Sep 182013
 

Microsoft gives us no built-in features to provide high availability (HA), fault tolerance (FT) or load balancing (LB) for the App-V 5 publishing service, see the following article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2780309

With a little magic from a Citrix NetScaler this is actually very easy to achieve!
The following is a step by step guide to load balance your App-V 5 servers with a Cirix NetScaler 10.1, which should get you going in less than 30 minutes. This guide will also work for most other components using IIS, like AppSense Personalization. Continue reading »

Jul 112013
 

With the release of Citrix XenDesktop 7 and Citrix XenApp Feature Pack 2, there has been a lot of tweeting and blogging going on about an exciting new feature: Local App Access aka reversed seamless.

Actually, this feature has been around for a while (Brian Madden wrote a good article about it) and although Citrix probably won’t support it, there are also some alternative ways of getting it to work.
Almost a year ago I implemented local app access with the help of the following document: http://www.citrix.com/content/dam/citrix/en_us/documents/products/ps_csp_reverse_seamless.pdf

According to the document you need the desktop viewer to make it work.
The document is for Citrix XenApp 6.5 but Citrix does not support the desktop viewer on Citrix XenApp 6.5 (at least not at that time), this is why I tried to get it to work without.
I did some testing with the implementation and actually found it working more stable WITHOUT the desktop viewer!

Anyway, here’s how I did it (which is slightly different from the documentation in the link above): Continue reading »

Jul 102013
 

To make sure the performance of the Citrix Provisioning Services Target Device and Citrix Provisioning Services Server is not too greatly impacted by your antivirus solution, Citrix has come up with a few best practices and recommendations over the last few years.

After the release of Citrix Provisioning Services 7.0 a few weeks back, I noticed some of the exclusions mentioned in http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX124185 and http://blogs.citrix.com/2012/11/04/pvs-and-the-forgotten-antivirus-exclusions have changed or are missing.

Below you will find an overview of the files and folders you need to exclude for Citrix Provisioning Services 7: Continue reading »

May 162013
 

If you would like to automate the installation of your AppSense DesktopNow server(s), here is how to do it with PowerShell!

Start by downloading AppSense DesktopNow from myAppSense and extract it on your fileserver to a folder named “DesktopNow”.

Alter the values in the script below, save it as a ps1 file and you should be good to go.
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Mar 072013
 

Have you ever wondered if it really necessary to personalize an application using AppSense Personalization? Or do you blindly personalize all your applications?

You should only personalize applications that users need personalized settings for.
If you put all your applications in AppSense Personalization, you will end up with a personalization configuration that is hard to manage, crashes applications that were stable (and don’t need any kind of personalization) and a personalization database that is way too large.

My co-worker Ben Pelzer (@benpelzer22) created a very handy flowchart (see link below) that can help you decide whether to personalize an application or not.After deciding your applications needs personalization, just follow the steps shown in the flowchart. Continue reading »

Feb 112013
 

If you want to migrate to Microsoft App-V 5.0 you’ll soon discover that you can’t import your old App-V 4.5 and App-V 4.6 applications because they are in a different format.

The new Microsoft App-V 5.0 sequencer comes with two PowerShell cmdlets which help you test and convert your existing applications to the new App-V 5.0 “.appv” format.

NoMoreFour wraps these two cmdlets in an easy to use GUI application, allowing you to convert all of your applications to App-V 5.0 with zero PowerShell knowledge required.
Additionally, NoMoreFour can batch convert all your applications at once, saving you lots of time (and money) without having to resort to PowerShell scripting.
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Aug 232012
 

After running pfSense as a transparent firewall on my VMware ESXi 5 whitebox lab setup for nearly a year, I decided to setup pfSense as my home internet router.
To do that I needed an additional NIC in my whitebox, so I bought  a second Intel Pro/1000 GT.

After installing the NIC, VMware booted as normal and the NIC was immediately recognized. Only a few hours later, my whitebox crashed with a kernel panic.
The VMware ESXi 5 host reported a “Spin count exceeded” and “possible deadlock” in the purple diagnostic screen. Continue reading »

Jul 092012
 

Task Nanny is a locked down task manager for Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View, RDS, Terminal Services or any other locked down desktop environments in which you do not want to expose the Microsoft Windows task manager to the end user.

Unlike other free alternative task managers, Task Nanny does not show the user a (for an end user hard to understand) list of his running processes. Instead, Task Nanny shows the user the actual tasks which the Microsoft Windows task manager application tab shows, which is a lot easier and more understandable for the user.
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Jun 262012
 

Farm Nanny 2.1 is available and now features a Citrix XenApp farm & server reporting / documentation module.

The Farm Nanny Reporter exports all data (and more!) that you see in the Farm Nanny Resource Monitor to an Excel sheet, without the need to have Microsoft Excel installed on your server.

With the Farm Nanny Reporter you don’t have to run PowerShell scripts (which require you to install the XenApp SDK on your server) on your servers to document your Citrix XenApp farm: Just click the button and you’re done!
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