Thomas Berger

Thomas is a Senior Architect within the XenDesktop Product Marketing Team based out of Zurich, Switzerland. He started working in IT in 1999 as system admin and freelancing consultant. In 2004 he joined Citrix as Consultant within the EMEA Consulting organization, where he worked at numerous customer projects by assessing, designing and building enterprise-level architectures to successfully deliver desktops and applications using Citrix technologies. In 2011 he moved to Worldwide Consulting Solutions in order to focus on white paper and best practice development. In late 2013 he moved to Product Marketing in a technical capacity, now focusing on CI.
  1. Video in Enterprise Environments (VDI and more)

    Video streaming traffic is growing by leaps and bounds. According to a Cisco study, the network traffic caused by video delivery will increase by 4x in fixed networks and over 24x in mobile networks in the time frame of 2012 – 2017.   Although this study focuses on video streaming on the internet, we can see a very similar trend within corporate networks. The challenge for the corporate ...

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  2. XenDesktop MCS vs View Composer

    ..or “The myths and tales of Image Management (part 3)”. The intent of my previous blogs was to bust the myth of image management with Citrix XenDesktop being overly complex and “..too hard for most lean IT staffs to use..” according to VMware1. So far, I’ve focused on Provisioning Services (PVS) in part 1 and Machine Creation Services (MCS) in part 2 of the blog series. This ...

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  3. The myths and tales of image management… (Part 2)

    As I discussed in part 1 of this blog series, a number of competitors is pushing really hard to make customers and partners believe image management with XenDesktop is rocket science. Within the last blog I focused on debunking the myth of Provisioning Services being overly complex. This time I’d like to focus on Machine Creation Services (MCS), which is –according to VMware1– “..too hard for ...

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  4. The myths and tales of image management (Part 1)

    The desktop virtualization industry is relatively young, but it's already full of myths and tales. One of the most popular ones -which is told by a number of our competitors whenever they get a chance to- is about image management with XenDesktop. It tells customers and partners about how complex image management is to setup and that it's even harder to use. One of my favorite ...

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  5. Using the default VMware vCenter server certificate in XenDesktop POCs

    One of the core tasks when setting up XenDesktop is to integrate it with the existing customer infrastructure, such as the virtualization platform. Following you can find a screenshot of the respective wizard:     When integrating XenDesktop with vSphere or vCenter respectively, you might encounter the following error message: „Cannot connect to the vCenter server due to a certificate error. Make sure that the appropriate certificates are installed ...

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  6. Building modular XenDesktop infrastructures by means of StoreFront Multi-Site Configurations

    It is possible to build a large monolithic XenDesktop infrastructure for 50,000 users. This has been proven in internal and customer-driven scalability tests multiple times. The only thing you need to make sure is that the controllers as well as the SQL servers are equipped with sufficient resources. But we have to ask ourselves if that is actually a good approach. Hosting virtual desktops or ...

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  7. Web Interface or StoreFront?

    …this is one of the most frequently asked and most intensely discussed questions during a XenApp or XenDesktop design. Well in general the answer is actually fairly simple. It is strongly recommended to build new solutions based on StoreFront, since new features will not be added to Web Interface and End of Life (EOL) has been announced for Web Interface.  Furthermore –and this may be ...

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  8. What’s the optimal database infrastructure for XD, XA, PVS and XC?

    A number of Citrix products, such as XenDesktop, XenApp, Provisioning Services and XenClient, require a database for storing configuration settings and in some cases runtime and change log information. Because of these dependencies the database design is a vital part of every Citrix Architecture Design. Most information required for designing a database platform to host the Citrix databases is available publicly, but hard to find since ...

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  9. Delivering the PVS Bootstrap via HTTP

    Since Provisioning Services became part of the Citrix product portfolio we have talked a lot about the various options to pass the PVS target devices the information required to download the bootstrap and connect to the PVS infrastructure. I’m not going to reiterate all options in this blog, so if you need to get up to speed check out eDocs - Getting the Bootstrap File. One ...

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  10. Extensive Analysis? Done. Detailed Design? Completed. So what’s next?

    So you’re on your way to a new and shiny XenDesktop infrastructure? ...and you’ve heard us preaching about doing an extensive analysis of the existing IT environment and also captured the requirements of the users and business stakeholders? ...and you even have completed a detailed design of the new XenDesktop environment?   AWESOME! That’s a great start.   ...but what’s next?   Unfortunately the answer is not “just roll it out”.   In most cases ...

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