Month: September 2012

Citrix have released a new tool to transform your dozen, hundres of virtual machines from VmWare esx/vsphere to Citrix XenServer. The process saves you time and storage by converting a virtual machine directly to XenServer unattended, a standalone, light weight console allows an administrator to create, monitor, and manage conversion jobs. The tool is called Citrix XenServer Conversation Manager version and is out in version 1.0

Getting Started with VMware Migration

Citrix XenServer Conversion Manager helps you convert workloads from VMware to XenServer by copying batches of VMware virtual machines to your XenServer environment. To set up XenServer Conversion Manager, obtain the XenServer Conversion Manager download package from the XenServer Tools page on For XenServer Conversion Manager set-up instructions, see the XenServer Conversion Manager Guide.Limitations

This section details limitations for XenServer Conversion Manager that apply to this release. For information about troubleshooting converted virtual machines, see the XenServer Conversion Manager Guide.


  • Unlicensed Source Hypervisor. XenServer Conversion Manager cannot convert a virtual machine on an unlicensed vSphere ESX Server or vSphere ESXi Server.
  • Domain Controller. Citrix does not recommend using XenServer Conversion Manager to convert a source VM containing a Domain Controller. XenServer Conversion Manager can only “fix” or configure a Windows VM to start in XenServer if its virtual disks are formatted with NTFS.
  • Encryption. XenServer Conversion Manager cannot convert a VMware virtual machine that includes virtual disks with encrypted file systems.
  • Certificates. XenServer Conversion Manager does not verify the certificate on the XenServer Conversion Manager Virtual Appliance. The XenServer Conversion Manager Virtual Appliance does not verify certificates on vSphere ESX Server, vSphere ESXi Server, and vCenter Server.
  • Conversion Limits. XenServer Conversion Manager can accept up to 500 VMs at a time in a conversion job. The XenServer Conversion Manager converts one VM at a time.
  • Guest Network Settings. Settings of guest virtual network interfaces may change after the conversion. For example, the network name may change, IPv4 may become enabled, and IPv6 may become enabled.


Citrix have released a new version of the Secure Client Hypervisor – Citrix XenClient XT 3

Designed for organizations with extreme security requirements, including public sector customers, XenClient XT 3 delivers a multi-level client virtualization solution with the highest levels of isolation and security. Unprecedented scalability and performance provide an optimal experience for even the most demanding user types. The source code for the Open Source Software components used in the product is available for download below. Below are system configuration and compatible hardware for the components of Citrix XenClient.

New in release 3

As well as many new and updated technologies and features, the primary improvement in this release is inclusion of secure management support through Synchronizer for XenClient XT 3.

  • Synchronizer XT 3: Provides scalable management of XenClient XT 3 through a CLI interface. See the Citrix 3.0.0 SynchronizerSetupandUsageGuidefor details about installing and using Synchronizer XT 3. Synchronizer can manage devices and VMs on those devices.
  • Updateduserinterface:New features and enhancements in the user interface include: simplified setup, reducing the interactions with the CLI required, such as VM disk management (encryption and reset-on-boot), PCI passthrough, new design for easier use, boot process improvements, and support for branding extensions.
  • Xen4.1 Hypervisor:Provides more stable and modern virtualization software, including improved PCI-passthrough and better support for modern hardware.
  • UpdatedHCLincludingIvyBridgedevices:Please refer to Citrix Ready or contact Citrix for the list of supported devices in this release.
  • Improvednetworkisolationfeatures:Allows more than one driver VM for networking, to allow proper separation of networking across multiple VMs each on different physical networks. Also includes a more configurable and defined interface for working with networking, to allow future extensions and improve support for introspection and filtering VMs.


Download Citrix XenClient XT 3 here (Require MyCitrix ID)

Citrix have released a hotfix 1 for of the simple VDI solution – Citrix VDI-in-a-box 5.1

Lets go through whats new and why you should update your existing VDI-in-a-box solution or why its time to look at the product.

Important: This hotfix is for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5.1. Do not apply it to earlier versions. For hotfixes for earlier releases, see Hotfixes for VDI-in-a-Box 5.0, Hotfixes for Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 4.1, and Hotfixes for Kaviza VDI-in-a-box 4.0.

Caution! Once installed, this hotfix cannot be rolled back.

New Fixes in This Release

  1. A personal desktop cannot be restored on a new server with a restored personal disk if its host server is shutdown or missing.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#330421]

  2. Users’ personal desktop will be destroyed if the base image’s patch update is rolled back.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#331883]

  3. The Session tab intermittently shows the incorrect IP address for the user device.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#328491]

  4. Restarting personal desktops with a logged-on user, with pending base image refresh, may destroy the desktop.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#328192]

  5. You cannot establish an HDX-based connection to a draft image in a workgroup immediately after Desktop Agent installation. To work around this issue, restart the draft image from the Image page.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#325666]

  6. The desktop agent uninstall process fails when run manually.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#315778]

  7. A server upgraded from 5.0.2 to 5.1 has a status of “broken” if the firewall on the Hyper-V server blocks SMB ports (for file and printer sharing).

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#328040]

  8. Personal desktops configured to use Fast Refresh do not save the user’s profile.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#330361, #330417]

  9. Users may experience delays of 40 seconds or longer while longing on to their virtual desktops.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#330454]

  10. The personal desktop service and files are not uninstalled when the desktop agent is uninstalled from the virtual machine.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#331322]

  11. The error “SSL Certificate for vdiHVConnector failed to install” appears during installation of VDI-in-a-Box for Hyper-V due to a Windows issue documented in the Microsoft Support article Default permissions for the MachineKeys folders.

    [From HF_ VDI_inabox_5.1.1] [#328174]




Download Citrix VDI-in-a-box 5.1 hotfix 1 here
or download the full appliance with 5.1.1 integrated (Require MyCitrix ID)

Citrix have released a new product to their ShareFile family, introducing Citrix ShareFile Storage Center 1.0

What is ShareFile Storage Center

ShareFile StorageZones gives IT departments the flexibility to choose between Citrix-managed, secure cloud storage or IT-managed StorageZones (on-premises) storage within your own datacenter.

Storage Center 1.0 is a downloadable component which enables you to create and manage an on-premises StorageZone in your ShareFile Enterprise account.

Deploy ShareFile Storage Center

ShareFile Storage Center extends the ShareFile Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud storage by providing your ShareFile account with on-premises private storage. You can use the Storage Center on-premises storage with or instead of the ShareFile-managed cloud storage. ShareFile-managed cloud storage is a public multi-tenant storage system maintained by Citrix. A ShareFile Storage Center is a private single-tenant storage system maintained by you and can be used only by your account.

Storage Center is a Web service that handles all HTTPS operations from end users and the ShareFile control subsystem. The ShareFile control subsystem handle all operations not related to file contents, such as authentication, authorization, file browsing, configuration, meta-data, sending and requesting files, and load balancing. The control subsystem also performs Storage Center health checks and prevents off-line servers from sending requests. The ShareFile control subsystem is maintained in Citrix Online data centers.

The ShareFile storage subsystem handles operations related to file contents such as uploads, downloads, and antivirus verification. When you create a Storage Zone, you are creating a private storage subsystem for your ShareFile data.

For a production deployment of ShareFile, the recommended best practice is to use at least two servers with Storage Center installed, for high availability. When you install Storage Center, you create a Storage Zone. You can then install Storage Center on another server and join it to the same Storage Zone. Storage Centers that belong to the same Storage Zone must use the same file share for storage.



Download Citrix ShareFile Storage Center 1.0 here (Require MyCitrix ID)

Read more about the deployment methods to implement Citrix ShareFile Storage Center here.

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix ShareFile Sync for Windows. The new version 1.3 include new features and fix bugs.

Whats new in Citrix ShareFile Sync 1.3 for Windows

  • Circular logging – Sync logging is now enabled, it is placed on the user’s %temp% directory by default. It is growth is limited to two files of 10MBs each.
  • Shared Folders – Users can now synchronize folders shared by other users. To enable this feature, open the preferences menu from the ShareFile Sync icon in the notification area, then select the desired folders.
  • Silent Uninstall – The install packages now support silent installations. To use this functionality add the /qn switch to the end of the command line, for example:
    “C:\MSIs\ShareFileSync.msi” /qn
  • GPO settings – There are now three configurable registry keys that can be created to configure

    ShareFile Sync:
    Account (REG_SZ): The ShareFile account name.
    AuthenticationType (REG_DWORD):
    1. Use 0 for Single sign-on, this will use the current Windows’ user authentication
    2. Use 1 to prompt for user credentials.

    LocalSyncFolder (REG_SZ or REG_EXPAND_SZ): Path to the fixed local drive.
    Removable media and network shares are not allowed. Environment variables are
    supported but must set the value type to REG_EXPAND_SZ.

    AuthenticationType (REG_MULTI_SZ): List of ShareFile Folder Ids. Admins are expected to use the website to get the folder IDs of the shared folders.

    Sample .reg file
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Citrix\ShareFile\EnterpriseSync] “Account”=”” “AuthenticationType”=dword:00000000 “LocalSyncFolder”=”C:\\DesiredSyncPath” “SharedFolderIds”=hex(7):64,00,34,00,31,00,64,00,38,00,63,00,64,00,39,00,38,00,\
    66,00,30,00,30,00,62,00,32,00,30,00,34,00,65,00,39,00,38,00,30,00,30,00,39,\ 00,39,00,38,00,65,00,63,00,66,00,38,00,34,00,32,00,37,00,65,00,00,00,00,00


Download Citrix ShareFile Sync version 1.3 for Windows here. (Requires MyCitrix ID)