Friday, September 21, 2012

Launching a XenDesktop 5.6 desktop through a NetScaler Access Gateway throws the error: “Unable to launch your application. Contact your help desk with the following information: Cannot connect to the Citrix XenApp server. Protocol Driver error”

Problem

You attempt to launch a desktop in a XenDesktop 5.6 environment through a NetScaler Access Gateway but receive the following error message:

“Unable to launch your application. Contact your help desk with the following information: Cannot connect to the Citrix XenApp server. Protocol Driver error”

An example of some Checkpoint firewall logs logged between your web interface server and virtual desktops would be the following:

TCP packet out of state: unexpected post SYN packet - RST or SYN expected tcp_flags: ACK

Solution

Assuming that one of my previous posts about blocked session reliability and ICA ports does not apply to you:

Launching a XenDesktop 5.5 or 5.6 desktop through an NetScaler Access Gateway throws the error: “Unable to launch your application. Contact your help desk with the following information: Cannot connect to the Citrix XenApp server. Protocol Driver error”
http://terenceluk.blogspot.com/2012/04/launching-xendesktop-55-or-56-desktop.html

… then one of the other items to check is to ensure that your NetScaler Access Gateway actually has a static route to your virtual desktop’s subnet (assuming your NetScaler is set up with 2 networks).  The following route highlighted in yellow is the static route I had to enter so that the NetScaler knows how to get to the virtual desktop network:

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Anonymous said...

Good post. Helped on a different issue but involving check point and routing.