Citrix – HDX 3D Pro beyond limits part 1

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, GRID, HDX 3D Pro, NVIDIA, Receiver, Reciever, vGPU, XenDesktop

Hi All

This is a video blog post series I am creating to show you as an audience how powerful remote graphics is from Citrix & NVIDIA.
You are now able to work from anywhere, any time, any device. You just need an internet connection (Satellit, Edge/3G)

This video shows the user experience with Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 VDI workload (virtualized Windows 8.1 64bit) The workload have a NVIDIA GRID K2 vGPU K220Q GPU profile assigned.

The workload is running in a datacenter in EMEA and secured by Citrix Netscaler and SMS Passcode.

The end device that is used to connect to the Citrix workload is a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 using Windows 10 and Citrix Receiver 14.3

Video is recorded by Apple iPhone 6+

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is connected using my Phones internet connetion which was at that time switching between “EDGE” and “3G”. Bandwidth was 300KB-5Mbit and latency is from 500MS-7000MS, jitter is not meassured.

Please notice this video is recorded on a boat sailing between Denmark and Sweden in Europe, this trip took place July 2015.

Purpose of this video:

Show the audience how powerful Citrix HDX 3D Pro is using NVIDIA GRID in extreme conditions with latency I have never tried it on and I was still able to interact realtime with computer graphics thats running securely in a datacenter in EMEA.

This technology is so powerful and can be used in critical conditions where an employee can access graphics, (2D, 3D) or even rich graphics such as browsers, viewers, office productivity, erp systems. Imagine an engineer on an Oil rig requires to see a critical component that requires to be changed and the data can be accesable connected to a datacenter thousands of kilometers away securely and remotely. This is the future of working, making you work on any device, any where, any place.

More about Citrix HDX 3D Pro
https://www.citrix.dk/products/xendes…

More about NVIDIA GRID
http://www.nvidia.com/object/grid-tec…

GPUperf2 – FREE Community tool
http://www.virtualexperience.no/sdm_d…

Used for realtime your GPU usage and remote protocol bandwidth usage

/Poppelgaard

Mac Client Printer Mapping Fix for Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Best Practise, Citrix, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2, XenApp, XenDesktop

Hi all

If you have users that have a Apple Mac OSX device such as (iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro) then this article might be interesting for you. I am helping many clients around the world and I often see more companies adapting Apple OSX devices. Specially SMB and Enterprises are adapting Apple Macbook products these days cause they are powerfull computers and have some of the best design and reliability. Many companies have no other option to adapt Apple OSX devices, so they attract the right talented employee, which are requesting this device if they want to work at the company, and you think this is funny then welcome to reality, Apple is back and more powerful than before. The good news is that Citrix can help with this and bring any app to work on these devices and secure the workspace with the Citrix Receiver where the user connect to a central and secure solution. The challenge comes when the user have local printers to their mac device and now tell IT they want to print from their Citrix session.

In latest release of Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp 7.6 if your users on Mac OSX devices, wants to use local printers and then connect to their remote Citrix VDI (Windows 8/8.1) or XenApp (Server 2012/2012R2) and then print, this is not going to work. Before this article got released users would only be able to get local printing working  to a Windows 7 VDI or a XenApp server running Server 2008R2.

If you have users running pure Windows Computers, then you are not going to run into this issue with getting local printers to work with a Citrix environment running Windows 7/8/8.1, Server 2008R2/2012/2012R2.

In Citrix XenDesktop 7.6, default policies are set to map all client printers, so you dont have configure this policy.

Summary if you have a Mac device and Citrix Receiver and local printers installed on your Mac, now you want to accomplish connecting to your VDI (Windows 8/8.1) XenApp (Windows Server 2012/2012R2) then you are going to fail, do below and you succeed.

Solution:

(how to get local printers to work on a Apple OSX computer with Citrix Receiver to a XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 environment running Windows 8/8.1 or Server 2012/2012R2)
  1. On the desktop you want to configure, open Control Panel > View Devices and Printers.
  2. Select any Printer, for example Microsoft XPS Document Writer.
  3. Click Print server properties, as displayed in the following screen shot:
    User-added image
  1. Select Drivers tab.
  2. Click Add > Next.
  3. Choose Processor Architecture, click Next.
  4. Select Windows Update.
  5. Select Manufacturer ‘HP’ and Printers ‘HP Color LaserJet 2800 Series PS’ (if there are two versions of this driver displayed, choose the Microsoft version)
  6. Click NextFinish.
  7. Now connect or reconnect to your Citrix XenApp session running (Server 2012/2012R2) or Citrix XenDesktop VDI session running (Windows 8/8.1) then your local printers will be mapped in Citrix session and you can print.

Have fun.

/Poppelgaard

Source

CTX139020

NVIDIA GRID vGPU 346.68-348.27

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, GRID, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, Horizon, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Server 2012R2, vGPU, View, VMware, vSphere, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

NVIDIA have released a new GRID Virtual GPU Manager 346.68 for Citrix XenServer 6.5 and VMware vSphere 6.
NVIDIA have in this release also released Windows drivers for vGPU 348.27

Important:

The GRID Virtual GPU Manager 346.68 is not updated in this release, its only the Windows drivers for vGPU 348.27
If you have GRID Virtual GPU Manager 346.68 installed in either XenServer or VMware you only need to update your VMs.

The GRID vGPU Manager and Windows guest VM drivers must be installed together.

Older VM drivers will not function correctly with this release of GRID vGPU Manager. Similarly, older GRID vGPU Managers will not function correctly with this release of Windows guest drivers.

 

What is fixed in Windows driver for vGPU 348.27 VM using Citrix XenServer 6.5

346.68_-_xenserver_fix

What is fixed in Windows drivers for vGPU 348.27 VM using VMware vSphere 6

346.68_vSphere_fix

 

Source

Download NVIDIA GRID vGPU 346.68-348.27 for Citrix XenServer 6.5 here

Download NVIDIA GRID vGPU 346.68-348.27 for VMware vSphere 6 here

Microsoft MVP award

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Microsoft, Most Valuable Professional, MVP, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2

MVP_Logo

 

Hi all

I am very proud to be awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft.

This is my first award from Microsoft and I am now part of a fine bunch of geeks. Expect many great things coming from me around Microsoft :)

Thank you all for your support and believing in the values I do, I will make sure to bring lots of knowledge into the MVP program.

/Thomas Poppelgaard

mvp

 

Citrix Netscaler Gateway 11

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Netscaler, NetScaler Gateway

Citrix have released Netscaler Gateway 11

This is a major release and one thing I love about this release is that the entire GUI is again changed and now there is support for VPN access with Android, IOS, Linux.

NetScaler Gateway 11.0 adds the following new features and enhancements:

NetScaler with Unified Gateway

This feature extends NetScaler Gateway connectivity with access to any web application through a single URL, along with seamless single sign-on and sign-off. Single URL access can be configured for:

  • Internal organizational web applications
  • Software as a Service applications, including SAML based single sign-on when available
  • Outlook Web Access and SharePoint as clientless applications
  • Load balanced applications served through NetScaler load balancing virtual servers
  • XenApp and XenDesktop published resources.

The feature can be configured and managed with the Unified Gateway wizard in the NetScaler configuration utility. [#00552862, #0438356, #0519875, #0519875]

SmartControl

SmartControl allows policy-based management decisions for ICA connections through the VPN. SmartControl policies can be applied at the session level to control user’s ICA environment and to further manage ICA connections with SmartGroup sorting decisions.

Portal Customization and EULA

The Portal Customization options have been expanded to allow end-to-end customization of the VPN user portal. Administrators can apply themes to their VPN portal design or use themes as a foundation for their own customization or branding. An option to present VPN users an End User License Agreement (EULA) has also been added to the portal design. Portal themes and EULAs can be bound to a VPN virtual server or specified as global VPN parameters.

New and Updated Gateway Clients

NetScaler Gateway release 11.0 adds new plug-in clients for the following operating systems:

  • Android 4.1 or later
  • iOS 7 or later
  • Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04)

Each of these clients provides full SSL VPN tunnel functionality through NetScaler Gateway and supports all authentication methods available in NetScaler Gateway.

Additionally, the Mac OS and Windows plug-ins have been refreshed and updated for the 11.0 release, including OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) support for the Mac OS X plug-in.

Plug-in Version Decoupling

The NetScaler Gateway client plug-ins are no longer coupled to the NetScaler release versioning. Settings for version requirement per client OS type can be configured globally and within session policies.

Plug-in Icon Decoupling from Citrix Receiver

The desktop client plug-ins icons can now be configured to operate independently from Native Citrix Receiver clients. Settings to manage Receiver integration with the NetScaler Gateway Plug-ins can be configured globally and within session policies.

Disabling Automatic Update for the Windows Gateway Client and EPA Plug-ins

This enhancement adds an option in client Endpoint Analysis (EPA) to prevent automatic client updates by disabling the “EnableAutoUpdate” registry key.

Striped Cluster for NetScaler Gateway in ICA Proxy Mode

This feature allows administrators to deploy NetScaler Gateway with XenApp and XenDesktop in a striped cluster configuration. Administrators can use existing Gateway configurations and scale seamlessly in a cluster deployment without having to restrict the VPN configuration to a single node.

Note that this feature is limited to ICA Proxy basic-mode virtual servers and does not support SmartAccess.

Clientless VPN support for Outlook Web Access 2013 and SharePoint 2013

NetScaler Gateway has improved support for access to Outlook Web Access 2013 and SharePoint 2013 through Clientless VPN (CVPN) sessions.

WebFront

WebFront is an alternative integration point for XenApp and XenDesktop deployments served by StoreFront. Resident on NetScaler, WebFront uses caching and packet flow optimization in the distribution of user stores. These techniques improve end user experience for Receiver for Web users and speed up single sign-on for native Receiver users. In the NetScaler configuration utility, the WebFront feature is on the Configuration tab at System > WebFront.

ICA Proxy Connection Termination after Session Time Out

Automatic session timeout can be enabled for ICA connections as a VPN parameter. Enabling this parameter forces active ICA connections to time out when a VPN session closes.

Support for Common Gateway Protocol (CGP) over WebSockets

NetScaler Gateway virtual servers have improved intelligence for handling CGP traffic destined for the common CGP port, 2598, over WebSockets. This enhancement allows Receiver for HTML5 user sessions through NetScaler Gateway to support Session Reliability.

SPNEGO Encapsulation for Kerberos Tickets

NetScaler now uses SPNEGO encapsulation on Kerberos tickets that are sent to back-end web applications and servers.

Cross Domain Kerberos Constrained Delegation 

This enhancement adds support for cross-domain Kerberos constrained delegation when both the user and the service realm have a two-way shortcut trust. That is, if the user and service belong to different domains/realms, constrained delegation fails. However, if a user logs on with a user name and password, Kerberos Single Sign-On works for cross-domain access, because the NetScaler Gateway appliance does Kerberos impersonation with the user password. NetScaler Gateway currently does not otherwise support cross-domain constrained delegation.

 

Source

Download Citrix Netscaler Gateway 11 build 55.20 here (requires MyCitrix ID)

Recent Comments

Riyaz

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Hi,
I am looking for some hosting control panel for Xendesktop/XenApp in a multitenant hosting environment. Is there any such solution exists?
Thanks

Regards,
Riyaz

Phil Lavers

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Thank you for the Blog. Question:- If I have x000 XenDesktop Platinum Licenses which version of XenServer is applied. I have License Server 11.12.1
I can assign ‘XenApp/XenDesktop Platinum’ license or
I can assign ‘Xenserver Standard Per-Socket (2 Required) or\
I can assign ‘Xenserver Enterprise Per-Socket (2 Required)

Based on your Blog I can see the difference between Standard and Enterprise – But what do you get if you have XenDesktop Platinum?

Thank you

Jeff Rutherford

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Thomas, given your knowledge of NVIDIA GRID and your many blog posts, you might be interested in new research commissioned by NVIDIA, VMware and Dell. According to the new survey/research conducted by IDG on behalf of NVIDIA, VMware and Dell, just under one-quarter of respondents’ organizations (24%) have deployed a virtualized graphics solution, while 19% have deployment plans in the next 1-2 years. Another 22%, while they have no firm plans, have an interest in virtualizing their workstation or graphics user environment.

The purpose of the survey and research was to better understand user experiences and challenges with demanding graphics applications in use today, in addition to deployment plans for virtualized graphics solutions.

Other findings from the survey included:

Eighty percent of respondents agreed that long cycle times to load and save large graphic data sets in virtualized environments impede productivity. Among those who agreed, more than one third (35%) reported it takes an hour or more to load or save a large graphic data set.

Less than half (42%) rate the user experience of their organizations’ graphics applications as excellent or very good. The most important potential capabilities that respondents are looking for in a graphics application include improved security/disaster recovery (69% rating critical/very important), shortened load time (67%) and graphics acceleration (63%).

You can read more about the survey here:

http://bit.ly/1GOmGGs

Jeff Rutherford, commenting on behalf of IDG, NVIDIA, VMware, and Dell

Flemming

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Let me hear your opinion of NICE DCV on Windows ?

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