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  • Citrix Converge 2020

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    Hi all, Citrix Converge 2020 is happening from November 2nd to November 13th and I wanted to share some of my insights into this conference. To be honest, I was not really thinking much about Citrix Converge 2019 when I first heard about it. The conference was presented as a developer conference, so I did not really think I would fit in for ...

  • CTP and CTA Application for 2021 Classes Are 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 2021! The application ...

  • CUGC WIT 2021 Applications Are Open!

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    CUGC Women in Technology–2021 Mentorship Program Applications Open! We’re so excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 CUGC Women In Tech mentoring program! This will be the program’s 5 th year, and we are so thrilled at the growth we’ve seen. (For more on the program's history and how it started, check out this blog post ...

  • Even if any third party Antivirus solutions are installed on Windows Server 2016 and 2019, Microsoft Defender, unless manually disabled, remains in Active Mode. On windows 10, it disables itself when a Non-Microsoft antivirus product is installed. It becomes extremely important to apply CVAD exclusions, if Citrix Delivery Controllers are installed on ...

  • There has been some recent change to the LTSR article around Local Host Cache upgrades: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-virtual-apps-desktops/upgrade-migrate/upgrade.html#replace-sql-server-express-localdb When upgrading Delivery Controllers to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 1912 or 2003 :  Upgrading SQL Server Express LocalDB ...

  • Posted In: Expert Insights Blogs

    Intro I have been working with Citrix deployments for many years, and the primary aspect of these environments is change. You could add a new software package to thousands of users or fresh your server hardware. Collecting and tracking performance metrics over time helps you to understand how these changes affect your user capacity and user experience. ...

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    One thing I've learned is that the Gateway vServer doesn’t really need ICA Proxy unchecked for what I am trying to do. I am not using EPA scans or anything advanced yet. But, you could do it to save a step later. Now I understand this may not be the best way, but sometimes you have to do what you need to do to secure things. 0. Check the Trust Request ...

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    Citrix Microapps service launched in 2019 and saw a realization of the value brought by the acquisition of Sapho in late 2018. Microapps help to reduce complexity involved with everyday processes in order to drive productivity gains. If you’re not familiar, it is well worth checking out the overview from Citrix. In this post, we will focus on one ...

  • During my webinar on Layering , a question came up that I did not have time to delve into, mainly because it can become a ‘holy war’ amongst us all. The question, (or statement?): Why use layering ( notice I say ‘layering’ and not ‘app layering’ ) if I have automated my image creation? I want to address the phrasing of the question first because ...

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    Introduction I recently completed a project with a client to build out a brand new, on-premises Exchange 2016 environment that required load balancing with Citrix ADC. As with most enterprise Exchange deployments, a reverse proxy and load balancing solution should be implemented for redundancy and to secure those services. This customer was previously ...

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    Citrix ADC as RDS Gateway with RDS Broker You want to use Citrix ADC as RDS Gateway with an RDS Broker for your RDS Farm? In this article I will show you how to configure this. As a basis for this article you should read the following article if possible: https://www.mycugc.org/blogs/thomas-preischl1/2020/03/05/how-to-quickly-and-easily-provide-home-office-work ...

  • How to automate NetScaler ADC firmware upgrades from NetScaler ADM ADM (Application Delivery Manager) is neat, and Citrix did a fantastic job on the product. One of the things I would like to do is automate scheduled NetScaler firmware upgrades. With Maintenance Jobs in ADM, you can. Below is a quick guide on how to achieve this for an MPX HA pair: ...

  • MCS Static Reboots in Studio

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    During this COVID-19 pandemic, I had to build 500 VDI desktops. I could only use dedicated machines because of how some software is licensed. I didn’t really care for this, but I had to do what was needed to provide remote support. This was my experience, in getting an automatic reboot with MCS Static (dedicated machines). Set the Delivery Group ...

  • CUGC Turns 5!

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    Posted In: CUGC News Blogs

    Can you believe CUGC is five years old ?  CUGC debuts at Citrix Synergy 2015 CUGC started out with 2,400 members who signed up in JUST ONE DAY at Citrix Synergy 2015, and today we've grown to over 27,000 members with more than 80 local groups around the world! (Check out that first blog post here .) From that impressive start, we hit the ...

  • 2020 XL Events Will Be Virtual!

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    Posted In: CUGC News Blogs

    CUGC – In light of the unforeseeable future of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving from in-person CUGC XLs to virtual, live events for the remainder of 2020, but don’t fret! We are working hard to create the same engaging community events in a virtual space where we can learn, share and connect with fellow members, leaders, Citrites and our Global ...

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    Hi! I'm Owen, this is my first MyCUGC blog post. I work as a virtualization expert for an IT solutions provider in Quebec, Canada. I've been working professionally in the IT industry since 2000, and from 2005 onwards, I have have seen a huge benefit to maintaining a home lab.  The thing about working in the IT industry is, once ...

  • Posted In: CUGC News Blogs

    The COVID19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging times in modern history for the entire planet. People all around the globe are being asked to behave in ways contradictory to our nature. We are a social species, and yet we are being asked to stay at home, keep our distance, not gather to enjoy the fellowship of one another, or even shake ...

  • Be a Metrics Master: New Users

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    Posted In: Expert Insights Blogs

    Intro I have been working with Citrix deployments for many years, and the primary aspect of these environments is change. You could add a new software package to thousands of users or refresh your server hardware. Collecting and tracking performance metrics over time helps you to understand how these changes affect your user capacity and user experience. ...

  • Posted In: CUGC News Blogs

    2020 was another great year for member-submitted designs in our annual t-shirt contest. Thank you to everyone who took the time to conceptualize over a dozen different ideas. Never an enviable task, our Steering Committee narrowed things down to our three finalists, and then our entire community decided on a winner. And our 2020 winner is: “Orbital” ...

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    A few years ago, I was thinking about which path I should take in my IT career. My key competencies had been clear for some time. During and after my apprenticeship at my employer ANAXCO GmbH , I was on several instructor-led Citrix classroom courses. One of my main tasks in our company is the design and configuration of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops ...