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disable or enable Citrix License Management Service

Where:

-enable enables license management. The first upload to Citrix occurs seven days after you install the License Server.

-disable disables license management. We recommend that you use the License Management Service to manage your licensing environment.

-query displays the current configuration.

Citrix Netscaler VPX high CPU usage? almost 100%

I’m running a Citrix Netscaler VPX in my lab, and I just noticed that even though there is no connection, the CPU usage for this VPX is 100%.

You can change this behavior by doing the following:

On the left, go to System > Settings.

On the right, in the bottom of the second column, click Change VPX Configuration Settings.

Change the CPU Yield drop-down to YES, and click OK.

After making this change, you can see an immediate drop-off in CPU consumption.

Understanding Citrix Performance Issues

Bottleneck: provisioning services. Customers note there is excessive Network I/O and CPU utilization.
Bottleneck: vDisk fragmentation or server virtual instances. Customer notes there is excessive page file utilization and disk I/O.
Bottleneck: delays mounting new vDisks. Check for excessive Network and Disk I/O on delivery controllers.
Bottleneck: delivery controllers. Check for excessive historical CPU utilization.
Bottleneck: slow application enumeration. Check for excessive disk and network I/O on the data collectors.
Bottleneck: slow session creation noted within the director console: Check for historical CPU and Memoyr consumption, consider adding VCPU and memory when/where needed.
Bottleneck: higher than expected user logons. Check for high CPU and/or network utilization (not historical but may trend at random intervals). Add processing or new delivery controller if necessary to handle the expected loads.
Bottleneck: issues with local host cache (LHC). Disk and Page File I/O in excess can cause unanticipated issues with LHC. Alert and adjust when/where needed.
Bottleneck: Processor intensive apps. Check questionable servers for larger disk I/O and page file utilization. Consider adding more VCPU’s and/or memory to offset the demand on disk and page file.
Bottleneck: vDisk and/or Provisioning Services. Check for higher than normal CPU and/or Memory consumption as a deficiency will slow down the loading of vDisks and caching via Provisioning Services (PVS).
Bottleneck: Web interface authentication. Consider adding more memory and looking at network utilization trends. It may be necessary to either add more memory or to add an additional WI to your GSLB URL.
Bottleneck: slow PXE and vDisk. Check for memory and/or network utilization and consider addresssing depending on noted trends.
Bottleneck: target device latency. Check CPU and network I/O for spikes and/or trending issues.

Provisioning Services (PVS) and Daylight-Saving Time

With daylight-saving time beginning at week’s end (March 8 at 2am), we got some issues that can occur with PVS delivered desktops and XenApp servers.

Some of the issues that occur as a result of the time change are:

Time not showing correctly in the Desktop or XenApp server,
Desktop failure to register with DDCs,
User inability to log on due to domain trust relationship issues caused by the VM/Domain time difference.

The Fix:

Open up your PVS delivered image(s) in read/write mode after the time change has occurred on Sunday.
Run “w32tm /resync /nowait” at the command prompt.
Set the image(s) back to read only, following your normal image preparation procedures.

Remember, you must reboot all PVS delivered desktops and servers after you make the above changes to ensure they receive the updated version.

Being proactive will help ensure a smooth Monday morning for all of your users!

More information on this issue can be viewed here: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX200058

Citrix Error: The connection to *** failed with status 1030

In most situation, if you get this error, it means that there are some configuration errors in your Citrix environment. You can refer to below Citrix article for more information.

https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX124143

But, this week when we tried to renewal our netscaler certificate, we got a problem that:
1. Windows Machines works well with the new certificate. End users can start their VDIs with out any problem;
2. Windows Thin client which is running Windows Embedded XP can’t start VDI. They always got the error code’1030′
3. Some Linux thin client users can start their VDI, while some of them can’t. For who can’t start their VDI they got an error message said that S’SSL error’

Finally, after two days investigation, we fixed this issue.

1. Use Symantec SSL toolbox to scan the certificate installed on our server. We found below error message
SSL

It means that for some old client, they may get problem without the chain. So download the chain and put it into the certificate on Netscaler.

2. After we fixed the chain issue, our thin client still can’t connect. And we found that for the thin client which is running Citrix Receiver 13.1, it can connect. And then we checked Citrix Receiver version changelog and we found

Well, that’s the key point. For thin client have, they are still using citrix online plugin 11.2 or Citrix Receiver 13.0 for Linux.
So we changed our certificate to SHA1, and all works.

The next step is to upgrade Citrix Receiver to the latest version on all Thin Client and then deprecation SHA-1 certificate and moving to SHA-2.

Citrix PVS server Dual IP issue in multiple DHCP servers with a split scope environment

Usually, when deploy PVS servers, we only use 1 DHCP scope. But for some large environment, we have to use multiple DHCP servers with a split scope if we can’t use Windows Server 2012.

Then it’s more likely to get the dual IP issue:

1. When VDI start, first, it contacted DHCP server to get the 1st IP address, then use this IP address to connect to PVS server to start to download the image and startthe VDI.
2. And when windows is up, windows DHCP client will request an IP address from DHCP server. In multiple DHCP environment, it may request IP address from a different DHCP server and got a different IP address..

Then we got below problem:
1. VDIs may have two IP address.
2. We run out IP address. You will find that lot’s IP address are marked as ‘bad addresses’
3. DNS record issue. Because some VDIs have two IP addresses, VDIs registered the wrong IP address to DNS server.

We spent lots of times with Citrix, and Citrix can’t provide a solution for this issue. They only suggest to use PVS server in single DHCP scope environment.

But finally, we found a solution to fix this issue by ourselves.

This issue was caused by that when windows is up, Citrix PVS Device Service will inject the IP address it got during PXEboot process into system. And if Citrix PVS Device Service starts before DHCP client service, then VDI will get 1 IP address. But if DHCP client start first, Citrix will still inject the IP address, and then VDI will get two IP addresses.

There are two ways to fix this issue.

1. Disable DHCP client in VDI. This option is not good, but it works. But please be aware that after you disable DHCP client service, the VDI may not be able to get DNS server from DHCP servers. Because Citrix only inject IP address/Netmask/Gateway information to windows.

2. Make “Citrix PVS Device Service” as a dependency service of DHCP client servers to make sure that DHCP service starts after Citrix inject the IP address.

Dual to Citrix can’t fix this issue, this is the only solution we found to fix this issue.
But if you are able to use windows server 2012, then go for windows server 2012 DHCP cluster maybe another choice.