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 🙂

Self-Service Password Reset on Netscaler

From 12.1 build 50.28 version of Citrix ADC, SSPR can be activated on N-faktor flow. This gives users the ability to reset their own Active Directory passwords securely, from remote.

Prerequisites

Before you configure the self-service password reset, review the following prerequisites:

  • Citrix ADC feature release 12.1, build 50.28.
  • Supported version is minimum 2008 AD domain function level.
  • The ldapBind username bound to the Citrix ADC needs to have write access to the users AD OU.
  • Self-service password reset is supported in nFactor authentication flow only. (Require Enterprise license)

Installation

Citrix has done an great job with the documentation, so I will not create own and only redirect you to Citrix Docs: Citrix Docs – Self-service password reset

Registration flow

Under I try to explain the flow of user registration. It require that you have done all setup steps from Citrix Docs. Go to you login page https://portal.citrixblog.no or something like that. Normal logon form with username and password is shown.

Depend if user has registered personal information earlier or not, it will popup for new user only. If old user want to change or check the information, they can use https://portal.citrixblog.no/register

Both URL will open this form:

User need to choose some questions and add answers. This will be used to reset password if needed.

Password reset flow

This chapter will cover a Password reset workflow. User go to the portal and try to logon. If they has forgotten the password, user can Click Forgot Password.

1. User need to answer question added in the registration and click Log On
2. Enter the email OTP. Once the email OTP validation is successful, the password reset page is displayed.
3. User can now choose a new password and finish with Submit.

Unbind Service from Service Group in NetScaler not work

Error: “No Such Server”- Unbind Service from Service Group in NetScaler

Unbinding a service from the Service Group in the NetScaler GUI is not working.
Error message is “No Such Server” .
Secondly Unbinding it through command line is working.

Solution:
This is a known issue.The above issue would be fixed in 12.0.58+ version.

Check this link for updated status on bug: https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX234015

Change in MAS License assignment

After last updates to MAS, system license assignment has changed. In first release of MAS, the limit will hit when you add number 30 LB/CS/VPN etc.

NetScaler Management and Analytics System (NetScaler MAS) requires a verified NetScaler MAS license to manage and monitor the Citrix NetScaler instances.

You can manage and monitor any number of instances and entities without a license. However, you can only manage 30 discovered applications on the App Dashboard and view analytics data for only 30 virtual servers without applying a license. To manage more than 30 discovered applications or to view analytics for more than 30 virtual servers, you must purchase and apply licenses.

Now the MAS automatic select LB/CS/VPN and use all 30 slots after the Netscaler is added. If you have Netscalers with any LBs and only want to monitor few you need to change this setting:

After this setting is changed, you can then manual select witch LB/CS/VPN you want to add:

For more information around MAS click here

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. 

New – NetScaler Release 12.0

For 5 days ago Netscaler version 12.0 is available for download. Has listed some new and fixed bugs that is nice to now about.

Some new feature that has been added:

  • Support for VMware ESXi 6.5 server
  • Support for Hyper-V Windows Server 2016
  • Support for HTTP strict transport security (HSTS)
  • Support for Hyper-V Windows Server 2016
  • Support for Hyper-V Windows Server 2016

For full overview check release notes:
Release Notes for Build 41.16 of NetScaler 12.0 Release

Download:

 

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.