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The Iconbar - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 06:05
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world - what did you see?

R-Comp release an update for their !DualHead software.

Elesar offered a free AMCOG Games bundle with the Titanium.

Adrian Lees announced on Iconbar that Aemulor would no longer be sold as a commercial product but would continue in development.

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Categories: RISC OS

Citrix Receiver 12.7 for Mac: Compatible with macOS High Sierra from Day Zero

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 16:00
We are happy to announce the release of Citrix Receiver 12.7 for Mac. We continue to stick to our tradition of supporting every Apple OS from day Zero where we released Receiver 7.3 for iOS to support iOS11 on September. …   Related Stories
Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

HDX Graphics Encoder Configuration Overview – What Really Matters!

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:00

The evolution of the HDX display capabilities and quality is something, as a Citrix employee, I’m really proud of. There is almost no XenApp & XenDesktop release without further improvements relative to user experience, performance, stabilization, and utilization of computer …

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Citrix Service Provider October Enablement Webinars

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:00

It’s been a busy year for Citrix Service Providers! We’ve introduced ShareFile Cloud Storage, NetScaler SD-WAN, and Citrix Cloud. Get ready for more innovation with NetScaler Secure Web Gateway (SWG), coming soon to Citrix CSP! October is the perfect time …

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Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Citrix Dublin Internship Programme

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:00
Citrix Dublin has a long history of linking with graduate programmes and internships. Connecting with local Universities and Institutes of Technology we have brought in top graduate talent over the past number of years and supported college courses that require …   Related Stories
Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Bridging the IT Skills Gap: Why We Need to Create a Multigenerational Workforce

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 07:00

The UK is teetering on the edge of a tech skills shortage that could explode at any moment. The scale of the problem is vast: at any one time, there is a shortfall of around 40,000 people, which is …

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Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Citrix Ready Spotlight on the Final 10

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 19:00
Check out the “Final 10” in the Citrix Ready Spotlight Video contest and vote for your favorite ones!

We have received fantastic videos from Citrix Ready partners and I can’t help but vote for all. Here’s a list of partners

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Transforming Finance Reporting Using ShareFile & Podio Workflows

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 16:00

This post originally appeared on the Podio Blog.

My name is Brett Morrone, a Customer Success Engineer in Citrix Cloud Adoption Services, helping our customers improve and automate how they work. Recently, I have been working with CRH, a …

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5 Reasons to Prepare for the Next 5 Years

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:00

Today, we have a guest post from Daniel Wipperfuerth, a Citrix trainer and consultant with Arrow ECS AG, Germany. — BB

Have you noticed?

Citrix changed the way new versions of XenApp and XenDesktop get released — the time …

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Top 10 Reasons for XenDesktop Essentials with Windows 10 on Azure

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:00

Every IT organization I meet with is either in the middle of a Windows 10 migration, planning a Windows 10 migration, or giving themselves a pat on the back for just completing a Windows 10 migration project (Congrats if this

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Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Simple Country of Origin Control for NetScaler with Azure AD

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 06:29

Great news! Microsoft has enabled a number of available conditions and custom controls in Azure AD for use in Conditional Access making these policies even more useful. This includes a simple method to control access to Citrix NetScaler by country of origin.

Back in March of this year, I was working on a project to design a solution for hosting applications in an Azure data centre, with access provided by Citrix XenApp and NetScaler. This particular customer needed to control access to both Office 365 applications and XenApp from specific locations only. 

By configuring Citrix FAS and NetScaler with SAML authentication to Azure AD, we were able to use Named Locations in Azure AD Conditional Access policies to achieve the desired goal. For instance we could allow Office 365 only from compliant or domain-joined PCs and ensure access to XenApp only from specific locations. Thus for a certain group of users, they could only access Office 365 applications from XenApp and then only from a specific physical location.

All was well, until Microsoft pulled the ability to use Named Locations in Conditional Access policies half-way through the project. Lesson learned – never rely on preview features in Azure.

At Ignite 2017 this week, Microsoft announced a number of new conditions that includes the ability again to use Named Locations in conditions. What’s new here is the ability to pick from a list of countries when defining those locations. With the number of new conditions available, including Terms of Use, VPN connectivity and Custom controls, I am hoping that Microsoft will not pull these features in the future and instead get them out of preview as quickly as possible.

SAML All The Things!

In my previous article on integrating Citrix NetScaler with Azure AD and Conditional Access, I’ve described the steps to enable SAML authentication to Azure AD from NetScaler to enable a single authentication experience across remote published apps (or desktops) and Office 365. You could extend this of course to additional applications, provide users with single sign-on across all sorts of applications.

Doing so allows IT to control access to any application, whether that be legacy Win32 apps, or new SaaS applications from a single administrative experience with Conditional Access. Seen in the screenshot below, I have policies providing access to various applications – it’s a beautiful thing.

Azure AD Conditional Access policies

Conditions in Conditional Access Policies

The new conditions and controls should be available now, in preview, for just about everyone. These include:

  • Custom controls – JSON for customised controls from 3rd party claim providers. This should enable just about any type of user or device control in a CA policy
  • Terms of use – require a user to consent to your organisation’s terms of use before they get access to an application
  • VPN connectivity – force device compliance (for Windows 10 devices) before being allowed access to a corporate VPN

New conditions and controls in preview

Enabling Country of Origin

Previously Named Locations allow you to only provide locations via specific subnets to define egress locations, e.g. your corporate office. New in Named Locations is the ability to add specific countries that you could use in allow or block scenarios, effectively enabling a whitelist or blacklist of regions.

Creating a Named Location to define country of origin

Once these Named Locations are defined, it’s possible to mix and match locations depending on your requirements. Within a Conditional Access policy, enable Locations under Conditions, and add the Named Locations. Use either Include or Exclude to whitelist or blacklist respectively.

Allowing access from specific countries

And that’s it! We now have country of origin as a condition that we could use as one condition to ensure access is secure. Allow compliant device, enforce MFA, or a custom control to give you confidence that access to XenApp or XenDesktop applications (or perhaps even web apps) is secure.

Granting access with MFA

If we were to compare setting up NetScaler Gateway with AD integration, 3rd party multi-factor authentication and country of origin access by subscribing to a country database (see How to Use NetScaler to Block Access to a Website Using a Location Database Based on User’s Country), I’m sure you would agree this method is simpler and easier to maintain.

This article by Aaron Parker, Simple Country of Origin Control for NetScaler with Azure AD appeared first on Aaron Parker.

Categories: Community, Virtualisation

Turbonomic 6.0 Is Now Available!

Theresa Miller - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 05:30

Turbonomic has recently released the newest version of their self-managing hybrid cloud management software, Turbonomic 6.0. The focus in this release is enabling cloud adoption for organizations, whether it be a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud strategy. Enabling the Public Cloud One of the biggest challenges organizations face is right sizing their public […]

The post Turbonomic 6.0 Is Now Available! appeared first on 24x7ITConnection.

Windows 10 and XenDesktop

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:00
Windows 10 has been nicknamed “the last version of Windows ever”, as it follows a model called Windows as a Service: a new way of building, deploying, and servicing Windows.

Under this paradigm, Microsoft is tackling two key customer challenges:…

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Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Now Available: Citrix Studio Support for “BYO” Azure Resource Groups

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:00
Today I am pleased to announce support in Citrix Studio for provisioning XenApp and XenDesktop workloads into existing Azure resource groups. Until now, this popular “bring your own resource groups (BYO RG)” capability was available only via PowerShell as was …   Related Stories
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Provisioning XenApp & XenDesktop Workloads In Azure Germany Cloud

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:00
I am pleased to announce preview support in Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop service to provision VDAs in the Azure Germany cloud. This allows Citrix administrators to quickly deploy and manage XenApp and XenDesktop workloads in the Azure Germany cloud …   Related Stories
Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Announcing 100 Days of Customers – Celebrating Customer Success One Story at a Time

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:00

After nearly three decades as a technology marketer and analyst, I am no stranger to hype (in truth, I may have been guilty of fueling some in my day). Yet, it seems that tech-hype has reached new heights.

Everywhere you …

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Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Protect your Organisation from the Internet Cesspool using Web Isolation

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:00
Ransomware, data thefts, and spread of malware articles are hitting the headlines way more often than we want. The majority of these attacks entered the enterprise from ordinary users browsing the web. Vulnerable browsers and browser plugins have become the …   Related Stories
Categories: Citrix, Virtualisation

Citrix CSPs are Flocking to NetScaler SD-WAN

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:00
NetScaler SD-WAN service now available to all CSPs and appliance options expanded to include hardware appliances

During the first half of 2017, Citrix piloted a new type of offering in the Citrix Service Provider partner (CSP) program, letting a number …

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The Data Economy: How to Achieve Better Information Security

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:00

In an age when ‘data is the new oil‘, large-scale processing of data related to customer behavior and preferences, product usage, or movement patterns (e.g. in the automotive industry) will be increasingly critical to every enterprise. This includes …

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