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E2EVC Amsterdam 2018

From the 8th till the 10th of June 2018 the E2EVC Amsterdam 2018 took place again. Already the 38th event and as this event in the Netherlands it was a kind of home match for me (just one hour fifteen minutes ride without traffic jams from my home). Although it was in the Netherlands again a lot of Dutch people were there again. Unfortunate I only could attend the first day, family priorities made it impossible to join on the weekend days. Nevertheless I blogged my experiences of the first day.


Alex opened traditionally the event talking about the vision, history and tradition of the conference. Cool that I can summarize an introduction of more than ½ hour talking in one sentence…… and yes I already forgot something with a hat and glasses with a black paper in front of it 😊

More traditions as ControlUp kicked off the event with the first session. Eugine started off that version 7.2 is there and as usual Eugine explains the new enhancements. He started off with the hypervisors support including VMware, AHV, Hyper-V and XenServer, where AHV is new in 7.2. Also a new “guess feature” that automatically goes to a part based where you have clicked into the console. Eugine also showed the search process options and showing the print screen feature. Next topic were the actions like Kill Group Policy and script-based actions, followed by the UX score. Eugine answered a couple of questions before going on the Insights product including the sizing recommendations part. The session ended with showing the Environment Assessment.

As besided sessions networking is really important the next session I attended the Application Delivery and VDI with Parrallels RAS. Yuri Averkiev started with explaining the product in general, followed by the features worth mentioning according Yuri like Load Balancing, PowerShell API and Central Administration/Monitoring, Universal Printing, Client Device Management, Client Policies, HTML5 Client, He continued with the Mobile Client Experience. Yuri continued with a demo showing the product in action.

During lunch the session of Thomas Poppelgaard about VR. He started off with the units available including the amount purchased in 2016 and 2017. Thomas also discussed the Windows Mixed Reality headsets, which are relatively cheap and easy to configure (Fall update required). Thomas had more and more seatas described in this session, did not know that many devices are available currently. Next topic were challenges with VR in Enterprises: Security, Big Data, require custom built rooms, collaboration, mobility. Thomas tried to define use case for the types of device: taskworker/viewer à Mobile VR, entry level designer à All-in-wireless VR, designer à Tethred VR. Thomas showed two demo’s of handmotions detected by camera’s and shown in another environment on a computer. Next topic was Augumented Reality and the devices available for augmented reality (which are enterprise ready). He showed a demo showing a (Citrix) desktop on such a glass followed by a demo of the MS Hololens. Thomas continued with GPU about Iris Pro in Moonshot and Edgeline. Next he talked about NVIDIA Tesla GPUs quickly, probably as he was running out of time. Also Intel and NVIDIA in cloud were discussed briefly.

Next session I was joining was provided by Ingmar Verheij about the Citrix Workspace Hub. Ingmar started of with a big of history leading to the Citrix Ready Workspace Hub. Ingmar discussed the software stack of the Ready Workspace Hub. After explaining the Citrix Casting (Screen Casting/Session Roaming) Ingmar tried again to demo the Workspace Hub (as he tried on the DuCUG) but it failed again, so he used the slide deck to explain how it works. After the explanation Ingmar explained how it is technically working both the casting as the session roaming feature. Check the slides for all details as blogging about does not make a lot of sense. Next topic Ingmar discusses the Citrix Workspace Hub configuration, followed by the dual monitor capabilities (including the technical requirement and details, remember to use the correct cable).  Last topic was Workspace Hub Management (Stratodesk NoTouch Management or Citrix Endpoint Management). Web Administration of Secure Shell is available for per device management and some tips about the management.

Invanti Unified IT was the next session I attended. Eddy kicked of with a case of digital educational exams example, where Dennis shows how this was build with the Ivanti products portfolio. As this was a demo it is difficult to write something down on this. Personally I think the demo was taking a bit long, but it shows the possibilities of the products. After the demo Edddy took over again discussing the vision of Ivanti providing a broad overview of the product portfolio “arranging” Unified IT, followed by another use cases like malware (security isolation and remediation), on/off-boarding,

Helge Klein continued with the session Taking the Performance troll with Uberagent. Logically Helge kicked off explaining Ubergent quickly. Next topic was the browser web app performance (page load item, background data transfers, requires browser extension [chrome available, IE beta], followed by GPU information (now per GPU engine, requires Windows 10 1709, any GPU). Dominque took over about modern CPU functionalities (Dynamic overclocking, Power Savings) causing different frequencies (maximum frequency, base frequency, actual frequency). Uberagent now calculates CPU relative frequency, effects of Turbo boost and C-states can be analyzed. Dominque continued about the challenges of Windows Updates (where Windows 10 has cumulative updates). Via Machine Inventory Information can show the Windows 10 updated build revision (UBR) and patch level at a glance. Also pagefile size and utilization (actually begin USED and Pagefile IOPS) are shown. Tim took over to show some other features introduced into UberAgent: Machine Network Configuration (connections, DNS suffixes, SSIDs, IP addresses, MAC addresses, most used WIFIs interface type usage over time), Process/Application startup information (identify new processes started, show network targets never seen before), Citrix database information (network communications around the Citrix database). Helge had one last thing: Free Community license for 100 users (one-year term, get a new one every year). Really nice….

Last session I attended (which was also the last session of the day) was by Gunnar Hermansen of CensorNet. Gunnar has a presentation run via PowerShell. The PowerShell presentation was really funny way of bringing the content of new features like Role-based administration, (via XML files) secure device provisioning v2 (exchange online support within secure mail), support for subscription license (hybrid infrastructure), improved out-of-the-box experience (simple installation experience), Enterprise features (Password Reset, RADIUS protection, administration enhancements like copy policies), Unified installer (one installer for all scenarios), Silent Install/Unstall (New PowerShell CmdLets) and more. A nice way to end the official sessions.

After this session we all went to the other side of the street for a nice burger with fries. During the diner NVIDIA tried to provide a session as they sponsored the meal. Unfortunate this was difficult to follow. Diner with a presentation did not look as the best combination, many people were just networking instead of listening to the presentation. After some networking it was time for me to go home again. I’m pretty confident that in the E2EVC tradition people enjoyed the rest of the day in a good way. Saw several positive reactions on the presentations on Saturday and good fun with the canal cruise. Already looking forward to the next event in Athens.