Remote PC Access – For Computing Labs


Using Remote PC Access for Office Workers is an extremely easy use case where we have a 1:1 relationship between users and PCS. But what about computing labs where the relationship changes from 1:Many? This type of architecture looks slightly different. A few things to be aware of with computing labs Computing labs typically have more users than PCs. Users are able to use any available PC in the lab. There are no permanent assignments. User access to a PC is based on user request. If no PC is available to fulfill the request, the user must make a new … Continue reading Remote PC Access – For Computing Labs

Remote PC Access – For Office Workers


Within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, there has been a hidden gem called Remote PC Access. For many people who commute to work, they sit in the same chair in front of the same PC. In it’s simplest terms, Remote PC Access simple moves that chair away from the PC. This simplified architecture shows what this looks like, with Citrix Gateway sitting between the firewalls, allowing remote users access to internal resources: To make this work, each PC that needs to be accessed remotely must include the Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA).  There are ways to get this VDA. Full VDA: … Continue reading Remote PC Access – For Office Workers

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Bandwidth


With Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 1912 achieved LTSR (Long Term Servicing Release).  This is the first LTSR since the 7.15 release, which was almost 3 years earlier. In 3 years, a lot has changed. The protocol had many improvements that directly impacted the user experience and bandwidth utilization. With each release, since 7.11 (2016), I ran a standard series of LoginVSI tests to compare bandwidth utilization. Since the 1912 release is an LTSR, it is time to reset the test scenarios. I need to update the base operating system to something more recent. I also want to apply a … Continue reading Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Bandwidth

Citrix Workspace Authentication: Federated Authentication Services


I have one primary key to let me into my house. Once I’m inside my house, I can see many resources that I might want to use like a bed, bathroom, safe, TV and a freezer. However, some of these resources are secured with a different key. I might have a code to access NetFlix. There might be a lock on the bathroom door.  There is a lock on the safe.  There is even a key to access the freezer (gotta protect those bratwurst). The keys I need once I’m in my house are secondary. They provide me access to … Continue reading Citrix Workspace Authentication: Federated Authentication Services

Authentication: Push


One of my goals before the end of the year is to protect my online accounts with multi-factor authentication. I’ve been protecting many of my identities with TOTP. TOTP is a great way to add multi-factor authentication to our identity.  It adds the “something I have” to the “something I know”. However, I’m now running into a major user experience issue with TOTP. I’ve got too many tokens!!! When I try and authenticate to one of these providers, I have to load the authenticator app and find the right code before typing it in.  This is easy when I only … Continue reading Authentication: Push

Citrix Workspace Authentication: Citrix Gateway


One of the challenges with using cloud services is getting the same experience you had in an on-premises deployment. For the past 20+ years, many Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop deployments utilized a Citrix Gateway to provide an ICA proxy through the firewall. For external users, Gateway also authenticated those users. Over the years, admins determined the authentication schema for their organization, most likely incorporating additional factors beyond passwords, like TOTP, certificates, RADIUS, nFactor, etc. Fast forward to 2019 and we now need to figure out how to use Citrix Workspace without impacting our secure authentication profile. Currently in tech … Continue reading Citrix Workspace Authentication: Citrix Gateway

SaaS and Web Apps in StoreFront


In a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment, many organizations use StoreFront to provide access to Windows and Linux applications and desktops.  A lesser know feature, published content, can let StoreFront publish links to SaaS and web applications in an attempt to bring all resources together into a single view. (I see the differences between SaaS and web apps as follows: SaaS apps are browser-based applications hosted by a 3rd party while a web app is a browser-based app hosted within the internal datacenter).  Unfortunately, SaaS/Web apps introduces some interesting challenges for users: SSO – Users must remember the username … Continue reading SaaS and Web Apps in StoreFront