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Citrix Workspace Service Setup

By Carl Behrent posted 09-16-2019 05:39 PM

  

Citrix Workspace Service Setup


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

Citrix Cloud Workspace Configuration

 

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.

Workspace_Config_URL

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.

Workspace_Config_Auth


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.]

Workspace_Config_ServiceIntegration

Configure Workspace with On-Prem ADC Gateway

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

Workspace_Config_Access_GW_Service

  • 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

Workspace_Config_Access_GW_Service

 

  • Under Access and your Resouce Location you should now see:
    Gateway: Gateway_FQDN:443

Workspace_Config_URL_Gateway

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

Citrix ADC_ICA Connections

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.

Workspace_Config_NetScaler_ICA_Conn

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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