Citrix Receiver 4.3 now with ADMX support for Receiver group policy, well almost

Last night Citrix released Citrix Receiver 4.3 that includes ADMX templates to manage Citrix Receiver Group Policy settings. Microsoft introduced the ADMX templates when Vista/Server 2008 was introduced in 2006, so it was about time for Citrix to come up with template files in that format instead of the old ADM based files. After installing the Citrix Receiver 4.3 that can be downloaded from here you’ll find the new ADMX/ADML files in the following location: Read More …

ReadTip: Resources for Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop

Below just a few resources I have collected related to Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop. Licensing is not an exciting topic but we have to deal with it anyway. KMS Configuration using Citrix Provisioning Services Citrix Managing Microsoft KMS Volume Licensing Citrix Configuring Microsoft MAK Volume Licensing Citrix XenDesktop 5 Support Statement for Microsoft KMS activation with Machine Creation Services (MCS) Licensing Windows for VDI environments What is Microsoft VDA Licensing?

Windows 7 Search Connector for Citrix eDocs

Here’s another Search Connector for Windows 7 I’ve just created. Start your Citrix eDocs search directly from the Windows Explorer. Installing the Search Connector for Citrix eDocs Download the from here. Extract the citrixedocs.osdx from the ZIP file Double click on the osdx file Click Add to install the Search Connector To remove the Search Connector simply click on the Citrix eDocs Search Connector in Windows Explorer and select Remove. Then open windows explorer Read More …

ToolTip: HDX Monitor for XenDesktop

If you experience poor performance using a XenDesktop session, video and audio is not playing nicely, the Windows Event log is showing messages as shown below, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s going on. Network latency is above the level supported by HDX MediaStream for Flash.  Server-side Flash rendering will be used if available. Measured latency (milliseconds): 86 Citrix has a FREE tool available to validate the operation of HDX. The Tool Read More …

ToolTip: Citrix Port Check (CtxPrtChk.exe)

Here’s a nice small and FREE utility from Citrix that allows you to test connectivity to a remote host on a specified port. In the example below I test if port 5900 (used for VNC) is open and listening. Download CtxPrtChk from here

ReadTip: XenDesktop 5 MCS or PVS

If you’re planning to implement a XenDesktop 5 solution, you will have to think about using MCS (Machine Creation Services) or PVS (Provisioning Services). The XenDesktop Planning Guide for Image Delivery provides some guidance on this subject. The paper can be found here

Remote access to the XenServer Configuration Console GUI

The XenServer Configuration Console GUI can be accessed remotely by entering the following command at the prompt xsconsole

Bring Your Own Computer – Part 1

The first time I became familiar with the term Bring Your Own was when I traveled through Australia with my wife and oldest son back in the year 2000. It basically means that you are allowed to bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant and just pay a corkage fee. Nowadays we hear a lot about companies that consider implementing a BYOC policy meaning that they allow their employees to bring their own Read More …

Head-to-head analysis of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft VDI, Quest vWorkspace, and VMware View

Ruben Spruijt has published an updated whitepaper “VDI Smackdown” which provides you with an overview of today’s VDI solutions. More details here

XenApp Demos from the Cloud

In these days we hear a lot about Desktop Virtualization and Application Virtualization. Last week-end someone asked me what I was currently doing and I told him that beside my normal day job, I am doing a number of Citrix trainings. Now let me mention that this person is just a regular user who doesn’t know anything about managing an Enterprise IT infrastructure, leave alone he would understand what Virtualization technology is about. Heck… how Read More …