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EXPERT INSIGHTS

Thoughts shared by CUGC members who are recognized experts in Citrix technologies.

Automating Citrix Cloud & Windows Virtual Desktop by Chris Jeucken and Chris Twiest (Be sure to check out the upcoming User Share webinar based on this blog–Oct. 30, 1PM ET.) Introduction The year 2019 has been all about Windows Virtual Desktop. If you are even slightly active in the IT circles on social media, you have definitely read about it. The most interesting part about it is the fact that it finally turns Windows 10 into a multi-user OS. Of course, there are other benefits (access to FSLogix!), but that’s not what this blog is about, nor is it about Citrix’s reaction to it in the form of Citrix Managed Desktop. As the title ...
This post is a collaborative recap by CTAs Preston Gallwas and Martin Therkelsen Citrix Converge wrapped up on October 3 rd , 2019 at the Citrix campus in Santa Clara, California. The event was a first of its kind and, as Citrix put it, is the first step in creating a community of developers that are engaged and prepared to take advantage of the platform that Citrix is developing for the MicroApps platform.   The event kicked off with breakfast and networking opportunities. The start of the day was quite relaxed as more than 100 developers from around the globe filed in, had some morning coffee and introduced themselves. A variety of Citrites ...
Citrix Workspace Service Setup As I am going through my first Citrix Cloud/Workspace/CVAD deployment, I thought I'd blog the process I go through to configure Workspace. This blog post will get updated as I go and discover more about Workspace.   After authenticating into your Citrix Cloud instance, browse to Workspace Configuration   Access Enable the Workspace URL and then click Edit . Choose a relevant name for your Workspace URL, once it has been Saved , it can take 10 minutes to become available as mentioned below. Authentication Select the authentication method used to sign into Workspace. Configuration of each ...
Have PowerShell Keep Your Confidential Information…Confidential! As an IT professional, you have no doubt needed to run processes with elevated privileges. PowerShell makes it quite easy with the Get-Credential cmdlet: $creds = Get-Credential This pops up a window for you to securely enter your credentials: You can then use the credentials in cmdlets that support the -Credential parameter. So, if I wanted to connect to a DDC to get a list of all Citrix sessions, I might do something similar to the following: $sessions = Invoke-Command -ComputerName CitrixDDC01 -Credential $creds -ScriptBlock {        Add-PSSnapin Citrix* ...
Citrix Cloud – Connecting your Local Site as a Data Source for Analytics In this, my first blog on the CUGC site, I would like to run through how we connect to your local Citrix site and allow Citrix cloud analytics service to collect all the data touch points which enable the service to make some intelligent decisions around Security & Operations. In the coming updates, we will also see the introduction into performance details and user scores.  I recently authored a quick post on ronnie.ie  which details how to connect a site to Citrix cloud. This is the first requirement before you are able to connect the site as a data source, which will be accessible ...
Introducing PowerScale! A Community Driven SmartScale Replacement by Leee Jeffries Hello All! :) Yesterday, a CUGC Webinar took place covering a new community project called PowerScale ! (Click here for the recording and slide deck.) PowerScale is a community-driven replacement for Citrix SmartScale, which went end of life in July 2019. PowerScale was created by Leee Jeffries , in response to a number of clients he works with asking for similar features. PowerScale provides the following scaling features for Virtual Machines in a XenDesktop Environment: Scaling by Virtual Machine Numbers Scaling by CPU/RAM Scaling on a scheduled basis ...
For customers on the Current Release path for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, one of the best features available to you is the ever-growing list of cool stuff that Director Introduces. A few features that I find have not gained enough love, given how important and awesome they are, are listed below with some real life data against them: Profile Management Drill Down . No kidding, as I was writing this post, I was working with a customer who just upgraded to 1906 from LTSR 7.15. Their profile load times (showing at 40 seconds for one user), took about 5 seconds in Director to identify the problem. Two guesses as to what was going wrong… Interactive ...
Swimming to Success with Citrix Cloud   Introduction As a child and young man, I was involved in swimming. Many an hour was spent within the swim lane, every week, early morning and evening. This culminated in some races/galas that I took part in and sometimes I was able to bring home a medal, a smile and some chlorinated hair. Eventually, I reached the stage where the effort vs. the reward was not worth it. In hindsight, this was a mistake, and partly brought on by misjudging the benefits and rewards I was getting from the experience. The way I was judging the success I achieved from the sport was narrow, limited, and lacked the vision for my future ...
Suggested Leading Practises for the Secure Browsing Service This wasn’t supposed to be a series, but it's now a 3-part series. The first post is available at “ Secure Internet Browsing or Surfing for Every & Anyone ." In part 3, I’ll take a closer look at the integrations into Citrix Workspace and the Citrix Endpoint Management Service, but for this post, I am going to explore some of my suggested leading practises for setting up and consuming the Citrix Secure Browsing Service from https://citrix.cloud.ccom . What are regions and which do I select? The Secure Browsing Service (SBS) supports up to 5x regions. These are West US, East US, Southeast ...
The Complete Guide: AzureAD SAML Authentication into Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops through Citrix Gateway Took me a while to get this blog post going. There is a lot of information out there. It took me looking over a bunch of other blogs to get this working. I figured I would write up everything I learned and found in this guide. Thanks to the following references.  Aaron Parker , Carl Stalhood , Jason Samuel , and Anton Van Pelt . I’m sure there were some other links I used, but these were the biggest contributors. This article assumes a couple of things: You already have a fully working Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment You have ...
If you've been following my blog posts over the last couple weeks, you have probably seen two major products have released to web, one shortly after the other. Here are two of my more recent posts: NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software v8.0 Just Released! Now Supporting Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019! - Dated April 16th, 2019 Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServer) 8.0 Just Released! Now Supporting Windows Server 2019! - Dated April 25th, 2019 As you can see from the dates on these two blog posts, XenServer 8.0 was released within two weeks of NVIDIA vGPU Software v8.0. Many of us in the Citrix/NVIDIA community were left wondering ...
A Tale of Two Servers, Part 3: The Influence of NUMA, CPUs and Sockets/Cores-per-Socket, plus Other VM Settings on Apps and GPU Performance The previous installment discussed some more details of the influence of BIOS settings on performance and also discussed the importance of the choice and configuration of GPUs, including some discussion of the GPU scheduler, which is specific to the NVIDIA Tesla line of GPUs. In this follow-up blog to Part 2 , the long-awaited detailed discussion of how the overall performance gains were realized over the stock configuration are presented. A number of interesting side topics are also brought into the discussion, and ...
A Tale of Two Servers, Part 2: How Not Only BIOS Settings, But Also GPU Settings Can Affect Your Apps and GPU Performance Servers can only do their job well if they are optimized and tuned to perform their duties that best suit the applications they run and fulfill the expectations of those who use them. This short series of articles strives to address in particular how the increasingly more common combination of servers and embedded GPUs deserves special attention to bring out the best in both. This is a follow-up to the original article , which dealt primarily with BIOS settings and how they affect CPU and GPU performance. In that article, it was mentioned ...
Citrix offers a SaaS style model allowing organisations of any size, industry to enable + enjoy safe, secure internet browsing of the World Wide Web (WWW) while improving security and securing (un)sanctioned web traffic throughout the corporate network for centralised (Wi-Fi/Wired) and decentralised (VPNs) use cases and scenarios. Below are a few personal suggested views on why you should consume the Citrix Secure Browsing Service (SBS) – https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-cloud/secure-browser-service.html today within your modern workplace + workspace, including a simple (and not 100%) architectural diagram. Architectural Diagram Suggested: Why ...
When you’re responsible for the care and feeding of your Citrix environment, it is important to keep tabs on your licensing status.   In particular, if you have a license type that expires, it is important to monitor that data point to ensure you don’t ever have a “Bad Day™.” The Citrix licensing documentation explains the different sections of the license files. Specifically, we’re interested in section 3, “INCREMENT,” with the “ CSS_expiry_date ” and “ exp_date ”.   The license counts themselves are actually available from the Citrix WMI provider, if you’re interested in monitoring those. To monitor these dates in LogicMonitor, we’re ...
One of our favorite and most overlooked products in the Citrix line is Session Recording. It gives an ability to see what is happening with the users and not just hearsay. One of the problems is that if the wrong people have access, it becomes an HR nightmare. I am not here to discuss that issue, but to show the latest frustrations with this wonderful product. Background We have what most people would call a very large environment. With a concurrent peak utilization daily of over 20k users, I can agree. This includes XenDesktop Desktop and Shared workloads across multiple datacenters. Here are the specs used at the beginning after reading the Citrix articles: ...
Hi folks, this is the second post in my blog series on “ The Future of Work is Today NOT tomorrow. ” My first post is available at: https://www.mycugc.org/blogs/lyndon-jon-martin/2019/03/17/the-future-of-work-is-today-not-tomorrow-part-1 . My first post had a significant impact (a lot more than I initially thought) and the number of folks (worldwide) asking me questions has been pretty incredible. Therefore, I’ve published a few social media posts ahead to visually show what is in my new Citrix Workspace (an example post below) to reduce the tidal, NO, tsunami wave, of questions. The picture above depicts my current Citrix Workspace, but it didn’t ...
Ingredients for a modern workplace design with mobile devices It's been a while now that Citrix owns an ADC product that over the course of time gained superior VPN features, including a SAML-capable always-on flavor. Previously known as NetScaler, it's now labeled Citrix ADC/Gateway . It's also years ago now, that Citrix acquired a MDM vendor and made this a UEM solution (unified endpoint management). Previously known as Zenprise, and a while in between also called XenMobile, it's now called  Citrix Endpoint Management . Five years ago, Citrix entered the Smartphone/Tablet world, providing a business suite of enterprise-grade apps such as Citrix SecureMail ...
Let's talk Citrix Cloud. More specifically, the Citrix Cloud Connector and its relationship with your network. So, what is the Cloud Connector? Docs.citrix.com tells us: "Citrix Cloud Connector: Provides communication between the resources in the resource location and the Citrix Cloud." In other words, it's a vital component. It's the bridge between the resources your users do their work on, and the management plane for you as an admin, in the (Citrix) cloud. Citrix recommends deploying two Cloud Connectors per resource location to provide high availability. What is a resource location you may ask? Again, docs.citrix.com tells us: "Resource locations ...
Hi, my name is Lyndon-Jon (L-J for short - as most folks call me). I work for Citrix and I'm also proud to be awarded Citrix Technology Advocate 2019. I recently changed focus within my current role to be geared towards customers in the field and with that change comes a different way of working, including rules of engagement, language, culture, etc. I personally don’t like carrying backpacks unnecessarily for any length of time as, on occasion, when my recurring sporting injury flares up, the tension headaches can become incredibly intensive and on a whole new level. Therefore, lugging around a backpack of any size or weight causes further inflammation ...