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E2EVC 2013 Rome

E2E VC was this time in Rome, one of the most wonderful cities within Europe. So I decided to combine the best of both. So some nice siteseeting and picking the best sessions of E2EVC. Because of that, only one blog article of all days of this E2EVC event as I attended a limited set of sessions. Although I was not all time at the conference, you can feel the good atmosphere of the event directly. My experiences of the event and the sessions I attended can be found it this blog.


On Friday the first session I joined was Worx Home by Daniel Wedel. Daniel started with introduction what Worx actually is (sandbox applications on mobile/tablets, BYOD both with and without BDM, relatively easy to get started). Daniel continued with the products/component requirements and the way it should connected with the components. You both need the receiver and Worx client on the client device. Daniel dived it bit more into details of the product, especially the microVPN and why it is not used anymore for mail synchronization (battery killer deluxe, nice term). Citrix now uses STA with proxying TCP traffic with SOCKS5. Daniel touched the components, some quickly (NetScaler) some in more detail (AppController). StoreFront is not required anymore for MDX, but can be used to provide HDX apps (XenApp/XenDesktop). Daniel continued about getting apps ready for Workx for the different client platforms. Android is easy, for iOS there are more requirements. Daniel continued with the question to use one or two CAGs and the advantages/disadvantages of both methods with combining or separating MDX and HDX. Daniel also shared his experiences with AppWrapping, including some tips and tricks. The different installations were summarized on the client with the final result will be available on the client (HDX/MDX or a combination).

Next session was by Rob Aarts with the title Automation Power. After a pretty long introduction about the power of automation (using a video about the Rubens cube robot machine) and start small - think big philosophy. Rob was stating that you need a toolkit to automate the installations. It was a bit "high level” talking about automation power. Rob than continued with his demo showing automation power, which starts with the installation of RES Automation Manager and importing his pre-created modules (based on RES starting points) like installing the RES IT Store. The demo lead to some questions about the possibilities of the RES products.

In the other room Andrew Morgan was providing his session about Citrix Local Apps also known as Reverse Seamless. Andrew presented this also on the DuCUG event, so can you read more about this session in my blog DuCUG2013-2. Lots of sessions at E2EVC were also given at our DuCUG event, so you can read more about other sessions I did not attend, because I already have seen those for example the session of Barry Schiffer.

Espen Berger was next with a session about a successful XenClient migration. Espen started with explaining what XenClient is and the components it's build of (XenClient Engine, XenClient Synchronizer), followed by the customer case situation and the requirements for the new environment. Espen touched the design components (XenClient Synchronizer, XenClient VM for external, VDI for internal). Espen talked through the issues raised (engine install from SCCM not possible, HCL and XC to XD7 mouse pointer disappears). Also some best practices were shared about configuring the policies for XenClient. Next topic was the new features in XenClient 5 (personal vDisk, UPM, multi-monitor support). The session ended with some good questions, which were picked up by Andrew Wood.

Last session was by Remko Weijnen giving an introduction in Ida Pro, actually a beginners guide for application fixing. Remko did not have slides, but actually showed how he does reversing engineering. He explained about pdb files and the symbol server. Logically it's difficult to blog about it, so I definitely advices to watch the presentation video later on if you are interested in this topic. But don't forget that programming skills are a big plus to understand it.

While back from E2EVC Rome I noticed that my notes of the second day were not saved, so probably I did something wrong. So the coverage is a real short summary of which I can remember of the session after a few days.

On Saturday I started with the session VMware Now by Liselotte Foverskov and Andrea Mauro. Also this session had a long introduction about VMware User Groups and VMware certifications by Liselotte. Andrea continued with describing the new features of VMware vSphere 5.5 and went into details of these features.

After this session Jim Moyle and Andrew Wood were on stage with their session: This is absolutely the fastest desktop I’ve ever used in my life. Jim started the session about the IOPS using graphs showing his measurements. Logically Jim came to the point that you should scale the environment on the IOPS peak and not the average as this will lead to performance issues. After that Jim continued about the possibilities of Atlantis ILIO. The session ended with a bit disjointedly demo as they run out of time.

Then it was time for me and Ingmar to the final preparation of our presentation, so unfortunate I missed the session of Helge about uberAgent. On the same time Thomas Poppelgaard with his presentation Using 3D applications in virtualized environments which he also presented on our DuCUG event. Also in the morning Esther Barthel gave her persentations about StoreFront, which was also provided on our DuCUG 2013-2 event.

Next Ingmar and I presented our session PVS Design Decisions and Real Life Experiences. We were scheduled in the smaller room which was fully packed. Ingmar and I really enjoyed providing the session; hopefully the audience enjoyed the session as much as we did.

After this session we got a good talk about ThinKiosk with Andrew and Remko. I did not attend any sessions on Sunday anymore, to do some more sight-seeing in Rome.

Again E2EVC was a good event. The atmosphere was as always very good and networking was again excellent. Alex already announced the upcoming events for next year: one day in Los Angelos, spring in Bruxelles and the autumn event in Barcelona.