Enable 2FA for O365 users

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:

  1. Connect to Exchange Online PowerShell.
  2. Run the following: Set-OrganizationConfig -OAuth2ClientProfileEnabled $true
  3. Run the following to verify that modern authentication is enabled: Get-OrganizationConfig | Format-Table Name,OAuth* -Auto

Entire code together here:

# Setup PSSession to O365 (Step 1)
$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session -DisableNameChecking

# Enable modern authentication (OAuth)(Step 2)
Set-OrganizationConfig -OAuth2ClientProfileEnabled $true

# Verify value for for modern authentication (OAuth)(Step 3)
Get-OrganizationConfig | Format-Table Name,OAuth* -Auto 

# Close PSSession
Remove-PSSession $Session

Citrix change name again of products

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:

Old ProductName
New ProductName
XenApp
Citrix Virtual Apps
XenDesktop
Citrix Virtual Desktops
XenServer
Citrix Hypervisor
Receiver
Citrix Workspace App
XenMobile
Citrix Endpoint Management
NetScaler
Citrix ADC
Citrix Unified GatewayCitrix 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 🙂

Workspace App dont work with Safari 12

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.

Solution:

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]|[6789][0-9])|\d\d\d))|(Chrome/((4[2-9]|[56789][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:

“(Macintosh|Windows NT).*((Firefox/((5[2-9]|[6789][0-9])|\d\d\d))|(Chrome/((4[2-9]|[56789][0-9])|\d\d\d)))|Macintosh.*Version/(1[2-9]|[2-9][0-9]).*Safari/

3. This will add Safari 12 and later to the list of browsers that Citrix Receiver Launcher will be used.

 

Source: CTX238286

CUGtech Spring Norway has started


Today CUGtech Spring by Citrix User Group Norway has started with Masterclass session.

Tomorrow the main program starts and all other session. I going to have 2 session this CUG seminar. Hope you will enjoy them. Last work on presentation is soon done:

I’m in place in strömstad and hope to see you tonight or tomorrow.

Get price for Citrix in Azure

A lot of company talks about what to do with Cloud, go or not?

I will divide this into tree possible setup:

  1. Extend / Hybrid
    Only workers(VDA) in cloud
  2. All in 100 %
    All servers in Cloud
  3. Citrix Cloud
    Workers(VDA) in cloud and control plane in Citrix Cloud

To deploy any solution to Cloud is not free, it actually can cost you a lot of money. To get better understand of the cost, Citrix has created a nice tool to calculate your cost before you start.

URL: https://now.citrix.com/azure/calculator 

This tool will give you a summary (In NOK here, but you can change this)

Citrix Synergy – Keynote

Finally is Citrix Synergy here. Keynotes are finished and it time to summarize the highlights.

  • New XenApp & XenDesktop 7.14

Release Date: May 23, 2017

One of the biggest news it Multi-type licensing. Finally can you mix XenApp and XenDesktop license in same controller. After upgrade, you only need 2 DDC to host all your terminal-servers and VDIs.

Citrix Smart Tools formerly known as Citrix Lifecycle Management and Session Recording is now part of VDA installation.

For full list of new feature and fixes.

  • NetScaler Gateway Service from Citrix Cloud
  • Workspace IoT and SmartSpace, let your meeting room be intelligent.
  • Citrix App Layering – Formally known as Unidesk. Still not branded as Citrix, but now available to Citrix Customer.
  • Citrix Analytics is new function that do deep analytics of XenApp, XenDesktop. Big news that will help you to troubleshoot and find the security break

Citrix blog with all updates from both vision and technology keynotes.

Citrix Synergy next

Citrix Synergy starts in one week, are you ready? 


If you plan to attend #Citrixsynergy, maybe we meet, if not I will try to give an update of keynote most important part. 

Netscaler in Azure is updated

First Netscaler in Azure had a lot of limits, what’s I think was too big to start using it.

Today with new version and upgrade (11.1) it finally looks like a Netscaler that can be used.
Some big new feature that do the difference:

  • Better performance (CPU, Throughput)
  • Support multiple IP pr nic and multiple nic
  • GSLB support
  • Better integration with Azure component

To learn how to deploy a new Netscaler with multiple IPs, follow this nice Video from Citrix:

For more information on Netscaler, see Citrix.com.

Citrix, Potential Sale Process?

Last days it has been a lot of news around Citrix and the Working with Goldman Sachs on Potential Sale Process. This has given Citrix Stock all-time high with more than 30 percent in the 12 months’ period. Citrix is on 82,02 USD pr. shares, valuing the company at about $13.1 billion. (Checked Wednesday morning CET)


Q42016 report from January show a revenue growth of 4 percent to $ 908 million dollar. What’s interesting to see is that Cloud (SaaS) revenue totalled $ 210 million in the same quarter. This show how fast Cloud is growing and why you need to follow the modern IT.

Will Microsoft go for an acquisition of Citrix?? Time Will show 🙂

 

Bloomberg article – (English)

Digi article – (Norwegian)