NetScaler 9.3 release brings out several value propositions and WIonNS deployment simplification is one of them. Getting Web Interface deployed from scratch is a time consuming task while on NetScaler getting Web Interface deployed from scratch is just few clicks away!!
Following is step by step WIonNS wizard simplification work done in release 9.3. Some of this was pre-existing but many new features are introduced in release 9.3.
1) Introduction screen
Provides introduction to the Web Interface on NetScaler module. At this step wizard automatically figures out whether Web Interface module is installed on NetScaler or not. Based on this check next screen comes up and in case Web Interface module is installed on NetScaler the next screen will be skipped.
2) Installing Web Interface package and JRE
This screen lets you install Web Interface module and JRE on NetScaler. You can specify the file from local system or the NetScaler appliance itself. NetScaler 9.3 release supports Web Interface 5.4 which can be downloaded from Citrix community and file is “nswi-1.3.tgz”. You can specify the path to downloaded JRE or choose to download JRE which takes you to following link:
While installing Web Interface you need to choose number of sites to be supported and this setting directly impacts the memory allocated to Web Interface subsystem in NetScaler. This setting defines the performance criteria for the deployment based on memory available in the system. If required memory is not available then on “next” you will be thrown with appropriate warning message.
3) Configure Web Interface
This wizard lets you define all relevant parameters to configure Web Interface on NetScaler. Wizard intelligently populates the “Site Path” based on “Site Type” selected. There are additional check boxes added for “Kiosk Mode” and “iPad/iPhone” support. Selecting these check boxes enables respective settings and policies/actions on NetScaler.
This screen works on two modes of access “Direct Mode” and “Gateway Direct Mode”. In “Direct Mode” the wizard intelligently finds out configured http/https vserver on NetScaler and lets you select one. Every other detail gets populated on this wizard based on vserver selected.
4) Gateway Direct Mode Access
On same wizard if you select “Gateway Direct Mode” access method then wizard brings out the configured Access Gateway vservers and lets you select one. Based on what you select “Access Gateway URL” and “STA Server URL” gets populated. DNS entry is added and SSL certificate is marked for trust which can be changed with the check box.
5) Settings for Access Gateway Mode
All recommended settings are configured by default. Ensure that Site Path given in “Web Interface Address” is correct and whether you want to SSO to Web Interface through Access Gateway authentication channel.
6) Configuring XA/XD Farm
This screen lets you define the farm for the XenApp/XenDesktop infrastructure.
This screen shows you complete summary of the configuration done so far. It shows all the important parameters like “Site Path”, “Site type”, “AG URL”, “STA Server URL” etc.
The key enhancement on this screen is the ability to edit “Webinterface.conf” file. This provides you with following screen where you can edit any of the editable parameter and customize the Web Interface as you want. You can search for a specific token with “Find” and do the edit.
9) Webinterface.conf edit screen
Changing the WI login title through this edit window could be the common use case which can be achieved with changing following 2 parameters after uncommenting them:
LoginTitle_en=”Welcome to myCompany Web Interface”
With these new simplification and customization abilities through WIonNS wizard we expect you to have much smoother experience. Happy deployments