Add a NetScaler Gateway connection

Use the Add NetScaler Gateway Appliance task to add NetScaler Gateway deployments through which users can access your stores. You must enable the pass-through from NetScaler Gateway authentication method before you can configure remote access to your stores through NetScaler Gateway. For more information about configuring NetScaler Gateway for StoreFront, see Using WebFront to Integrate with StoreFront.

Important:

In multiple server deployments, 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. Once complete, propagate your configuration changes to the server group so that the other servers in the deployment are updated.

  1. On the Windows Start screen or Apps screen, locate and click the Citrix StoreFront tile.

  2. Select the Stores node in the left pane of the Citrix StoreFront management console and in the Actions pane, click Manage NetScaler Gateways.

  3. Click Add and General Settings, specify a name for the NetScaler Gateway deployment that will help users to identify it.

    Users see the display name you specify in Citrix Receiver, so include relevant information in the name to help users decide whether to use that deployment. For example, you can include the geographical location in the display names for your NetScaler Gateway deployments so that users can easily identify the most convenient deployment for their location.

  4. Enter the URL of the virtual server or user logon point (for Access Gateway 5.0) for your deployment. Specify the product version used in your deployment.

    The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for your StoreFront deployment must be unique and different from the NetScaler Gateway virtual server FQDN. Using the same FQDN for StoreFront and the NetScaler Gateway virtual server is not supported.

  5. If you are adding an Access Gateway 5.0 deployment, continue to Step 7. Otherwise, specify the subnet IP address of the NetScaler Gateway appliance, if necessary. A subnet IP address is required for Access Gateway 9.3 appliances, but optional for more recent product versions.

    The subnet address is the IP address that NetScaler Gateway uses to represent the user device when communicating with servers on the internal network. This can also be the mapped IP address of the NetScaler Gateway appliance. Where specified, StoreFront uses the subnet IP address to verify that incoming requests originate from a trusted device.

  6. If you are adding an appliance running NetScaler Gateway, select from the Logon type list the authentication method you configured on the appliance for Citrix Receiver users.

    The information you provide about the configuration of your NetScaler Gateway appliance is added to the provisioning file for the store. This enables Citrix Receiver to send the appropriate connection request when contacting the appliance for the first time.

    • If users are required to enter their Microsoft Active Directory domain credentials, select Domain.
    • If users are required to enter a tokencode obtained from a security token, select Security token.
    • If users are required to enter both their domain credentials and a tokencode obtained from a security token, select Domain and security token.
    • If users are required to enter a one-time password sent by text message, select SMS authentication.
    • If users are required to present a smart card and enter a PIN, select Smart card.

    If you configure smart card authentication with a secondary authentication method to which users can fall back if they experience any issues with their smart cards, select the secondary authentication method from the Smart card fallback list. Continue to Step 8.

  7. To add an Access Gateway 5.0 deployment, indicate whether the user logon point is hosted on a standalone appliance. If you are adding a cluster, click Next and continue to Step 9.

  8. If you are configuring StoreFront for NetScaler Gateway or a single Access Gateway 5.0 appliance, complete the NetScaler Gateway authentication service URL in the Callback URL box. StoreFront automatically appends the standard portion of the URL. Click Next and continue to Step 11.

    Enter the internally accessible URL of the appliance. StoreFront contacts the NetScaler Gateway authentication service to verify that requests received from NetScaler Gateway originate from that appliance.

  9. To configure StoreFront for an Access Gateway 5.0 cluster, list on the Appliances page the IP addresses or FQDNs of the appliances in the cluster and click Next.

  10. On the Enable Silent Authentication page, list URLs for the authentication service running on the Access Controller servers. Add URLs for multiple servers to enable fault tolerance, listing the servers in order of priority to set the failover sequence. Click Next.

    StoreFront uses the authentication service to authenticate remote users so that they do not need to re-enter their credentials when accessing stores.

  11. For all deployments, if you are making resources provided by XenDesktop or XenApp available in the store, list on the Secure Ticket Authority (STA) page URLs for servers running the STA. Add URLs for multiple STAs to enable fault tolerance, listing the servers in order of priority to set the failover sequence.

    The STA is hosted on XenDesktop and XenApp servers and issues session tickets in response to connection requests. These session tickets form the basis of authentication and authorization for access to XenDesktop and XenApp resources.

  12. If you want XenDesktop and XenApp to keep disconnected sessions open while Citrix Receiver attempts to reconnect automatically, select the Enable session reliability check box. If you configured multiple STAs and want to ensure that session reliability is always available, select the Request tickets from two STAs, where available check box.

    When the Request tickets from two STAs, where available check box is selected, StoreFront obtains session tickets from two different STAs so that user sessions are not interrupted if one STA becomes unavailable during the course of the session. If, for any reason, StoreFront is unable to contact two STAs, it falls back to using a single STA.

  13. Click Create to add details of your NetScaler Gateway deployment. Once the deployment has been added, click Finish.

    For more information about updating the details of your deployments, see Configure NetScaler Gateway connection settings.

To provide access to stores through NetScaler Gateway, one internal beacon point and at least two external beacon points are required. Citrix Receiver uses beacon points to determine whether users are connected to local or public networks and then selects the appropriate access method. By default, StoreFront uses the server URL or load-balanced URL of your deployment as the internal beacon point. The Citrix website and the virtual server or user logon point (for Access Gateway 5.0) URL of the first NetScaler Gateway deployment you add are used as external beacon points by default. For more information about changing beacon points, see Configure beacon points.

To enable users to access your stores through NetScaler Gateway, ensure that you configure remote user access for those stores.

Add a NetScaler Gateway connection

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