April 2, 2004
New Citrix Farm Launched
By Brian Scott
On March 29, the SCS Windows Infrastructure Group started to roll out a
new Citrix XPe farm to replace the old Citrix Metaframe 1.8 farm. For
those of you not familiar with the
SLAC Citrix farm, it provides:
• A secure way to gain access to a full Windows desktop set up with the
SLAC environment (e.g., with access to SLAC network drives) from onsite
or off-site. Your local drives and printers can also be accessed from
• An easy way to access heavily-used applications such as Microsoft
Office. The Citrix farm is the preferred method to check e-mail from
offsite via Microsoft Outlook.
• A convenient way for Unix users to access Windows resources. Once
installed, the Citrix
environment can be accessed from a Windows platform via the Web (http://slaccitrix1.slac.stanford.edu
http://slaccitrix2.slac.stanford.edu). Access for supported Unix
platforms are made using the Citrix client directly.
The new Citrix farm is encrypted through Secure Socket Layer (SSL), a
protocol more likely to be available at remote sites. On Unix platforms
configuration is necessary to support SSL (see on-line documentation).
The old Citrix farm will be shutdown on May 3. Current Citrix farm users
will be contacted by wts-admin with instructions on how to switch to the
new Citrix farm. You will be able to use both farms as you transition to
the new farm.
To obtain a Citrix account, to setup Citrix on your computer or to learn
more about the Citrix implementation see:
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is
managed by Stanford University for the
US Department of Energy
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