Community Roundtable

COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE

Members discuss all things Citrix and CUGC, as well as other emerging technologies and topics relevant to the community.

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It‘s time to say goodbye to your on-premises XenMobile Server (XMS) environment. And now, it‘s time for Cloud transformation to Citrix Endpoint Management (CEM)... The lifetime of XMS on-premises is a time-bomb and the End-of-Life date is currently still not released but could happen any week or month. And then start the last years of official support and Citrix will release only bug fixes and security patches. You can check the End-of-Life date on the Product Matrix: You’ll see new features becoming available faster in Citrix Cloud. Citrix Dev will hopefully make it to the on-prem edition too, but no guarantees! New features are released only two times ...
On February 26, the Austin , Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth CUGC groups came together for the first CUGC XL event of 2020 at Space Center Houston. It was a great day in an epic location, packed with learning and networking, as CUGC members from around Texas gathered together to hear from five awesome speakers: "EUC Choose Your Own Adventure" Steve Greenberg, CTP Fellow This was an open-ended discussion driven by choices from the audience. The way questions were asked and answered made it feel as if it was truly a community of users. "Driving Modern Passwordless Authentication with Citrix Workspace and Microsoft Azure Active Directory" ...
​ Many people use Audio in Citrix VAD. It works well, but at times it can be choppy, jittery, and lagging. I wouldn’t say it’s hard, but Citrix is kind of all over the place with the docs. The Tech Zone does a nice job on the material. One of the reasons I started blogging is that I see all kinds of blogs, but I want to do something different. I want to share my settings and get feedback on your experience. Then update my blog with your professional experience. Of course, with your approval and your credit for the work. This will allow everyone to share different configurations and what works. My intention isn’t to redo blogs or Tech Zone, but to show ALL ...
In 2015, Theresa Miller, Jo Harder and myself were awarded Citrix Technology Professionals, and it was my first chance to meet other Women in Tech who were as passionate about technology as myself. So when we got the opportunity one year later to work with the Citrix User Group Community and start a mentorship program focused on the Women in Tech, we all jumped at the chance to sponsor other women and help them reach their personal and professional goals. As we are already halfway through mentoring our class of 2020, I am so proud of my fellow leaders, the awesome mentors, the eager mentees and most of all, Stephanie Boozer (CUGC liaison and keeper of structure ...
Have you heard? The Newest Members of the CTP and CTA Classes of 2020 have been announced!  Congratulations and welcome to the newest members of the  Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and  Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA) classes of 2020! And, of course, a big pat on the back to those veteran awardees returning for another year in each program! Each year, Citrix awards Citrix technologists hailing from all over the globe for these two distinct programs. These seasoned techies bring a wealth of knowledge of Citrix solutions as well as active engagement in their local Citrix communities. Awardees do this by continually contributing, sharing knowledge ...
The CUGC 2020 T-Shirt Design Contest is officially open! Each year we invite our members to submit designs for the front of thousands of CUGC t-shirts given out at Citrix Synergy. The competition has grown year after year with more competitors submitting more creative designs. Not only will the winner see their design on thousands of CUGC T-shirts, they will win a pair of Apple Airpods Pro!  Official Contest Rules and Guidelines It’s time to put your imagination to work. Your challenge is to design an image that conveys the best of CUGC–the learning, the sharing, the networking and the community. Not a graphic artist? Don’t worry. You can submit ...
Bay Area CUGC Event Recap - 2019 Q4 What is better to start the New Year for 2020 than a recap of a 2019 CUGC event? Well, in actuality, this article sadly sat in my draft folder due to hectic nature of end of year priorities and some holiday R&R. I am going to stick with the “better late than never” adage as my sole excuse. The Bay Area CUCG team held its Q4 event at the local Citrix Office, here in Santa Clara, CA. In addition, this event included a new co-leader to the team. Yes, it’s yours truly! What an honor to be selected to join such a dedicated group of individuals with such a deep passion to better the CUGC. Being a member and attendee ...

2019 Year-End Review

2019 Year-End Review What an amazing year this was for the Citrix User Group Community, with so many members, meetings and new groups. This year added 4,500 new members, with 11 new groups started across the world! There were a total of 138 regular meetings and 8 XLs (Texas, Florida, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast, SoCal, Denmark).  I think the XLs are the best bang for anyone’s buck in the EUC and Citrix space to go to because they bring the best sessions, speakers and vendors\sponsors to a town close to you. It is worth a long drive or short flight and 1-2 nights in a hotel to come and learn more about the Citrix EUC ecosystem. If you cannot ...

Finding My Voice

“If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.” – (Warren Buffet)  Those words echoed in my brain. Last year, I was a mentee in the CUGC Women In Technology mentoring program . The experience was instrumental in helping me to gain confidence, amongst other things, and as a result, I felt empowered to speak up.  I recently had the fantastic opportunity to accomplish one of my goals, and I want to share with you how I found my voice with the help of a CUGC WiT mentor.  I somehow found the courage to co-present at a conference for experts. Yes, I said experts, EUC, Citrix experts, Microsoft ...

CUGC Great Lakes XL 2019

CUGC Great Lakes XL 2019 ​On September 26, 2019, the Chicago, Fox Valley, Madison and Milwaukee CUGC chapters joined forces again, this time at Miller Park in Milwaukee for the 2nd annual CUGC Great Lakes XL. This year, we had some great speakers: DJ Eshelman, Ron Oglesby, Theresa Miller, Ryan Butler & Jarian Gibson. Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors. I know we say this a lot, but without your support these events would not be possible!! DJ Eshelman, Citrix CTA @TheCitrixCoach led off the day with his presentation entitled "From Cubicle to Consultant: The Massive Career Opportunities in Citrix and EUC." DJ chronicled his path ...

SoCal XL 2019 Recap

SoCal XL 2019 Recap Thanks to your support and participation, we were able to pull off a great event in San Diego, CA for the EUC Community!       In title, this was the #SoCalXL, but we are excited to say there was great representation from the greater Southwest region. We had participants flying out from as far as Las Vegas for the event and great support from our CUGC family members in Phoenix on hand. Needless to say, our community continues to amaze me. It goes without question that our community is stronger because of YOU!     Regarding content, oh boy was there no shortage of great technical content! W e had the pleasure of taking ...
CUGC Midwest XL 2019 Cincinnati–home of the Reds, Skyline Chili and my adopted hometown–hosted the Second Annual Midwest XL. The Great American Ballpark, located off the mighty banks of the Ohio River, serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds (baseball’s first professional team) and the now-legendary Midwest XL. The event brought together attendees from Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Northern Indiana CUGC local groups. Now a word from our sponsors– Citrix , Bitdefender , ControlUp , eG Innovations , IGEL , Liquidware , Numecent , Nutanix , and Pivot3 –without whom this day would not have been possible. Thanks for your ...
Q3 2019 Review of Ireland CUGC This year has totally flown by. Can you believe that the Q3 meeting for CUGC in Ireland has already completed? I usually write a brief overview of the day's antics over on ronnie.ie but this one is going out out on CUGC to see if we can reach some more Citrix community fans and to find out if they like what they see. Hopefully, they can come along and join in the fun. We were back to our usual venue, the Radisson Blu in Dame Lane, Dublin in a slightly larger room downstairs. I still prefer the sky suite on top of the hotel, which does have fabulous views of the city. It's a nice spot to have a few drinks and catch ...
CUGC Women in Tech Update: Adding Men to the Mentorship Support Team Our Women In Technology Mentorship Program has continued to grow and evolve over the past few years, and we're proud of the mentees who have steadily worked on and achieved their professional development and technological goals throughout each mentorship class. After our webinar last spring with Eva Hélen , who spoke about the importance of breaking down gender bias in the workplace and in the mentorship process by adding men to the conversation, we realized that there may be a few men out there who'd like to participate as mentors in the program. In that spirit, we're excited to introduce ...
Citrix Files, Azure AD and Single Sign-On In my last post, I talked about how to ensure access to a VDI in Azure without any re-authentication using Azure AD. Here it is if you missed it:  https://www.mycugc.org/blogs/wendy-gay/2019/07/23/citrix-cloud-citrix-workspace-experience-and-feder. I wanted to follow on from that blog and show you how to access the Citrix Files application on the VDI desktop in Azure via the Citrix Workspace. The Citrix Files application is installed with the VDA now which is great, and I want to ensure that I have it (Citrix Files) sign in with no prompts or pop-ups appearing for any end-user. I want to make the user experience is ...
CTP and CTA Application Now Open! Are you interested in being more involved with other like-minded individuals who are Citrix technologists and are also huge fans & advocates of Citrix? Well, today is your lucky day! We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the CTP and CTA classes of 2020! The application window will remain open until October 31, 2019 . For details on what it takes to be a CTP or a CTA, keep reading. CTP and CTA candidates are voted into the program by the Citrix community team, CTPs and tenured CTAs. There are formal reviews and voting processes based on the candidate’s alignment with the program guidelines. ...
In the past, I’ve spent countless hours trying to translate ADMX/ADML files into corresponding registry settings. So it’s welcome that Citrix WEM Service and WEM v1909 on-premises introduce the ability to migrate GPO settings to WEM. You can read about it here Support for migrating Group Policy Objects (GPOs) from the Citrix docs and here Migrating GPO settings to WEM from James Kindon’s blog. Being able to migrate GPOs to WEM is a step in the right direction, but falls a little short for admins that don’t have access to administer GPOs. One of the use-cases for using WEM is for administrators that don’t have rights to author GPOs. For those that have administrator ...
CUGC Women in Technology–2020 Mentorship Program Applications Open! Hey Ladies … Does Your Career Need a Little Boost? Enabling women, one at a time, to gain confidence and achieve goals is the focus of the CUGC Women In Technology mentoring program. The 2019-2020 program is getting ready to start, and let us tell you about the program and the commitment.  Back in the days when the Citrix Technology Program (CTP) added its first female CTPs, Theresa Miller , Esther Barthel , and Jo Harder explored ways that women could expand beyond a single-digit percentage. Those discussions led to the creation of the CUGC WIT Mentorship Program . The ...
Microsoft FSLogix Profile Containers and Folder Redirection: Should I? It depends.   Before FSLogix Profile Containers use of any other roaming profile solution, it has also been recommended to use them in combination with Folder Redirection to help reduce the profile load time. With Profile Containers, profile load time is nearly eliminated by live mounting the Profile Container. So is Folder Redirection still necessary? With Folder Redirection, user documents are accessed at the file-level over the network from the user's redirected documents folder. Without proper considerations, Folder Redirection can harm user experience and performance of the backend ...