What’s New in StoreFront 3.0

An article by Feng Huang from Citrix Blogs

p>StoreFront 3.0 has just been released. By now, hopefully you have learned that the headline feature for this release is to provide the unified user experience across all receivers and improve customizability.

If you would like to learn more about this, please refer to Richard’s blog articles here.

But back to the release! Today I would like to call out all the other new features available in StoreFront 3.0.

Please note that you have to import the StoreFront PowerShell modules before you can run any PowerShell commands described in this article. The following code snippet does this for you:

$dsInstallProp = Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Citrix\DeliveryServicesManagement -Name InstallDir
$dsInstallDir = $dsInstallProp.InstallDir
& $dsInstallDir\..\Scripts\ImportModules.ps1

Classic Receiver Experience

In order to help you smooth the transition to the new unified Receiver experience, StoreFront 3.0 continues to support the existing green bubble UI (referred to as the classic Receiver experience). This enables you to take advantage of all the new features immediately, and upgrade the user experience when your users are ready.

If you perform an in-place 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 or a fresh installation, users will see the new unified UI.

You can enable the new unified UI for an upgraded site using the StoreFront Administration Console by selecting the Disable Classic Receiver Experience action in the right pane for your selected Receiver for Web site.

The above action alone will only enable the unified UI for your web users. In order to enable the unified experience for your users with latest native Receivers (such as Receiver for Windows 4.3 and Receiver for Mac 12.0), you also need to configure the Store.

  1. Select the Stores node from the left pane
  2. Select the Store you would like to configure in the middle pane
  3. Select the Set Unified Experience as Default action in the right pane
  4. Select Set the unified Receiver experience as the default for this store in the pop up dialog
  5. Select the Receiver for Web site to use for the native Receivers from the drop down list
  6. Select OK

 

Google Chrome Support without NPAPI

Google Chrome on Windows and Mac is fully supported without NPAPI out of the box in StoreFront 3.0. To take advantage of this, you have to upgrade both StoreFront and Receivers. Receiver for Windows 4.3 and Receiver for Mac 12.0 support this new technology. You can learn more details about the technology and user experience from my previous blog article here.

No More Editing of 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 Set-DSLoopback, which syntax is

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

The valid values for Loopback are:

  • On – This is the default value for new Receiver for Web sites. Receiver for Web uses the schema (HTTPS or HTTP) and port number from the base URL but replace the host part with the loopback IP address to communicate with StoreFront Services. This works for a single server deployment and a deployments with a non SSL-terminating load balancer.
  • OnUsingHttp – Receiver for Web uses HTTP and the loopback IP address to communicate with StoreFront Services. If you are using an SSL-terminating load balancer, you should select this value. You have to also specify the HTTP port if it is not the default port 80.
  • Off – This turns off loopback and Receiver for Web uses the StoreFront base URL to communicate with StoreFront Services. If you perform an in-place upgrade this is the default value to avoid disruption to your existing deployment.

For example, if you are using an SSL-terminating load balancer, your IIS is configured to use port 81 for HTTP and the path of your Receiver for Web site is /Citrix/StoreWeb, you can run the following command to configure the Receiver for Web site:

 

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