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In this blogpost I will show the basic setup of Citrix StoreFront 3.0. StoreFront is the component for making your published desktops and published app available for your end-users.
A few new features of Citrix StoreFront 3.0:
- unified user experience
- improved customisation
- loopback communications (no more host file editing)
- treating published desktops as published apps
- delegate authentication to backend servers
My environment for this basic setup:
- Windows 2012 R2 (sf01.vikash.nl)
- Citrix StoreFront 3.0 setup (www.citrix.com)
- SSL certificate (storefront.vikash.nl) using own CA infrastructure (dc01.vikash.nl)
- Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Controller (xddc01.vikash.nl)
Before we can proceed with the installation we need a SSL certificate. For lab purposes I have installed a internal CA (my domain controller) and requested a domain certificate. Using Internet Information Services Manager on my StoreFront server I requested a domain certificate.
Make sure that you request a proper SSL certificate for production environments! Contact me if you have any questions regarding SSL certificates in production environments.
SSL Certificate request:
We now have to bind this certificate to the Default Web Site on your Citrix StoreFront server. In my case this is sf01.vikash.nl. Start IIS Manager, expand Sites and click on Default Web Site. Then click on Bindings:
If everything went well you should see no errors in your browser when requesting the page using https.
Installing Citrix StoreFront 3.0:
Basic setup of Citrix StoreFront 3.0:
Now click on Authentication in the left panel and click on Configure Trusted Domains. By adding trusted domains the user can only set their username when logging in. This options also allows us to add multiple domain names as trusted domains and allow the user to select the appropriate one when logging in.
The user is successfully logged in. I don’t have published apps or desktops yet. I show that in another blogpost. For now we have a working Citrix StoreFront 3.0 environment, ready for further testing.
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