HowTo: Create a NetScaler Load Balancing vServer for Citrix Workspace Environment Management on the CLI

Since Citrix has released Workspace Environment Management 4.2 there is now a complete section about #WEM in the Citrix eDocs. Part of the new official documentation is a section about load balancing advices. But before that, there has already been a superior blog article about that topic by Ryan Revord.
But what is still missing is a complete overview of the necessary NetScaler CLI commands. That way you can import your WEM load balancing configuration in less than a minute! As I try to do everything in NetScaler on the CLI, I documented the steps during my first WEM deployment and wanted to share them with the community. Continue reading “HowTo: Create a NetScaler Load Balancing vServer for Citrix Workspace Environment Management on the CLI”

Citrix Certified Associate & Professional – Networking (CCA-N & CCP-N)

Today I passed exam 1Y0-351 after I visited the early access classroom:
CNS-222EAI Early Access: NetScaler for Apps and Desktops
in may 2016. I already passed the CCA-N in August 2016, but forgot to post it here, if I remember correctly.

Citrix Certified Associate - Networking (CCA - N) Citrix Certified Professional - Networking (CCP - N)

I’m would like to say, that the new NetScaler Gateway classroom course CNS-222 was a great help and the instructor Paul Berr did a great job!

Since the course I barely use the WebGui anymore, and achieved great progress in CLI only configurations. I built my self several CLI templates for regular tasks and improved my skills from deployment to deployment.

You can see my earned titles here:
https://www.youracclaim.com/users/marco-hofmann

NetScaler CLI Syntax highlighting with Notepad++

Last Friday I had to write a large NetScaler config file. Most of the time I do this in a plain text editor. Then I asked myself, if there is any form of code editor for NetScaler. I didn’t found one after a quick research, but I found a syntax highlighting definition for Notepad++ which is a lot better than nothing 😀
Here is the source, it’s a German website, but you can’t overlook the following line:

“Hier die aktuelle Version [Stand 29.02.2016] : Netscaler.xml”
which means:
“Here is the latest version [Last Update 29th February 2016] : Netscaler.xml”

R33NET BLOG: NetScaler Syntax highlighting for Notepad++

NetScaler VPX Express 49.16.nc gets 500 universal licenses for free!

With the release of NetScaler Firmware 49.16.nc Citrix added free universal license to every edition.

What’s new (at least for me) is that the free 500 “Maximum NetScaler Gateway Users Allowed” are also viable for the Express Edition. See the following screenshot from a fresh imported VPX Express with 5 mbit license:

NetScaler VPX Express
NetScaler VPX Express

HowTo: Enable LDAP over SSL with a third-party certification authority

Nachdem ich letzte Woche den neusten NetScaler 11 Kurs für XenApp Administratoren besuchen durfte (CNS-222 Early Access), stand ich vor dem Problem, mich endlich mal mit Secure LDAP (LDAPS) auseinander setzen zu müssen. Bei uns wird fast immer auf die Microsoft eigene PKI (Microsoft Certificate Authority aka the AD-CS role) verzichtet. Stattdessen setzen wir auf OpenSSL in Verbindung mit TinyCA (Linux) oder xca (Windows). Nach ein bisschen Recherche hat sich das ganze als doch Recht einfach herausgestellt. Hier nun meine Ergebnisse:

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