A while ago Dane Young posted an excellent blogpost on the ITVCE site on how to create a load balanced multi-node Citrix StoreFront 2.0 server group with the Citrix NetScaler 10.1. You can find the blog post over here: http://blog.itvce.com/?p=4605 and I did a blogpost over here: Creating a Load Balanced Citrix StoreFront 2.0 Server Group with Citrix NetScaler 10.1
Based on my previous blogpost and considering the fact that the NetScaler 10.5 release brought us a completly different interface for the NetScaler I thought it would be a good idea to refresh the blogpost with the newly released technology:
Installing StoreFront 2.5:
I downloaded the Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 files from the website, extracted them and installed them both of my web services (DIASF01 and DIASF02).
Configuring StoreFront 2.5:
After I logged on to the SF01 I did an initial configuration of StoreFront, as you can see I’m using HTTP here but HTTPS can be used too and is recommended by Citrix (but not used for this blogpost). Robin Hobo did an excellent blogpost on how to configure StoreFront with SSL over here: Installing and Configuring StoreFront 2.0.
Join Server Group:
Server Groups were introduced with the launch of StoreFront, as much has been said about StoreFront 1.x the new release of StoreFront brings stability and scalebility. I’ve added the actions on SF01 to allow a server to be joined to the existing group and the actions on the SF02 to be added to this existing group.
Create DNS Record:
As I changed the base URL for StoreFront to something I want to loadbalance I had to add the DNS Record.
Configure Citrix NetScaler:
This speaks for itself, this is how you can configure the Citrix NetScaler to load balance HTTP traffic over two web servers.
Almost forgot, configure StoreFront Monitors:
While you can do a standard TCP handshake as probe to check if your server is up it doesn’t say anything about IIS or the StoreFront Services. Thus Citrix created an additional monitor to check if your StoreFront server is fully operational, this is a way to configure these StoreFront Monitors.
Here you can see the traffic is being load balanced over the Citrix NetScaler configuration to the two web servers running StoreFront.
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