Citrix Access Gateway (based on the NetScaler platform) provides the best secure application access for Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktops and applications. It is also the remote access component of Citrix CloudGateway, which offers secure delivery of Web, SaaS and iOS apps, along with ShareFile data. With all the prowess of the proven NetScaler platform, comes a standard tradeoff of simplicity vs. power. With all the features and control that an Access Gateway offers, it can be intimidating for some of us. At Citrix, we take the end user experience very seriously, and want to make sure that you get the job done, with the least effort possible, without compromising on the capabilities that our products can offer! With this vision, in our (just released) Z3 release, we have created a new Simplified Configuration Wizard in Access Gateway. This Remote Access wizard is meant to assist our most common use cases – Remote Access to Published Apps & Desktops, as well as CloudGateway. On the new Access Gateways (or NetScalers), based on 10.0.69.6+ release, you will be able to access this wizard, in the following ways:
- On an appliance, licensed as purely an Access Gateway (does not provide any additional NS service), you will see a new Access Gateway Home Tab, next to the Dashboard Tab. Clicking on this Home tab will take you to the new AGEE home page, which shows basic monitoring information, specific to Access Gateway. More importantly, in the top right corner, you will see a link called ‘Create New Access Gateway’. Clicking this link launches the new Remote Access Wizard.
- On NetScaler appliances / VPX, you will be able to reach the same Access Gateway Home page by clicking the Access Gateway Configuration summary node. Exact Location: Configuration -> Access Gateway -> Getting Started -> Create/Monitor Access Gateway. This will take you to the same Access Gateway Home page as described above. Once there, you will see a link called ‘Create New Access Gateway’. Clicking this link launches the new Remote Access Wizard.
This wizard is split into following configuration blocks:
- Access Gateway Settings
- Remote Access configuration for Web Interface / CloudGateway
Running this wizard automatically creates for you, various policies (authentication, session, …), and binds them to an AG vServer. Lets take a look at the various policies created:
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