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    carlbehrentrnd.png by Carl Behrent, CTA

    As I am going through my first Citrix Cloud/Workspace/CVAD deployment, I thought I'd blog the process I go through to configure Workspace. This blog post will get updated as I go and discover more about Workspace.

    After authenticating into your Citrix Cloud instance, browse to Workspace Configuration

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    Access

    Enable the Workspace URL and then click Edit. Choose a relevant name for your Workspace URL, once it has been Saved, it can take 10 minutes to become available as mentioned below.

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    Authentication

    Select the authentication method used to sign into Workspace. Configuration of each of these authentication methods is done via the Identity and Access Management section.

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    Customize / Appearance

    • Upload your Sign-in Appearance logo
    • Upload your After Sign-in Appearance logo
    • Content Branding (colour scheme)

    Customize

    / Preferences

    Configure the following:

    • Allow Favourites (Enabled/Disabled)
    • Automatically Launch Desktop (Enabled/Disabled)
    • Workspace Timeout (20mins is default)
    • Citrix Workspace Preferences (In a browser / In a native app / Let subscribers choose)
    • Enabled Microsoft Teams (Enabled/Disabled)

    Manage Services Integrations

    By default, Virtual Apps and Desktops is enabled. To configure Workspace for an On-Prem Virtual Apps and Desktops or XenApp 6.5 site, on 'Virtual Apps and Desktop On-Premises Sites" click Add Site.

    [I will document the On Prem site connections later.]

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    Configure Workspace with On-Prem ADC Gateway

    Browse to Access, under the required Resource Location select Configure Connectivity.

     

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    • Click Edit and enter in the FQDN of your On-Prem ADC Gateway.
    • Select Test STA, this is likely to fail as they are behind the ADC Gateway
    • Click Save
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    • Under Access and your Resouce Location you should now see:

      Gateway: Gateway_FQDN:443

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    To validate the Citrix Gateway is now handling the ICA traffic via Citrix Workspace, log into your Citrix Gateway > select Citrix Gateway > ICA Connections

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    Because the user authentication is handled by Citrix WorkSpace via the Citrix Cloud Connectors to Active Directory, the Citrix Gateway will show 'anonymous' as the username.

     

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    To validate that the Citrix Gateway is being used I SSH'd into the ADC and run:

     

    • shell
    • nstcpdump.sh host <Gateway VIP> or <Content Switch VIP> (if using Citrix Unified Gateway)

     

    You will see hits on this once applications are launched from Citrix Workspace.


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