One of the defining characteristics of VDI-in-a-Box is the all-in-one management console. From a single web-based interface, it is possible to monitor and configure all aspects of a VDI-in-a-Box environment. In VDI-in-a-Box version 5.3, a new feature was added to the web based management console: the SSL certificate manager. I even wrote a blog about it last year.
The SSL certificate manager introduced a simple point and click method to requesting new CA signed certificates, or generating new self-signed certificates. With VDI-in-a-Box 5.4, Citrix has added the ability to import pre-existing certificates through the same graphical interface, as well as the ability to request or generate SAN (Subject Alternative Name) certificates that are valid for multiple host names.
Being able to import pre-existing certificates enables administrators to use wildcard certificates that they already own, rather than needing to request a new certificate to match the vdiManager hostname. Being able to request SAN certificates also provides the administrator with greater flexibility. A SAN certificate would let the administrator generate a certificate valid for all vdiManagers in a grid as well as the grid’s address, while being more affordable than requesting a new wildcard certificate.
VDI-in-a-Box customers can download version 5.4 now at the Citrix product download page. Everyone can try the new version by downloading the free trial. Product documentation is available on Citrix eDocs. And you can always go to the VDI-in-a-Box Support Portal for all VDI-in-a-Box technical information.
To read more on what’s new in VDI-in-a-Box 5.4: /blogs/2013/11/08/citrix-vdi-in-a-box-5-4-release/