Friday, 22 May 2015

BriForum London 2015 - a virgin's review

This week I attended my first ever BriForum in London. Being mindful of the expense involved, I actually opted to submit a session to try and get around the problem of forking out cold hard cash to attend. I was suitably surprised when my session was actually accepted, cueing weeks of nervousness as I watched previous sessions and wondered whether a) my PowerPoint skills were actually up to scratch, and b) if I actually had anything interesting to say.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

QuickPost - how to stop user folders showing as "My Documents" for support staff with AppSense Environment Manager

If you redirect your users' My Documents folders to a network share where each user maps to a subfolder of a root directory (e.g. all users redirect to \\SERVER\SHARE\%username% for the My Documents location), you may find some odd issues plaguing your support staff. When the admins of your system browse to \\SERVER\SHARE and look at the list of user folders, they may simply see a huge list of "My Documents" folders.

Friday, 20 March 2015

AppSense Insight - understanding your EUC environment

When I was awoken at 6.45 this morning by the sounds of my children hunting for their Avengers: Age of Ultron cards, I noticed a Tweet from @stealthpuppy regarding a "new EUC tool from AppSense". Given that I was barely conscious at the time, I elected to flag the Tweet and investigate it later, especially given the Avengers-related emergency that was in progress.

Fast forward a few hours, and a quick peruse of the AppSense website did indeed reveal a new piece of software called AppSense Insight (although every time I say the name, I think of the Project Insight helicarriers from Captain America - the Winter Soldier, which were intended for quite a different purpose). What's this all about then?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

QuickPost - XenDesktopServerSetup crashes when installing XenApp or XenDesktop 7.6

Today, whilst trying to put together a XenDesktop PoC system, I was confronted with an error that had me stumped for quite some time.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Set up AppSense DataNow appliance in a home lab - a quick guide

I've been sadly neglecting AppSense's DataNow product on this blog, but given that I am in the middle of doing a big comparison article on EFSS (Enterprise File Sync and Sharing) software, I thought now would be a good time to change that slightly. For the aforementioned article, I've been having to set up a lot of EFSS software to run in my lab. So for anyone who fancies doing it also, here's a quick guide to setting up the DataNow appliance in a lab environment.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

IE10 and IE11 Cookies and History persistence - a deep dive, part #2

In the first part of this article we looked at the performance of the major Internet Explorer versions with a variety of platforms and persistence methods. In this second instalment, we will measure the same performance metrics against two of the more popular "lite" user environment management tools - Citrix's User Profile Manager and Microsoft's User Experience Virtualization, herein referred to as either UPM or UE-V.

In part #3, I will take a look at some of the other UEM solutions out there and how they manage this issue - Immidio, ProfileUnity and Scense are the ones on my radar currently.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

IE10 and IE11 Cookies and History persistence - a deep dive, part #1

I've spent weeks looking at the issue of Cookies and History persistence now, since I was alerted to the possible issues in the first place. It's been a frustrating voyage of discovery, punctuated with epiphanies, server rebuilds and quite a few journeys straight back to the drawing board. So, I thought it would be prudent to share my findings with all and sundry, just to give you a heads-up on what potentially awaits!

This article is going to be divided into three parts. Part 1 will cover the background and my initial tests using traditional methods vs. AppSense DesktopNow methods. Part 2 will spread out further and perform testing on some of the "lite" UEM technologies to see how they measure up to this infuriating task (UPM and UE-V). Part 3 will extend the tests onto some more UEM tech (actual vendors to be confirmed).

Saturday, 7 February 2015

The AppSense Bigot turns three - is WEM the future of UEM?

It's three short years today since I started up this I thought today we might have a bit less technical discussion, and more of the sort of thing I normally do in my capacity over at The Virtualization Practice - which is occasionally speculate idly on the future of our industry.

Friday, 16 January 2015

QuickPost - how to check Internet Explorer version in AppSense DesktopNow (or PowerShell)

I'm trying to do more of these "QuickPost" articles as I work on some big ones. This particular post was going to be part of the ongoing investigation I've been doing into the roaming behaviour of Internet Explorer's Cookies and History, but seeing as though that is dragging into a third week (and I always make a point of taking Saturdays off!), I've decided to quickly blog this part up to keep articles ticking over.

Monday, 12 January 2015

QuickPost - Citrix XenApp published application launches full published desktop?

This burns me on a semi-regular basis, so I'm going to write a quick blog post about it to save me digging the same solution up time and again. So hopefully it should also help some of you out there!