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How to Create a SAN Certificate for citrix

 

This article will let you know that How to Create a SAN Certificate for IIS server or Storefront (Citrix) server.

1. On the server where this certificate requires, run ‘CMD.EXE’ as an administrator.
2. Run the MMC Snap-In
3. Add Certificate Services, to the local machine
4. Create a custom request

5. Here you have to Proceed without an enrolment policy

6. Choose the following settings as shown in below pic

7. Here you have to click on Select Properties

8. Add the friendly name (i.e. Citrix or Server name with date)

9. Add the DNS Names required for the certificate. It’s important here to add the DNS name of the server as well as the alternative names in case primary server down then secondary DNS server can reply.

10. Choose the certificate Common Name

11. Now you have to Add details for the Key Usage

12. Add details for the extended Key Usage

Now your certificate is ready. The request file should be saved, and the request completed on the Certificates server

 

 

 

Create a Network Load Balancing Cluster (NLB)

This article will let you know that how to Create a Network Load Balancing Cluster for your Terminal servers or Storefront Servers.

 

What is NLB (Network Load Balancing)?

 

Network load balancing distributes the traffic load between members of NLB servers through which come through TCP/IP.
The best example where we can use is Jump box and Citrix Storefront etc.
(Jump Server – they are the servers from which we can do RDP of servers to manage devices in a separate security zone or within the same zone)

 

 This is basically used in big environment where your users login frequency is high. This will help to them to serve in a better way.
  1. NLB support 32 servers in a single cluster
  2. You can add Host to NLB cluster without bringing down the cluster vice versa for deletion hosts
  3. Detect and recover host that fails or goes offline.
  4. Automatically load the balance when you add hosts or remove
  5. Within 10 seconds it can redistribute and recover the load
Easy to manage: You can manage or add servers from a single server through NLB manager.

 

 

Prerequisites for NLB setup

  1. Two or more server.

  2. Two Network adaptor ( you can configure with one adaptor but it’s best practice)

  3. Use only TCP/IP

  4. Serve should be in domain

  5. All the servers which you want to add in this NLB should have Network Load balancing Features installed

 

Installation Steps:
1. Login into server and open Server Manager and go to Features

2. After that it will show you the entire features list.

3. Here you have to select Network Load Balancing and click next.

4. After that it will show you summary and click on install.

5. After that go to Start Menu and open Administrative Tools and here you will see one option Network Load Balancing Manager click on this and procedure further.

 

6. Here you will see Network Load Balancing Manager Console. Right click and click on New Cluster option.

 

7. Here you have to provide Your Second Server IP or name (FQDN) which you want to add. Here you will see two NIC/IP details which are existing on that server. Select the NIC which you want to use for NLB.

 

8. After selection you see IP and Subnet IP, click next.

 

9. Here you have to provide Cluster IP Address Click on add.

10. Here you have to provide IP for cluster, Full internet name and cluster operation mode.

 

11. If you want to configure Port rules then click edit and do the same.

 

12. Here you will see your server

Installing a guest operating system in a Virtual Machine

This Article describe about how to Install a guest operating system in a Virtual Machine

 

Step 1: Creating a Virtual Machine
A virtual machine is a software only representation of a computer. It is configured with one or more virtual CPUs, virtual memory, a virtual network interface card, and one or more virtual disks. An operating system and applications can be installed on the virtual machine after it is created.
Installing the Operating System
Step 2: Installing the Operating System
A VM cannot start up without first installing an operating system on a virtual disk associated with it. The easiest way to install the operating system on a VM is to attach an ISO and start it up from that ISO.
Install Updates and Fixes
Step 3: Installing Updates and Fixes
Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 Features on Server 2012
Many components are required as per environment like .NET Framework 3.5 to function correctly. You can avoid installing the .NET Framework separately by installing it on the VM before converting the VM to a template.
Licensing Virtual Machines with KMS
Step 4: Installing Hypervisor Tools
Hypervisor tools provide high performance drivers that significantly improve disk and network performance for XenServer and VMware VMs. You may not have all the commands required to manage the hypervisor (start, stop, suspend) and limited performance monitoring capabilities without these tools.

Installation Steps:

 

1. Double-click Citrix XenCenter on the desktop, if XenCenter is not already open then Click the Sandeep VM.

2. Click the Console tab.
If the VM fails to start, verify that the correct ISO is loaded in the DVD Drive field. If the ISO image is non-bootable, the VM will not start. To correct this issue, select the correct ISO image and then click within the Console page to start the VM

 

3. Select the desired language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method, and then click Next. a. English (United States) is selected in the Language to install field.
b. English (United States) is selected in the Time and currency format field.
c. US is selected in the Keyboard or input method field.
d. Click Next.

 

4. Click Install now and Select Windows Server 2012 Standard (Server with a GUI) and then click Next.
Ensure you select the Server with GUI and not the Server Core Installation option.

 

5. Select I accept the license terms and then click Next > Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

 

6. Verify Drive 0 Unallocated Space is selected and then click Next.
It will take approximately 15 minutes to install the operating system.
Note : Before installing OS just format this disk. Click on New > Then type the size which you want to allocate to this system > OK > After that click on Format > OK

After this install start and you can see progress %.

 

Important: Click Eject to the right of the DVD Drive field to unload the Windows Server 2012 ISO file.

 

Create a virtual machine in XenCenter

This Article describe about how to Create a virtual machine in XenCenter.

1. Double-click Citrix XenCenter on the desktop, if it is not already open.
2. Click XenServer in XenCenter and then click New VM in the XenCenter toolbar.
3. Scroll the VM template list, click Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit), and then click Next.
You are choosing the Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) standard template, because this standard template is the closest match to Windows Server 2012. You will install Windows Server 2012 on this VM.

 

 

4. Type Name of server in the Name field and then click Next.
This is the name used to identify the virtual machine in XenCenter. It is not the DNS name or the computer name associated with the VM.

 

5. Select Install from ISO library or DVD drive, select Windows_Server_2012_64bit.iso in the ISO field, and then click Next.
The ISO files are stored in an ISO library that was pre-created and contains all of the installation images required for this course.

 

6. Select Place the VM on this server and then click Next.
If you had a pool of XenServer hosts, you could elect to not assign a home server. This allows the VM to be agile meaning it can run on any XenServer in the pool. In order to not assign a home server, you must have multiple XenServer hosts in a pool and create the VM on shared storage.

 

7. Verify that 1 or as per requirement vCPU is selected.
The number of vCPUs depends on the workload and should not exceed the logical cores within the hardware. The limit is 16 vCPUs per VM.

 

8. Type 8192 in the Memory field or as per your requirement and then click Next.
The recommended minimum amount of memory for Windows Server 2008 R2 is 1024MB. The recommended minimum amount of memory for Windows Server 2012 is 2048MB.

 

 

9. Verify that Use these virtual disks and Local storage are selected and then click Next.

 

10. Click Add > Select Network > Click Add> Click Next> Review the settings for this VM for accuracy.
If changes need to be made, use the Previous button to return to previous pages.

Here you can change your network settings like Vlan by clicking on Properties.

11. Verify that Start the new VM automatically is selected and then click Finish.
You may not want to start a VM automatically if you will not need it immediately or if you want to configure multiple VMs before making them available.

 

Configuring Citrix Storefront 2.5

This article provide you how to configure Citrix StoreFront 2.5

Prerequisites :

A server with StoreFront 2.5

 

 

 

1. Create a new store called ( Name of your store).

 

2. Here you have to create Create Store and go ahead with next process.

 

 

3.  Here you have to provide Store name which you want to use for Business.( This will reflect in citrix storefront link)

4. Then you have to add XenDesktop Delivery Controllers that exist in the environment.

5. Allow access to XenDesktop using a HTTP connection only or HTTPS depend on business requirement.

 

6. Configure this store to be the default store to ensure that users of earlier Citrix client-side will be able to access the store.

 

7. Here you will see summary for StoreFront

 

8. If you want to configure Remote Access like you have OTP/VPN Server then here you can do this. On Default appliance you have to select store

9. Here configure the Configure Legacy Support.

How To upload and apply a xenserver hotfix

This article will let you know that How To upload and apply a xenserver hotfix

Note : We have two Method to apply Hotfix.

1. Installing the update using XenCenter
2. Installing the update using the xe Command

Method 1: Installing the update using XenCenter

1. Log on to the system which is hosting XenCenter.

2. Click Citrix XenCenter to open it.

 

3. Then Click Tools > Check for Updates in the XenCenter menu bar.

 

4. Select the hotfix which you want to apply or update from the list.

 

5. Click Download & Install to start the download process.

6. Click Next to continue once all pre-checks have been resolved.

 

7. Verify automatically perform post-update tasks after the update has been applied is selected and click         Install update.

 

8. Click Finish when the update process is completed.


Method 2: Installing the update using the xe Command

 

 

How to install and configure XenApp 7.5/XenDesktop 7.5 delivery controllers

This Article will let you know about How to install and configure XenApp 7.5/XenDesktop 7.5 delivery controllers

Prerequisites:

  1. ISO or setup file for Citrix 7.1 or 7.5 .

Recommendation:

  1. Copy the setup file on local driver where you want to install.
  2. Run the setup with Service Account not with domain id or with Local Admin Id.

Steps:

  1. Double click on the autoselect icon > click on start.

2. Here you will get an option for installation of Delivery Controller.

3. Click on Delivery Controller and follow the installation steps given below.

4. Accept the agreement > click on next.

 

5. On the next page ,you will see all the Core Components options and here you have to select as per your    requirement.

Recommendation: install Studio, License server and Store front Components on different Servers. (Here i am installing Delivery Controller, Studio and Director on a single server)

 

6. After selecting core components .Click on next

7. Here you will select SQL Server option. Do not select the below and click on next.

       Recommendation: Install SQL on different Server with always ON.

 

8. On firewall Page Select Automatically and click on next.

 

9. On the Summary page, review the options and click on install.

How to Reset Root Password for XenServer

In this article you will find How to Reset Root Password for XenServer Host via xencenter or through ILO.

Note: The boot loader has been changed by Citrix in previous releases of XenServer.

1. First login into XenServer and to change the password you first need to go to that Server. After providing  user Credentials go to Console tab > press enter to log in

 

2. Then type xsconsole and go to Authentication option and press Enter.

 

3. Go to Change Password option and press Enter ,it will prompt you a login window where you have to put old password.

4. After that provide new password and put the password again to confirm it and press Enter.

 

5. It will prompt you that your password has been changed and press OK.

 

How to remove a license file from the Citrix License Server

Here you will find How to remove a license file from the Citrix License Server

Prerequisites

1. Citrix License Server Name.
2. User name and password for the License Server.
3. User name and password for the license console accessed through a Web Interface.

Here you go : We have to method to remove License file

  1. Remove from license console
  2. Remove license file from C:Program Files (x86)CitrixLicensingMyFiles – citrix.lic ( Not recommended )

Method 1: Remove from license console

  1. Log in into License server go to start menu > Citrix >Citrix License Administration Console.

   2. After that it will shows you license page, here you have to click on Administration and log in with Domain id which is having rights on license server.

3. After that go to Vendor Daemon Configuration.

 

 

4. Here you will see the entire license which is installed currently under General Configuration.

 

 

5. Then select the license which you want to delete and click on backspace. After that Click on Reread License files.

 

 

Method 2: Remove license file from C:Program Files (x86)CitrixLicensingMyFiles — citrix.lic

  1. Log in into License server and open the given location
  2. Before perform deletion activity Copy this license file to other location in case anything goes wrong you can restore back or you can use for other purpose.
  3. After deletion reboot the server

How to Create Local Storage Repository in XenServer 6.2

Here you will find How to Create Local Storage Repository in XenServer 6.2 ?

1. Open XenCenter and go to XenServer on which you want to add Storage.

2. Right click on the applicable resource pool, and select ‘New SR’ and it will check Permission

3. Select the type of storage which you want to add it would be NFS, iSCSI, SAN coming through HBA card.

Here my storage coming from SAN so i am selecting Hardware HBA

4. Here you have to Give the Storage Repository a name and click ‘Next’

 

5. Select the Corresponding LUN to create a new SR, then click on Create button

6. A new SR will be created to be used for the entire Resource Pool.