Upgrades to the Lab: Local SSD and Hypervisors

Take a look at the #HomeLab hashtag on twitter, and you will see lots of technology experts that have some pretty extensive lab environments at home – add me to that list. OK I’ve been on that list for a while…my lab has gone through numerous iterations: Started with Hyper-V initial release (2008 – KB950050) Ran StarWind Virtual SAN for a while – great performance offloading cache to RAM Moved away from local storage to SAN\NAS … Read more…

Demo NetScaler App Firewall

Ever want to try out the feature of the NetScaler known as Application Firewall (AppFW)? Or maybe you need to demo NetScaler App Firewall for one of your customers, but are not sure of the best way to show it off? Well, that’s understandable because App Firewall is powerful and demoing it can be a bit tricky. In this post I’ll cover two of the biggest hurdles in showing off AppFW: Working knowledge of web exploits … Read more…

Citrix Supportability Pack – UPM Configuration Check

Citrix Supportability Pack tool highlight: User Profile Manager UPM Configuration Check The Citrix Supportability Pack was made available late last year (2015) and is meant to be a single location for all the tools you might ever need to troubleshoot an issue in your Citrix farm – and by farm, I mean any of the components of the installation: XenDesktop Legacy XenApp Printing Graphics Web Interface …the list goes on Think of this as a … Read more…

NetScaler Unified Gateway – Native Receiver

NetScaler unified gateway is one of the great new features in NS version 11. If you’ve worked with some of the more advanced features, then you may be familiar with one of the more common requests: Make a NetScaler Gateway (CAG) the target vServer of a content switching vServer. Fortunately, this is exactly what Unified Gateway does – essentially, Unified Gateway is a content switching vServer with one of the possible target vServers as a non-addressable … Read more…

Citrix Storefront 3.x Configuration Tool

Anyone that has deployed Citrix StoreFront in the past has likely needed to manually edit the web.config files for either customizations or advanced functionality that simply wasn’t available in the StoreFront GUI. In fact, Citrix has released a ‘StoreFront web GUI Assistant‘ that allows you to import then modify the web.config files – it was updated October 30, 2015 to support StoreFront 3, but it really didn’t support any of the more advanced features, and … Read more…

NetScaler SSL vServer and CookieInsert

The Citrix NetScaler is a great load balancer with numerous options when it comes to the backend loadbalancing method and persistence settings. Here are the available persistence settings based on the type of vServer: Persistence Type HTTP HTTPS TCP UDP/IP SSL_Bridge Source IP YES YES YES YES YES CookieInsert YES YES NO NO NO SSL Session ID NO YES NO NO YES URL Passive YES YES NO NO NO Custom Server ID YES YES NO … Read more…

Microsoft TMG EOL – Replace with Citrix NetScaler

As you may already know, Microsoft has decided to mark its Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG – formerly ISA Server) product as end of life. Primary development on it stopped back in September of 2012 and mainstream support ended in April of 2015. The Microsoft TMG product has been around since 1997 under a few different names – Microsoft Proxy Server, Microsoft ISA Server, and currently Forefront Threat Management Gateway. It provides multiple protections using forward\reverse proxy, … Read more…

Configuring Citrix VirtualWAN

These days, you can pretty much put the term ‘Software Defined’ in front of any technology or acronym – wide area network (WAN) is the next up-and-coming example: SD-WAN. The Citrix solution is known as Citrix Virtual WAN and it is a part of the CloudBridge product line – more information is available here. What is Virtual WAN exactly? It is an appliance that allows multiple WAN connections at your remote offices to be virtualized into a … Read more…

Customize NetScaler 10

Customize NetScaler 10 I have been meaning to create this post for some time – when NetScaler 10.1 was released, there was some confusion around the best method to customize the interface. The previous method involved using scripts to copy the customized files at boot time – see http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122271 for details. I know many people are already on NetScaler 11, but for those that have not yet upgraded and are still on 10.5 this should be … Read more…

Citrix ShareFile on NetApp

If you have used Citrix ShareFile, you probably already know that it’s a great product – either standalone, or integrated with the XenMobile Enterprise suite. One place where ShareFile can be a bit tricky is file recovery – file restores are a manual process and involve some PowerShell. Fortunately, there are built in APIs that allow 3rd party solutions to integrate and make restoration a bit easier – for example when your local storage zone is … Read more…