Thursday, 17 September 2015

QuickPost: Windows 10 RSAT installed but no snap-ins or shortcuts available

In my unfortunate adventure delving deeply into the unholy under-the-hood mess that is Windows 10, I've been wanting to load up the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) so that I can take advantage of the latest Windows 10 ADMX files. For some reason, if I install the Windows 10 ADMX packages on my 2012 R2 DCs, I don't see any Windows 10 settings in there. In these situations (I can still remember running RSAT on Windows 7 clients to get the new-at-the-time Windows 7 settings for my old 2003 domain) it's normal to go to a client of the required OS and install the RSAT package on there. Then you can connect up to a DC and manage your GPOs (and everything else you want to manage as well) from the client. Simples.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Windows 10 part #3 - roaming the Windows 10 Start tile settings

I mentioned in my first look at Windows 10 how annoying I was finding it roaming the "Start" settings (Start being the name Microsoft have coined for the "live tiles" part of the Start Menu). After a good deal of tinkering, it seems I've finally found a way to do this reliably, so let's quickly document it up before I forget!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Roaming Citrix management consoles through AppSense Personalization Server

I remember quite a while ago I was asked by a client of mine to get the Citrix management console running through Personalization Server for them. Management consoles of all sorts have always been (in my experience) a bit fiddly to get running through Personalization Server, so let's have a run-through of what it takes to get this configured.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

QuickPost - Windows 10 part #2 - getting rid of OneDrive

Many of us have already adopted Enterprise File Sharing and Synchronization (EFSS) products. Many abound in the EUC space - ShareFile, DropBox, DataNow, Hightail, Box, to name just a few. Microsoft are aggressively marketing their own version - OneDrive, renamed from SkyDrive, presumably under pressure from real-life Bond villain Rupert Murdoch - and this aggressive stance has increased with the advent of Windows 10. If you've already got an EFSS solution integrated and working nicely, how do you get rid of the OneDrive integration so that your users don't get confused and/or frustrated?

Monday, 10 August 2015

Windows 10 part #1 - first impressions on roaming capabilities...nice face, rotten heart

So, we've got Windows 10 at RTM now, Microsoft's adventure into replacing the much-maligned Windows 8.x and the Modern interface with something more palatable. I have to say, early builds looked good - once you cut some of the cruft from the interface, it worked a lot more like Windows 7 and was far more easy on the eye than the crazy schizophrenic TIFKAM/Metro/Notro stuff. So I was quite excited to get my hands on the proper Enterprise build ready for a bleeding-edge deployment - would Windows 10 be as good in a roaming environment as Windows 7, and hopefully not more of the Windows 8.x nightmare?

Friday, 31 July 2015

Happy Systems Administrator Appreciation Day!

Well, let's take the AppSense Bigot today where it hasn't been before - a bit of technical comedy. I used to be a Systems Administrator, and even as an EUC consultant I'm always thinking of those poor systems administrators as well as the users. When I put a system in, it hasn't just got to do what the users want it to, it has to be palatable to their long-suffering systems administrators too. So as today, Friday 31 July, is Systems Administrator Appreciation Day, let's celebrate those guys out there doing all the unappreciated donkey work :-)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

FSLogix first look #2 - FSLogix Apps and Citrix XenApp working together

So, we had our initial look at FSLogix from a Java remediation standpoint, and it seemed to generate quite a bit of interest. However, let's now concentrate on the core product of FSLogix, which is FSLogix Apps, and see the benefits that this brings to those of us with diverse application environments and user bases.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Deploying per-user file type associations in Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 and beyond

Well, this started out as a blog post about FSLogix Apps. But - we ran into a problem pretty quickly. Namely, that from Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2 onward, you can no longer deploy per-user file type associations (FTAs). So if you've got multiple users on XenApp/RDS platforms and you want to give individual users different FTAs, you're going to be up against it.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Improving Citrix XenApp session performance by blocking ads in Internet Explorer

I've done a lot of talking recently and in most of it, I've been trying to impress upon people the importance of that subjective and almost intangible quality called user experience. But one of the more tangible aspects of user experience is undoubtedly performance, and particularly on shared session systems such as Citrix's XenApp or XenDesktop platforms, it becomes absolutely critical.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Setting AppSense Personalization Server status based around a user-defined choice...and making your computer talk....and standing up multiple instances of Personalization Server

This is going to be another of those absurdly-titled long posts (like this one), where I go around the houses attacking a problem before arriving at a completely different decision. But hey! I enjoy the journey and the learning. Where are we off to this time?