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This is a web site of a application delivery enthusiast. Please keep in mind that I'm NOT working for Citrix Inc. nor Microsoft. So if you use any of the information you find here you do this at your own risk. Nevertheless you can leave your comments in my support forum.
Most of the things you will find here are the result of my contribution in the official Citrix Support Forums and other places as well as my personal experience as a Freelancer for application delivery.  Note that everything on the web site is done during my free time.

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Netscaler 11.x monitoring of StoreFront 3.x services

logoWith Citrix Netscaler 11.0.63 you can configure a StoreFront 3.0.1 specific monitor to check the backend services. Now when you configure the monitor you will basically fail for some reasons. Here is how to do it!


1. Netscaler SIP must be able to communicate (80/443) with the StoreFront server and is not common in a restricted environment (Citrix, the monitor should use the SNIP!).


2. You must enable the StoreFront monitor service on port 80/443! I use port 80 because it's insensitive data since it basically just shows if important StoreFront Windows services are up and running.


Open PowerShell with admin rights on the StoreFront server. You can run the following as a PowerShell script:

# Import StoreFront API Modules
& "$Env:PROGRAMFILES\Citrix\Receiver StoreFront\Scripts\ImportModules.ps1"
$ServiceURL = "http://localhost:80/StorefrontMonitor"
Install-DSServiceMonitorFeature -ServiceUrl $ServiceUR

This will first remove the default service on port 8000 and then create a new one on port 80. You can check the service monitor by opening the URL: http://localhost/StorefrontMonitor/GetSFServicesStatus


3. Propagate the changes to other servers in the StoreFront Group in case you are using a load balanced deployment.


Check your Netscaler StoreFront monitor and should be up and running.


Find all the details here:


Personally that's not enough for me, because even with all services running you might get a "cannot complete your request". I will use in addition a pattern monitor that checks that the login screen shows up. 



ControlUp from Smart-X yet another utility?

logoI'm a fan of using what strategic products offer before considering a 3rd party solution. In some companies it seems to be common to solve problems or gaps with yet another tool or utility. Those companies have an arsenal of 3rd party vendors; they also do not revisit their decision afterward if it's still necessary to have the 3rd party solution.




ControlUp from Smart-x offers a "level up" for the control of your environment! With ControlUp, you can quickly and easily have a higher level of control through a single console as shown in the following picture. 

Smart-X ControlUp


That Sound great but is ControlUp from Smart-X just another utility or will it help manage your environment also on an enterprise Level? What kind of control you get and if ControlUp is a valuable addition for your envrionment you will find out throughout the remainder of the article



Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp VDA 7.1/7.5 update script

logoUpdate of the VDA 7.1/7.5 update script since Citrix changed the naming convention for VDA Hotfixes.


How to use the Citrix StoreFront SDK

ImageWeb Interface can be tweaked by editing or extending the source file(s) because they were "open" meaning you could just use Notepad to see the content and modify whatever you wanted. With StoreFront 2.5 and going forward Citrix has released an SDK for Storefront but what does that exactly mean? Can you as an admin do anything with it?

This article will be a starting point on how to use the StoreFront SDK and some tips along the way. 


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Citrix XenApp 6.5 update script 1.7

logoHere is my version 1.7 release of the Citrix XenApp 6.5 update script to work with the new Citrix Support site. Not supported anymore is XenApp 6.0


Warning, don't use Internet Explorer Tab Grow 0!!

LogoYou find quite some sources including myself that suggest to use Internet Explorer tab grow set to 0

to save Memory in an Remote Desktop/XenApp environment.

When you use Internet Explorer 10 and above I warn you now to NOT use a tab grow of 0 and instead leave the default that will create an extra process for every new tab.

I had problem with customer using Internet Explorer 10 and tab grow 0 and are as follow. IE 10 launches by default the 64Bit version and with tab grow 0 every other will be 64bit as well. This will not work with any 32bit Add-On. See the following Microsoft Article about it

Another problem you might run into is printing. Some web apps assuming that a second tab or windows would run its own process. With tab grow set to 0 might end in user unable to print.

Now you are saying then we stick with Internet Explorer 9 but that is a red flag form me because I had a lot of problems with that IE version.


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New article: How to use Citrix StoreFront SDK

Release of XenApp 6.5 Update script 1.7

First release of VDA 7.x Update script.

New article: How to use Citrix Receiver 4.x?