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How to: #Citrix #XenMobile 8.5 MAM upgrade! Part 2 – #StoreFront, #AppController, #NetScaler

September 9, 2013 1 comment

Hi again!

If you haven’t read Part 1 then I highly recommend doing so prior to going directly to the upgrade that we’re covering in this post!

Prepare for a journey in this post about Citrix StoreFront upgrade, uninstallation, console and how messy it could be! NOT all the time, sometimes it “just works”! ūüėČ

My little NetScaler is already upgraded to 10.1 so unfortunately I couldn’t take you on that journey as well, so we’ll start with the StoreFront upgrade from 1.2 to 2.0 in this post. These are the steps that we need to cover as highlighted in the migration guide that seems very short and straight forward:

Upgrade StoreFront 1.2 to 2.0.

  1. Logon to the StoreFront server console.
  2. Upgrade StoreFront by running the StoreFront 2.0 installer as an administrator.
  3. When the upgrade is completed, open StoreFront administration snap-in, remove CloudGateway controller from each store as this will be moved in the migration solution.
  4. Open NetScaler Gateway Properties and for each gateway defined and change the version field in settings from 9.x to 10.0.x or later.
  5. Test the configuration by logging on through web browser or Citrix Receiver.
  6. Verify if the users are able to login and authenticate to StoreFront defined stores configured.

Is it this easy?

Ok, I’ve downloaded the 2.0 installer, and I’m logged on to the server.

Before we even start the upgrade there are things that could go wrong in removal or upgrades of StoreFront. And one that I’ve seen cause a lot of headache for a lot of people out there is that they have the Windows Firewall service disabled. Though the installation and removal wants to delete or add these rules the installation will fail unless this service is running. As you can see in this picture below you see the FW rule added in StoreFront 1.2:

Windows_FW_Rules_SF1

So let’s verify that the Windows FW service is started, and it is!

Windows_FW_SVC_started

I’ll now start the installation by double-clicking the StoreFront 2.0 installer!

StoreFront_2_0_Installer

What is this popup that came directly after starting the installer?

Receiver_HTML5_popup_installation

Wait, ok so you guys at Citrix couldn’t ask me whether you could do this for me? My plan is to upgrade, so please just add a little step in your upgrade program that does this for me… change request #1 for the next SF release and it’s upgrade process! Verify pre-requisites or deal with them!

Read more…

#Citrix #XenMobile 8.5 MAM upgrade! Part 1 – #StoreFront, #AppController, #NetScaler

September 1, 2013 7 comments

In this little blog series series you’ll follow a little upgrade process to¬†XenMobile 8.5 for Mobile Application Management (previously known as CloudGateway).

Ok, I don’t exactly know where to begin. I must first say that Citrix is THE master when it comes to renaming products, updating/changing the architecture, changing consoles (claiming to reducing the number of them like every year but at the same time introduce new ones).

How hard can it be to make crystal clear documentation and upgrade processes that works and are easy? I feel already that my tone in this blog post is “a bit” negative… but I think that Citrix actually deserves it this time.

I must now take a step back and calm down and point out that Citrix is delivering some MAJOR changes and good news/features in the new XenMobile 8.5 release though! It’s great (when you’ve got it up and running) and I must say that I don’t see anyone that is near them in delivering all these capabilities in a nice end-to-end ¬†delivery!! ūüôā

Have a look at everything that is new, deployment scenarios etc. here before you even start thinking to upgrade or change your current NetScaler, StoreFront and AppController environment!

Once you’ve started to read the different design scenarios you’ll see that App Controller can be placed in front of StoreFront, in the back of StoreFront or totally without StoreFront… all the options just make your head spin! Because Citrix doesn’t really make it clear on how all of this should work with a Receiver and Worx Home depending if the device is on the internal network, external through NetScaler or what the capabilities that you need are supported in the different scenarios in a simple way, just text that explains it. And I find the pictures and text a bit misleading:

You can include StoreFront in your deployment, which allows users access to published applications from XenApp and virtual desktops from XenDesktop, along with apps configured in App Controller. When users log on with Citrix Receiver, all of their apps appear in the store. The following figure shows how you can deploy NetScaler Gateway, App Controller, and StoreFront in your network.

Deploying App Controller with StoreFront and NetScaler Gateway

As you see above the App Controller is added as a “Farm” just as in 2.6, but is that the truth now in version 2.8 of App Controller?

If you have a look at the text from this page it’s getting even more confusing: Read more…

#Citrix #AppController 2.6 released as part of #MobileSolutions #Bundle #BYOD

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

As a part of the Mobile Solutions Bundle that now is available on MyCitrix you can find a new version of AppController.

AppController 2.6 supports the following new features:

  • Certificate support.¬†When you configure AppController for the first time in the web-based management console, you can add or create certificates on the Active Directory settings page.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V support.¬†You can install the AppController 2.6 virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V enabled or on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012.
  • Migration support to AppController 2.6.¬†You can upgrade to AppController 2.6 from AppController 2.0 or from AppController 2.5.
  • Mobile store support.¬†You can upload mobile apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play to AppController. You can use the Citrix App Preparation Tool to wrap iOS and Android apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play. When you wrap the app, you can secure access and enforce policies. When you upload the app to AppController, you can configure the policies. You can also upload an app from the App Store or Google Play to AppController without using the App Preparation Tool.
  • Secure connections to Active Directory.¬†You can configure secure connections to Active Directory when you configure AppController 2.6 for the first time.
  • ShareFile updates.¬†In previous AppController versions, when you configured ShareFile, the domain¬†sharefile.com¬†was automatically appended to the domain name. In this release, the domain sharefile.com does not automatically append to the ShareFile domain name. You must enter the entire ShareFile domain name.
  • Support for mobile links.¬†You can configure mobile links to retrieve the name and description of apps automatically from the Apple App Store. For apps available through the Google Play Store, you enter the name, description and URL of the app. When you configure mobile links, links appear in Receiver with the Play Store or App Store name.
  • ¬†Web proxy user name format.¬†When you configure the web proxy, you can use either the SAMAccount format or the User Principal Name (UPN) as the user name.

Read more about it here!

//Richard

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