Jani Kohonen is an author of janikohonen.com and working as a Citrix Consultant and Architect with 22 years of experience in the IT industry. Jani's been working in the IT industry since 1997 and with Citrix technologies since 2001. He holds several years experience with Microsoft, Citrix, Apple, HP and VMware vendors as well as Server, Application and Desktop virtualization and Mobile technologies. He has done dozens of virtualization design and implementation projects from Small Business to the large global enterprise customers and complex environments. Jani has been awarded as Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA).
Traditional banks will charge you when you spend or transfer money, heck they charge you even if you don’t use your account!
Mobile banking is not about that, and that’s why over four million people have switched to Internet banking.
Where it works, in which countries? Everywhere!
Recently, I changed from all my “normal” bank accounts to mobile bank current accounts, in my case I used N26 and Revolut internet banks. Why didn’t I do it before? Probably because all online banks were just in children’s shoes a couple of years ago, but now, wow!
How easy it is to use virtual cards (debit or credit), physical cards are still available as a backup, of course, if the phone or watch is out of power suddenly. All your daily transactions, you’ll use your virtual or physical cards or mobile or web apps.
How easily you open your bank account? In my case a regular UK account and a SWIFT account opening took literally one hour and my ID and account were verified. Why on earth I ever have paid such fees for stoneage banking and get such a bad support and all bureaucracy.
Opening traditional bank account e.g. in UK takes days and you are required to provide all kind of proof-of-something documents before you’ll get your account open. Literally you need to walk in to local branch, your hat on your hand and pray gods you’ll get your account open…. Not anymore!
Transferring money to and from your mobile banking account takes a few seconds instead of days, comparing old stoneage banks. Works with Apple Pay or any other mobile pay applications and acts as a virtual card on your mobile device and now I use only my iPhone or iWatch to pay on stores.
Please, do not hesitate to be in touch if you would like to know more about this and follow my links to open your internet banking account in a minutes.
Use links below to open your own N26 and/or Revolut account immediatelly!
Citrix Cloud Service On-boarding and Cloud Connectors Guide
I delivered project to consolidate global multi-site on-premises environments
in to one and migrate it to the Citrix Cloud Services. This time it included
multiple different vendor’s Enterprise Mobile Management solutions (XenMobile,
Workspace ONE, etc.) and Citrix ADCs (NetScalers). Multiple different MDM
solutions migrated in to Citrix Endpoint Management service in to Citrix Cloud.
not going to go any more technical details regarding different vendor’s
products as this time this is not meant to be technical post, (that will come
later!), but rather I walkthrough process how to get on-boarded in to Cloud
Service and install Citrix Cloud Connector.
Cloud services simplify the delivery and management of Citrix technologies,
helping you to extend existing on-premises software deployments or move one
hundred percent to the cloud. Create and
deploy secure digital workspaces in hours, not weeks, while placing your
sensitive app, desktop and data resources on any cloud or hybrid cloud.
There is two different approach for Citrix
Cloud Services, Transition and Migration. I’m focusing now on this post in to
Transition approach, as the Migration approach always requires to engage Citrix
Sales and Professional Services who helps to migrate databases etc. from
Migration advantages are to copy current
configuration, databases, etc. as it is and like for XenMobile, users are not
required to re-enroll their devices again in to cloud service. Migration will
be seamless for the users.
Transition approach is a clean new services
will be created in Citrix Cloud from scratch and users will be migrated to use
the new cloud based services. It has advantages like housekeep and inventory of
current environment, but also current on-premises environment and cloud
services parallel during user migration. Disadvantage could be require to build
a new/similar environment from the scratch, which still is not always disadvantage.
Both approaches have its advantages and
challenges and needs to be carefully chosen based on customer requirements,
scenarios and products to be migrated.
Everything starts from the assessment, gather
current on-premises environment details, use cases, expectations, prerequisites
and limitations. Then decide right on-boarding method for the customer.
Next step is to subscribe the Cloud Service
platform and get it up and running, ready to be for a new service or for
migration of current services.
Go to the Citrix Cloud On-boarding website:
https://onboarding.cloud.com/ and use current citrix.com account details or
register there depending if it is a new or existing customer.
Other helpful method is to get in contact to
Citrix Sales Engineer in your region and ask them to advice.
After successfully registration customer are
able log in to: https://cloud.citrix.com/ and request service trials. This is
the portal in where to manage all Citrix Cloud Services, open service tickets,
Customer can click Request Trial
to formally request a trial for the services. Once the customer
requests the trial it must be approved by the Cloud Services Rapid Deployment
Team or Cloud Product manager.
Citrix Cloud Connector
After successfully requested trials and got
them up and running, first thing probably would be to connect Cloud Services to
on-premises for Active Directory user authentication etc.
The Citrix Cloud Connector is a Citrix
component that serves as a channel for communication between Citrix Cloud and
on-premises resource locations, enabling cloud management without requiring any
complex networking or infrastructure configuration. This removes all the hassle
of managing delivery infrastructure. It enables customer to manage and focus on
the resources that provide value to your users. E.g. Active Directory
authentication from Cloud Services to on-premises domain. Cloud Connectors also
replaces Virtual Apps and Desktops Desktop Delivery Controllers (DDC) role and
acts as the control point for the VDA’s on-premises.
The Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix
Endpoint Management services requires the Cloud Connector for enterprise connectivity
to the Endpoint Management service.
Cloud Connector is a small software
cwcconnector.exe to be installed to domain joined on-premises Windows Server.
Two servers are recommended to be installed for sake of High-Availability.
Download Cloud Connector software from the
Cloud Portal Resource Locations page.
NOTE: Do not install the Cloud Connector, or any
other Citrix components, on an Active Directory domain controller.
Do not install the Cloud Connector on
machines that are part of other Citrix deployments (for example, Delivery
Controllers in a Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment).
Controller Technical Requirements
Supported on Windows Server
2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
.NET Framework 4.5.1 or
Active Directory (AD): Join
the machine to an AD domain that contains the resources and/or users for the
workspaces (Active Directory schema versions 2008 R2 and later are supported).
Networking: Connect the
machine to a network that can contact the resources in the Resource Location.
These resources provide the services of the cloud workspace. The machine must
have a connection to the internet.
Make sure the clock on the
server has the correct time. Otherwise, you cannot connect to the cloud.
The connector requires
outbound connectivity on port HTTPS 443.
Cloud Connector Install Instructions
Log on as an administrator to the machine where
you will install the Cloud Connector. The machine should have Windows Server
2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 installed, be joined to a domain, and have
outbound Internet access. (HTTPS 443)
From the menu button in the upper left corner,
On the Resource Locations page, click Download to
download the Cloud Connector software.
Launch the Cloud Connector installer. The
installer performs an initial connectivity check to ensure you can connect to
When prompted, sign in to Citrix Cloud.
Follow the wizard to install and configure the
Cloud Connector. When the installation finishes, the installer performs a final
connectivity check to verify Connector-to-Cloud communication.
Repeat these steps on additional machines you
want to use as Cloud Connectors.
After installation go back to the Cloud Portal
and Resource Locations, you should see the Cloud Connector successfully
The Cloud Connector
authenticates and encrypts all communication between Citrix Cloud and on-premises
resource locations. Once installed, the Cloud Connector initiates communication
with Citrix Cloud through an outbound connection. All connections are established
from the Cloud Connector to the cloud using the standard HTTPS port (443) and
the TCP protocol. No incoming connections are accepted.
Breakout sessions may take a pause during the midday break, but Synergy learning and networking opportunities don’t stop, even for lunch, thanks to the volunteer Citrix User Group Community members and Citrix Technology Advocates who lead Lunch Table Tech Chats every afternoon in the Solutions Expo.
These informal but insightful discussions are designed to help you make new contacts and gather fresh approaches to your IT challenges while you eat. No need to sign up in advance; just find a topic that interests you and pull up a seat!
Lunch Table Tech Chats Tuesday, May 21 – Thursday, May 23, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. GWCC, Building C, Level 1, Hall C4, Solutions Expo