Access Gateway licensing demystified

Access Gateway discussed in this blog is the Access Gateway based on NetScaler, which is popularly referred to as Access Gateway Enterprise. Citrix has recently announced End of Life for all non-NetScaler based Access Gateway platforms, which then makes Enterprise edition, the de-facto Access Gateway.

In this blog, Prashant Batra will discuss the two license types used on your Access Gateway appliance, the two kinds of vServers you can set up to leverage these licenses to provide standard / advanced functionalities, and an example scenario towards the end, to help illustrate these concepts in a real scenario.

License Types

Access Gateway is licensed at two levels:

  • Platform License
  • Universal License

Platform Licenses

Every Access Gateway (VPX/MPX) comes with a Platform license, which enables all the basic functionality in Access Gateway. After purchasing an appliance, this license is automatically made available in your MyCitrix account, and can be easily downloaded and installed on your appliance.

Platform licenses can be used to provide seamless access to:

  • ICAProxy access to XenApp / XenDesktop, using Web Interface
  • ICAProxy access to XenApp / XenDesktop, using Storefront (CloudGateway Express)

Read the rest of Prashant Batra’s blog here on the Citrix blogs.

XenServer 6.1 released

Citrix has released today a new version of it’s free hypervisor XenServer. Version 6.1 is now available for download on the Citrix website.

New Features and Improvements Since XenServer 6.0

XenServer 6.1.0 includes the following new features and ongoing improvements:

Storage XenMotion:

Storage XenMotion allows running VMs to be moved from one host to another. This includes the case where (a) VMs are not located on storage shared between the hosts and (b) hosts are not in the same resource pool. This enables system administrators to: Continue reading “XenServer 6.1 released”

Provisioned XenApp Servers do not Accept Connections

Provisioned XenApp servers do not accept connections when restarted while the license server is unavailable.

Requirements
  • Provisioned XenApp servers
  • XenApp 6.0
  • License Edition 11.9
Background

The license server cache file, MPS-WSXICA_MPS-WSXICA.ini, is saved in the %systemroot%Program FilesCitrix folder, which might be unavailable when the server image shuts down and Provisioned XenApp servers refuse to accept connections when they are restarted while the license server is unavailable.
Procedure
The following are the steps to complete the task:

Save the license server cache file in a shared network location – a location separate from the XenApp server image so that the file is available even when the server image shuts down.
If you save the file in a location away from the server image, you must set the following registry key to point to the cache file location:
Caution! This fix requires you to edit the registry. Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it.” Continue reading “Provisioned XenApp Servers do not Accept Connections”

New documentation for Citrix Licensing 11.10 and Desktop Director 2.1

Citrix has released new documentation on License Server 11.10 and Desktop Director 2.1.

New documentation for Citrix Licensing version 11.10 can be found here.

New documentation for Citrix Desktop Director version 2.1 can be found here.

What’s new in Citrix Licensing version 11.10:

What’s New

License Server VPX. A self-contained Linux-based virtual appliance that allows you to easily deploy licensing in your Citrix environment. You can bring the appliance online by:

•Importing the appliance to your host or pool of hosts.

Continue reading “New documentation for Citrix Licensing 11.10 and Desktop Director 2.1”

Windows server 2008 Licensing and Virtual Machines

Hi guys,

Here’s some interesting information about licensing and moving virtual machine around in Hyper-V.

Windows Server 2008 Standard

So, say we’ve bought a copy of Windows Server 2008 Standard, and we install it on the Physical box below. Continue reading “Windows server 2008 Licensing and Virtual Machines”

VMware vSphere 4 versus vSphere 5 for VDI desktops licensing cost calculator

Hi guys,

Brian Madden has taken the time to make an excellent spreadsheet to calculate the license costs between vSphere 4 and vSphere 5. Check this page to download the spreadsheet.

Until next time.

Greetz,
Jack

Microsoft make changes to Core CAL Licensing

Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 is bringing announcement of a number of things such as new versions of System Center products, deeper integration between Microsoft products and, also Licensing.

Most Microsoft server products require a CAL (Client Access Licence) for each User/Device accessing the server software. To help reduce cost and licensing complexity, Microsoft offer 2 bundles that contain a number of these CALs: dsd Continue reading “Microsoft make changes to Core CAL Licensing”

Topology and Licensing Example of a Medium SharePoint 2010 Server Farm

This topology is typically used for medium farms with the ability to expand to a large farm.  In terms of performance, capacity, and scalability, a three-tier topology is recommended over a two-tier topology.  A three-tier topology provides the most efficient physical and logical layout to support scaling out or scaling up, and provides better distribution of services across the member servers of the farm.  The Web Front-End servers should be Load Balanced, and the Database servers should be in an Active/Passive cluster. Continue reading “Topology and Licensing Example of a Medium SharePoint 2010 Server Farm”

Understand and Plan Your Office 2010 Volume Activation Options

When you deploy Volume License editions of Office 2010, you have two primary methods available for activating the software on client systems. (Not to mention some variations on those methods.)

The Two Main Approaches are: Continue reading “Understand and Plan Your Office 2010 Volume Activation Options”

Configure Office 2010 to volume activate at the same time you install a MAK key

If you are using the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to configure a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) key, you can also activate Office 2010 at the time that you install the MAK key. A MAK key is one of the methods that Office Activation Technologies provides for activating products licensed under Microsoft Volume Licensing programs. By using a MAK key Continue reading “Configure Office 2010 to volume activate at the same time you install a MAK key”