Local Policy Session Printing With CVADS
Recently on site I came across my first requirement for a Citrix Session Printer Policy when migrating from an on-premises 7.15 Site to CVADS.
At first I simply tried copying the policy in to the Cloud Studio but when I came to select the printer it was unable to connect. The first step was to eliminate firewall rules as usual so I got the SMB ports opened between the Cloud Connectors and the Print Servers but this didn’t resolve the issue.
Luckily I was working with Citrix at the time and so a quick check through Slack turned up Citrix Article https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX220345 which says “Because limitation of Citrix Cloud and Connector, in certain scenarios, communication with some of the on premises components, there is a need for some customers to manage the Citrix polices locally”.
The article itself was straightforward enough and geared towards using an Active Directory Group Policy which was duly created but still failed to apply. Closer inspection showed that because the customer uses AppSense for user personalisation they didn’t have the “user group policy loopback processing mode” enabled.
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pfSense – Continuing to Break my brain
During the fun of building out another virtual environment to act as another remote site I realised that traffic was no longer flowing over my IPSec VPN once I set it up.
The initial issue was due to a mismatch between the configurations on my two pfSense firewalls which was quickly resolved and the tunnel came up after that. Once it was up though I realised that nothing was flowing over the VPN.
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Citrix Depreciate On-Premises Cloud Support
With the release of the latest Current Release (CR) of Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) version 2003 Citrix has announced that they have deprecated on-premises support for VDA workloads hosted on the following Clouds:
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- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
- Cloud Platform
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FreeNAS – Upgrades and a corrupted USB stick
Last week I decided it was probably time to finally upgrade my FreeNAS server from 11.2 U2 to 11.2 U7 as it was giving me rrdcache errors on shutdown and also ground to a halt when I was doing a large clonezilla backup of my machine.
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Citrix – Making CentOS Look Like Windows 10
As part of my testing with the CVAD 1912 Linux VDA I came across the B00merang desktop themes which makes a Linux desktop look like Windows 10. I decided to explore whether the theme could be applied to Citrix sessions and after to some googling, got it up and running .
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Citrix – Learning About The Linux VDA
As part of taking the new Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) LTSR release out for a spin, today I decided to look at the Linux VDA again. It’s been a while since I tried it as my previous attempts weren’t successful but today I figured was the day to try again !
Many years ago I worked on a Citrix install for a school in Hull which used XenApp on Sun Solaris to provide Open Office to their students at home for doing their homework. At the time I was greatly impressed but after putting a XenApp server on Solaris in for one of the previous companies I worked for, I haven’t seen anything *nix related since.
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Citrix ADC Vulnerability CVE-2019-19781
Last Wednesday I got an update email from the Citrix Heroes community ran by DJ Eshelman about a new vulnerability which has been found with Citrix ADC appliances. Fortunately my home lab hasn’t been powered up much this past few weeks but today I decided to apply the mitigation steps to my VPX in case.
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pfSense – Learning And Making My Life Harder !
I’ve been using pfSense as the firewall for my home virtual lab for many years and it has increased me knowledge of firewalls by giving me one to play with in my own environment. As a consultant it’s proved invaluable for me in my job as it’s allowed me to quickly test what ports are needed to be opened for various applications, work out routing roulette issues I’ve seen on site, and even simulate setting up Active Directory Domain Trusts over an IPSec VPN.
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Nagios Pi Part Four
Since my last post I decided to concentrate on looking in to setting up distributed monitoring with Nagios Core servers and using my Nagios Pi installation as the central server. I looked around at the various options and went for using NRDP (Nagios Remote Data Protocol) as it enables me to use passive checks on the central server.
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