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  • May 29, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    A couple of weeks ago Microsoft announced Project Centennial, an App-V like spinoff aimed at software vendors. This new project will develop a tool that will act as a bridge to help software vendors with classical windows apps (CWAs) to deliver versions of them as Universal Apps. These classical windows apps include both unmanaged and managed code apps such as Win32 apps, Win Forms apps, and. Net apps.This project, which does not have any public release dates, is called Project Centennial...
  • May 27, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    One of the things that got a lot of buzz at Citrix Synergy a few weeks ago was something called "Citrix Workspace Hub," a prototype Android-on-a-stick you can use to convert any HDMI or VGA display to a full screen extension for your Android or iOS device. You can plug this thing into a display and then wirelessly connect to it via your mobile device. What's cool in this scenario is that the Citrix Receiver software still continues to run on your mobile device--it's just the screen, mouse, and...
  • May 27, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    I stopped by the Panzura booth at Citrix Synergy to learn more about what they mean when they say “Deploy XenDesktop completely in the cloud.” Prior to the show I’d heard from several people that I needed to check them out, and when Panzura was announced as a finalist in the Best New Technology category of the Best of Synergy awards, I had to check them out. Panzura has actually be around for quite a while selling a product called Global File System that is based upon Panzura...
  • May 26, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    At BriForum 2015 London this year, I walked around with a video camera recording booth demos with each of our sponsors. Those videos can be accessed below by clicking on the sponsor logo or by browsing through all of our videos at www.brianmadden.com/videos. (NaviSite is grayed out because they didn't want a video taken.) All the videos of the breakout sessions will be posted to the group page by the end of next week. Attendees of either 2015 BriForum (either in London or Boston) have...
  • May 19, 2015 6:10:00 AM
    BriForum 2015 London kicks off today! (If you're not here at the show, follow the action on Twitter and Flickr .) One of the cool things we started doing last year is to ask attendees when they signed up what question they'd like to ask me. So here's the list of all those questions, plus my answers. I actually wrote this straight through without editing or stopping. So these are my real unfiltered thoughts. All the parts that appear to make up a desktop virt solution seem to require a large...
  • May 18, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    Last week at Synergy, Citrix announced that the upcoming versions of the Receiver mobile apps will also include the mobile device and mobile app management capabilities of Worx Home, the agent app for XenMobile. This means that in a single app, users will be able to access remote desktop apps, web apps, and local native apps; and that app will also act as a mobile device management agent. This client unification may not seem that big of a deal, but I like it for a few reasons. We’ve...
  • May 18, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) How to Get to the Root Cause of a Problem–QUICKLY! Presented by Graeme Bailey If you are interested in how to unblock a brewery order processing system; enabling the warehousing system of a pop (sorry, soda!) company to resume manufacturing; identifying and resolving multiple sources of packet loss in the Citrix environment of a law firm; finding several bottlenecks in an insurance company's outsourced VDI environment, or even; speeding up...
  • May 15, 2015 4:01:00 AM
      (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Denis Gundarev Public cloud services such as Amazon EC2 are becoming more popular in enterprise. You can use it as a disaster recovery solution or as a primary service. With Amazon you can establish a global presence for your services in a matter of minutes.  In this session you will learn: • How Amazon AWS was used to build a production XenApp cloud for a global service provider • Tips and tricks on...
  • May 14, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) How Folder Redirection Impacts User Experience and Breaks Applications Presented by Helge Klein & Shawn Bass Everybody uses it, many think about it, some despise it, but nobody really knows how it affects the health of their IT. Until now. Folder redirection is a controversial topic: even though rumored to have potentially grave effects on reliability and performance it is widely used not only with server-based computing but also...
  • May 13, 2015 4:01:00 AM
      (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Shawn Bass The HDX Protocol from Citrix has been through a crazy amount of innovation in the last few years. It used to be that you really needed to tune HDX like crazy. Recently, Citrix has been getting better about adaptive tuning out of the box. However, there are some differences between the HDX implementation that exists in XenDesktop and the HDX implementation that exists in XenApp. Also, there’s a big...
  • May 12, 2015 3:33:00 PM
    We did a live podcast from the Citrix Synergy show floor after the keynote! Lots going on in Orlando this year! Listen up!
  • May 12, 2015 11:49:00 AM
    Hello from Orlando! I'm at Citrix Synergy along with Gabe Knuth , Jack Madden , Colin Steele , and several other TechTarget coworkers for Citrix Synergy 2015! Read from the bottom up. Page does not auto-refresh. ======== 11:30 Keynote over. We'll be doing a live podcast as soon as we make our way over to the TechTarget booth. Link will be on the BrianMadden.com home page. 11:17 Now onto Mark's "one more thing." He's talking about their partnership with The Nimble Collective . They're using...
  • May 12, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) How the New Storage Improvements in Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 Help Your Desktop Virtualisation Project Presented by Jim Moyle There are many enhancements to how Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 works with storage and we can use those changes to our advantage when architecting our desktop virtualisation projects. In this session, Jim Moyle will explore the following: storage spaces, offloaded data transfer, storage quality of service, Resilient File...
  • May 11, 2015 4:05:00 AM
    “Bring Your Own App” is one of those enterprise mobility concepts that gets thrown around, but really needs to be unpacked and examined.  For this conversation, I’m considering BYO App to be a subset of consumerization of IT and shadow IT. Like BYOD, the idea behind it is that users can find their own tools to get their jobs done. The result can often be unsecured, non-compliant, and data-leaking apps that IT has to either block or figure out some way to bring into the...
  • May 11, 2015 4:01:00 AM
      (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Aaron Parker All you need to automate desktop images and build a solid foundation for XenApp, XenDesktop and View is using free tools. Stripped of fluff - just the technical details. This is a deep dive into the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit based on years of experience delivering clean, dependable & consistent desktop environments.  In this session you'll learn:  • How to get up and running with MDT 2013...
  • May 8, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) PowerShell’s Desired State Configuration Presented by Jeff Wouters The flagship of PowerShell v4, Desired State Configuration (DSC). Wouldn't it be nice to define what the configuration of a server (or multiple) should look like, and hold it against a target? If something isn't in compliance, fix it! In a nutshell, that's what DSC does, to ensure the desired state of a target. During this session, I'll explain how DSC works, what it can...
  • May 7, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    When I first heard about VMI, several thoughts went through my head. I shook my head and thought about how it was only a matter of time before this happened. I thought about how it was a modern version of that really cool party trick where we’d access Windows via Citrix MetaFrame from a Bondi Blue iMac (or the DOS client...that one was cool too!). And I thought about how the number one anti-use case in desktop virtualization–offline users–would squish VMI before it ever had a...
  • May 7, 2015 4:01:00 AM
      (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Dan Shappir Google Chromebooks are gaining popularity: all major PC vendors now make Chromebooks, or plan to start making them in 2014, and they’re a top seller in the Amazon laptop category. According to a report by NPD, Chromebooks accounted for over 9% of PC, laptop and tablet sales through US commercial channels in 2013, outselling MacBooks by 5 to 1. Last but not least, Microsoft is concerned enough by rising...
  • May 6, 2015 7:24:00 AM
    At today’s VDI 2015 seminar in San Francisco, there’s a sort of joke slide Gabe and I use to talk about all the various goals of desktop virtualization: All of the goals on this slide are “real” in the sense that they came from marketing material from people selling VDI as potential benefits of VDI. Whether these are actually real or not is not the point, a case made by the next slide where we say the “real” reason people use VDI is to solve...
  • May 6, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Intune: Setup and Deployment Notes from the Field (with focus on Single Sign-on & ADFS) Presented by Kenny Buntinx & Tim De Keukelaere This session dives into what you’ll do at the server level to drive Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune integration for mobile device management. The session includes real life experience from the field to setup a subscription, connectors, certificates,...
  • May 5, 2015 4:34:00 AM
    Ignite, Microsoft’s enterprise IT-oriented conference, is going on this week in Chicago. Yesterday’s keynote covered a lot of ground, and for this article I’m going to go over all the enterprise mobility management announcements. For the first few years, Microsoft Intune had only basic EMM capabilities, but recently it’s taking off. A year ago Microsoft announced the new Enterprise Mobility Suite, which combines Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium, and Azure Rights...
  • May 5, 2015 4:01:00 AM
      (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Ryan Bijkerk, Ruben Spruijt & Jeroen van de Kamp Are you interested in the performance differences and best practices for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1? Curious what the performance impact is of Windows Server 2008R2, 2012 and 2012R2? Interested in the difference in density between VDI and SBC on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V? Interested in what the deep impact of Microsoft App-V 5.0 is? All these topics, and...
  • May 4, 2015 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) Automated Performance Analysis of SBC Workloads  Presented by Ian Parker PAL, or the performance analysis of logs utility, has become a popular tool used by Microsoft consulting and many other organisations to analyse the performance of servers. While it is incredibly useful out of the box, it only goes so far in analysing SBC workloads. In this session we will explore how to customise and tailor the default PAL analysis to Terminal Server...
  • May 1, 2015 4:01:00 AM
      (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Randy Groves As enterprise computing moves to virtual workspaces consisting of cloud-delivered desktops and applications, PCoIP technology has emerged as the fabric underpinning for many of the solutions being offered in the marketplace from vendors like Amazon and VMware. In this session, Teradici CTO, Randy Groves will provide an in-depth presentation on the inner workings of PCoIP technology encompassing the protocol,...
  • Apr 30, 2015 4:03:00 AM
    Yesterday on our Podcast, our guest was Login VSI's Adam Carter. He was there to talk about their new product called "Login PI ." As I wrote in the title of today's post, Login PI is the most brilliant VDI & RDSH monitoring product that I've been wanting to exist for over 15 years. Thanks Login for making this thing! (You may remember that we shot a video with Jeroen van de Kamp at VMworld 2014 where he first told us about this idea. Now it's a reality!) The problem with traditional...
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