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?

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.