nFactor authentication with NetScaler Unified Gateway

nFactor authentication with NetScaler provides a way to configure flexible, agile multi-factor authentication schemas based on factors such as who is connecting and from where users are connecting from or if users fail authentication. This allows NetScaler to provide authentication based on many different use cases and scenarios to provide secure access to backend applications and desktops. nFactor is supported on NetScaler 11.0 build 62.x and onwards for Traffic Management use cases but 11.1 saw nFactor support added for NetScaler Gatway. Note that nFactor is not currently supported for Citrix Receiver client. With nFactor you can configure many numbers of…

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Guide to Providing a highly available Citrix StoreFront Service using NetScaler GSLB

When doing any Citrix deployment you will almost always start with (or near enough start with) a Citrix StoreFront build. You will build your StoreFront primary server, add your certificate, customize the look and feel, then add additional servers to your StoreFront cluster to make it highly available.  That’s where the issue lies generally, whilst this does make the configuration highly available (in that it’s replicated across multiple servers) it does not make the service itself highly available as the users will need to remember multiple server names in order to access their apps and desktops.  This is where you need…

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Setup NetScaler as ADFS Proxy

Most home labs and small businesses normally only have 1 public IP address and since a lot of services run on port 443 it becomes difficult to open these to the internet. That’s the case for me, and last week I spent WAY too much time trying to get NetScaler ADFS Proxy running behind a Content Switch. I’ve been working a while on an article called Getting Started with Office 365, but before I can release that to the public I need to resolve my main problem, getting NetScaler ADFS Proxy up and running on the same IP address as my Unified Gateway. NetScaler ADFS Proxy –…

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Using AD FS 4.0, Windows Server 2016, Duo MFA, Citrix FAS, Single FQDN, & Single Sign On with Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway

  Wow, that’s a pretty long title! There’s a lot of moving parts involved with this setup but ultimately you will have a more secure environment with a better user experience in my opinion. The Table of Contents is below, I would urge you to read why you should consider this setup for your environment and watch the videos I have created before jumping into the technical portions of this guide or it’s very easy to get lost with some of these concepts. Contents [hide] 1 Why you should consider SAML authentication for NetScaler, StoreFront, XenApp, & XenDesktop 2 Videos…

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Scaling Citrix XenApp 6.5 on AWS

Deploying Citrix XenApp on Amazon Web Services (AWS) combines the benefits of virtualized application and desktop delivery with the advantages of cloud computing. Building a XenApp farm on AWS creates a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution that allows instantaneous application and desktop provisioning. This capability often eases IT’s efforts to cope with workload spikes and business changes such as reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions. Delivering XenApp application and desktop services from an AWS cloud is cost-efficient because it’s strictly a “pay-for-what-you-use” model that doesn’t require an up-front investment. Depending on your application stack and system requirements, the price point for delivering application…

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Jumpstarting your XenApp 6.5 Farm in AWS with a CloudFormation Template

Is your XenApp farm in the Cloud? Have you thought about putting it there? If it only took a few hours to create a XenApp farm in the cloud, would you consider cloud service delivery for your apps and desktops? In case you are new to Amazon Web Services (AWS), you should know that Citrix has recently released a whitepaper and a CloudFormation template that can get you up and running with your very own XenApp farm in as little as three hours. This CloudFormation template uses publicly available Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) and snapshots to build a basic farm…

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