Product Documentation

Before Getting Started

Jul 08, 2015

Before you install Citrix NetScaler Gateway, you should evaluate your infrastructure and collect information to plan an access strategy that meets the specific needs of your organization. When you define your access strategy, you need to consider security implications and complete a risk analysis. You also need to determine the networks to which users are allowed to connect and decide on policies that enable user connections.

In addition to planning for the resources available for users, you also need to plan your deployment scenario. NetScaler Gateway works with the following Citrix products:

  • XenMobile
  • XenApp
  • XenDesktop
  • StoreFront
  • Web Interface
  • CloudBridge

For more information about deploying NetScaler Gateway, see Common Deployments and Integrating With Citrix Products.

As you prepare your access strategy, take the following preliminary steps:

  • Identify resources. List the network resources for which you want to provide access, such as web, SaaS, mobile or published applications, virtual desktops, services, and data that you defined in your risk analysis.
  • Develop access scenarios. Create access scenarios that describe how users access network resources. An access scenario is defined by the virtual server used to access the network, endpoint analysis scan results, authentication type, or a combination thereof. You can also define how users log on to the network.
  • Identify client software. You can provide full VPN access with the NetScaler Gateway Plug-in, requiring users to log on with Citrix Receiver, Worx Home, or by using clientless access. You can also restrict email access to Outlook Web App or WorxMail. These access scenarios also determine the actions users can perform when they gain access. For example, you can specify whether users can modify documents by using a published application or by connecting to a file share.
  • Associate policies with users, groups, or virtual servers. The policies you create on NetScaler Gateway enforce when the individual or set of users meets specified conditions. You determine the conditions based on the access scenarios that you create. You then create policies that extend the security of your network by controlling the resources users can access and the actions users can perform on those resources. You associate the policies with appropriate users, groups, virtual servers, or globally.

This section includes the following topics to help you plan your access strategy:

  • Planning for Security includes information about authentication and certificates.
  • Prerequisites that define network hardware and software you might need.
  • The Pre-Installation Checklist that you can use to write down your settings before you configure NetScaler Gateway.