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I have a Windows 2012r2 VM that we spun up in our VCenter. I went to MYCITRIX.COM and downloaded the XENAPP 7.6 ISO. I began the install and began creating the SITE. I am using a local SQLEXPRESS for our small environment. I did the connection test, allowing it to create its own database. In the next step I worked with Citrix to make sure my licenses were allocated. THEN, I had to select a connection type and I used to dropdown to choose VMware vSphere. I put in the local https:// of our VCENTER. I used my doman admin credentials (not ideal but want to at least get it working) and when i hit NEXT, I get a "Cannot connect to VCenter server due to certificate error. Citrix sent me an article about installing a certificate. I went to our VCenter 5.5 server and browsed to „C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL“ and copied cacert.pem to a folder on my XENAPP server. Then I uploaded the certificate to  "Trusted Root Certificate Authorities". Something still is not right. I still cannot get past the cert error.
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by:Dirk Kotte
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there are different ways to make the certificate working:
https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2013/12/18/using-the-default-vmware-vcenter-server-certificate-in-xendesktop-pocs/
https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-6/xad-build-new-enviroment/xad-install-prep-host-vmware.html

... and consider ... you have to add the certificates to the device certificate store and not to user store
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by:Thor2923
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Ok, I had already gone through the top article, but not sure what you mean by adding certificate to device certificate store as apposed to user store? Is that where I select "Computer Account" when I ad Certificates to the snap-in?
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by:Thor2923
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BTW we already have an old XENAPP 6 server that is pointing to the same vcenter. I have been trying to find the equivalent on that server. It was set up years ago by someone else. Do you know if there is a place, such as the Delivery Services Console, where I can look and see how it was set up and which login was used?
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Dirk Kotte earned 2000 total points
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yes, MMC certificate-snapin for "computer account/Local Machine" is the correct place for the certificate...
... as explained at the end from second link:

Import the certificate into the certificate store on each of your Controllers:
    Click Install certificate, select Local Machine, and then click Next.
    Select Place all certificates in the following store, and then click Browse.
    If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2:
        Select the Show physical stores check box.
        Expand Trusted People.
        Select Local Computer.
        Click Next, then click Finish.
    If you are using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2:
        Select Trusted People, then click OK.
        Click Next, then click Finish.
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by:Dirk Kotte
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do you need additional help?
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Thanks Dirk for your answer, this helped an issue I was also having in a Lab environment,
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