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E2EVC Hamburg 2012 Day 3

The last day of E2EVC Hamburg 2012 started. Again the rooms are filled pretty full at this early time. Logically I blogged my experiences of this day.

Two good sessions were scheduled next to eachother at start. I choosed the delayed session of Andrew Wood about XenClient. He build a complete environment where we could use XenClient directly. He started sharing hs experience of his project implement XenClient Enterprise (formerly known NX Computing). Next he continued explaining the components using the provided XenClient installation (endpoint components, Xenclient windows integration, orchestrator, Hyper-V). Andrew continued explaining why Hyper-V is required for the authoring server (can be a small server). Next topic was about handling brach offices. A device is pointed to one server, so a roaming user always connect to the same server independent where the user is actually located. Andrew continued about the shown drive letters and some wishes of Andrew to improve the management component. Last topic Andrew touched the new features in the just released TP of XenClient 4.5. Andrew demoed the XenClient Management Console, but without a projected this was a bit different. But as always Andrew found a way out :-).   

Also the second session was by Andrew about EdgeSight and/or Splunk. Andrew started with why you would like to monitor (to be the first one to know, participate on possible issues, user experience). Andrew continued explaining what EdgeSight is (monitor, troubleshoot, participate, track usage), followed by the architecture (websserver with reporting services, SQL, agents) and the scalable issues. Next the licensing of issues were discussed (basic, advanced and which is part of which versionof XenApp) and available reports, where Andrew states that reporting in the basic version are too basic. Andrew contiued explaining Splunk. Splunk is not a reporting tool from a start, but about collecting data. The framework of Splunk makes it possible to present the data in several ways. There is free Splunk edition with a maximum of 500 MB of data per day. Andrew shows the differences between the free and paid versions. Splunk only uses flat files, so no databases. Andrew compares the products based on use cases like user reports it's broken, user reports of a slow logon, troubleshoot issues, is everything up from an administrator perspective, who failed to logon, how much this cost and scaled use cases. Andrew ended the session why he likes Splunk currently more, mainly because it's only focussing on XenApp. He is mentioning the upcoming versions of both products and it's not clear at this moment what they will offer. 

Thomas Poppelgaard and Michael Rufli was the next session hosted desktop smackdown: XenApp v XenDesktop. The discussion started with do we need an desktop and why we need it or not. It's about User Experience. Roy Textor summarized the discussion really well, with the real key factor of the differences between XA and XD. Next topics were the type of desktops (shared v dedicated) admin rights to users, user installed applications, performance, locked down environment. Again there were some good discussions. We continued with High Performance Graphics. 
After this session it was time to travel back to home again. It was a great event again with good sessions (especially on the second and third day) and ofcourse meeting all the guys again and discuss the technical and organization challenges