MavEtJu's Distorted View of the World

FreeBSD and Citrix MetaFrame

Posted on 2006-03-17 10:31:16, modified on 2006-03-17 11:16:56
Tags: Computers, Citrix, FreeBSD

At work we got a new toy: a Citrix MetraFrame Presentation Manager. In reality it is nothing more than a frontend for a Windows session, like you can get with RealVNC or Remote Desktop. Well, the difference is that more than one person can use it at the same time, and they all have their own desktop and settings. Not even a desktop, just a bunch of icons of pre-installed programs. Anyway, to the FreeBSD story.

Access to the MetaFrame website is easy, just login with your windows username and password. But then, it says "Your client platform is not supported.". This is a false alarm, but confusing.

For the general population, MetaFrame automatically picks the Java client. But not for the FreeBSD machines. At the top right of the Applications window there is a button to customize the user preferences. Client on the Client Preferences settings link. There you can choose between "Local client" and "Client for Java".

"Client for Java" forces the website to use the Java client, just like the general population gets. Works like a charm.

For "Local client", you need to install net/citrix_ica. There are two tweaks I needed to make before it all worked here. First one is that I had to configure a help for .ica files: MIME-Type is application/x-ica, application is /usr/local/bin/wfica. The second one was that I had to add the certificate of our SSL provider to the directory /usr/local/ICAClient/keystore/cacerts (note that the extension should be .crt, and that the name of it should be the same as wfica is complaining about. Use "openssl x509 -noout -text -in foo.crt" to check this).

And it all works now, both ways and without problems.

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