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Citrix Project Accelerator updated – #XenDesktop

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

“Customize My Design”,  the Design release of Project Accelerator is here! We listened to your feedback and have delivered the ability to change FlexCast, application delivery, profiles and over 30 other decisions for your XenDesktop architecture. Across these decisions you will now be able to:

  • Tailor your design to fit organizational and end user needs
  • Visualize how your design “tweaks” affect hardware sizing and architecture
  • On-the-fly comparison of Citrix Recommendations to your design decisions
  • Review “Architect Comments”, guidance from the Citrix experts for each Decision

“Customize my Design” is the next step for Project Accelerator; the application that simplifies getting your XenDesktop, XenApp, or XenClient deployment done successfully the first time. It’s the Citrix environment where customers, partners, and Citrites can design a desktop virtualization project that more closely suits their business priorities, end user needs, and organizational preferences. And it is back-stopped by the real-world experience of Citrix Consulting, so you can use the results in your project.

 Check it out right now or read more about what Project Accelerator can do for you here. Then tell us what you like, and let us…

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//Richard

How to avoid the 7 pitfalls of desktop virtualization

Have a look at this!

When it comes to desktop virtualization, we’ve all messed up. Some of us more than others.

But the best among us tend to learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them.  And the really smart ones learn from others’ mistakes so they don’t have to collect the bruises themselves.

That’s the spirit behind our latest eBook for desktop virtualization project teams:

The 7 Big, Bad Pitfalls of Desktop Virtualization Deployment:

Very avoidable ways things can go wrong (and how to avoid them)

 

This eBook is all about helping you succeed with your Citrix desktop virtualization deployments. It distills the expertise of our top Citrix consultants into seven of the most common mistakes that project teams make.

And each pitfall has a short list of evasive actions to take to make sure you don’t fall in.  It’s a quick read and you’ll come away with some useful ways to keep your next project on track.

Go on: Download it now

BTW – The eBook is brought to you by the team behind the Citrix Project Accelerator, the all-singing, all-dancing desktop transformation project management environment. If you haven’t set up a project in it yet, you’re in for a treat.

Happy reading,  and please leave your…

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//Richard

New #Citrix #Visio Stencils – via @djfeller – #XenApp #XenDesktop #XenClient #XenServer

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Thanks a lot for the great work you did on Project Accelerator, and for sharing the Visio stencils!! 🙂

By spending a little time in the Assess phase, Project Accelerator creates this awesome looking diagram

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The truth is, this diagram took many, many, many revisions. We wanted to create something that was easy to follow while providing the most important information people wanted to see, which included IOPS, servers, VMs, storage space, desktop images, infrastructure components, and so much more. It took a few revisions before I had something in Visio that did all of that. Then we gave my diagram to Marta Guerra, a senior designer on the Project Accelerator team. She turned the diagram into something easy to follow and very clean with new images/icons for all of the components. I’m still impressed. I know many of you are too because you’ve asked for the Visio stencils.

Unfortunately, Project Accelerator diagrams aren’t done in Visio, but that didn’t stop us from giving you what you wanted. With the help of Marta, I’ve been able to turn these images into a new set of Citrix Visio Stencils.

Get them here

//Richard

 

Jan. Edition of XenDesktop Technical Newsletter Now Available – #XenDesktop, #Citrix

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s out again with more exciting topics! Check it out!!!

Using XenDesktop? Then you need to get the XenDesktop Technical Newsletter! The newsletter is comprised of the best technical resources from across Citrix Services: Consulting, Technical Support, Education, and Technical Readiness. In its third year the newsletter is designed to help customers run their XenDesktop optimally and get more out of their investment in Citrix desktop virtualization. And its FREE!

I am pleased to announce that the January 2013 edition of the newsletter is now available.

Check out the archive page, where you can access both the current and past issues, as well as subscribe to the FREE monthly newsletter.

The January edition of the newsletter is packed with great content, including:

  • Optimal XenApp 6.5 VM Configuration (Blog)
  • Introduction to the new Project Accelerator (Blog)
  • Deploying XenApp 6.5 using PVS (Blog)
  • Insider Troubleshooting tips for Administrators (eBook)
  • Whats new with Excalibur (Blog)
  • Top Knowledge Center content for December 2012 (Articles, hotfixes, whitepapers, etc…)
  • How to configure Access Gateway 5 standalone for use with XD5 (tech note)
  • XenDesktop Tools & Hotfixes
  • And much more.

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//Richard

My Post-Synergy View – Update 2 #CitrixSynergy #Citrix #CitrixSummit #XenApp #XenDesktop #NetScaler #Sanbolic

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi again!

Ok, time to wrap up my Synergy update post series… In the previous post I started to give U my view of the takeaways from Citrix Synergy. So let’s continue! 🙂

As I wrote before I tried to structure the post using the following; each heading represents the enhancement request topic and/or the takeaway item, and then the subheading of Description and Status is showing you my personal view on the topic and its status.

NetScaler

Description:

These where the items that we had on the enhancement list before going to Synergy:

  1. Create SDX platform/architecture to run on all MPX appliances, for more info why see; NetScaler MPX vs. SDX dilemma; https://richardegenas.com/2012/10/03/netscaler-mpx-vs-sdx-dilemma/
  2. Add support for AG session policies so that ICA proxy can be turned on for specific published apps and desktops and not per session. This for situations where you might have one app or desktop that sits behind an AGEE and others don’t.
  3. The NetScaler/Access Gateway HTML/GUI pages used shall be able to be customized per AGEE/AAA Virtual Server. Today they are global pages so that specific modifications/customizations cannot be made and you have to buy an additional NetScaler unless major customizations are done and then life-cycle management becomes an issue.
  4. Change so that you can specify different Authentication policies and requirements mapped to Session policies instead of to a Virtual Server, AAA group etc. This could then provide a way so that you could offer ICA proxy mode with single auth and two-factor if you launch/select to open an SSL VPN tunnel. And then a user that has forgotten a hardtoken could still get access but only in ICA proxy mode and have all virtual channels disabled without having to have multiple accounts in the Receiver and admin doesn’t need multiple NS AGEE VS.
  5. It would be good to get the same Account Self-Service functionality that the  Single Sign-On/Password Manager service can provide and have integrated into the AGEE login page where end-users can themselves unlock their accounts and reset their passwords without involving Service Desk. And the solution for how to get the single sign-on account self service feature should be an integration part of the NetScaler AGEE console rather than manually updating the HTML pages etc.

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