Archive for May, 2011

XenZone – 6 reasons why to attend

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Events

Citrix User Group Norway is helding their conference #XenZone next weekend 9-10 June 2011 at Lillestrøm, Norway.

Here are 6 reasons, why you should attend and listen to these cool presenters at XenZone:

Reason 1.

My collegue Bjarne Træholt, Product Manager (NetScaler, Branch Repeater)*CCI on all Citrix products.I call him “Verdens bedste” in danish translated its “World’s best”. Bjarne is a cool guy and i recommend you check out his session.

Reason 2

Another great norwegian hero/collegue and friend is Alexander Ervik Johnsen CTP, Product Manager. You might him from his famous webpage http://www.ervik.as.

Reason 3

The one and only David Hald CEO and one of the founders of SMS Passcode David is also known as the famous hacker Boris and a great friend of mine =o)

Reason 4

A true danish Citrix hero is the one and only first danish awarded CTP, Rene Vester, founder of DKCUG. Rene Vester also is the auther of his blog renevester.com

Reason 5

Daniel Wedel i attended his session at PubForum in Dublin last week and i recommend you check out his session he is an great presenter and knows how to tell the message out so you understand it nice and smooth.

Reason 6

Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO for Login Consultans and awarded CTP. Jeroen is one of my favorite presenters i have watched him several time at Synergy and BriFoum.

 

The XenZone Agenda
http://xenzone.no/agenda

RES Baseline Desktop Analyzer

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Windows 7

Service Information

Every IT project must first consider its impact on the user. It is therefore key to have an accurate insight into your current desktop infrastructure, before making any changes. After all, changes can impact the operating system and important applications. Even if you know what was installed on the laptop or desktop when it was delivered the user, it is often unknown what has happened since then.

How can you, the IT professional, make changes to the hardware, operating system or even application(s) for your users, if you don’t know what is installed and used today?

RES Baseline Desktop Analyzer is here to help

RES Baseline Desktop Analyzer is a free online service that provides insight into the current state of the desktop environment. This insight is a critical first step in any IT project.

RES Baseline Desktop Analyzer will give you a clear insight into your:

  1. Hardware Inventory
  2. Application Landscape
  3. User Population
  4. Location Layout
  5. Printing Topology

This information will help you assess and predict the impact of changes, such as an office relocation, hardware replacement or an upgrade to Windows 7, on your users.

More information can be found at http://resbda.cloudapp.net/Home/MoreInfo
(note: its still a closed beta, so you need an invite. In June 2011 the tool will be available to all public)

In this video at BrianMadden, Gabe Knuth joins RES Software’s Max Ranzau for a demo of their new, free Baseline Desktop Analyzer, or BDA at Citrix Synergy 2011.

Citrix Techpreview (all good to go…)

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in HDX, HDX 3D Pro, Receiver, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

This years Citrix Synergy 2011 in San Francisco have been awesome, so many things to see and so many great people have attended.

Most of the Technical Preview that have been mentioned on the Citrix Synergy is now available for download

Access to tomorrow’s Citrix technologies today, including previews announced during Synergy keynote. See for yourself how Citrix plans to take your virtual computing experience further than ever before from enhanced video, audio and graphics for virtual desktops to new features that help deploy and manage virtual environments.

Public Previews

GoToMeeting with HDFaces

HDFaces adds high definition video conferencing to GoToMeeting’s web and audio conferencing solution to provide a telepresence-like experience for everyone.

Private Previews

XenDesktop

Extends the Citrix lead in desktop virtualization user experience with stunning video performance, superior audio quality and enhancements for graphics support and web content, even on low bandwidth connections.

XenApp

Puts the focus on user experience with features that increase user productivity and provide enhancements for graphics support and web content, even on low bandwidth connections.

XenClient

Incorporates features that enhance production deployment readiness, provide increased scalability, introduce broader device support and simplify the user experience.

Receiver for Windows

Provides a single client for delivery of XenApp and XenDesktop enabled desktops, Windows, Web and SaaS applications with audio and video improvements and simplified single sign-on. It supersedes the Online Plug-in for all applications.

Receiver for Linux

Offers new HDX enhancements such as flash redirection, multi-monitor support, video conferencing and Windows Media redirection.

XenServer

Puts specific focus on innovations that extend the efficiency, agility and manageability of virtual environments. Will also add new capabilities in networking, self service and optimizations for XenDesktop and Cloud infrastructures

 

OpenCloud Access 1.2

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in OpenCloud

Understanding OpenCloud Access

One of the major areas of interest for any enterprise is to provide its employees and partners with seamless, on-demand access to applications. This is complicated by the fact that these applications can be running on various platforms and can exist within the enterprise, can be hosted with a service provider (IaaS), or can be offered as SaaS. The obvious need is for a solution with a single unified framework that offers a consistent view to securely control the entire life cycle of user accounts on these applications.

While offering secure access, a solution of this nature should offer a smooth end user experience by serving the applications on demand and by providing single sign-on to the application users. The solution should tie into existing enterprise infrastructure, making the implementation quick and easy. Citrix® NetScaler® appliances and the Citrix® OpenCloud Access® application come together to offer exactly such a solution.

OpenCloud Access integrates with NetScaler to deliver an Enterprise solution for single sign-on (SSO) and user-account management. It provides the ability to extend an enterprise identity to any Web application (internal or external), and offers seamless SSO to enterprise Web applications as well as Internet based SaaS applications. This solution also provides a central platform from which to perform user-account management.

The OpenCloud Access VM is a virtual appliance that runs on Citrix® XenServer®. Citrix® XenCenter®, Citrix® XenServer, and the OpenCloud Access image are essential components of the Setup process.

 

OpenCloud Access 1.2 VM provides many new features and resolution to few issues with OCA 1.1 VM. It captures all OpenCloud Access features released up to Service Pack 5. Thus with this single VM image you get equivalent to OCA 1.1 VM + Service Pack 5 (Including other Service Packs and Hot Fixes).

Key Features of the release are:

  • Works with NetScaler VPX and MPX
  • Works with NetScaler 9.2, 9.2.e and 9.3 software releases
  • MyWebApps employee portal page
  • 71 application SSO connectors
  • 28 application Provisioning connectors
  • Reduced setup time for key SSO use case
  • Generic HTTP Formfill connector creator
  • Generic SAML connector creator
  • Two Factor authentication for portal page
  • Single Sign-on application categories
  • Linking applications to Active Directory
  • Enhanced Active Directory synchronization

Download OpenCloud Access 1.2 here (require mycitrix id)

Receiver for Android 2.1.1059

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Receiver

What’s New

In addition to general performance improvements and optimizations, this release adds these features: 

  • Logon opens to most recent account
  • Server address auto-detects setup and validates the server address
  • Improved application interactions:
    • Display the Windows pointer using the trackpad
    • Hover with the magnifier to zoom content
    • Copy and paste text between hosted apps and local apps
    • Device automatically adjusts the screen to follow text
    • Predictive text completes selected words
    • Advanced multi-touch 2-finger and 3-finger gestures (for example, the 3-finger tap opens the on-screen keyboard)
  • Global search integrates phone search results
  • Two-way audio and recording audio between server and client (for voice-enabled chat applications, such as Skype)
  • Configure the Web Interface site to ensure applications are enumerated and launched correctly
  • Easier registration for the Demo site on the Citrix Cloud
  • Client IME allows users to enter complex characters through the local Input Method Editor

Citrix Receiver for Android delivers enterprise computing as a service so you can access your enterprise applications from the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments no matter where you are. Send only keyboard input, screen gestures and updates, keeping corporate data secure.

Please note that the preferred method to receive Citrix Receiver for Android is via the Android Marketusing an Android device.  This will allow for automatic updates when new versions are available.

The download below is for users who have a device that cannot access the Android Market.

Please note that if the Receiver for Android is installed from this download, automatic updates will not occur and new versions will need to be manually downloaded and installed.

Download Receiver for Android 2.1.1059 here

Recent Comments

Server 2016 Support

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Wonderful website. A lot of useful info here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!

Server 2016 Support

Thomas Poppelgaard

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Thanks Jose, I have corrected the map plus updated the map so 29 datacenters are now alive.

Jose Brenes

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Your map of Australia is wrong. You have put the state of Victoria inside the West Australian state.

Tobias K

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Note that on XenServer 7.1, installing VDA 7.13 also works to enable vGPUs running XenDesktop 7.11 even using the newer “NvFBCEnable.exe -enable -noreset” command. Tested with an M60 using various profiles.

Alex

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So how come version 3.11 doesn’t work for application switching?