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XenApp 6.0 - Have uses access their local XenApp Servers

I just setup a view simple XenApp 6.0 farm for my company. We have a small farm with only 100 users. I setup the farm with two zones & two webservers. One zone for our main office and another for a remote office. My goal was to have each site log onto their local xenapp servers and only access the other site if their local server was offline. I know the purpose of the data collector is to direct users to the closed least busy server. This more when I came in I was surprise to see that some of my users in my main office were actually connected to my remote office xenapp server becuase it was least loaded!!!! I'm not using any load balancing polices but didn think I really need two since I had two zones..

Please advise..
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compdigit44
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Carl WebsterCommented:
You need to setup 2 load balancing policies.  You will also need at least 2 worker groups.  Put the main office servers in 1 worker group and the remote servers go in the other worker group.  Create 1 load balancing policy for the main office works they say to use the main office worker group as priority 1 and the remote worker group as priority 2.  Reverse these settings for the remote users.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
OK... I'll try that and let you know.. Also if you make a lot of changes on once in Citrix is it a good idea to reboot your DC or clear the LHC on you XenApp servers?
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Carl WebsterCommented:
No.  The IMA protocol has all that covered in its scheduling and traffic logic.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
The reason I'm asking is becuase ever since I added one server from each sites my DC's have been messing up connections and hangs. A lot of election polling events. Maybe the Load Balancing policy will correct this???
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Carl WebsterCommented:
I would have a dedicated zone data collector (ZDC) for each zone.
Make sure the web interface servers are not installed on a XenApp server.
Make sure no user apps are installed on the ZDCs.

Where are the web interface servers?  Is there one for each zone?
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compdigit44Author Commented:
Yes, I do have a web interface for each zone. Do you think not having a loadbalancing policy in place could have been freaking out my xenapp servers.
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Yes I do.

Also, for each Web Server, what do you have for the Farm Configuration?  i.e. what do you have listed for the XML Brokers for each each WI Site?
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compdigit44Author Commented:
Ok I create two new Loadbalance policy and assigned each one one workergroup which is associated with each site. Is this correct? Also is a site goes down users will still be able to access the other site correct?
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Carl WebsterCommented:
each policy should get TWO worker groups.  One WG gets a Priority 1 and the other WG gets Priority 2.

yes, when 1 site goes down the user _should_ be automatically redirected to the other site.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
OK so two policy's with both workergruops list but each has the reverse priority?
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Carl WebsterCommented:
yes
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compdigit44Author Commented:
For the policies themselve I have the main site listed as one and my remote site listed as two.  But inside the policy main it on and remote it two and in the other policy remote is one and main is two...
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Carl WebsterCommented:
yep, sounds correct
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