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E2EVC 2015 Berlin Day 2

From 12 of 14 June 2015 E2EVC Berlin is taking place. Already day two of the event. My experiences of day two can be found in this blog.


The day started of with the session of Esther Barthel and Hendricus Kramer. The session started with explaining the differences between automation versus orchestration. The presentation is focused on the automation. Next they mentioned some tooling that is available as open source. Foreman, Razor and Puppet. Hendricus started explaining Razor in more detail for bare-metal provisioning. Next topic was Puppet for software/services, where also was described how this product is working including a video demo. Hendricus continued with ForeMan for configure server settings, but they run out of time so the topic was only touched briefly.

The second session was I attended was Large Scale Load Testing of Samuel Legrand. Samuel started with explaining the LoginVSI infrastructure and the prerequisites, the product that he used for the load testing. Samaul also mentions some common mistakes (only tet one host and expect it to scale, test with a system that is not identical to the production systems, mix load test and production systems, include to many applications and not testing the full infrastructure. Next phase 0 was discussed, the preparation: morning connection rate, applications launched by the user and use recording solution. Part one is about load testing the load testing environment based on the LoginVSI guidance. Next step is to create a scenario with some best practices shared by Samuel (start with few steps, don’t overstress the server, use as much functions as possible). Phase three is running the scripts, with some tips using a remote connection launcher (which Samuel does not recommended). Samuel also mentions the location of the log files and error snapshot and the places into the console to look during the test. Next Samuel showed the analyzing component. Samuel ended the session with some real life experiences: customers still want to have resource usage, monitor also the load environment, limit to some specific counters, if SCOM is available you can use as the monitoring tool based on the OpsMgr database and don’t relay only on VSImax.

Next session I attended was Azure RemoteApp Benchmarking by Benny Tritsch. Microsoft Benny started off with the Azure Platform Services and Azure RemoteApp is only one small component in this infrastructure. Benny mentioned the characteristics of Azure RemoteApp including the two deployment types: hybrid and cloud. Currently those deployments are integrated into each other. Cloud based on MS template and can be connected to your on-premisis environment user dir sync. Hybrid is based on custom template and DirSync is required (AD requirement). Benny mentions the requirements/limitations for the custom template (both on premises creation of using the Azure template creation option). Benny also touches the specific RemoteApp Client. Next topic were the server plans (basic and standard) and the pricing of these plans. Benny continued with the benchmarking of ARA. Benny started with explaining the test methodology. After that Benny explained the results. With standard SATA disks Azure RemoteApp will win on performance. Benny ended the session with missing features and challenges and a small wrap-up that Auzre RemoteApp may become an important cornerstone.

I missed a few sessions to do some shopping for a present for the family. I jumped into the session of Hydra by the guys of Move-IT. I just was on time to see their tool Hydra in action in some videos. From the back it was bit difficult to see, but it looks promising. Good concept to integrate different consoles within one console. The product is actually using PowerShell commands to set the actual configuration. Especially around RDS, which they showed in this demo. Also the migration path they have between the different virtualization infrastructures is pretty cool. You can add your task sequences based on already available PowerShell scripts you have, nice. They are offering a free version of the E2E attendees, just send Christian or Markus an e-mail.

The next session I attended was presented by Carsten Rachfahl and Didier van Hoye with a Hyper-V demoes only. It is difficult to blog about the demos. I like that the presentation is only around demos. View the presentation recording, also I used some time to do the final preparation for my session which is next after this session.

As just mentioned it was time to do my presentation Selecting a monitor solution for SBC/VDI environments including real life experiences. I was against Helge and that could be seen in the number of attendees. However I hope the people who were there enjoyed the session. Thank you for attending and showing interest in the content.

Last session of the day was Alex Danilychev with Application Shopping Kart (ASP). Alex started with current challenges like application self-service with per user de-provisioning. Alex was taken a look at the history of Citrix with self-provisioning (Dazzle, focus shifted to Mobility). This lead to ASK a new try for self-service provisioning, where Alex quickly touched the aspirations and deliverables, followed by the ASK architecture. Alex continued with the ASK prerequisites (StoreFront 2.1-230, any version of XA/XD that works with SF, AD membership, file share for request tickets/application icon cache, Email access for notifications). Last topic was showing the ASK User Interface.