I want to start this year and the first post to explain the use and need of NetBox!
Netbox is a free and amazing tool to help you with control and documentation of your system. Netbox can help you with IPAM(IP address management), DCIM(Data Center Infrastructure Management)
To get your infrastructure and network automated, one of the most important things is to have single SOT (source of truth). How is the infrastructure looks like right now? To have some of the network documented in excel and other just in vCenter, it will be hard or not possible to automate it. This works good for your home network of for big enterprise companies. Netbox comes from the network engineering team at DigitalOcean.
Netbox is easy to install and use. I don’t explain the process of install here since it’s a lot of good documentations and videos on the web. But I want to just spread the word of this tool. Its has helped me a lot in different project to get control of the network and to start automate the inventory. Netbox come with REST API that you can use with other tool or create your own scripts. Also, NAPALM is 100% integrated that help you with automate the network automation. (Network as Code). NAPLAM stands for “Network Automation and Programmability Abstraction Layer with Multivendor support”. The name is far too long, but the functions give Netbox a flying start that’s absolutely worth to try.
I have tried with successes integrated Netbox with following:
Cisco IOS Switches and Routers
Cisco Nexus Switches
Hope this short information give interest to install Netbox and explore all the possibility it gives.
Read more of the documents for Netbox and NAPALM on the links here:
Almost all installation i have done on-prem use CCU license model. Citrix Cloud only had pr. user/device license in cloud was a big drawback. With CCU in place many more customer can go over to Citrix cloud. With same license model and with new feature from the Cloud, I think this can be a point where Citrix Cloud could take over the share for on-prem and maybe be the biggest product for Citrix in 2020?
With this change, license and all feature are in place and its now time to take a deeper look into the Citrix Cloud. Not sure how Citrix will handle convert from On-prem CCU to Cloud CCU, since this was released today but I think it will come more info within the next weeks.
This summer VMware acquired AVI Networks. AVI Networks delivers Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), same as Citrix Netscaler but are born in cloud.
Avi Vantage (ADC), now VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer, provides central control for security policies with a software-defined architecture, and enables agile application security that aligns with DevOps practices.
Use of 2FA is something
everyone should use on all services in 2019. 2FA will stops a lot of the mayor
attack that has happened the last month. Example from Norway is attack on
Visma, Maersk, Hydro. I don’t say that 2FA will solve everything, but helps a
lot with the work. Everyone that has O365 license has free 2FA, admin just need
to enable it.
App Password is default allowed; this give no extra security when users can
create static password for apps like Outlook, OneDrive etc. When App Password
is disabled, you need to activate modern authentication to get apps to work.
Default is modern
authentication not enabled in Exchange Online. Modern authentication cannot be
enabled in O365 portal, just possible to do with PowerShell. Has created an example
how you can do this under:
Synergy 2018, Citrix announced that the change all products name. This is not first time we have heard that. It has taken over 6 months to change all documentation and installation ISO. If you plan to upgrade some of your Citrix product you need to know the new names.
For those of you that has not heard about the change, I have created a list of the most common used products:
Citrix Virtual Apps
Citrix Virtual Desktops
Citrix Workspace App
Citrix Endpoint Management
Citrix Unified Gateway
Its two name change I want to highlight, XenServer and NetScaler. WHY? XenServer is now Citrix Hypervisor and NetScaler is Citrix ADC.
First, Citrix Hypervisor, isn’t this a bit to obelus? Boeing does not call the newest flight model for Boeing Airplane. XenServer is well known name and have good reputation.
Citrix. ADC. I understand. Less, NetScaler is something EVERYONE associate with something good and a product that work well. The Name has been with Citrix since 2005 when Citrix bought NetScaler. NetScaler has been the begin of Citrix Network product and has over all this year been one of the most known Gateway, Load balancing and ADC in the marked. I hope the name will get a comeback in the next 1-2 year as XenApp did 🙂
After upgraded to Safari 12, Citrix Workspace App and Citrix Receiver do not start *.ica files any more.
To correct this problem, you need to change the web.config on all Storefront servers.
For StoreFront deployments, modify web.config under the Receiver for Web (RfWeb) site (typically C:\inetpub\wwwroot\Citrix\StoreWeb) to activate the Citrix Receiver Launcher / Citrix Workspace App Launcher for Safari 12 and later.
1. Open web.config using your preferred text editor and locate the line : <protocolHandler enabled=”true” platforms=”(Macintosh|Windows NT).*((Firefox/((5[2-9]|[0-9])|\d\d\d))|(Chrome/((4[2-9]|[0-9])|\d\d\d)))” skipDoubleHopCheckWhenDisabled=”false” />
2. The value of the platforms attribute is a regular expression specifying the browsers that Citrix Receiver Launcher is used for client detection and HDX launches. Change the regular expression to: