Speeding up the new StoreFront 1.2 (CloudGateway Express)

StoreFront 1.2 was just released on 07.31.12.  After reading it’s benefits, I figure I set it up for a POC and see how it behaves with a new XenApp 6.5 environment.  You can read on the benefits here.  The one thing I noticed, it is extra slow.

The first change comes from the Citrix Forums which dictates to disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP. To disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, open the Advanced Properties dialog for TCP/IP on each network interface as shown in the screenshot.

DisableNetBIOSoverTCPIP

Apparently, the need for NetBIOS communication is a prime contributor to the slow enumeration events. Once I made this change the enumerations were lightning fast, but the initial logon page was still slow to load.

In the old days, the sloooow logon page loading was caused by the .NET Framework not  staying resident in memory; however, with Web Interface 5.4 and IIS 7, the Idle Time Out value on the Web Interface App Pool is set correctly to 0 by default, which keeps the .NET Framework loaded. So I went looking for another solution.

I found the answer at Alexander Ervik Johnsen’s website. (Later I discovered it is also a Citrix KB article.) I made the following changes on both the Microsoft.NET\Framework and Microsoft.NET\Framework64 directories:

  1. Check in IIS for the ASP.net version that is in use with the Web Interface application pool, which should be version 2.0.50727
  2. Edit the ASPNET.CONFIG file(C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet.config)
  3. Add the following GeneratePublisherEvidence line to the runtime section of the ASPNET.CONFIG file as shown
    <runtime>
    <generatePublisherEvidence enabled=”false”/>
    </runtime>
  4. Run IISRESET for force a reread of the ASPNET.CONFIG file

Once I made those changes to the ASPNET.CONFIG file, my Web Interface login page loaded in about 3 seconds. I was quite surprised at the difference only those two changes made to the response time of the Web Interface servers.

After making the changes above the darn thing is actually ready for a POC.

 

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About CyberRuiz
Highly motivated with over 12 years experience on Citrix/VMWare/Microsoft/technologies. Exceptional communication skills and team player. CCIA – Citrix Certified Integration Architect. CCEA – Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator. VCP – VMWare Certified Professional in ESX 2.x, VI3, VI4 MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

6 Responses to Speeding up the new StoreFront 1.2 (CloudGateway Express)

  1. Bill Hood says:

    Thanks for the blog, great!
    Do you have any insight to when we will see support for MS server 2012 and IIS 8?

    • CyberRuiz says:

      Bill,
      It was announced at Synergy that next version of XenApp/XenDesktop (Project Excalibur) which is build on FMA (FlexCast Management Architecture) instead of XenApp IMA (Independent Management Architecture) will support MS Server 2012.
      It is my understanding that a newer StoreFront will be released in the coming months that will support the latest OS as well as other features such as Pre-Launch etc.
      Thanks
      Daniel

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  4. Justin says:

    FYI: DO NOT COPY PASTE THE from this site. The curly quotation marks will cause your .net framework to error out and not load, you need to use the normal quotation marks or it will break it and your website will not load.

    After that fiasco was sorted, the website now opens way fast though.

  5. Fishy Fings says:

    Why would you copy and paste directly from the site into your production network, without researching further? Noooooobbb…….

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