A new version of Strorefront is coming along with XenDesktop 7. There are a lot of change in this version comparing to the previous one but first here is a quick internal architecture of Storefront Services :

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What have changed with Storefront ?

  • No more external database
  • HTML5 Client improved
  • Desktop Appliance Site
  • Session pre-launch (for XenApp 6.5)
  • International language support
  • IPV6
  • Integrated smart card authentication
  • Auth SDK
  • Integrated with XenDesktop 7 Installer
  • Management from Desktop Studio

And after few week of test, I must admit this version is much faster then the 1.x versions. The fact Storefront doesn’t need a SQL database is a major point on the architecture point, high availability and management side.

Here is the installation step screenshots :

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And an updated side by side comparison with Citrix WebInterface 5.4 :

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  • Nice one, Thanks!

  • Thomas

    Hi Stéphane,

    Just add a quick look at your side by side comparison.
    AutoLaunch Desktop is available on Storefront 1.2 and 2.0.
    If a user have one (and just one) Desktop available, it will start automaticaly after login.

    This behavior can actually be disable using the web.conf file:
    http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/dws-storefront-12/dws-configure-wr-conf-file.html

    I would have also put “Integrated smart card authentication” in big bold letter but that a personal choice I suppose 🙂

    Otherwise thanks for the article!

  • Citrix Storefront 2 (Preview) vs WebInterface | http://t.co/0GbPhz5vQ4 http://t.co/MCXcYGOjHn > quick read, thanks

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  • Thank you Thomas, I will arrange the blog post regarding the information you gave us.

    Stephane

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  • Can you elaborate on “Settings per location (IP subnet)”?

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  • Do you know if this can be setup with a XenApp 6.0/6.5 environment? Or is it tied to xendesktop7?

    • You can add XenApp 6.0 and 6.5 farms it is not tieds with XenDesktop 7

  • TeemuK

    Hi, we downloaded storefront 2.0 from a citrix pages as a stand-by installer and we crossed a problem in the very beginning of “new debloyment”. It gives a error “An error occured running the command: ‘Set-DSNewClusterEnvironment'”.
    And we tested from command line powershell and it seems that server does not even have those set-DS* powershell cmdlets. We found out from storefront installation folder a “feature packages” folder wich contais lot of .zip files and one of them might include the cmdlets for this.
    Any ideas or help?
    Seems like storefront 2.0 installation doesn’t install those needed powershell cmdlets?

    We have only xenapp 6.5 farms.

  • TeemuK

    Found out solution, download xendesktop 7 and take SF installation from there and install that and a from “Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller” dir install storefront_powershellsnapin- and storefront_service.msi. Then your up and running.