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Web Interface and StoreFront password change problem

In Citrix Web interface and StoreFront web portals users can normally change their expired passwords if feature is enabled. WI and SF can be also configured to allow users to change their password at anytime they want. There is a short steps how to enable it on both WI and SF.

Web interface:

1. Open Citrix Web Interface Management console.

2. Select XenApp Web Site.

3. Select Authentication Methods and Properties.

4. Choose Password Settings and Allow users to change passwords At any time.

5. Optionally you can also set Remind users before their passwords expire setting.

 

StoreFront:

1. Open Citrix StoreFront console.

2. Select Authentication and choose Authentication Method.

4. Choose Manage Password Options and Allow users to change passwords At any time.

5. If you want also to set Remind users before their passwords expire setting. Then edit the file in: C:\intetpub\wwwroot\Citrix\Authentication\web.config

Search line: ” <…> showPasswordExpiryWarning=”Custom” <…> ” and change setting to the “Custom”

 

However recently I came across situation that password reminder worked but users got an error message when tried to change their expired passwords. Self-password reset didn’t worked either and you can see following errors on the Citrix Delivery Services event logs.

sf_error

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Properties – Event ID:1 Citrix Receiver for Web

 

Reason to this could be that Web Interface or StoreFront servers are on the different network subnets e.g. DMZ and proper firewall rules are not in place. Changing password from the WI and SF requires:

Kerberos Change/Set password ports TCP/UDP 464

To be open in both ways between WI/SF servers and the Domain Controllers. After we had impelemented proper firewall rules to allow that, password change worked properly for the users.

 

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Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

Citrix Worldwide Consulting have released a whitepaper called Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x, its a 150 pages document that is a “MUST READ” document if you are about to design and implement Citrix XenDesktop 7.

About Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

Introduction

In traditional business environments, workers suffer from productivity loss in many ways, including  downtime during PC refreshes, patches and updates, or simply when they are away from the office.  Application and desktop virtualization centralizes apps and desktops in the datacenter, rather than on local devices. This allows IT to deliver apps and desktops to users on demand, to any device, anywhere. Take the following response from a desktop virtualization user:

Unfortunately, organizations sometimes struggle to achieve this level of success. Why does one organization succeed while another organization struggles? If we compare the factors between success and failure between desktop virtualization and other technology related projects, we see that there is little difference:

  1. Lack of justification – Without a solid business reason, desktop virtualization is simply a new way to deliver a desktop. A business justification gives the project team a goal to strive towards.
  2. Lack of a methodology – Many people who try and struggle to deploy a desktop virtualization solution do so because they jump right in without understanding or implementing the appropriate prerequisites. A structured methodology provides the path for the project.
  3. Lack of experience – For many who embark on a desktop virtualization project, there is a lack of experience, which creates a lack of confidence in the design. Architects begin to second-guess themselves and the project stalls.

Our hope is that this handbook can alleviate the anxiety associated with desktop virtualization by showing how challenges can be resolved in a manner that is technically sound, but also feasible and effective for organizations facing deadlines and other organizational challenges.

Citrix Consulting has successfully employed the methodology, experience and best practices shared within this handbook across thousands of desktop virtualization projects.

The Citrix Virtual Desktop 5.x and Virtual Desktop 7.x handbooks are not the only resource to guide you through the desktop virtualization journey. Citrix also provides Project Accelerator; an interactive online tool creating customized sizing and design recommendations based on the methodology, best practices and expert advice identified within this handbook.

Source: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX139331

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