Citrix StoreFront authentication in SSO mode

I found something extremely intriguing about StoreFront and authentication and wanted to share it with the community.

Let’s take StoreFront 3.0, although I bet it was there since beginning.

When StoreFront is configured in SSO mode you have two types of authentication:

  1. From the Internet (via NetScaler)
  2. From internal network (no NetScaler involved)

The Internet authentication is pretty straight forward. StoreFront SSO is not active and users must login the old way, with username and password.

Internet Authentication (NO SSO)

The difference can be seen when SSO authentication from internal network is being used and one specific feature is missing. Explicitly.

And apparently, there’s a reason for it.

In StoreFront’s top-right side, there’s a drop-down menu that appears when clicking the user’s name. The drop-down menu is by default populated with the Activate” and “Log Off ” options, but the Administrator can add more options there.

But where’s the “Change password…” option?

Well, I mentioned that this feature is explicitly removed when SSO is active, and the reason is very logic and I’d give lots of Kudos to Citrix for this.

The reason for the missing “Change password…” option is just one: SECURITY.

 

As mentioned by some friends at Citrix, the logic behind this is quite simple. When an user logs in to his computer and SSO is active, the option is missing in order to protect it’s password, as he might leave his PC unlocked and “a friend” could change the password from StoreFront. And because SSO is active, the “friend” would not be asked for the current password.

If you have like me, clients that need to change passwords from StoreFront, tell them to connect with the alternate login method (Username and Password) and the “Change password…” field will appear where it should be.

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Cheers!

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Remove “bloatware” AppX software from Windows 10

It’s pretty annoying for me to have bloatware on my computer and the embedded Windows 10 applications are for me, bloatware.

Why not to remove them? Well it’s not that easy as you need to click a lot.

So we need to remove it in a scripted way… Well… try running PowerShell as Administrator and type the code below, but beware, that YOU MIGHT actually use some of the apps I don’t, and want removed.

 

LATER UPDATE: As described in this post, removing the Windows 10 embedded AppX software packages, might break something inside Windows and clicking or right-clicking on the Start Menu will not work!

 

Get-AppxPackage * | Out-GridView
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 Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *bingwe* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *bingnew* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *bingsport* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *bingfina* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *solita* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *onen* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *feedback* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *maps* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *phone* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *camera* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *alarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *cortana* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *office* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *3DBuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *xboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
 Get-AppxPackage *getstart* | Remove-AppxPackage
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 Get-AppxPackage * | Out-GridView
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No right click on desktop after hiding desktop icons in Windows 10 build 10547

Hey folks,

Today I finally found a fix for a pesky issue that was annoying me for some weeks, but didn’t had the time to fix it.

So, apparently in Windows 10 build 10547 (Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview), if you right click your desktop and hide your desktop icons, (Desktop Right click > View > Show desktop icons) the icons will be hidden (as designed) but right click will not work anymore, so you will have no way to put them back on “GOTCHA!

The right click function has a keyboard shortcut – Shift+F10. Press this combination and be amazed!

🙂

Joy to you all!

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Today I got my Boarding Pass to Mars! #WhooHoo

boarding-pass-with-miles-km

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TeamViewer 10 Beta: blank screen on Windows 10 TechPreview

Add a DWORD with value 1 called DisableDuplicationAPI in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\TeamViewer\ and restart service TeamViewer 10

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Redway 3D Watch demo on a RDP 8.1 session with Windows 2012 R2 and NVIDIA GRID

 

I was very impressed that this is possible. I was trying to do a test with NVIDIA GRID in vDGA (passt-hrough) mode on a Windows Server 2012 R2 XenApp 7.5 and a vSphere 5.5 host with a GRID K2 core assigned.

This is a direct RDP connection from Windows 8.1 client to the server.
The performance is amazing for RDP but look at the bandwidth consumption and CPU. It doesn’t compare with HDX 3D Pro but still, it’s great to see it working!

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Citrix XenApp XenDesktop 7.5 – The current credentials have insufficient privileges to access the database server and perform the necessary operations

Hello fellow Admins,

We might have a workaround for installing a new Site/DDC in your XenApp/XenDesktop farm and you can’t because of this pesky error,

and also don’t want or can’t to add sysadmin permissions the database user used to install the site/DDC.
The solution is to assign to the database user the following permission sets: public and securityadmin

 

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https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX132269

 

PS: This permission set might be a setting that is not supported by Citrix!

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Van Damme does it again!

jcvd_trucks

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Internet!

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Error loading /tools.t00 Fatal error: 10 (Out of resources) – Cisco UCS C240 M3 server with ESXi 5.5

Hi guys (and girls),
Just wanted to let you know that if you get the error message “Error loading /tools.t00 Fatal error: 10 (Out of resources)” when trying to install VMware’s ESXi 5.5 hypervisor on a Cisco UCS C240 M3 SFF rackable server with some GPUs in it, just follow the next steps to fix it:

1. Go to System BIOS (Press F2)
2. PCI configuration > MMCFG
3. Change the value from Auto to 2 GB
4. Change the value of Memory Mapped IO above 4 G to Enabled
5. Save and reboot the system
6. Installation will complete.

2014-02-07_08-02-11_10.113.108.149 - KVM Console

Hopefully you will solve this issue by yourself, not like me, after a couple of days with help from my Cisco technical friends 🙂

Apparently, the error cannot be reproduced on the same system but with no GPUs, as i have it, or on ESXi 5.1. Cisco told me that they’re working with VMware on this one and hopefully they will create a more fashionable way on getting the systems up and running.

Good luck!

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