StoreFront 3.7 Whats new
StoreFront 3.7 introduces support for Windows Server 2016. Also some nice cool features are introduced with this latest version from Citrix.
Windows Server 2016 Support
With the release of Windows Server 2016 for Citrix it is important to provide Zero Day support in their solutions. This is one of the things in the partnership with Microsoft.
StoreFront also provides Zero Day support for Windows Server 2016. Both versions Datacenter and Standard editions are supported.
In geographically distributed large scale deployments, the location of the user will be a useful parameter into the choice of a VDA to launch an app. A zone preference allows a launch request for a shared resource to be satisfied using a VDA in a specified preferred zone.
When using Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) it is possible for NetScaler to supply StoreFront with the location of the user’s device. StoreFront already has functionality to use this information to priorities the choice of XenDesktop site to launch load-balanced apps.
The zone of the client’s current location can then be passed to the broker if supplied in the launch request from StoreFront.
In the picture shown. The session host VDA machines are spread across 3 zones but all in the same delivery group, and so there can be a choice at brokering time which VDA to use for any of the end user launch request. This Zone Preference feature allows the administrator to configure associations between;
The broker then can choose those associations to help pick a better and more appropriate zone for the session to launch.
A zone preference based on the clients current location requires an appropriate zone to be supplied by StoreFront as part of the launch request to the broker. StoreFront receives this information determined by a NetScaler Zone Preference policy bound to a vServer. The HTTP header called “X-Citrix-ZonePreference can contain a list of up three zones names, which is inserted into all request sent on to StoreFront.
Changes in XenApp / XenDesktop 7.11 have been made to accept zone information from StoreFront. The so called RequestAddress element contains an optional ordered list of zones nearby the user clients location. As determined by the NetScaler. The data supplied for each zone from NetScaler is determined by a string which should match the zone name as defined in XenDesktop. For a successful launch the ResponseAddress element contains the zone ID and name of the zone in which the selected resource is located. It is the broker component which will decide to factor in the zone information for app launches. StoreFront responsibility is to pass on this value from the NetScaler vServer to the broker. No config is required in StoreFront to perform this function.
There are some limitations if you want to use an implement Zone Preferences:
• Only a single preferred zone is used for the launch and if no resource is available from that zone, then be aware that no secondary zone preference is considered
• StoreFront performs basic validation only, before passing the zone information to the broker. It will not attempt to filter out zones unknown to the broker.
Support for Small form factor logon UI
When a user visits a StoreFront Receiver on a small form factor device as a smart phone for example. The login pages are not fully accessible an usable. In previous version they where to big for the screen. Causing a lot of scrolling to be done by the enduser.
Example of StoreFront previous versions:
With version 3.7 of StoreFront the logon UI adjust between 3 sizes
• Or Hybrid
The UI sizes are determined by the smaller of the screen’s two dimensions.. This is done to avoid the UI switching from one size to another when the device and screen rotates.
Offcourse there are also some limitations at hand. You can only use this option with the X1 UI and not with the Classic UI
If you want to check out how youre StoreFront page looks you don’t have to grab a mobile device. Just append the “?-ph” in your StoreFront URL
For example: http://Desktop.Vanderburgh.it/Citrix/StoreWeb/?-ph
Password Reset Enhancements
Self-Service Password Reset enables end user to have greater control over their users accounts. After you have configured Self Service Password Reset and end user who runs into trouble with their account can unlock their account or reset their password to an new one by correctly answering a couple of security questions.
In previous versions of StoreFront there was only support for Password Resets using Single –Sign On. With the new Self-Service Password Reset 1.0 you can use the StoreFront management console to allow users to enroll their answers to the security questions that where configured in the Self-Service Password Reset configuration console
Once configured, the next time a users logs on to Citrix Receiver or Citrix Receiver for Web. The Security Enrollment will be available.
After you configure this in StoreFront the users will see the “Account Self-Service” option during the logon.
If you click on this link you can then choose the following to options:
After this you will need to answers some of the security questions, and if all of the answers match the previously supplied ones. The Unlock or Reset is performed..