Last blog (http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/09/20/master-wizard-reducing-deployment-time-from-weeks-to-hours/) introduced the Master Wizard and I believe you had exciting start and now you want to know more about the magic happening behind the scene. Let us go through the logical flow of wizard and see what is getting done smartly.
The wizard starts with selection of the topology where you just see one… then why select? That’s an indication that more will be added based on requirement and prioritization . Here you also select the integration point where the Web tier lies. You can make the selection in between StoreFront, Web Interface and Web Interface on NetScaler.
Next step is defining NetScaler Gateway vserver and configuring SSL certificate which is mandatory. Then we configure the Authentication parameters which are always tricky and you see these altogether in screen below.
Here you see all the authentication parameters are handled together and if you need to work with multiple LDAP servers, you just need to check “Load Balancing” check box. We only take mandatory inputs like IP address from end user and rest of the tasks like selecting preferred LB algorithm, binding correct monitors, setting appropriate parameters etc. is done by the system. Now you go to the next step and configure StoreFront, then similar concept applies where we configure Load Balancing dynamically and use appropriate Monitor for the service. NetScaler has system defined high performance Monitors for XenApp and XenDesktop components and it is advised to use these Monitors for respective components. Same applies to XenFarm definition where you setup the DDC and Broker environment.
Now you get to the real NetScaler core value points of Optimization, Security and Visibility.
Here you can see pretty much every NetScaler feature being exercised by simply clicking on “Apply” button. You are not asked to specify the detailed policies and profiles for every feature while there is a lot happening in the background. Here are quick points on what the wizard is doing:
- Uses built-in TCP acceleration profiles for XenApp/XenDesktop
- Uses optimized SSL internal buffer handling parameters
- Creates and Applies HTTP caching policies along with content-group
- Creates and Applies HTTP compression policies for compressible content
- Creates and Applies Application Firewall profile and policy for protection
- Creates and Applies AppFlow policy and settings for visibility
So the entire configuration is done with just a few clicks. This is how we expect this Wizard to cut down the configuration time from weeks to hours… happy deployments