Product Documentation

Configure server groups

Oct 05, 2015

The tasks below enable you to modify settings for multiple-server StoreFront deployments. To manage a multiple-server deployment, use only one server at a time to make changes to the configuration of the server group. Ensure that the Citrix StoreFront management console is not running on any of the other servers in the deployment. Any configuration changes you make must be propagated to the other servers in the group to ensure a consistent configuration across the deployment.

Add a server to a server group

Use the Add Server task to obtain an authorization code to enable you to join a newly installed StoreFront server to your existing deployment. For more information about adding new servers to existing StoreFront deployments, see Join an existing server group.  See the Scalability section of Plan your Storefront deployment to assess how many servers you need in your group.

Remove servers from a server group

Use the Remove Server task to delete servers from a multiple-server StoreFront deployment. You can remove any server in the group apart from the server on which you are running the task. Before removing a server from a multiple-server deployment, first remove the server from the load-balancing environment.

Propagate local changes to a server group

Use the Propagate Changes task to update the configuration of all the other servers in a multiple-server StoreFront deployment to match the configuration of the current server. Any changes made on other servers in the group are discarded. While running this task, you cannot make any further changes until all the servers in the group have been updated.

Important: If you update the configuration of a server without propagating the changes to the other servers in the group, you might lose those updates if you later propagate changes from different server in the deployment.

Change the base URL for a deployment

Use the Change Base URL task to modify the URL that is used as the root of the URLs for the stores and other StoreFront services hosted on a deployment. For multiple-server deployments, specify the load-balanced URL. You can use this task to change from HTTP to HTTPS at any time, provided that Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is configured for HTTPS.

To configure IIS for HTTPS, use the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager console on the StoreFront server to create a server certificate signed by your Microsoft Active Directory domain certification authority. Then add HTTPS binding to the default website. For more information about creating a server certificate in IIS, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831637.aspx#CreateCertificate. For more information about adding HTTPS binding to an IIS site, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831632.aspx#SSLBinding.

Generate security keys for a server group

Use the Generate Security Keys task to generate new security keys for self-signed certificates used by a server group. When you generate new security keys, any users who are currently logged on will need to reauthenticate to their stores. As a result, this task is best carried out during periods of low user activity.