Citrix Personal vDisk 5.6.10

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.


Download Citrix Personal vDisk 5.6.10 here (Require MyCitrix ID)

Citrix ShareFile User Management Tool 1.1

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


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

Citrix Receiver 1.1 for HTML5

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]


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.


Download Citrix Receiver 1.1 for HTML5 here

Project VRC – Virtual Reality Check Phase V – Antivirus on VDI

@RSpruijt (Ruben Spruijt), @TheJeroen (Jeroen van de Kamp) and@ProjectVRC have created the whitepaper Phase 5 of the Virtual Reality Check where they focus on the impact and best practice for antivirus on VDI.

This is a must read whitepaper if you are working with VDI

project vrc phase 5

Goal of Project VRC phase IV

The primary goal of Project Virtual Reality Check phase IV is to investigate the overall scalability impact of Application Virtualization solutions within VDI. The three biggest and most commonly used vendors in the VDI market space are investigated: Citrix Application Streaming, Microsoft App-V and VMware ThinApp. These three solutions were compared in different streaming configurations. This whitepaper does a true deep dive on Application Virtualization impact within VDI.

Depending on the use case scenario, Project VRC discovered that this impact can be significant. Test results show that Application Virtualization has impact on the VDI user density, which can be decreased by 20% to 45% when Office is completely virtualized. This should be considered as a worst case scenario. When only a couple of specific (business) applications is virtualized, the session density decreases by only 3 to 12%. In practice the Application Virtualization overhead will be highly dependent on how often virtualized applications are started, and how much file IO and registry access they generate: specifically the creation of the virtualization ‘bubble’/environment for the application can have a significant overhead.


In this white paper Project VRC investigates the impact of antivirus solutions on VDI. The following questions were asked:

  • What is the performance/capacity impact of the most well-known AV solutions when used in a VDI environment?
  • How do AV solutions designed for virtual environments with so called “off-loading” architectures compare with conventional solutions from a performance perspective?
  • How does the disk IO impact compare with the different AV solutions, conventional and off-loading architectures?
  • What is the performance impact in stateless desktop environments in comparison to stateful desktops?
  • What possibilities are there for performance tuning and how does this affect the overall impact on performance impact?


Brian Madden article

Download the Project VRC – Virtual Reality Check Phase V – Antivirus on VDI here

Virtualization Matrix – Feature Comparison: VMware, Microsoft, Citrix

Andreas Groth, that have the blog have created this great overview virtualization matrix, where you are able to compare the features between VMware, Microsoft and Citrix hypervisor.


What is the “Virtualization Matrix”

… a unique vendor-agnostic reference matrix enabling you to quickly select and compare license-specific capabilities of the selected x86 server virtualization technologies …

Think of it as a freeself-service driven “consultancy tool” for x86 virtualization and private cloud.

It might look simple (that’s at least the goal) – but the Virtualization Matrix is more than just a “table”.


– currently compares and evaluates over 1000 individual features of more than 15 editions of the 3 leading x86 virtualization vendors.
– contains detailed explanations and links equaling to over 250 pages (just click on the individual feature for ‘pop-ups’ to get an idea).
– colour-coded evaluation allows you to visually compare capabilities and spot “holes” quickly

Customized Evaluation

The Custom Report enables you to taylor the matrix data to your environment, by specifying relevance and priorities and adding custom criterias to the evaluation. It will provide you with a report including simple charts that can be used as proof point for your evaluation or decisions.

Industry Insight

Over and beyond the matrix the blog (“Posts”) features news impacting relevant vendor capabilities and articles withinsights into the wider x86 virtualization market based on my personal work with the different vendors and technologies.


See the Virtualization Matrix – Feature Comparison: VMware, Microsoft, Citrix here