Product Documentation

Deploying XenMobile Components

Nov 10, 2014

The XenMobile components you deploy are based on the device or app management requirements of your organization. The components of XenMobile are modular and build on each other. For example, you want to give users in your organization remote access to mobile apps and you need to track the device types with which users connect. In this scenario, you would deploy NetScaler Gateway, XenMobile Device Manager, and App Controller.

This section discusses the different scenarios for deploying the XenMobile products in your network.

Deploying XenMobile Components

You can deploy XenMobile components to enable users to connect to resources in your internal network in the following ways:

  • Connections to the internal network. If your users are remote, they can connect by using a VPN or Micro VPN connection through NetScaler Gateway to access apps and desktops in the internal network.
  • Device enrollment in Device Manager. Users can enroll mobile devices in Device Manager so you can manage the devices that connect to network resources.
  • Web, SaaS, and mobile apps from App Controller. Users can access their web, SaaS, and mobile apps from AppController by using Worx Home.
  • Windows-based apps and virtual desktops. Users can connect with Citrix Receiver or a web browser to access Windows-based apps and virtual desktops from StoreFront or the Web Interface.

To achieve some or all of these capabilities, Citrix recommends deploying XenMobile components in the following order:

  • NetScaler Gateway. You can configure settings in NetScaler Gateway to enable communication with App Controller, StoreFront, or the Web Interface by using the Quick Configuration wizard. You must install App Controller, StoreFront, or the Web Interface before using the Quick Configuration wizard in NetScaler Gateway.
  • Device Manager. After you install Device Manager, you can configure policies and settings that allow users to enroll their mobile devices.
  • App Controller. After you install App Controller, you can configure mobile, web, and SaaS apps. Mobile apps can include apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Users can also connect to mobile apps you wrap with the MDX Toolkit and upload to App Controller.
  • MDX Toolkit. You can wrap .ipa or .apk apps and Worx apps with the MDX Toolkit. After you wrap the apps, you can upload the apps to App Controller.
  • StoreFront (optional). You can provide access to Windows-based apps and virtual desktops from StoreFront through connections with Receiver.
  • ShareFile Enterprise (optional). If you deploy ShareFile, you enable enterprise directory integration through App Controller or Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML). For more information about configuring identity providers for ShareFile, see the ShareFile support site.

If you install all of the XenMobile components in your network, the deployment may look like the following figure:

Figure 1. The XenMobile Solution