Tick, Tock – The Countdown to StoreFront

Web Interface is set to go end of life next year. The question is no longer “if” you will be migrating to StoreFront, but rather “when” you will be migrating. Lucky for you, time is still on your side but don’t let that be your excuse to procrastinate.

For more than 13 years, I have lived, breathed and dreamt about Web Interface but now it’s time to move on. For the past 24 months, I’ve been delving into the inner workings of StoreFront and building my knowledge base through real life deployments and customizations. In my Citrix Synergy 2014 session, I will arm you with what I’ve learned along the way, in essence, the do’s and don’ts, tips and tricks, and useful customizations you’ll need to keep help tickets on the low, your users productive and most importantly, your sanity.

Caution: More than one way to incorrectly install StoreFront

In this session, we will show you how to properly install StoreFront and avoid getting hung up in the process. Believe it or not, there are many incorrect ways to install StoreFront but only one way to do it right. We’ll cover a number of installation settings and documentation references that you may not be aware of.

For example, this session will help you avoid common installation mistakes such as:

Configuration: Beyond the basic building blocks

Say goodbye to WebInterface.conf and hello do-it-yourself configuration setups. Just as in Web Interface, StoreFront’s GUI will only configure a select subset of configuration options. That’s great if all you want is a basic configuration, but what if you need to configure one of the other options, like a multiple domain list or changing the default view? Did you even know that was possible? In this session, we will delve into some of the most useful configurations and best practices IPM’s TechDev team have compiled from real life client deployments. For example, we’ll highlight a configuration that will enable administrators to group desktops (not available by default).

Customization: Getting what I want out of StoreFront

Advanced customizations for StoreFront are not rocket science, but they can be cumbersome and at times tricky. In this session, we will demonstrate how to customize a new skin for StoreFront. We will also show attendees how developers can add useful information to the StoreFront toolbar. We will wrap up the session with a customization that I’ve been asked for numerous times, but have reserved for Synergy – how to add list and text views to the application page. While Web Interface has had multiple views for years, that capability hadn’t made it into StoreFront – until now. As usual, all source code for the session customizations will be made available to presentation attendees.

With that said, join me at Citrix Synergy for SYN247: Advanced best practices for migrating from Web Interface to StoreFront, on Wednesday, May 7 from 2:30-3:15 PM PST time in Ballroom 303A. If you can’t make it to that session, not to worry. We’re expecting a sellout crowd, so the session will be repeated on Thursday, May 8 from 9:30-10:15 AM PST in Ballroom E. While it is possible to ramp up on StoreFront on your own, why would you want to spend countless hours doing so?

Save yourself the grief, curse words and frustrations and let me share what I’ve learned along the way to ease your load. Hope to see you there!

Sam Jacobs is IPM’s Director of Technology Development Services. With more than 25 years of IT consulting, Sam is a Citrix StoreFront, Web Interface and Netscaler customizations and integrations expert. He holds Microsoft MCSD and Citrix Netscaler certifications, is the author of IPM’s TechDev Corner blog and is an active Citrix Forum contributor. A seasoned technical speaker, Sam integrates industry insight with real implementation experience, and has presented customizations at Synergy and BriForum. Learn more about IPM or the TechDev practice. You can find him on twitter @WIguru.

Citrix invited the author of this blog post to present at Citrix Synergy 2014 and to participate in a related contest.  The author received an entry into the contest for submitting this Blog.