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Use Case 14: ShareFile Wizard for Load Balancing Citrix ShareFile

Jun 08, 2015

You can configure load balancing for Citrix ShareFile using the wizard. The Citrix ShareFile wizard helps in setting up load balancing configuration for ShareFile site based on the type of content requested. The content switching server directs the request based on whether it is a StorageZone, CIFS or a SharePoint request. The content switching is based on policies. The wizard auto generates the policies to identify whether the request is for StorageZone, CIFS or SharePoint. The content switching virtual server uses these policies to direct the request to the correct load balancing server.

A typical data flow can be depicted as shown in the diagram below.

Figure 1. ShareFile Data Load Balancing


You can view the load balancing virtual servers that the ShareFile wizard creates by navigating to Traffic Management >Virtual Servers and Services > Virtual Servers. You cannot manually remove the virtual servers created using the ShareFile wizard. Use the wizard to remove the virtual servers.

NetScaler uses the LDAP authentication for SharePoint or CIFS request. Hash authentication is used for authenticating requests for StorageZones.

To configure a NetScaler appliance for load balancing Citrix ShareFile

Updated: 2015-06-04

  1. In the navigation pane, click Load Balancing.
  2. Navigate to Traffic Management > Load Balancing.
  3. Under Citrix ShareFile, click Setup NetScaler for ShareFile.
  4. On the Setup Load Balancing for ShareFile page, provide the following information:
    • Name: Name of the content switching virtual server.
    • IP Address: IP address of the content switching virtual server.
    • If you want to setup load balancing for CIFS or SharePoint, click the StorageZone Connector for Network File Shares/SharePoint checkbox and then click Continue. By default ShareFile Data checkbox is selected.
  5. Provide a valid certificate. If you have a certificate, click Choose Certificate and from the drop-down list select the certificate. If you have to install a certificate, click Install Certificate and provide the Certificate-Key pair.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. In the Add New StorageZone Controller dialog box, specify the values of the following parameters:
    • StorageZone Controller IP Address— IP address
    • Port— Port number. The default value is 443.
    • Protocol— Select from HTTPS or HTTP
  8. Click Create and then click Done. The wizard automatically creates a service and autogenerate the name of the service.
  9. If you chose load balancing for CIFS or SharePoint in step 4.c, then specify the values for LDAP Authentication Settings:
    • AAAVServer IP Address— IP address of AAA virtual server
    • LDAP Server IP Address— IP Address of the LDAP server
    • Port— Port number. The default value is 389
    • Time out— The time out value in minutes
    • Single Sign-on Domain— Single sign-on domain name
    • Base DN— Base domain name
    • Administrator Bind DN— LDAP account name with the domain name, for example, adminstrator@domainname.com
    • Logon Name— Logon name is the sAMAccount name
    • Password and Confirm Password— Enter the password and confirm the password
  10. Click Continue and then click Done.

To remove load balancing configuration for ShareFile

  1. Click on Configuration > Traffic Management > Load Balancing.
  2. On the Load Balancing page, under Citrix ShareFile click on Remove ShareFile Configuration.