Designing Citrix Access Suite for High Availability with SQL 2005, Part 2, BriForum 2007

A Citrix Access Suite's dependency on a working SQL server to host the various configuration stores on it is often underestimated.

This is a video of a breakout session from BriForum 2007, presented by Thorsten Rood.

Session Description: A Citrix Access Suite's dependency on a working SQL server to host the various configuration stores on it is often underestimated. Availability and failover/recovery procedures rely on full functional SQL operations and get stalled if in case of a disaster the SQL instance is not accessible online, too. The same time the official whitepapers suffer real world configuration hints and limitations. This session illustrates the underlying critical path for the Citrix product suite (all products from Presentation Server and Access Gateway Advanced up to EdgeSight and Desktop Broker) and offers methods to overcome the effects when an SQL instance goes down unexpectedly. Two major mechanisms are shown in an interactive VM demo lab: configuring a continuously replicated IMA CPS datastore as well as running a mirrored database solution based on MSSQL2005. Associated database hardening hints and pitfalls are outlined.

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