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?

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

FSLogix first look #1 - managing legacy or multiple Java versions, the EASY way!

There's been a lot of buzz recently about FSLogix, who are a company making a few disruptive waves in the virtualization world with their core products. The beauty I see in FSLogix is that it is very much a simple product - almost reverse app layering, to coin a phrase. It delivers user entitlements to applications based around using a filesystem driver to "reveal" the applications as necessary, rather than delivering them on-demand through app virtualization or layering tech such as App-V, AppVolumes, and the like. In a world where complex solutions are often king, I find FSLogix is a breath of fresh air for businesses that don't have the budget, the skills or the resources to invest in "Rolls-Royce" infrastructure. This is not to say complex solutions don't have their place - very, very far from it! - but they're not the only way to get things done. And FSLogix's products are not just aimed at SMEs either - simplicity can be just as elegant at scale.

QuickPost - Debugging AppSense Environment Manager in a post-EM 8 FR 6 world

For a long time now, AppSense administrators have had to become familiar with the EMClientDebug tool when trying to capture errors, and feeding this into the EM Log Parser for analysis. The process always felt a bit disjointed to me, particularly as the Log Parser tool had to be downloaded, and also down to the odd issue that some of the log files wouldn't load at all. It's a part of the AppSense interface that has been ripe for an overhaul, and with the advent of Environment Manager 8 FR 6, it's finally received it.

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?