Waclaw Chrabaszcz
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XenDesktop

APPSENCE – Unattended installation of AppSense Desktop Now

What is AppSense? Espacially what is AppSense for me? I can call myself a GPO fundamentalist. And in my opinion I can reach everything using Group Polices. However the role of the engineer it to know, not to believe. The role of the engineer is to be open for everything. So, next couple of months I will study AppSense way of user management. I will try to be objective, and focus of advantages in comparison to our good old GPO way. What are strong points of AppSense: Streaming user settings on-demand ......

XenDesktop 7.5 – quick reporting and documentation in Excel

Boring reporting, #$%^&* reporting. No one likes it, but communication with managers is the part of our lives whether we like it or not … There are many ways how we dill with it. Today I would like to demonstrate how to get easy DesktopDirector's data and put them into Microsoft Excel. Before we will do it, we need to download and install PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010. It is an easy Next, Next installation. Once you are ready you can launch your Excel. Go to PowerPivot tab, new Excel window ......

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 - connection leasing under the hood

Some time ago Citrix introduced XenDedexktop and XenApp version 7.6. One of key improvements, and the best one for me is the Connection Leasing. Lastly Citrix delivered any replacement for good old LHC (Local Host Cache). Since XD 7.0 to XenDasktop&XenApp 7.5 many admins refused to migrate into the most resent version due to lack of session sharing (all your apps within one ICA channel), session pre-launching ( 2000 users tries to logon at 9:00 AM J ) and lack of any database resilience mechanism. ......

How to install PVS server

Is it good to have a streaming server …. Hmm … it is a good to know how it works. Let's install one: "D:\Server\PVS_Server_x64.exe" /S /v" /qn""D:\Console\PVS_Console... /S /v" /qn" And configure it using answer file "C:\Program Files\Citrix\Provisioning Services\ConfigWizard.exe" /a C:\ProgramData\Citrix\Provi... Services\ConfigWizard.ans IPServiceType=0PXEServiceTy... ......

How to install XenApp 7.5

Ha!Ha! XenApp is back! ... Not exactly ... For me XenApp that's IMA architecture, here we have XenDesktop's FMA. Is it better, that's very good question. For me it is just different. Of course I like Broker-Agent concept, but where's my QFARM command? Based of rumors, not confirmed so far by myself, sessions prelaunching, support for retired Citrix streaming and of course Web Interface is back. Let's check it. Hmm .. Looking into official documentation it is not so sweet, sessions prelaunching for ......

XenDesktop 7 / VMware View – The VDI optimized Windows 7

Basically in VDI world we are trying to offer more having less. Do you remember 90'ies? Because I have a déjà vu. Once again I am young, slim guy in checkered shirt and I have only two goals at my (first J) job. To put as much stuff as I can on 30 GB hard drive and to optimize machine registry for poor performance hardware (now it is called shared resources). So, with young enthusiasm let's get it done!!! ;Disables First Run Wizard for Internet Explorer[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE... ......

App-V 5.0 How to clean up Client cache

Another small and simple script

Import-Module appVclient
$packages = Get-AppvClientPackage
foreach ( $package in $packages)
{
Remove-AppvClientPackage -PackageId $package.PackageId -VersionId $package.VersionId
}



App-V 5.0 – How to install App-V client

Today's post will be very short and simple

APPV_CLIENT_SETUP_RDS.EXE /ACCEPTEULA=1 /CEIPOPTIN=0 /MUOPTIN=0
/PACKAGEINSTALLATIONROOT='D:\App-V Packages' /AUTOLOAD=1
/ENABLEPACKAGESCRIPTS=1 /S2PUBLISHINGSERVERNAME=appVserver
/S2PUBLISHINGSERVERURL=http://appVserver:88 /S2GLOBALREFRESHENABLED=1
/S2LOGONREFRESH=1 /q



App-V 5.0 – How to prepare MS Office 2013 for streaming

Why should I migrate to MS Office 2013, what are benefits? In my cease the main reason for it is how easy is to prepare streamed package. Office 2010 this is a topic not for post but for whole blog. For 2013 I need to execute three commands, and modify one simple XML. Download an unpack Office Deployment Tool Copy files from installation ISO into any writable path or \\UNC Update configuration.xml <Configuration> <Add SourcePath="C:\Office2013\S... OfficeClientEdition="32" > <Product ......

XenDesktop 7 – The QFARM /LOAD case

For XenApp admin live without QFARM is like live without right hand. Of course you can obtain required information using the PowerShell, but XenDesktop 7's command line is too long to remember and type. Let's make some sweet alias. Add-PSSnapin citrix.*set-alias qfarm Qfarm-Loadfunction Qfarm-Load {Get-BrokerMachine -SessionSupport MultiSession -Property dnsName,loadIndex,SessionCo... Of course you'll need to update your personal ENV to start this alias automatically ......

XenDesktop 7 – A good old Load Evaluator

Using Citrix marketing sentence: it is time to move from WOW to HOW. Most of XenApp admins are addicted to Load Evaluators. Let's build one. Delivery Groups replaces Worker Groups and there is no Load Evaluator node. Since now a Load Evaluator become the Policy. Looking into default values I have a feeling that Citrix is going to cut off the load management. Personally I would agree with it, as far as we hadn't load throttling issues. So .. We have Load Evaluators support, but my beloved QFARM command ......

How to install Citrix Excalibur

To install Delivery Controller: "D:\x64\XenDesktop Setup\XenDesktopServerSetup... /noreboot /quiet /configure_firewall /components CONTROLLER,DESKTOPSTUDIO,DE... To install desktop or server agent (reboot is required to install TS role): "D:\x64\XenDesktop Setup\XenDesktopVDAsetup.exe" /quiet /components VDA,PLUGINS /controllers excalibur.testdomain.net /enable_remote_assistance /enable_remote_management /enable_hdx_ports Have I seen it before? … hmm … ......

How to install Citrix Excalibur

To install Delivery Controller: "D:\x64\XenDesktop Setup\XenDesktopServerSetup... /noreboot /quiet /configure_firewall /components CONTROLLER,DESKTOPSTUDIO,DE... To install desktop or server agent (reboot is required to install TS role): "D:\x64\XenDesktop Setup\XenDesktopVDAsetup.exe" /quiet /components VDA,PLUGINS /controllers excalibur.testdomain.net /enable_remote_assistance /enable_remote_management /enable_hdx_ports Have I seen it before? … hmm … ......

How to install XenDesktop

Desktop Delivery Controller: "D:\x64\XenDesktop Setup\XenDesktopServerSetup... /noreboot /quiet /configure_firewall /components CONTROLLER,DESKTOPSTUDIO,DE... Virtual Desktop Agent: "D:\x86\XenDesktop Setup\XenDesktopVDAsetup.exe" /noreboot /quiet /components VDA,PLUGINS /controllers xendesktop.testdomain.net /enable_remote_assistance /enable_remote_management /enable_hdx_ports ......

Matrioshka

Matrioshka this is a traditional Russian doll, or rather traditional Russian dolls where each doll contains a smaller-one inside. Some time ago I had my first romance with Linux, and I was really blasted by compiz effects. I want them ! … But I have to work on my corporate Windows. Moreover I cannot imagine myself in my professional live without Outlook, Visio, and so many Windows apps. Let's say straight: I am and I will always be a Windows guy. So … I have to give up … No … there is no spoon ! ......

Follow me thin client

In smartphone era it is obvious that for "fast tasks" e.g. reboot the server or logoff a user you don't need your laptop to connect XenApp farm. But try to work for 8 hours using mobile or tablet J. For some unexpected situations, it will be worth to have a secondary computer. The idea is very simple. I would like to be able to use every piece of hardware to connect my farm. Once I have connection to the farm I will be able to do whatever I want. Let's cook something: Total time: 30 mins Ingredients: ......