PNLite vs PNAgent

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    Currently I have all my thin clients pointing to my regional load balanced WI/PNAgent servers using the PNAgent= line in wnos.ini. Are there any advantages or disadvantages to pointing the PNAgent= parameter to a local presentation server that’s part of the same farm assuming that I put multiple servers in the list for failover?

    The one advantage that was noticed is that because the presentation server is on the local LAN, the login and the app enumeration is faster as opposed to going to the WI/PNAgent server which is going across a WAN link.

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    Hi,

    There are a few advantages to this

    – Citrix zone preferences/fail over policy only work with WI
    – https encryption of sign on details

    Note that WTOS will not read the webinterface.conf on the WI server, so do not try and use this for PNagent preferences. Also there are a few negative effects I have hit:

    – Login takes longer with a PNagent WI site
    – The PasswordServer= does not work so password changes are not possible from PNagnet via Pnagent WI

    If you do not need the Zone failover I usually just point to the XML service on the most preferred data collector like this:

    PNliteserver=,

    which may look like this:

    PNliteserver=CTXDC1.MYDOMAIN.COM:8080,CTXDC2.MYDOMAIN.COM:8080

    Cheers,
    -TT

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    Thanks for the quick reply!. I am still waiting for an official statement from my Wyse SE regarding this, but this helps a lot.

    One other PNLite advantage that I just found is that if your AD account is locked out, you will actually get an error message telling you that it’s locked out as opposed to just a beep at the logon screen.

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    Yep, that’s correct as the device will communicate directly with the XPL service.

    Really I would not be concerned as there is no right or wrong way for this setting. As I said mostly I point direct to the Most Preferred Data Collector but in special cases I use the PN agent Web Interface site,

    Cheers,
    -TT

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    @thinkthin wrote:

    Hi,

    If you do not need the Zone failover I usually just point to the XML service on the most preferred data collector like this:

    PNliteserver=,

    which may look like this:

    PNliteserver=CTXDC1.MYDOMAIN.COM:8080,CTXDC2.MYDOMAIN.COM:8080

    Hi,

    Does it mean that if I have to use CSG, it is compulsory for me to go through a WebInterface PNAgent site?

    Thanks.

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    No, you do not need CSG – just point to the data collector.

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