you to read this excellent blog about difference between WebInterface and Citrix new Cloud products : Web Interface replaced by Citrix Cloud Gateway written by Thomas Koetzing You can download the Technical Preview here : Citrix CloudGateway Express (MyCitrix account required) The installation process is very easy and smooth, as usual now the installation is taking care of all the roles and features your Windows 2008 R2 will need before beginning the installation of this product. Here are the screenshot of the very simple installation (I continue to post screenshots because many of you don't have time to install everything, at least you'll see it without need to have a VM etc...) This is it, very fast and everything is now install, when you'll click on finish the console to setup Citrix Receiver StroreFront will open. You need to have a database created on a Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 Express or Enterprise. Here is the list of requirement Citrix Server Requirements Receiver Storefront can be used in conjunction with the following product versions. Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 Citrix XenDesktop 5.0 Citrix XenDesktop 4.0 Citrix XenDesktop 3.0 Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Citrix XenApp 6.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 3, for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 3, for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 3, for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 3, for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 2, for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 2, for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 2, for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 2, for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 1, for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0, with Feature Pack 1, for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Citrix XenApp 4.0, with Feature Pack 2, for…