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Automatic Citrix VDA Upgrade

In May a blog article was posted on the Citrix website announcing a new feature VDA upgrade. With th [ ... ]

News of 12 September 2022

Horizon Network Label Assignment Tool and Citrix ADC for Always on Tunnel VPN

News of 30 September 2022

CVAD 2209 released and how Citrix dropped the Xen ball.

DuCUG 2022-2

On the 28th of September we organized our second event of the year. The event was held again at our  [ ... ]

Why the Citrix Cloud is not ready for all (Enterprises) yet

As a consultant I’m mostly engaged at the larger companies (large for the Dutch market) the Citrix Cloud was not come along my path a lot. Logically I followed the progress and enhancements made to the services. Recently I got involved at a smaller customer with currently did not have a Citrix environment yet (the party they acquired are using Citrix, so that’s why Citrix came into play). A perfect fit for Citrix Cloud as the environment is pretty small and the IT organization is not really familiar with Citrix. As size does not matter, the organization had to comply with specific regulations that are similar as Enterprise organizations.  However during the design phase and Proof of Concept phase we found out that there are still gaps between the on-premises and the cloud offering, that could cause that the Citrix Cloud solution is not ready yet for all/your organization(s).

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Determine the amount of users for XenDesktop/XenApp

At almost every project start one of the first questions how many users the environment can handle or how many hardware should be ordered so all users have a good user experience. It is probably the most difficult to answer at the start of a project. Probably if you give the right answer, which is it depends, you will get the question you have experiences in other organizations and aren’t there benchmarks or best practices available. In this article I will try to explain my vision that you cannot determine this at the start of the project, based on my practical experiences at several projects.

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Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.x LTSR or CR, which one to choose?

With the release of Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp (I will use XenDesktop for the further article) 7.6 FP3 Citrix introduced the Long Term Service Release (LTSR) and the Current Release (CR) lifecycles. Now we are sometime further it is good to take a look how this introduction involved and what should be considered for choosing one of the release cycles. In this article I will start describing what both releases actually means and provides the point that you should consider for choosing which release cycle for you organization.

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Please tell me: What offers Persistent VDI over traditional desktops

Currently many VDI implementations are based on the so called persistent VDI methodology. The user gets a (virtualized) desktop in the data center, which is installed and configured (mainly) via the traditional available deployment systems. When I’m talking and discussing about Persistent VDI’s my alter-ego is banging against the door again. In this opinion article I will describe my vision why my alter-ego is coming back when talking about Persistent VDI.

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Bring Your Own Device: Hype or Reality

For the last years BYOD is a hot and trending topic, many many articles are writing about it. Actually if you search for my chosen title many article can be found, in which the answer to the question about BYOD will be there for a long(er) time.

As this is a 100% opinion article I will start with writing down the pros and cons of BYOD trough my eyes. Followed I will write down (again through my eyes) reasons why BYOD can be sees as a hype or a reality. Finally I will write down my vision of BYOD.

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Why Client Hypervisors will become really important

A few years ago Citrix launched the first version of XenClient. With this launch a big supplier (Citrix) started a product virtualizing the operating system on client hardware. When Citrix launches the technical people love the technique, but many people are/were wondering which business needs such products will fulfill. Although several suppliers followed, even Microsoft announced the availability of Hyper-V in the Windows 8 client; still the technique is not really adopted and is not hyped like other virtualization techniques. In this article I will describe my opinion why I think Client Hypervisors will become important, but by other reasons than current often used.

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Are there still competitors for Citrix XenApp?

(and is that the reason Citrix is promoting XenDesktop that much)?

However Citrix extended his product line with many new products (also in different areas/market) many people (both IT as end-user) connect Citrix to the Server Based Computing market with the product that nowadays is called XenApp. However when you attended any of the Citrix events lately just a small portion of the sessions and information is about XenApp (while there are still made enhancements in the product). Many attendees were asking if Citrix is forgetting XenApp (still their flagship in the product line) too much, by focusing on the other products definitely in marketing and maybe in development.

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How "Free" are the free server virtualization products?

Some years ago the big three competitors in the Server Virtualization market Citrix, VMware and Microsoft decided to give away (a part of) the product for free. In this article I'm going to describe what the free product actually offers and how useful these free versions are. I will just mention and compare the available features. I'm not going to discuss how these features are implemented and how good they function/perform. When considering a free hypervisor you should always test the product to see if the offered features offer the functionality you would like to have.

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The Need for Workspace Management

Managing the user desktop experience is getting more and more in the picture in almost every IT infrastructure. The User Desktop management started with arranging that the user settings configured within his desktop were retained, so the user only had to configure those options once. This started with implementing roaming profiles by Microsoft. While those roaming profiles had several issues, Flex or Hybrid Profiles were introduced.

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Back to the future: PDI

During the E2E Virtualization Congress London in November 2011 I gave a presentation with this title. The presentation was based on an opinion article (in Dutch) I wrote in March 2011 for the website of the magazine computable with the title the Traditional Desktop is going to disappear.

This article will combine both the Dutch article and the presentation into a new article about the topic that a Physical Desktop is still a good possibility to offer the applications to the end user (or combined with other techniques).

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The need for Advanced Features within Server Virtualization Part 1

Server virtualization is nowadays commodity. The last years I did not see a customer which is not using server virtualization in some way. Logically step for every organization, but I have seen many customers starting with server virtualization without a real plan or vision. Causing lot of performance issues or implementation of server virtualization infrastructures with lots of features not used or enabled. In some way many customers have chosen to use the most feature full version of the suite, which makes me wonder if all those features are really needed and used.

In this article I will describe the most known features and my opinion it's really needed within the infrastructure. I will use the features available in VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V.

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