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E2EVC 2015 Lisbon Day 1

On the 13th of November the 27th E2EVC started in Lisbon this time. In a nice atmosphere, wonderful weather, a nice city and probably an overloaded internet connection. As usual I’m blogging my experiences of this session I attended during this event. Day 1 can be found in this blog.


We started on time with a quick intro by Alex, delaying the official welcome note to the afternoon as 20 people where not there yet because of the strikes at Lufthanse. After the quick intro we started of the guys of ControlUp (Yoni Avtal/Eugene Kalayev) showing their additions and improvements made into their product. They showed the Citrix License server monitoring, PVS write cache, average session latency, support for PCoIP (unfortunate no RDP latency yet), Branch name grouping and a new UI for script based actions. They also showed the upcoming historical data report feature (webbased), which I personally are waiting for a while now labeled Insights. This is a big addition to the product, which lots of added value. The report shown where really nice and impressive including a nice export functionality. General release is planned for the January 2016 for this Insights functionality, which will be bundled by default as one product (but can be bought separated if really wanted). The session ended with more good questions out of the audience, happily with also a good and honest answers of the ControlUp guys.

Second session of the day was by Mick Glover with the year that was…Cirix in 2015 including some help of several CTPs (Esther, Andrew, Remko and Barry). Mick started with retirement of Mark Templeton and the new interim Bob Calderoni. Mick also touched the Elliott Management story and the goals Elliott want to achieve. Mick continued with the rumor that Citrix on sale and asked the audience if sold, which company should buy Citrix. Next topic was luckily more technical again, discussing Citrix Workspace Cloud. After the CWC discussion Mick quickly continued with the extension of the XenApp 6.5 lifetime and CUGC. Next topic was the addition in the 7.6 FP1 to FP3. Long Term Service Release (Project Ant-man): LTSR will be supported for 5 years mainstream support and 5 years extended, LTSR comprised of compontents that are battle testes (no new code), LTSR only security and bug fixes are addressed. Project Aquaman was the last topic (V7.7, introduce multi zone management, application limits, multi device same app, multiple reboot warnings and schedules, PVS updates, directory improvements, studio updates for database creation and MCS support on MS Azure), release date December 2105?

We continued with What’s new on the horizon by Sebastian Brand and collegues. They started with the quick overview of history of VMware with products released and acquired, followed by the current availabilities. After the introduction they walked through the product stack like VMware AppVolumes, VMware Mirgate (centralized image management for physical PCs) and ThinApp. They touched View 6.2 new features (View Composer Linked Clones for RDSH Host, automate build-out of RDSH frams, enhanced RDSH Load Balancing, RDS Application with Cloud Pod Architecture, FIPS, Access Point [which will become the single access point for VMware], Virtual SAN, Nvidia GRID vCPU, vDAG with AMD hardware, Horizin for Linux). They also touched the product that are available that can be used with XenApp/XenDesktop (User Environment Manager, VMware Identity Manager, vRealize Operations).

Next was Sander Bierman and Hans Aben demonstrating the RES One software suite. They showed how to install and configure a Citrix NetScaler, with the information entered via the RES One Store, which invoked it in RES One Automation. Nice to do a demo as a presentation, but it difficult to blog about it.

The following session I attended was a session by Benny Tritsch, Claudio Rodriguez, Michael Ruefli and Thomas Mauro about the new things coming in Windows Server 2016. It was a free format without slides. Thomas started of explaining the new features/enhancements of Hyper-V (live migration enhancements, nano server, containers, network adapters online, resize VM memory, currently no UI for build the image for nano server). Also core services were discussed. Next was Michael about Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2016 (Storage Spaces direct). Next were Claudio and Benny about the RDS enhancements (N-series Azure VM with Nvidia GPU, DDA [GPU Passthrough], GPU passthrough will be also be in Server 2016, Desktop Experience Pack on 2016, single server RDS 2016 allowed). Benny discussed Azure RemoteApp as Microsoft vision as a strategic platform for cloudify. Michael discussed Azure Filesharing. Benny also mentioned that Microsoft knows the Connection Broker requires improvements. The session ended with the enhancements will made in RemoteFX by Benny.

Next session I attended was GPU Accelerated Remoting The Future by Benny Tritsch. Benny started with the user categories (Designers: Dedicated GPU, Power Users/Knowledge Workers: GPU Sharing/API intercept, Task Workers: Software Rendered Graphics), followed by the technologies => Bare Metal: Direct Map, Virtual Desktops: Software Graphics, Shared GPU, GPU Pass-thr, GPU Virtualization and the names vendors are using. After this part Benny continued with the newest devolopments. Really quickly summarized: Nvidia: GRID vGPUv2, Tesla M6M60, Software Stack, Dedicated vRMA, shared GPU. AMD: Multiuser GPU, SRV-IOV + Pass-Thru GPU, Pure Hardware, Dedicated vRAM = GPU. Intel: Iris Pro Gravicts (GVT), Xeon E3-1200v CPU + Iris Pro P6300, Broadwell CPU.

Martijn Hulsman and Edwin Houben were next with the session vendor independent design. Martijn and Edwin started with the customer characteristics. They continued with their commandments (simplicytiy, decoupled, functional adequacy, affordability, implementable today, designed to meet actual end client requirements, uses local expertise, where feasible uses locally available components, low time to market, continues updates). Next they continued discussing the layers (storage, computing, hypervisor, workspaces, access, monitoring) and the challenges they encountered. Summarized you could say that an independent design is really difficult (read impossible) especially for this kind of organization where tenders are used and are sticked to earlier decisions. Martijn en Edwin has some tips and tricks if you need to such an acquisition: You need to have at least functional requirements, define must have and nice to have, commitment of the management, involve the current administration teams, involve procurement immediately.

Last session was traditional SMSPasscode. Gunnar started with a funny video with David (Hald) as the main actor. After that Gunnar continued with the release of version 8 (in the beginning of November) and the new features (improved authentication, RDS RDWeb 2012R2 support, dispatcher plugin modules).