Archive for April, 2013

Citrix renames Branch Repeater and Repeater products as “CloudBridge”

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, CloudBridge

Citrix renames Branch Repeater and Repeater products as “CloudBridge” products with firmware 6.2.3.

Branding Changes

Beginning with release 6.2.3, the Branch Repeater and Repeater products are renamed as CloudBridge products, except Repeater 8500 and Repeater 8800 series.

The following table list the product name and model number changes:

Branch Repeater and Repeater
Citrix CloudBridge
Branch Repeater 100, 200, and 300
Branch Repeater with Windows Server
(100, 200, and 300)
Citrix CloudBridge 600 series
Citrix CloudBridge 700 series
Repeater 310, 500, and 1000 on SDX
Repeater 1500 and 2000 on SDX
Citrix CloudBridge 4000 series
Citrix CloudBridge 5000 series
Branch Repeater VPX 2, 10, 20, and 45
Citrix CloudBridge VPX 2, 10, 20, and 45


Download 6.2.3 here for XenServer, vSphere, Hyper-V (Require MyCitrix ID)

Citrix ShareFile Sync 2.2 for Windows

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Microsoft, ShareFile, Windows 7, Windows 8

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix ShareFile Sync 2.2 for Windows

ShareFile Sync for Windows is designed to provide ShareFile Enterprise customers with an easy way to access and synchronize folders from your ShareFile account to your local computer or virtual desktop.

This release works on Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, XP and Vista.

New Features in Citrix ShareFile Sync 2.2 for Windows:

  • On-Demand Sync – Improved performance and stability with SyncEngine / SyncService optimizations and several bug fixes.
  • Proxy Configuration – An updated UI is available, which allows the user to specify credentials required for proxy authentication. The UI also allows for automatic proxy configuration using a configuration script, and automatic proxy configuration using DNS and DHCP.


Download Citrix ShareFile Sync 2.2 for Windows here

Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 – Desktop Studio DB Connection fails after installing Hotfix Update 4

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, Microsoft, SQL, XenDesktop

I am doing a HDX 3D Pro POC in Oslo with Morten Waler, and we bumb into an critical issue with a vanilla Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Controller, after applying Hotfix update 4 for Citrix XenDesktop 5.6.

If you install a fresh new Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Controller installation and apply the latest Hotfix update 4, normal you would have a button in the XenDesktop Studio dashboard saying if you want to upgrade the database this is the case with Hotfix update packages before Hotfix update 4. With Hotfix update 4 applied on a vanilla XenDesktop environment there is no upgrade database button, and if you configure the environment and create “Desktop Groups” and assign users to them, you will get and DB connection error.

Doug Nuveen from the Citrix forum, came up with this solution:

  • Uninstall Desktop Studio
  • Uninstall Broker Service
  • Uninstall Broker Powershell Snap-In

Next, install the same components from the XenDesktop 5.6 iso.

Here comes the critical part, CREATE YOUR FIRST DESKTOP GROUP! There is clearly some bug in Hotfix Update 4 that does not enable the DB Upgrade button in the Dashboard if you dont have any Desktop Groups when you run the update.

Next, install the updates from Hotfix Update 4.

  • Broker Service
  • Broker Powershell Snap-In
  • Desktop Studio from XD560DStudioWX64002

Open Desktop Studio and go to Dashboard, you should now see a button to upgrade. Hit it, select Automatic. BAM! It’s all good. Well for us that is, other users are reporting that they have problems doing the upgrade automatic and manual.


Kudos to Doug Nuveen & Morten Waler for confirming this issue and the above solution works 😉

A message to Citrix

Citrix, could you please test your XenDesktop Hotfix Update’s on your vanilla systems, before you ship them to the market.

Comparison – Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro vs Citrix XenApp HDX 3D on GRID K2 (user experience, bandwidth consumption)

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, HDX, HDX 3D, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

This video is shows the user experience with NVIDIA GRID K2 and Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro and Citrix XenApp HDX 3D virtualized with Citrix XenServer.

The users can access their DirectX / OpenGL applications through a Citrix receiver on any device with low bandwidth. Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro have a deep compression codec, which Citrix XenApp HDX 3D dont have. This video shows the bandwidth consumption, and XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro is the leader in using less bandwidth on high latency connections.

About the solution:

1 physical server in this use case: Dell PowerEdge R720 with NVIDIA GRID K2.

1 virtual machine with Windows 7 64bit with Citrix XenDesktop 5.6FP1 HDX 3D Pro and a second virtual machine with Windows Server 2008R2 with Citrix XenApp 6.5 HDX 3D. Both machines are virtualized with Citrix XenServer 6.1 and each virtual machine have GPU attached with GPU-passthrough to the a NVIDIA GRID K2 card.

The Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro have a deep compression codec integrated that usages low bandwidth, its a 1-1 solution. Best on WAN, fastest framerate.

This Citrix XenApp HDX 3D can share 1 GPU to multiple users with applications that uses OpenGL & DirectX. Best ROI, user density

Citrix XenServer 6.x & Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro &  Citrix XenApp 6.5 is running on a Dell R720 with NVIDIA GRID K2

read more on my blog about Citrix XenApp HDX 3D and Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro

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