Product Documentation

How Policies Work

May 30, 2013

A policy consists of a Boolean condition and collection of settings called a profile. The condition is evaluated at runtime to determine if the policy should be applied.

A profile is a collection of settings, using specific parameters. The profile can have any name and you can reuse it in more than one policy. You can configure multiple settings within the profile, but you can only include one profile per policy.

You can bind policies, with the configured conditions and profiles, to virtual servers, groups, users, or globally. Policies are referred to by the type of configuration settings they control. For example, in a session policy, you can control how users log on and the amount of time users can stay logged on.

If you are using NetScaler Gateway with Citrix XenApp, NetScaler Gateway policy names are sent to XenApp as filters. When configuring NetScaler Gateway to work with XenApp and SmartAccess, you configure the following settings in XenApp:

  • The name of the virtual server that is configured on the appliance. The name is sent to XenApp as the NetScaler Gateway farm name.
  • The names of the pre-authentication or session policies are sent as filter names.

For more information about configuring NetScaler Gateway to work with XenMobile App Edition, see Configuring Settings for Your XenMobile Environment.

For more information about configuring NetScaler Gateway to work with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, see Accessing XenApp and XenDesktop Resources with the Web Interface and Integrating with App Controller or StoreFront.

For more information about preauthentication policies, see Configuring Endpoint Polices.