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Citrix Web Interface & StoreFront – XML-based user authentication

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Citrix Web Interface & StoreFront – XML-based user authentication
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Initially, with the introduction of StoreFront it relied solely on its authentication service for user authentication purposes. This, as you might be aware is different from Web Interface, which will directly contact one of the configured Delivery Controllers where the Broker/XML service will take over. Since Web Interface is still widely deployed and used in (large) production environments (and StoreFront now also supports XML based user authentication) I would like to talk, in a bit more detail about both authentication methods available today
FMA fact: Web Interface will be ‘End of Life’ in June 2018, however, Citrix advices to deploy StoreFront for new as well as existing deployments.

Authentication in general

Within a XenApp/XenDesktop Site you basically have two (main) points of authentication, one of which is StoreFront, the other one being the NetScaler Gateway when authenticating externally, for example, though it could be used for internal authentication purposes as well. The StoreFront server will communicate with the Citrix Receiver, your Delivery Controllers and the NetScaler Gateway (call-back and STA) when users are authenticated and resources are launched externally.

Next to the above, StoreFront can also be configured to communicate with App Controller as part of a XenMobile deployment, and/or VDI-in-a-Box is also (still) optional. Like the Delivery Controller, StoreFront plays an important role in the resource enumeration and launch processes and it functions as the main Store (there can be multiple) from where users (can) subscribe to their desktops, applications and other resources.

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via Bas van Kaam at basvankaam.com

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Bas van Kaam About 17 years ago Bas van Kaam started his IT career as a helpdesk support technician from where he worked his way up to system engineering, consulting and architecting mostly by self-study, attending seminars, conferences and webinars, something which he enjoys doing still. From a technical point of view he specializes in (partly) designing, building, maintaining, troubleshooting and optimizing Microsoft & SBC / VDI (Citrix) oriented infrastructures for mid-sized and larger companies. Bas is well known within the community for his contributions on his own personal website / blog: basvankaam.com where he shares his thoughts and knowledge on an ongoing basis. He is also a frequent presenter / speaker on national as well as international events and conferences like the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG), the Expert to Expert Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) and the Virtual Community NRW (Germany). He has been part of the Match.GeeK program during Citrix Synergy and also spoke at the first ever Virtual Expo (webinar) where he presented on Citrix native Printing. He loves the myCUGC community and as such is a (very) frequent forum visitor, contributor and has been appointed as one of the forum moderators. All this also resulted in being elected member of the month at one point. Also make sure to look Bas up on Twitter (@BasvanKaam) and Linked-In on which he is very active as well. Bas has been recognized as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP class of 2016), one of only 50 worldwide, a Citrix Subject Matter Expert (SME) for his contributions to the XenDesktop 7.6 exams and he is also named a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) for 2014 / 2015 / 2016. Some of his professional certifications include but are not limited to: CCSP, CCA (X4) CCAA, CCEE, CCIA, CCE-V, MCSA (X3), MCSE (X3), VCP. Bas is currently employed by The Detron ICT Group, one the leading SBC and VDI consultancy companies based in the Netherlands, where he fulfills the role of Senior Management Consultant and Citrix Product Lead.

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