Category : XenMobile

Apple, Blog, Citrix, XenMobile
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How to obtain Apple Distribution Account

Apple Distribution account is required to wrapping iOS applications for XenMobile. To obtain access to the app wrapping prerequisites for iOS, you must register for an Apple distribution account. There are two types: Enterprise and Developer. Citrix strongly recommends Enterprise accounts.

  • For Enterprise accounts: You can deploy and test apps, without an App ID, on an unlimited number of devices. Distribute your Developer Certificate to your developers so they can sign apps.
  • For Developer accounts: Testing is limited to 100 devices. You must specify an App ID when deploying apps.

I will show steps how to obtain Developer account for my personal and lab use, however obtaining Enterprise account for the e.g. your Company, practice is the same.

1. Head to the URL https://developer.apple.com/programs/start/standard/ and press Continue.

2. Apple ID is required to continue.

3. I would suggest to use your own personal Apple ID only for the Apple Developer account for personal use and create a new Apple ID for Apple Enterprise account.

4. Choose to enroll as an Individual or Company.

5. Fill your contact information and Continue.

6. Review your details and Continue.

7. Select your program. Both iOS and Mac Developer Programs are fine for application wrapping, I’m going to register in iOS Program.

8. Read carefully what you need to agree and press I Agree. 🙂

9. And you’re finally ready to Buy Now.

10. And you’re done! Log in to the Member Center https://developer.apple.com/membercenter/

11. You’re purchase might not show in Member Center right away, so you might need to give an another 15-30 minutes to Apple update your purchase.

12. After Apple has updated your membership, now you are able to create Certificates and Profiles needed to wrap iOS applications. I will go it thru on my next blog post!

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Blog, Citrix, Clustering, XenMobile
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XenMobile 10 – Configuration Series Part 4: Cluster Configuration

Long story short – how to create XenMobile 10 Cluster fast!

Documentation for XenMobile 10 clustering hasn’t been released yet (12/3/2015), so here is the steps to add second node quickly into XenMobile Cluster configuration. In XenMobile 10, clustering the XenMobile virtual appliances has been really simplified.

After you have configured your first XenMobile servers, you need to enable Clustering if you didn’t on First Time Use Mode configuration phase.

1. Log in to your XenMobile server console and enable Clustering:

In Main Menu choose [1] Clustering -> [2] Enable/Disable cluster -> press y and enter to enable clustering and reboot virtual appliance.

2. Log in back to the console and open firewall port 80:

In Main Menu choose [0] Configuration-> [2] Firewall -> press y when asked HTTP Service Enable Access. Press enter to all the other settings to accept default choices.

3. Shut down your XenMobile server to make a clone of it.

4. Depending what virtualisation vendor/product you’re using, choose to create full clone of your XenMobile Server. When the clone process is completed, start the new cloned virtual appliance.  Make sure to leave the initial virtual appliance powered off.

5. Go to the Network settings and change IP address and reboot virtual appliance.

6. Power up another XenMobile server as well and wait until both are up.

7. Check the cluster status.

8. Check the Hazelcast cluster status. (yes, console has a typing error 🙂 If other node is not visible on the Hazelcast cluster status, reboot the node and check back again.

9. Log in the XenMobile Web Console, the IP address can be either of the cluster members.

10. Click the wrench icon next to the username to get Support site open.

 

11. Click Cluster Information and check Cluster Members and Hazelcast Cluster Information and you’re done!

 

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APNS, Apple, Blog, certificate, Citrix, XenMobile
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XenMobile 10 – Configuration Series Part 3: Requesting an APNS Certificate

In order to enroll and manage iOS devices with Device Manager, you need to set up and create an Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) certificate from Apple. This guide shows basic steps for requesting the APNS certificate:

– Use a Windows 2008 R2 Server and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) to generate a certificate signing request (CSR).
– Request an APNS certificate from Apple.
– Import the certificate to XenMobile 10.

 

Create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) by using Microsoft IIS

 

1. Log in to a Windows Server where IIS is installed and in the Server Certificates window, click Create Certificate Request.

2. Type the appropriate Distinguished Name (DN) information and then click Next.

3. Select Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider for the Cryptographic Service Provider and 2048 for bit length and then click Next.

4. Enter a file name and specify a location to save the CSR and then click Finish.

Submit the CSR to Citrix for signing

1. Go to the Website URL: https://xenmobiletools.citrix.com and log in using your MyCitrix credentials.

2. Follow the instructions to upload your CSR file.

3. Press Sign.

4. Download and save your Citrix Signed CSR file.

Submit the signed CSR to Apple to obtain the APNS certificate

1. Go to the Website URL: https://identity.apple.com/pushcert and log in using your Apple ID credentials.

2. Click Create a Certificate.

3. Accept Terms of Use.

4. Choose your Citrix signed CSR file and Upload it.

5. Download and save APNS certificate.

Convert the .pem certificate file to the .p12 format

1. Log in back to a Windows Server where IIS is installed and in the Server Certificates window, click Complete Certificate Request. Choose the APNS certificate file and fill the details and press OK.

2. Choose APNS certificate and click Export.

3. Select place to save certification file and choose new password to import certificate into XenMobile 10 in next step.

Import an APNS certificate into XenMobile 10

1. Log in to the XenMobile Web Console. Go to the Configure -> Settings -> Certificates and choose Import to upload APNS certificate into XenMobile. Fill the details as in the fig above and press Import.

2. Press OK and you’re done!

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