Team: Consulting

  1. XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Network Printing Considerations


      Printing is always a challenge in a XenApp/XenDesktop design, as so many different criteria come into consideration. Note: I'll use XenApp from now on, but from a printing design point of view, it does not change a lot between XenApp and XenDesktop, unless you are using RemotePC feature of XenDesktop (more on that at another time?) On eDocs, some scenarios are covered, and there is one question that ...

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  2. Digging into PVS with PoolMon and WPA


    Using PoolMon to Analyze RAM Cache in Nonpaged Pool Memory In case you missed it a couple weeks ago, Andrew Morgan (one of our CTPs), posted a great article on how to accurately determine the size of the new RAM Cache. As Andrew pointed out in his article, we now use nonpaged pool memory, so it's fairly easy to fire up PoolMon and investigate. But I wanted ...

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  3. StoreFront Scalability Update

    Overview It’s been a while since we’ve published scalability numbers on StoreFront, so I wanted to broadcast an update for 3 reasons: A ton has changed from two years ago since we last did testing on StoreFront 2.0 (Planning Guide here) More and more customers are now migrating from Web Interface to StoreFront We have made some interesting discoveries and the Community has the right to know!   Receiver for Web ...

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  4. XenMobile Timeouts: How Do They Work?

    Before we get too far in, you may be wondering how this article is going to be any different than a few of the other articles that are out there on XenMobile timeouts. Fair question and I’m glad you asked! Articles like this one that explain how the various NetScaler/MDX timeouts work and this one by my colleague Albert on how the inactivity timer works have been ...

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  5. XenApp/XenDesktop Site Design (v2015)


    Introduction A couple years ago, I wrote an article called "XenApp Farm and Zone Design," which was based on the IMA architecture and was specific to XenApp, as the article's name implies. This is, essentially, "Part 2" of that article, so if you haven't had a chance to read the first one (or you can't remember what I was arguing in that article), then please go ...

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  6. Making the Citrix License Server (Truly) Highly Available

    Citrix License Server

      I'll begin by saying that this solution is certainly not for everyone.  It adds complexity.  It creates additional management overhead.  It requires NetScaler integration and mildly advanced networking skills.  We have never publicly documented the solution before this week.  But it is absolutely the only bulletproof solution for making our License Server (LS) truly highly available in an active/active fashion without any downtime. And while we ...

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  7. Receiver for Web – Configuration Tool


    If you’re one of those Citrix administrators who have spent years managing Web through the MMC snap-in, there is a strong possibility that you might feel very lost when migrating to StoreFront.  Especially if you desire to customize or configure it. That’s why Feng Huang posted some amazing articles about Receiver for Web 2.0, Receiver for Web 2.5 or Receiver for Web 2.6 .  His posts are focused ...

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  8. Citrix Technology Short #2


    Similar to my inaugural "short", here are some things happening in my Citrix world that I believe are worth sharing with the Community: I am still waiting for an email from Shawn Bass explaining why 6 seconds is an acceptable amount of response time. ;) Speaking of Shawn, Helge Klein and Aaron Parker teamed up to write a nice 5 part series on folder redirection (and how ...

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  9. Site Wide View of HDX Graphics Modes

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      Some time ago I wrote an article covering the “HDX encoding methods” or HDX graphics modes in XenDesktop 7, a topic which has recently been expanded on in another great article found here which really delves into policy settings and additional recommendations and I recommend them both as background reading to this post. In fact I will not be covering any of the details surrounding ...

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  10. Size Matters: PVS RAM Cache Overflow Sizing

    Fragmented vDisk

    With the introduction of RAM cache with overflow to hard disk (introduced in PVS 7.1, hotfix required), IOPS can be almost eliminated and has therefore become the new leading practice. However, this feature can have a significant impact the write cache sizing. This stems from the difference in how the write cache storage is allocated with this new option. To understand this feature and how ...

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