What is New in Citrix StoreFront 3.0

Classic Receiver Experience

To help you smooth the transition, StoreFront 3.0 supports the classic Receiver experience and when we upgrade from StoreFront 2.x to 3.0, the UI for the existing Receiver for Web sites will remain as the classic green bubble UI. When you create new Receiver for Web sites after the upgrade, users will see the new unified UI.
We can enable the new unified UI by selecting the Disable Classic Receiver Experience and Set Unified Experience as Default in Receiver for Web site.

Google Chrome Support without NPAPI

Google Chrome on Windows and Mac is fully supported without Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) in StoreFront 3.0. Receiver for Windows 4.3 and Receiver for Mac 12.0 support this features.

No Need of Editing Hosts File

Previously, as stated here, Citrix recommends that you modify the hosts file on your StoreFront servers to ensure that Receiver for Web always talks to the local StoreFront server instead of the load balancer. In StoreFront 3.0, we leverage a new feature in the .NET Framework 4.5 to implement loopback communication between Receiver for Web and the rest of StoreFront Services. This is configurable using PowerShell cmdlet

Syntax:
Set-DSLoopback [-SiteId] <Int64> [-VirtualPath] <String> [-Loopback] <String> [[-LoopbackPortUsingHttp] <Int32>]

Example:
Set-DSLoopback -SiteId 1 -VirtualPath /Citrix/StoreWeb -Loopback OnUsingHttp -LoopbackPortUsingHttp 81

Delegating Authentication to the Backend Providers

StoreFront 2.x communicates with the Active Directory to authenticate users. So the domain hosting StoreFront servers should have one-way external trust to the domain hosting the backend XenApp farms/sites. This may not be possible in some deployments. StoreFront 3.0 has the capability to delegate authentication to the XenApp farms.

Treating All Desktops as Applications

In earlier StoreFront, Desktops and applications are treated differently and are placed in a separate tabs in Receiver for Web. To keep published Desktop in the same tab with published applications, we have to add the TreatAsApp keyword to the published desktops. StoreFront 3.0 enables you to configure treating all desktops as applications at the store level without the need of adding the TreatAsApp keyword to all the published desktops

Integrated Monitoring Service for NetScaler

Before StoreFront 3.0, we have to install add-on package on the StoreFront server to support NetScaler monitoring. Now from StoreFront 3.0 it is integrated in StoreFront 3.0. It is installed and enabled by default. You can use PowerShell commands to modify the settings of this service or disable this service.

To check the URL for this service, use the cmdlet:

Set-DSServiceMonitorFeature -ServiceUrl https://localhost:444/StorefrontMonitor

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About Murugan B Iyyappan

Working as a Consultant - Citrix solutions architect with 15 years of experience in the IT industry. Expertise in Citrix products and Windows platform.
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