Configuring Citrix NetScaler to Load Balance VMware View Connection Brokers

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Currently with VMware View 3.1, multiple Connection Brokers are required to provide a robust redundant environment.  Enter Citrix’s NetScalers. Among their numerous features, they provide excellent Global Service Load Balancing and monitoring.  Jeff Miller provided these screenshots giving a great overview of the process where we created a Virtual Server and monitor for our 2 VMware View Connection Brokers.

Step 1 – Create the Server objects : This allows for nice friendly names in NetScaler.

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Step 2 – Configure your Load Balanced Virtual Server

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Step 3 – Leverage Least Connection to distribute load and Persistence SOURCEIP to ensure continued connectivity.

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Step 4 – Configure the Monitor to verify that the Members of the Virtual Server are running for both HTTP and HTTPS Services.

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Step 5 – Be sure to Check the Secure checkbox for the HTTPS service.

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In the end, the Citrix NetScaler provided a great solution for fault tolerance and load balancing of the VMware View Connection Brokers.

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