Citrix Director – How to Make Director the Default Page within IIS

On a recent project, I needed to create two Citrix Director servers. One for Citrix XenApp 6.5 and the other for XenApp 7.6. I looked for an article from Citrix on how to make the Director site the default page in IIS and did not find anything. So I have ripped off, I mean borrowed heavily from, the Citrix article How to Make StoreFront the Default Page within IIS to do what I needed done.

Complete the following steps to make a Director Web Site the default page within the IIS site:

On the Director server, copy the following text in a Notepad:

<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
window.location="/Director";
// -->
</script>
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Select File > Save As, change Save as type to All Files, Type a file name with an html extension, and select Save. I used DirectorHomePage.html.

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Copy the file…

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and paste to c:\inetpub\wwwroot.

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Click Continue to provide Administrator permission.

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Open IIS Manager.

Select the SERVERNAME node (top-level) and double-click Default Document.

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Click Add… in the Actions pane,

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and type the file name of the .html file used earlier.

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Ensure the .html file is located at the top of the list.

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Open an elevated command prompt and run IISRESET.

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Now you can open a browser, go to http(s)://DirectorServerName and the Director page will automatically open.

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Thanks

Webster

About Carl Webster

Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, LLC and specializes in Citrix, Active Directory and Technical Documentation. Webster has been working with Citrix products for many years starting with Multi-User OS/2 in 1990.

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8 Responses to “Citrix Director – How to Make Director the Default Page within IIS”

  1. leemutpo Says:

    Hi Carl, i’ve followed the steps above but it just don’t redirect, just show me the default iis webpage. Wondering where possibly have i done wrong? Many thx!

    Reply

    • Carl Webster Says:

      Not enough information. What version of Director? What Server OS? What else is installed on that server that uses IIS?

      Webster

      Reply

  2. Eduard Hübner Says:

    Can this also be done on the Delivery Controller without negative side effects?

    Reply

    • Carl Webster Says:

      I don’t typically install Director on a Delivery Controller but it should work as no controller component I am aware of uses IIS.

      Webster

      Reply

  3. Darren Says:

    Or just use HTTP Redirect feature in IIS console.

    Reply

  4. G. Jongeneel Says:

    Hi Carl,

    Within StoreFront 3.5, there’s an option in the GUI ‘Set a Receiver for Web site as the default page in IIS’. It removes the need for any of the steps you describe.

    Reply

  5. Martin Zugec Says:

    Or you can just call the file Default.html and it will be selected automatically. We’re using default redirection of both StoreFront and Director in CXD-302.

    Reply

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