Adventures in Access Gateway 4.5 Upgrade

Upgrading our Access Gateway last night proved to be a bit of a challenge where perhaps it should not have been. The problem was not with the product, more due to the time between installs. Access Gateway is generally requires little administration after deployment and it’s certainly not a product I get to work with every day. So what problems did I run into? Well, things that should have been quite obvious from the start, so here’s how I got there and fixed them and how I won’t make the same mistakes twice.

Citrix Access Gateway and Scans for Domain Membership

The Endpoint Analysis feature of Citrix Access Gateway Advanced allows you to scan the client machine for specific criteria before the user is allowed access to internal network resources. One of these scans is machine membership of your internal domain. When configuring this scan you specify the NetBIOS name of your domain and apply this scan to a logon point or filter.

Unattended Citrix Advanced Access Control Part 1

I’ve spent some time in the past couple of days working out how to do an unattended install of Web Interface and Advanced Access Control and certainly been a challenge. Whilst I haven’t worked everything out, I thought that I would outline what I’ve found out thus far. Why would we want to automate the installation of AAC? Just like your Terminal Servers, the servers running AAC should be stateless, so an unattended installation will provide a method for replicating servers and for disaster recovery.

Customising the Presentation Server Client Installation Part 2

In my previous article on customising the Presentation Server Client, I outlined the steps required to make a custom package for deployment to your client machines. That just article covers creating the custom package using the packager, but there a few other customisations you might be interested in:

Uninstalling Adobe Reader

If for whatever reason you are looking to remove Adobe Reader from your computers, here’s how to remove these applications via a script or some other unattended means. I have tested this with Adobe Reader 6.0.1, 7.0.9 and 8.0 which are all readily available from the Adobe web site and all use Windows Installer. I was also able to test Adobe Reader 5.1 which utilises a standard setup application from InstallShield.