Installing & Configure Netscaler 12.x for XenApp/XenDesktop

Importing Virtual Appliance into XenServer & Initial Configuration

Step 1: Select XenServer in XenCentre (in this case CTXLAB-XENHOST)

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Step 2: Select File, Click Import

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Step 3: At locate the file you want to import , click browsecapture3

Step 4: Browse for the XVA file (NSVPX-XEN-12.0-41.16_nc), Click OK. This can be downloaded at http://citrix.download.comNS_Image6

Step 6:Click Next to begin Import

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Step 7: Select Home Server , in this case CTXLAB-XENHOST. Click nextcapture6

Step 8: Select Storage Repository, Click next capture7

Step 9: Select the Network Interface for Management of the Netscaler, in this case Network 0, Click Nextcapture8

Step 10: Leave all default settings, Click Finish. VM will be started automatically at this.capture9

Step 11: VM will appear in XenServer, called Netscaler Virtual Appliance

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Step 12: Console onto the VM, the below screen will appearNS_Image2

Step 13: Enter the management IP Address of the Netscaler (in this case 192.168.0.90), Hit Enter

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Step 14: Enter the subnet mask (in this case 255.255.255.0) , Hit EnterNS_Image4

Step 15: Enter the gateway IP (in this case 192.168.0.1), Hit EnterNS_Image5

Step 16: Type 4 – Save & Quit, Hit Entercapture15

Step 17: Netscaler will configure the appliance, and display the below login prompt when ready to be logged in. capture16

Step 18: Launch IE/Chrome and enter http://ManagementIP (in this case http://192.168.0.90)

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Step 19: Enter the default username/password (which is nsroot/nsroot), Click Log On NS_Image8

Step 20: A Citrix User Experience Improvement Program window will appear, click Skip

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Step 22:  Welcome page will display, 1 showing as complete (Netscaler IP Address), Click on Step 2 (Subnet IP Address)

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Step 23: Enter Subnet IP (in this case 192.168.0.99), subnet mask 255.255.255.0. Click Done

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Step 24:  Click Step 3, At Home Name/IP Address and Time ZoneNS_Image12.PNG

Step 25: Enter the following information , and then click Done

  • HostName:             LAB-NS
  • DNS IP Address:    192.168.0.51 (in this case for LAB)
  • Time Zone:             GMT+00:00-GMT-Europe/London

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Step 26: At Step 4 – Click Licenses

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Step 27:  Click Add New License (Add new License)

Step 28: Select Upload license files, Click Browse and Locate License file obtained from Citrix Licensingcapture26

Step 29: The License file is updated successfully, Green tick will appear. Click reboot

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Step 30: Click Yes to reboot and save configuration

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Step 31: The following will appear for 1 minutecapture29

Step 32: The login windows will appear automaticallyNS_Image17.PNG

Step 33:  Upon logon the license window will appear showing what is license and top left corner will show the VPX model (in this case VPX 3000)

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Step 1: On Left hand Panel, Click System ->XenApp & XenDesktop

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Step 2: At Netscaler for XenApp and XenDesktop , Click Get Started

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Step 3: Click Storefront, this screen also lists the prerequisites for the wizard so please have these at hand. Click Continuecapture35

Step 4: At Netscaler Gateway Settings, Click Continue

  • Gateway FQDN:   workspace.wilkyit.com (in this case)
  • Gateway IP:           192.168.0.95
  • Port:                         443
  • redirect requests from port 80 to secure port (ticked)

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Step 5:  A Windows will appear , showing Feature LB is disabled. Do you wish to enable it. Click Yes (this is required for enabling

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Step 6: Server Certificate section will now appear, click Choose File

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Step 7:  Select your .CRT file (in my case certificate.crt)

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Step 8: Select the certificate private key (in my case New_private.key) then click Done

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Step 9: Authentication section will appear

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Step 10: Enter the following and click Test Connection

  • Authentication type:   Domain
  • IP Address :                     192.168.0.51
  • Port:                                   389
  • Base DN:                          dc=WILKYIT,dc=COM
  • Service Account:           svc-nsread
  • Password:                        password created for service account.

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Step 11: Confirm Server Reachable/Port Open/Valid LDAP Server and Credential are valid (all good when Green box is shown around this information)

Step 12: Ensure timeout is 3ms, Server logon attribute is sAMAccountName then click Continue

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Step 13: Storefront Section will appear, enter  http://lab-sf1.wilkyit.com or http://192.168.0.56 and click Retrieve StoreNS_Image29

Step 14:  Add the following information (if not already populated by the Retrieve Store) and click continue

  • Receiver for Web Path                              :    /Citrix/LabStoreWeb
  • Default Active Directory Domain         :     LAB
  • Secure Ticket Authority (STA) URL      :      http://lab-ddc1.wilkyit.com or http://192.168.0.55

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Step 15:  Confirm All settings are correct, click Done to complete the wizard

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Validate Wizard Configuration/Link Certificates

Step 1: Browse the Netscaler Gateway/Virtual Server and Click _XD_192.168.0.95_443

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Step 2: Under Basic Setting, Click Edit (top right pencil icon)

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Step 3: Click ..More

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Step 4: Untick ICA Only, Click OKcapture51

Step 5 : Under Published Application , Click 1 STA Servercapture52

Step 6:  Confirm State Status is UP, click Close, Click OK to return to Netscaler Main Pagecapture53

Step 7: Browse to Traffic Management/SSL/Certificates/CA Certificatescapture57

Step 8: Click Install CA Certificate, enter the following details and click Install

  • Certificate-Pair Name:    In my case (Citrix.Wilkyit.com-CA)
  • Certificate File Name:      In my case ca_bundle.crt (provided by vendor of SSL)
  • Notify when expires:        Ticked
  • Notification period:           30

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Step 9: Confirm Certificate shows as installed.capture59

Step 10: Click Server Certificates, right click the Citrix.Wilkyit.Com-Certificate (installed as part of wizard) and click Linkcapture60

Step 11: Choose CA Certificate Name (in my case Citrix.wilkyit.com-CA)

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Test Netscaler Gateway

Step 1: Access External URL (https://workspace.wilkyit.com)

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Step 2: Enter Username & Password for user (in my case ctxuser1) who has access to a Widnows 10 – Shared Desktop and Click Log on

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Step 3: Citrix Receiver window will appear , with a rotating progress

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Step 4: The List of Applications will be displayed. Click Windows 10

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Step 5: The ICA session to begin to connected and Windows 10 Shared Desktop will be diplayed.capture6

 

The netscaler 12.x has been successfully setup and configured to work with XenApp/XenDesktop!

3 comments

  1. Validate Wizard Configuration/Link Certificates
    @ Step 6, if you enter the ip address and the STA is up, but then enter the FQDN for that ip and the STA is down. What could cause that?

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