The CUGC User Share webinar series features members sharing challenges, solutions and lessons learned. This is free-form user driven content.

Upcoming Webinars


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Building a Citrix XenApp Disaster Recovery Environment? Consider NetScaler GSLB & Microsoft Azure Recovery Services

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

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CUGC User Share: In this webinar, we will cover all aspects of setting up a Citrix XenApp / NetScaler Disaster Recovery environment in the Microsoft Azure Cloud. We will take you on an in-depth walk-through of how to use Citrix NetScaler GSLB between your on-premises and Azure environment to secure the NetScaler Gateway and add cloud-based high-availability for your users. Presentation also includes NetScaler best practices on: Azure Configuration, (backup) load-balancing vServers, and GSLB.

Presentation includes live Q&A with attendees.

Presenters:

David Brett 
Networking SIG Leader, CTP

Christiaan Brinkhoff
Sr. Workspace Consultant, Detron

Carsten Bruns 
Networking SIG Leader, CTA

Presented by CUGC and the CUGC Networking SIG, this webinar is free for all members.

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XenApp / XenDesktop Tech Update

Thursday, September 14, 2017

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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CUGC User Share: Join Daniel Feller, Citrix Lead Architect, for an in-depth look at the latest with XenApp and XenDesktop, including updates on the latest releases, best practices and design guidance, and the recommended storage optimization practices. Presentation will include participant Q&A.

Presenter:

Daniel Feller 
Citrix Lead Architect

Daniel Feller, Citrix Lead Architect, Desktop and Apps Group. With an app and desktop virtualization history dating back to 1997, Daniel has participated in many types of deployments and taken on many different roles. After graduating from Purdue University, Daniel started out as an IT admin deploying WinFrame and MetaFrame 1.0. He soon joined Citrix Consulting as one of the first consultants and spent over a decade working on some of the world's largest and most complex environments.

Presented by CUGC, this webinar is free for all members.

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Previous Webinars


NetScaler Meets Azure and Office 365–A Surprise Story

Held Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 1:30 PM EDT

 

CTP Thorsten Rood presented this two-part webinar to show the intersections between these technology tiers and how NetScaler connects existing environments to the cloud; how it protects your data in a world becoming more complex; and how it simplifies the user experience. He busted several popular myths and explained where “going into cloud” by itself is not sufficient for being well prepared for ongoing and future demands. See how an ADC still today closes functionality and security gaps in either hybrid or cloud-only deployments (this for sure will all work without ADFS again, grin) and how this all also fits into the new Citrix Cloud Services offering. Click here to view the recording.


Microsoft Containers in a Citrix World

Held Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

 

CUGC Content Working Group member & CTP Mike Nelson, along with UK CUGC Leader & CTP Andrew Wood, updated their session from Citrix Synergy 2017, which covered what Microsoft Containers are and how they can help solve problems and make your Citrix environment more resilient. They also demonstrated how Containers could be used to automate scale for Citrix implementations. Click here to view the recording.


Comparison: Delivering Virtual Desktops from XenDesktop 7.x or Horizon 7.x?

Held Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

 

Kansas City Metro CUGC Leader & CTP Jarian Gibson, along with Cincinnati CUGC Leader & CTP Eduardo Molina, delivered their updated Citrix Synergy 2017 session for CUGC. They covered how Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon desktop virtualization solutions stack up against each other. They also discussed updates and differences between the two, compared features and functionality from each new release, and relayed experiences from the field in design and implementation. Finally, they looked at how newer cloud options bring more functionality to desktop virtualization solutions. Click here to view the recording.


Delivering and Optimizing Citrix from Microsoft Azure

Held Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

 

Networking SIG leaders and CTPs Marius Sandbu and David Brett dove deep into automating setup of Citrix components in Microsoft Azure using Resource Manager, including implementation, best practices and other automation methods like Citrix provisioning and Citrix Cloud Lifecycle Management. They talked about other options to deliver service from Microsoft Azure using XenApp Express, Windows 10 VDI & Citrix Cloud; and took a closer look at leveraging OMS to monitor the environment, doing automatic repair of services using Citrix Octoblu and finally leveraging NetScaler and EMS to get conditional access to resources. They showed different provisioning methods against Azure from Citrix, the basic building blocks of Azure, best practices in terms of setting up resources in Azure along with other deployment options to deliver desktops and apps from Azure & Citrix Cloud. Click here to view the recording, and here to view the slide deck.


Citrix NetScaler in Microsoft Azure

Held Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

  

Networking SIG leaders Carsten Bruns, CTA, Marius Sandbu, CTP, and David Brett provided a comprehensive look at all aspects of setting up NetScaler in Microsoft Azure. The began with an overview of Microsoft Azure and then went more in-depth into Azure Resource Manager and Networking topology and settings. They also walked through best-practices of deploying Citrix NetScaler in Azure, how to do load-testing, and all the other things you need to know about. CUGC Women in Tech co-founder and CTP Esther Barthel moderated the Q&A discussion. Click here to view the recording.


Build a XenApp Real-Time Session Monitoring Dashboard

Held Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

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In this encore Citrix Synergy 2017 session, CTP Sam Jacobs showed how to build a dashboard that can display and filter session and latency information for all the XenApp sessions in your farm. Using PowerShell and the XenApp SDK, he explained how to build a Windows application to enumerate and filter the sessions using any combination of user ID, username, server, state (active/disconnected) and application. This extremely useful utility can be used by administrators and Help Desks alike to easily identify trouble spots. While this is a session geared towards developers, no development experience is necessary to use the software that will be shared. France CUGC Leader and CTP Samuel Legrand moderated the live Q&A. Click here to view the recording.


Preventing Possible PVS Pain Points

Held Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

  

UK CUGC Leaders and CTPs Jim Moyle and Andrew Wood presented an updated version of their Citrix Synergy 2017 presentation on the most popular delivery technology: Citrix Provisioning Services. They looked at the key technologies for removing common issues for user experience and service delivery. From image consistency to service consistency through the correct tooling to enable you and your team to do your job efficiently and to get the best work/life balance–or get to the pub quicker, whichever you'd prefer. Presentation included live Q&A. Click here to view the recording.


NetScaler Use Cases in Healthcare & NetScaler 12 Updates

Held Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

    

CUGC Healthcare SIG leader Dan Schlimme began the presentation with a use-case scenario of his implementation of NetScaler at Novant Health, with Q&A discussion. Afterward, Networking SIG leaders Dave BrettCarsten Bruns and Jason Samuel followed up with a NetScaler 12.0 & NetScaler MAS 12.0 discussion on new features and updates, and took questions from participants. Click here to view the recording.


Lab it Up! with Citrix Unidesk Part 2: PVS

Held Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 1:30 PM EDT

  

Rob Zylowski and Robert Shaw of Citrix Unidesk returned to present Part 2 of last month's popular Lab it Up! with Citrix Unidesk POC webinar, this time focusing on PVS. They provided a hands-on demonstration of how Citrix Application Layering integrates with PVS and how you would set up the integration in your own environment. Charlotte CUGC leader Andy Whiteside and The Triad CUGC leader David Ott moderated the discussion, which included ongoing Q&A from attendees. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Windows 10 on XenDesktop Part 2: Universal Apps Platform and File Type Associations

Held Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

CTA and CUGC member James Rankin returned for Part 2 in his Windows 10 on XenDesktop series, to take a closer look at Microsoft's Universal Apps Platform and File Type Associations. He discussed what changes Universal Apps Platform brings from an application management perspective, then moved on to the problem of File Type Associations (FTAs) in Windows 10 – which may seem to be a small issue, but FTA-related incidents were responsible for a full 16% of the support calls in our first large-scale Windows 10 migration. CTP and UK CUGC Steering Committee member Andrew Wood moderated the live attendee Q&A discussion. Click here to view a recording of the webinar, and here to see the slide deck.


State & Local Govt. SIG: Washington State DOT NetScaler Case Study

Held Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

State & Local Govt. SIG leaders Aaron Hutchinson, Washington State DOT, and  John FlanaganWake County, NC, shared how the Washington State DOT used Citrix NetScaler to take away headaches from their old load balancing technology and ease the burden on their expansive web server infrastructure. CUGC Charlotte leader Andy Whiteside facilitated the live attendee Q&A discussion. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Best Practices for Citrix with App-V

Held Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

Tim Mangan, CTP and Boston CUGC Leader, gave an in-depth look at implementing App-V with Citrix technologies, stepping through best practices and scenarios. CTP and CUGC Steering Committee VP Tobias Kreidl moderated the extensive Q&A, and with his colleague, Kristopher Bullins, shared their own experiences at Northern Arizona University. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Lab it Up! With Citrix Unidesk

Held Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST

   

Rob Zylowski, Citrix Senior Solution Architect, and Robert Shaw, Citrix Solution Architect, Citrix Lead Architect, led this in-depth discussion and demo of Citrix Unidesk, walking through how Citrix App Layering works and guiding a hands-on setup of the environment in a lab setup. Throughout the 2.5-hour proof of concept, Andy Whiteside (Charlotte CUGC) and David Ott (The Triad NC CUGC) fielded questions from the attendees and facilitated discussion. Click here to view a recording of the webinar, and here to see a partial transcript of the Q&A.


XenApp & XenDesktop Tech Update, February 2017

Held Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST

Daniel Feller, Citrix Lead Architect, Desktop and Apps group and CUGC member, returned with the latest updates for XenApp and XenDesktop, including app layering, ICA, app tagging, PVS accelerator and more. CTP and CUGC member Carl Webster moderated the live Q&A. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Networking SIG: Cloud Services and Cloud-based Federation

Held Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST

    

SIG leaders and CTPs David Brett, Jason Samuel, and Marius Sandbu put together this webinar on setting up NetScaler as a single point of authentication against Google, Azure and ADFS, leveraging AAA policies to deliver single sign-on to both XenDesktop and other web applications. They took a closer look at the integration between NetScaler and Microsoft EMS to deliver conditional access, and NetScaler Gateway as a service and how it works. Presentation included live Q&A discussion. Click here to watch the recorded presentation. (**Note that this recording only includes David and Jason's portion, as Marius was unable to attend due to illness. Stay tuned for an additional recording of Marius' presentation when it becomes available.)


Windows 10 on XenDesktop Part 1–Editions, Branches and Migration

Held Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST

    

CTA James Rankin discussed the challenges brought by Windows 10, both for VDI and traditional environments. Perhaps the biggest jump and adjustment is with regards to updates and migration. For administrators and architects, adapting the approach of the enterprise towards these new challenges is key. James discussed Windows 10 editions and features, the various servicing branches associated with each edition, and how to adapt your migration approach to embrace the new rapid-update cadence as a boon rather than a millstone. CTP and UK CUGC Steering Committee member Andrew Wood moderated the live Q&A throughout the discussion. Click here to view the recording.


NetScaler Automation–Talking NITRO with PowerShell

Held Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST

    

CTP Esther Barthel presented this informative session on practical tips and tricks for automating a NetScaler VPX deployment and configuration using NITRO (NetScaler's REST API) and PowerShell. She showed how to include NetScaler in your deployment strategies to automatically deliver a preconfigured XenDesktop infrastructure, with a couple of demos. She covered About the REST API and NetScaler's NITRO-based API framework, how PowerShell can automate NetScaler configuration with NITRO (REST API) calls, and how PowerShell scripting can automate the deployment of NetScaler VPX on XenServer or vSphere hypervisors with a fixed IP address. CTP and CUGC member Mike Nelson moderated the live Q&A throughout the discussion. Click here to view the recording.


Welcome to Citrix Workspace Environment Management (WEM)

Held Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

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CTP and Phoenix Metro CUGC local leader Steve Greenberg, along with CUGC member Hal Lange presented an in-depth look at Citrix Workspace Environment Manager (WEM), covering everything from what it is, to the benefits and configurations, and a live demo of how it all works. CTP and CUGC member Carl Webster moderated the extensive live Q&A throughout the discussion. Click here to view the recording.


Networking SIG: Deep Dive NetScaler MAS, Architecture, Monitoring & Automation, and Integration with Container Orchestration Environments

Held Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

    

SIG leaders David Brett (CTA) and Marius Sandbu (CTA), along with fellow CTA and CUGC member Carsten Bruns led this 90-minute presentation on NetScaler MAS. They provided an overview of the features and architecture, and outlined the different roles and nodes within NetScaler MAS. Topics also included licensing requirements and how you can monitor your NetScaler environment; NetScaler MAS Stylebooks and Automation; how to create and deploy a pre-defined application on your NetScaler to best practice; the options that MAS gives you on automation; and also how to integrate MAS and CPX in a container orchestration environment such as Kuberbetes and Mesosphere (and what kind benefits CPX). Presentation included live Q&A discussion. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


Healthcare SIG: Case Study with Novant Health–How Imprivata and Citrix Helped Provide a Secure Environment

Held Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

Dan Schlimme, Healthcare SIG leader and Enterprise Systems Architect at Novant Health, along with colleague Jon Willauer, Senior Systems Analyst, shared a use-case look at how Novant Health employs Imprivata and Citrix technologies to provide a secure environment and maintain a reliable enduser experience. Dan and Jon covered the user experience, from logon to workflow, as well as their pros and cons list of their solution implementation. Presentation included interactive participant Q&A throughout. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


State & Local Government SIG: Q&A with Rowan County, NC Government

Held Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

Randy J. Cress, CIO, and Justin Crabtree, Network Manager, of Rowan County, NC talked with CUGC member moderator Andy Whiteside about their Citrix story and how the maintain their environment. Rowan County, NC has been using Citrix for over seven years. They support 750 full time users across 22 departments. They utilize a single master image running on 44 production virtual servers with VMware as the hypervisor. This allows them to deliver a consistent environment to all users seamlessly across multiple device types. They have been able to take a more proactive approach to IT, allowing for rapid updates to meet the ever changing needs for their users. Presentation included interactive participant Q&A throughout. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


XenApp & XenDesktop Tech Update, September 2016

Held Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

Daniel Feller, Citrix Lead Architect, Desktop and Apps group and CUGC member, discusses staying ahead of the game as Citrix XenApp continues to evolve. Are you incorporating the latest technologies and recommendations into your implementations? What about the RAM caching capabilities of Provisioning Services? How does Office 2016 and Windows 10 impact you? What impact does the latest HDX protocol have on user density? This is the latest on scaling XenApp for XenServer, Hyper-V and vSphere, as well as how Citrix can optimize Microsoft Skype for Business. Daniel presents the latest sizing and density recommendations, updated best practices and design guidance, and the recommended storage optimization practices. CTP and CUGC Steering Committee member Tobias Kreidl moderated the live Q&A. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Networking SIG: NetScaler 11.1, CPX, plus Management and Analytics

Held Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

CTP Jason SamuelDave Brett, and Marius Sandbu; all CUGC Members and Networking SIG Leaders, as well as active bloggers and "NetScaler Enthusiasts" provided a high level look at what NetScaler CPX is and what it can mean for you. They also talked about how the NetScaler Management and Analytics System will change your management and visibility, plus all the latest NetScaler announcements from Citrix Synergy 2016.  This was a jam-packed hour with overviews, technical information and demos of the latest NetScaler release. Presentation included participant Q&A. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


Citrix Core Products and IoT: What Does it Mean for Me?

Held Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

  

For decades, Citrix has been the leader in Virtual Application and Desktop delivery. In recent times, a new era of technology has arisen known as “The Internet of Things” (IoT). What are the possibilities of combining core Citrix products/functionality with IoT? What does it mean for me? Joe Shonk and Steve Greenberg, both CTPs and Phoenix Metro CUGC leaders, ventured down the rabbit hole of cool demos, useful features and a new world of possibilities. Presentation was followed by participant Q&A. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


Deploying XenApp/XenDesktop to AWS and Azure with Workspace Cloud Lifecycle Management

Held Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

   

CUGC local group leaders Eduardo Molina (Cincinnati) and Jarian Gibson (Kansas City Metro) discussed Citrix Lifecycle management as a great resource for all Citrix Administrators and potential customers to accelerate rollout of environments for Proof of Concept or full production deployments, whether these deployments are done in on-premises data centers or leveraging cloud resources such as AWS or Microsoft Azure. They discussed and reviewed blueprints, and how to troubleshoot a deployment that fails to complete based on our field experience. They covered main concepts about Lifecycle management such as Blueprints, Deployment profiles, Resource Locations, CLM services, and Connector server, along with  observations about pricing when deploying a XenDesktop demo environment on AWS and Azure. Discussion-style presentation was facilitated by Charlotte CUGC leaders Bob Bair and Andy Whiteside. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


NetScaler Documentation Script Using Nitro APIs

Held Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

   

Barry Schiffer, CTP, Dutch CUGC leader, and IT Architect at SLTN Inter Access, with Iain Brighton, UK CUGC Steering Committee member and Founder and Consultant of Virtual Engine shared their latest NetScaler documentation script, and explained how to utilize the Nitro API from Powershell. They  also demonstrated full compatibility with NetScaler 11 and talked a bit about future plans, with a small teaser of their next project. The presentation was followed by participant Q&A. Click here to watch the recorded presentation, and here for Barry's PowerPoint deck.


State & Local Government SIG: Delivering Apps as a Service Courtesy of Central IT

Held Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

Oscar Garcia, Senior Citrix Architect at the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB), CUGC member and a leader of the State & Local Government SIG, discussed the various design decisions made at DTMB in order to support agencies’ differing security requirements as part of their statewide IT consolidation. Learn how DTMB was able to meet these requirements by utilizing XenApp and NetScaler as their core delivery platform. Click here to watch the recorded presentation.


XenApp & XenDesktop Tech Update Vol. 7

Held Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

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Daniel Feller, Citrix Lead Architect, Desktop and Apps group and CUGC member, discusses staying ahead of the game as Citrix XenApp continues to evolve. Are you incorporating the latest technologies and recommendations into your implementations? What about the RAM caching capabilities of Provisioning Services? How does Office 2016 and Windows 10 impact you? What impact does the latest HDX protocol have on user density? This is the latest on scaling XenApp for XenServer, Hyper-V and vSphere, as well as how Citrix can optimize Microsoft Skype for Business. Daniel presents the latest sizing and density recommendations, updated best practices and design guidance, and the recommended storage optimization practices. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Citrix Solutions at Indiana University: Where They've Been and Where They're Going

Held Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST

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Justin Glass, Citrix Senior Systems and Desktops Specialist at Indiana University and CUGC Member, discusses how Indiana University designed and implemented their Citrix solutions, including: concepts, server hardware, storage, imaging concepts, hypervisors, application integration, user settings management, application settings management, user data and much more. The webinar was presented by CUGC and the Charlotte CUGC. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Citrix Application & Desktop Virtualization Implementation

Held Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST

Dr. Bill Bailey, Systems Architect at High Point Regional - UNC Health Care and CUGC Member, discusses his virtual desktop and application story and answers questions about how UNC Health Care is implementing its solution. The webinar was presented by CUGC and the Charlotte CUGC. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


VDI Transformation

Held Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST


Josiah Foster and Mike Kay of Nationstar share their journey of desktop transformation. Learn how Nationstar, through a combination of Citrix Provisioning Services, AppSense DesktopNow solutions, and Atlantis Computing ILIO accelerate time-to-value following strategic M&As. This webinar was presented by CUGC and DFW CUGC. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.