Installation and Configuration of Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop 7.8 AppDisks and AppDNA for a Basic Proof of Concept

By | February 25th, 2016|Citrix|

I am really excited to see Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.8 has released to web! With this release, there are too many exciting new features to detail out here, instead just take a look at my buddy Thomas Poppelgaard's detailed list here. I've summarized some of the components I'm most excited about below… What's New in 7.8 (More details…): AppDisks has finally shipped!  Woohoo!! Full integration in Studio for AppDNA and AppDisks.  More details… Enhanced support for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)! Now there is no longer a dependency on the management and publishing servers in studio. Simply point Studio to [...]

Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) 7.6 vs. 7.7, VHD vs. VHDX and Scale-Out File Server Update

By | January 11th, 2016|Citrix|

A couple years ago I was troubleshooting through a Versioning and Merge VHD issue with Provisioning Services (PVS) 7.1 and Windows Scale-Out File Server (SOFS), which resulted in my recommendation to create a Maintenance store for vDisk Versioning. I am happy to see in the last two years this has completely improved and dare I say is fully resolved, specifically with the recent release of PVS 7.7. In this blog post, I'm going to share a little bit of testing data from my experience with PVS 7.7, along with a couple recommendations. Let's get started! A couple notes about PVS [...]

Citrix XenApp XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 3 with Windows 10 VDA and Thinwire Compatibility Mode!

By | October 30th, 2015|Citrix|

I recorded a short video demonstrating the latest innovations from Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 3 (FP3), Windows 10 VDI and Thinwire Compatibility Mode (aka Thinwire+ or Project Snowball)! Check it out and let me know what you think! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg-szSun1nU&feature=youtu.be In this video, Dane Young, Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and Virtualization Practice Manager at Entisys Solutions demonstrates the user experience of Citrix XenApp XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 3 with Windows 10 Virtual Delivery Agent. Also shown in this video is the new Thinwire Compatibility Mode (aka Thinwire+ or Project Snowball)! Amazing user experience from a Surface Pro [...]

Integration, Implementation and Performance Guide for Unidesk for vSphere with Atlantis HyperScale and USX! Featuring XenDesktop and AppSense

By | September 21st, 2015|AppSense, Atlantis Computing, Citrix, HP, VMware|

As mentioned in a previous blog post, May 2015 Atlantis Computing released an integrated hardware/software Hyper-Converged Infrastructure platform called HyperScale. As a refresher for those not as familiar with Atlantis, here's a high level overview of their current three platforms (ILIO, USX, and HyperScale): Since HyperScale launched I've had many customers and colleagues inquire about cross product integration with other End User Computing software solutions including Unidesk, View/XenDesktop, AppSense/RES, and others. This post will focus primarily on Atlantis and Unidesk integration, notably the thought leaders for layering technologies as we know them today. If you're not familiar with Unidesk, here's a [...]

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