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Connecting your resources to Citrix Cloud involves deploying connectors in your environment and creating resource locations.

Resource locations contain the resources required to deliver cloud services to your subscribers. You manage these resources from the Citrix Cloud console. Resource locations contain different resources depending on which Citrix Cloud services you are using and the services that you want to provide to your subscribers.

To create a resource location, install at least two Cloud Connectors in your domain. Cloud Connectors are required for enabling communication between Citrix Cloud and your resources. For more information about deploying the Cloud Connector, see the following articles:

Resource types

Resource locations contain different resources depending on which Citrix Cloud services you are using and the services that you want to provide to your subscribers. Different resources use different types of connector. Most services make use of the Citrix Cloud Connector, but some specific services need a Connector Appliance.

Services that use Citrix Cloud Connector

For example, if you want to provide access to applications and desktops through the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, your resource location might include:

  • Active Directory user and resource domains
  • A hypervisor such as Citrix Hypervisor
  • Servers running the Virtual Desktop Agent (VDAs)
  • An on-premises Citrix Gateway or the Citrix Gateway service for secure external access to resources
  • An on-premises StoreFront server so users can access resources through a single easy-to-use app store

For an overview of how the Cloud Connector communicates with the Virtual Apps and Desktops service, refer to the Citrix Tech Zone diagram.

For a list of Citrix Cloud services that use the Cloud Connector, see Services that require the Cloud Connector.

Services that use Connector Appliance

For example, if you want to deliver actions and notifications from your applications right into your Workspace or other channels, your resource location might include:

  • Citrix Workspace microapps service access to systems residing in your resource location
  • Citrix Workspace microapps service access to external systems from within your resource location

There might be other services in Technical Preview that also depend on the Connector Appliance.

Location of resources

Your resource location is wherever your resources reside, whether that’s a public or private cloud, a branch office, or a data center. If you already have resources in your own cloud or data center, your resources remain where they are. There’s no need to move them elsewhere to use them with Citrix Cloud.

Your choice of location might be impacted by the following factors:

  • Proximity to subscribers
  • Proximity to data
  • Scale requirements
  • Security attributes

There is no restriction on the number of resource locations you can have. The overhead of a resource location is small.

Example of a resource location deployment

  • Build your first resource location in your data center for the head office based on subscribers and applications that need to be close to the data.
  • Add a second resource location for your global users in a public cloud. Alternatively, build separate resource locations in branch offices to provide the applications best served close to the branch workers.
  • Add another resource location on a separate network that provides restricted applications. This provides restricted visibility to other resources and subscribers without the need to adjust the other resource locations.

Naming restrictions

Names that you assign to resource locations must conform to the following restrictions:

  • Maximum length: 64 characters
  • Disallowed characters:
    • #, $, %, ^, &, ?, +
    • Braces: [], {}
    • Pipes (|)
    • Less-than symbol (<) and greater-than symbol (>)
    • Forward and backward slashes (/, \)
  • Must not match any other resource location name (case-insensitive) in the Citrix Cloud account

Primary resource locations

A primary resource location is a resource location that you designate as “most preferred” for certain communications between your domain and Citrix Cloud. The Cloud Connectors in a primary resource location are used for user logons and provisioning operations. The resource location you select as “primary” should have Cloud Connectors that have the best performance and connectivity to your domain. This enables your users to log on quickly to Citrix Cloud.

For more information, see Select a primary resource location.

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