Archive for January, 2013

Release Candidiate – Citrix @WorkMail & @WorkWeb for iOS

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in @WorkMail, @WorkWeb, Apple, Citrix, CloudGateway, iOS, MDX App Vault, Receiver

Citrix have released a Release Candidate of @WorkMail @WorkWeb for iOS that works with Citrix CloudGateway Enterprise 2.5.

Below is the blog post Citrix made 16th October 2012, that tells more about what WorkMail & WorkApp is and i have added the screenshots so you can see the apps.

More about @WorkMail & @WorkWeb

@WorkMail is an Exchange email client for the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. This app is part of the larger Me@Work application suite that was announced at Synergy Barcelona.

Most of you are probably blasé to new email clients and have the notion that they seen it all. Let’s face it – email is so 1990’s way to communicate! Many of us probably use Facebook, WhatsApp or LinkedIn messaging as much as their regular email – I definitely do so. You might rightfully expect that building a new email client that adds innovative value to users is wishful thinking – akin to expecting sunshine in Seattle during winter!

However there is no denying that corporate email is the original ‘killer app’ for mobile device and arguably it’s ‘killer’ status remains today – we should remember that RIM made a fortune via Blackberry secure messaging.  As we listened to our customers we found that there is still lots of work to be done for securely delivering enterprise email in BYOD environment that has a great user experience. This is particularly so for our customers who are in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, industry and finance where the costs and liability of information leakage via email are huge. The IT groups at these customers bear the onerous responsibility of ensuring that there is no email data leakage and any mobile device lost at a random bar does not result in sensitive information being divulged. Typically, IT reacts to this responsibility by clamping down and ensuring that no mobile devices have access to corporate email.

Of course, this situation is not tenable and there is a strong demand for secure messaging with usability to match the typical employee’s expectation of a mobile user experience.

Keeping in mind the above context for secure messaging, we targeted the following goals as we designed our email app:

 Build a beautiful and delightful user experience – On mobile devices, users have high expectations of user experience. Enterprise users are the same mainstream customers who have soaked up consumer app user experiences – they expect the same polish and delight in enterprise apps (whether they articulate this or not is a different matter). We have taken this expectation quite seriously and worked hard in creating an integrated design for Mail, Calendar and Contacts.

Work well with Microsoft Exchange and ActiveSync – Exchange is the big boy of enterprise messaging and is the definitely the thought leader. Exchange pretty much dominates the enterprise email and with their Office 365 offering they might dominate the SMB segment as well. We have ensured that Exchange and ActiveSync push messaging protocol works well with our app.

Integrate well with other mobile apps in the Citrix Me@Work Suite – Along with @WorkMail, we launched @WorkWeb – a secure browser app.  We designed from ground-up for our email app to work seamlessly with other apps in the Me@Work suite including the browser app. As a user comes across an intranet link in his email message, he can click on that link to launch @WorkWeb to the intranet site without any further authentication check.  MDX Interapp technology ensures that Single-Sign On and app communications happen in a transparent manner to the user.

Conversely, if you click on a mailto link on the page you are browsing in @WorkWeb it seamlessly opens in @WorkMail email compose form. We have worked hard to ensure that the app to app scenarios work in a secure and great user experience.

Data integration – We have also enabled close integration with the ShareFile space using MDX Interapp technology. We have designed a user experience to easily download document attachments in his email to his ShareFile space – as this space can be managed by IT, it is more secure and goes a long way in addressing DLP.  Using @WorkMail a user can’t download documents to unsecured locations on his device that are outside the purview of IT.

In addition to above features, we have also added bunch of other features such as calendar integration with GoToMeeting for scheduling meetings, showing Free/Busy times and of course encryption, policy and security aspects of MDX Vault.

      

Source

blog post from Citrix “Citrix delivers email to your mobile device… securely!”

Download technology preview of Citrix @WorkMail & @WorkWeb for iOS here (Require MyCitrix ID)
* HINT look under @Applications on the webpage to find them.

Hotfix XS61E009 & XS61E010 for XenServer 6.1 support for PVS & VVS

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Provisioning, XenDesktop, XenServer

Citrix have released Hotfix XS61E009 & XS61E010 for XenServer 6.1 and now you are able to have Citrix Provisioning Services with XS 6.1 and use VVS.
I have been waiting for this for a while.

Issues Resolved In This Hotfix XS61E009

  1. Virtual Machines (VMs) with out of date XenServer Tools, may not be flagged as “out of date” in XenCenter. This hotfix resolves this issue and enables customers to be notified in XenCenter when new XenServer Tools are available.
  2. Booting a Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) target device using a Boot Device Manager (BDM) image can take an extended time to complete. This hotfix resolves this issue.

Issues Resolved In This Hotfix XS61E010

  1. Customers using XenServer Platinum Edition to license Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) may find that one PVS license per VM is checked out, rather than one PVS license per XenServer host. This may lead to a shortage of PVS licenses and an inability to provision VMs. Installing this hotfix along with CTX135672 – Hotfix CPVS61016 (Version 6.1.16) – For Citrix Provisioning Services 6.1 – English resolves this issue.
  2. Attempts to shut down Microsoft Windows Vista and later VMs can cause intermittent blue screen errors, with a "STOP: 0x0000009f..." error message.
  3. Adding more than eight NICs to Microsoft Windows Vista and later VMs, using the xe CLI can lead to a blue screen error on reboot.
  4. Copying data to a Microsoft Windows 2003 VM can cause the VMs to hang and lead to a grey screen error.
  5. When Dynamic Memory Control (DMC) is enabled, attempts to migrate Microsoft Windows XP and later VMs using XenMotion can cause the VMs to hang and lead to blue screen error.
  6. When the Citrix Xen Guest Agent service is running, Cut and Paste will not work between a XenDesktop virtual desktop and the endpoint device.
  7. Microsoft Windows XP and later VMs may hang during the boot process and may have to be forced to reboot.
  8. Attempting to install or upgrade the XenServer Tools on Microsoft Windows Vista and later VMs, which do not have access to a paravirtualized or an emulated network device can cause the installation process to hang.
  9. Manually installing the Legacy XenServer Tools without changing the device_id to 0001 can result in a "STOP: 0x0000007B..."error when rebooting a Windows VM. After installing this hotfix, customers will not be able to manually install the Legacy XenServer Tools by running xenlegacy.exe. When customers start the XenServer Tools installation process, the installwizard.msi will be launched automatically.
  10. Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) (required for third party backup solutions) was unavailable on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 in the original version of XenServer 6.1.0. After installing this hotfix, XenServer 6.1.0 customers will be able to take quiesced snapshots on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 VMs.Note VSS is not supported for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Source

Download Hotfix XS61E010 – For XenServer 6.1.0 here

Download Hotfix XS61E009 – For XenServer 6.1.0 here

Citrix Personal vDisk 5.6.10

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Personal vDisk, XenDesktop

Citrix have released a new version of Personal vDisk 5.6.10 for XenDesktop 5.6

What’s New in Personal vDisk 5.6.10

  1. The following issues have been fixed in this release:
  2. In some cases, upgrading personal vDisk from 5.6.0 to 5.6.5 or 5.6.7 may fai lbecause some registry keys on the virtual desktop cannot be deleted. ´
  3. Configuration changes made by Internet Information Services (IIS) are not persisted after restarts.
  4. In some scenarios, if an application installed by a user on a personal vDisk registers a Managed Object Format (MOF) file, the image update process fails due to MOF registration issue 0x2000002F.
  5. An administrator who creates a master image with a personal vDisk catalog cannot log on to one of the virtual desktops created from the image, and a temporary profile is created.
  6. Users are unable to access mount points and junctions on a virtual desktop.
  7. AppSense Environment Manager 8.3 is not compatible with personal vDisk.
  8. Downgrading from Version 5.6.5 or later to Version 5.6.0 might damage the personal vDisk volume and prevent it from attaching. From then on, regardless of the version of personal vDisk that is used, the error message “Cannot load Personal vDisk – Status Code 7, Error Code 0x20000006” is displayed.

Source

Download Citrix Personal vDisk 5.6.10 here (Require MyCitrix ID)

Citrix ShareFile User Management Tool 1.1

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, ShareFile

Citrix have released a new version of ShareFile User Management Tool 1.1

What is Citrix ShareFile User Management Tool

The ShareFile User Management Tool enables IT departments to provision and deprovision employee users and distribution groups in ShareFile based on Active Directory. This allows IT to leverage existing AD workflows for creating and updating users and groups and have them automatically kept in sync with ShareFile.

For Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008

New features include:

  • Additional User Create Options:  CanManageUsers and CanSeeMySettings
  • Better Dashboard Experience
  • UI Improvements
  • Ability to Add Corresponding Users Rule when Adding Group Rule.
  • Bug Fixes

Source

Download Citrix ShareFile User Management Tool 1.1 here (Require MyCitrix ID)

Citrix Receiver 1.1 for HTML5

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, HDX, Receiver, VDI-in-a-box, XenApp, XenDesktop

Citrix have released a new Citrix Receiver for HTML 5, lets dig in whats new.

About Receiver for HTML5 1.1

Receiver for HTML5 integrates with Access Gateway and StoreFront to enable users to access desktops and applications directly through their web browsers. Resources provided by XenDesktop, AppController, and XenApp are aggregated in a StoreFront store and made available through a Receiver for Web site. Users without Citrix clients installed on their devices log on to the site using HTML5-compatible web browsers and access their desktops and applications directly in browser tabs.

What’s new

Receiver for HTML5 supports a wider range of web browsers with the addition of support for Internet Explorer and Safari.

Known issues

The following is a list of known issues in this release. Read it carefully before installing the product.

SSL Relay support requires connections through Access Gateway

Users cannot connect to applications provided by XenApp deployments that include the SSL Relay without using Access Gateway. To work around this issue, ensure that all users, including users on the local network, connect to the Receiver for Web site through Access Gateway. [#289816]

Limitations

Receiver for HTML5 does not support client drive mapping.

Receiver for HTML5 user experience

Receiver for HTML5 enables users who cannot install Citrix Receiver on their devices to access their desktops and applications through their web browsers. Users without Citrix clients installed on their devices log on to Receiver for Web sites using HTML5-compatible web browsers and access their resources directly in browser tabs.

Users must connect to Receiver for Web sites through Access Gateway to access desktops provided by XenDesktop, web and SaaS applications provided by AppController, and applications provided by most supported versions of XenApp. For more information, see System requirements for Receiver for HTML5 1.1.

By setting a XenApp policy, you can enable local access through Receiver for HTML5 to applications provided by XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 1 without routing connections through Access Gateway. For more information, see Install and configure Receiver for HTML5.

To access their desktops and applications using Receiver for HTML5, users navigate to a Receiver for Web site using a HTML5-compatible browser running on a supported operating system. By default, when a user accesses a Receiver for Web site from a computer running Windows or Mac OS X, the site attempts to determine whether Citrix Receiver is installed on the user’s device. If Citrix Receiver cannot be detected, the default configuration enables users logging on to the site with a supported browser to use Receiver for HTML5. When users running Chrome OS log on to a Receiver for Web site, Receiver for HTML5 is always used.

When a user accesses a desktop or application through Receiver for HTML5, the resource starts in a new browser tab or window, according to the user’s browser settings. A floating toolbar containing controls for Receiver for HTML5 is displayed in the tab or window. The clipboard button enables users to copy and paste text between the local clipboard on the device and the resource running in the browser. Users can send the CTRL+ALT+DELETE key combination to their desktops and applications using the lock button.

Source

Download Citrix Receiver 1.1 for HTML5 here

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