Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.6

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.6

Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway MPX

Citrix NetScaler

After having released the NetScaler documentation script version 3.0 last may and 3.5 in october, it is now time to release version 3.6.

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded well over 14.500 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. With this release we have added a lot of new functionality and while at it fixed a couple of issues that were reported for 3.5.

Before I start with explaining what has changed I want to point out that, although I started this script, this truly has been a team effort. The script wouldn’t have been this great if it wasn’t for Carl Webster and Iain Brighton. Webster developed an amazing PowerShell template to get started with documenting and outputting to Microsoft Word. Iain has written all of the NetScaler functions I use in the script to make sure I’m getting all the values out in a way it’s readable.

Please have a look at the team page to see a list of everyone who helped me develop and test the script.

What’s new

  • The script is now fully compatible with NetScaler 11.1 released in July 2016.
  • Added HTTPS redirect for Load Balancing
  • Added Policy Based Routing
  • Added several items to advanced configuration for Load Balancer and Services
  • Numerous bug fixes

Added NetScaler Gateway functionality highlights

  • Added NetScaler Gateway reporting for Custom Themes

The Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.6 can be downloaded here.

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.5

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.5

Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway MPX

Citrix NetScaler

After having released the NetScaler documentation script version 3.0 last may, it is now time to release version 3.5.

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded well over 14.000 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. With this release we have added a lot of new functionality and while at it fixed a couple of issues that were reported for 3.0.

 

Before I start with explaining what has changed I want to point out that, although I started this script, this truly has been a team effort. The script wouldn’t have been this great if it wasn’t for Carl Webster and Iain Brighton. Webster developed an amazing PowerShell template to get started with documenting and outputting to Microsoft Word. Iain has written all of the NetScaler functions I use in the script to make sure I’m getting all the values out in a way it’s readable.

What I love about the virtualisation community is that new people will just pick up where you have left of. In this release a lot of the new functionality was just delivered to me by Andy McCullough so I have added Andy to the NetScaler Documentation Script team! If you want to be part of this and help expand the functionality of the script feel free to drop me an e-mail.Please have a look at the team page to see a list of everyone who helped me develop and test the script.

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Citrix NetScaler Powershell documentation script v3

Citrix NetScaler documentation script version v3

Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway MPX

Citrix NetScaler

 

With great pleasure I can finally share the release of the Citrix NetScaler documentation script version 3.0.

The latest version, 2.5, was released at the end of 2014, yes 2014! It has been a while and there are many reasons for that, mostly joyful and some unfortunate.

 

In total the Citrix NetScaler Documentation Script has been downloaded at least 13.000 times already and we still see a daily demand for it. I’ve also received a huge amount of response with new ideas or just a basic thank you. This release is a major update and will help us to release new versions faster.

The main reason it took this long is that we have literally changed everything, and I mean everything. Except for the output which all looks quite familiar aside from new information we are now able to document.

With the release of version 3.0 we moved from parsing the ns.conf configuration file to utilising the NetScaler Nitro API. Although this makes perfect sense it proved to be quite the project.

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How to Raspberry Pi, Johnny five and Octoblu

Citrix Synergy 2015 was the first time I looked in to a product called Octoblu which has been part of the Citrix family since december 2014. Octoblu is best explained as an Internet of Things integration platform or as they say it

Our original mission was to connect everything to everything (people, systems, and things)

Of course we have seen other IoT workflow platforms like IFTTT(If This Then That) but all these platform have a consumer focus and lack context. What we need is a platform that can do If This And This Or This and et cetera then that, that and that et cetera.

After playing around with some basic workflows on Octoblu I decided it was time to start a project including the Raspberry Pi and some sensors. Although not that hard in the end I found it challenging to get it all running. This guide will show you how to spin up a new Raspberry Pi, create your first led on and led off Johnny Five script and connect the Raspberry Pi to Octoblu as an Octoblu Gateway.

Starter kit

There are multiple starter kits available online for the Raspberry Pi, I ordered one from Kiwi Electronics in the Netherlands. As shown below it includes a breadboard, some leds and switches. I also ordered a Temperature/Humidity sensor, although there are some cheaper ones available I decided to order a digital pre soldered DHT22 model.

Raspberry Pi 2 Octoblu Starter Kit

 

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Citrix Provisioning Services vs Machine Creation Services 2014 revision

Two years ago I started writing the Citrix Provisioning Services versus Machine Creation Services decision trees. A year and 12k visitors later it’s time for an updated version. The Provisioning Services vs Machine Creation Services decision tree has gotten a lot of attention over the last year. It’s used on Citrix blogs and more recently in one of the Citrix webinars by Atlantis Computing. This makes me proud and definitely works as an energizer to continue working on projects like this.

I’m writing this in such a way you won’t need to read the earlier articles but of course you are free to do so anyway.

The first article by Daniel Feller can be found here.
My article called Provisioning Services vs Machine Creation Services can be found here.
The 2013 revision of Provisioning Services vs Machine Creation Services can be found here.

After Daniel posted his decision tree over three years ago a lot has changed.

  • New Citrix features like XenServer Intellicache, MCS for “XenApp on XenDesktop 7″ and Citrix Provisioning Services in memory caching (with spill-over to disk)
  • In memory caching and deduplication by vendors like Atlantis Computing
  • Hardware vendors like FusionIO who are delivering local flash based storage with IO figures with over 200k IOPS
  • Local SSD storage prices have dropped massively and predictions are prices will continue to drop this year
  • The introduction of a new industry called Web-Scale technology with leading vendors like Nutanix. Bas van Kaam wrote an excellent article on WebScale technology.

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