The following content is a brief and unofficial prerequisites guide to setting up Citrix ShareFile Storage Center (On-Prem StorageZone, StorageZone Connector) by the author of this entry. The views, opinions and concepts expressed are those by the author of this entry only and do not necessary conform to industry descriptions or best practises.
SHAREFILE – sf
STORAGEZONE – sz
STORAGEZONECONNECTOR – szc
FULLY QUALIFIED DOMAIN NAME – fqdn
ON-PREMISE – on-prem
1: You’ll need a publicly signed SSL certificate DO NOT use an Enterprise CA as the ShareFile storage center server connects externally to the ShareFile control plane via HTTPS and ShareFile checks to ensure that your SSL certificate is publiclly signed otherwise communicates between the Control Plane and SZ will fail.
2: Remember the higher the certificate encryption strength means you may need to consider adjusting the computing power resources applied to the VM hosted and delivering the ShareFile On-Prem service.
ShareFile Storage Center 1.1
1: Ensure that you have a ShareFile Enterprise account with StorageZones enabled.
2: You need to create and test your external FQDN records and open up port 443 in/out over TCP for your FQDN e.g sharefile.yourcompany.co.uk and once you’ve installed the IIS role + ASP.NET + .NET Framework 4.0 and bound the publicly SSL cert to your Windows Server 2008 R2 you should be able to navigate to the FQDN on HTTPS and see the default IIS landing page . NOTE: The SSL cert should match the FQDN otherwise your receive mismatch errors.
3: Navigate to http://www.sharefile.com with your super-admin credentials once your logged in select the “Admin” tab and select the “” option from the menu on the right hand-side and create a sub-domain. ShareFile offers a maximum of 3 per organisation.
4: Install the ShareFile storage center 1.1 software and follow the on-screen instructions.
5: Open up IIS Manager under the server’s ISAPI and CGI Restrictions, set the ASP.NET 4.0 Restrictionsh value to Allow.
6: Provision a CIFS share either locally on the ShareFile storage center on the C drive or attach another drive e.g and apply the appropriate permissions or ensure access over the necessary VLAN’s+ports to your organisations CIFS share on a NAS or SAN.
7: Launch the configuration page on the server locally and sign in with the ShareFile super-admin credentials now follow the on-screen instructions to complete the ShareFile storage center configuration.
1: You can manually create users in control plane or upload a *.csv file to provision users
2: Download the ShareFile UMT Bit.ly link to http://www.sharefile.com and follow the on-screen installation instructions.
3: You can provide users with SAML based access via ADFS 2.0 for the Citrix XenMobile AppController Bit.ly link to http://axendatacentre.com/blog/?p=7
1: The control plane www.sharefile.com will NOT accept SSL certificates that ARE NOT signed by a public CA installed on the Storage Center server offering up your On-Prem SZ to the Control Plane.