The Technology Landscape 2018

Posted by Jim Airdo on Jul 11, 2018 1:24:22 PM

When I joined Citrix Systems, Inc. in 1993 as their first pre-sales engineer, I was excited and amped-up as to what the future would hold for virtual computing and multi-user computing systems that could run and deliver Windows applications over low bandwidth connections.

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Topics: Citrix, server based computing

FSLogix Containers – Search Index Considerations and Troubleshooting

Posted by James Kindon on Jul 11, 2018 11:10:40 AM

Co-authored by James Kindon (@james_kindon) Gareth Carson (@CitXen) James Rankin (@james____rankin) Nigel Woods (@NigelWoods27)

Windows Search is a feature that has existed in the Windows OS since Windows Vista, although it did exist as freeware called Windows Desktop Search for XP and Server 2003. It replaced the Indexing Service that first arrived as part of the Windows NT4 Option Pack, which was deprecated in Windows 7 and finally removed in Windows 8.

Windows Search builds a full-text index of files on a device. The time required for the initial creation of this index depends on the amount and type of data to be indexed and can take up to several hours. In persistent environments, this does not present a problem, as the creation of the index is a one-time event. However, in non-persistent RDSH or VDI environments like XenApp and XenDesktop, this can present an issue.

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Topics: VDI, XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, profile containers, Office 365, Outlook, FSLogix Office 365 Container, Windows Search, Windows Server

TMEdit for App-V – What and Why

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jul 10, 2018 10:18:16 AM

Today I am pleased to announce the release of a new tool for your application wrangling arsenal – TMEdit.

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Topics: App-V, MSIX, TMEdit

What the Heck is a Unikernel?

Posted by Ian Eyberg on Jul 6, 2018 12:41:10 PM

Guest post from Ian Eyberg, CEO and Founder of NanoVMS

Virtual machines, containers, and unikernels. What are the differences? What is a unikernel anyways?

While virtual machines and containers get tossed around a lot in IT circles a new term has started entering the vernacular - unikernels - but what are they? Unikernels are a method of deploying software. They contain a given software application and the bits of the operating system that is needed boiled down to a very small lightweight secure virtual machine. Unlike containers, unikernels are at the end of the day, just virtual machines, albeit special tiny ones. Sometimes the VM can be ten to twenty megabytes.

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Topics: Virtual Machines, Unikernel

Roaming Office 365 OST cache in physical desktop environments using FSLogix

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 27, 2018 10:34:12 AM

Office 365 is the fastest growing product in Microsoft's history. With that in mind, George Spiers, took the time to address the challenges around Office 365 and how FSLogix can resolve those challenges in not only a virtual environment, but also a physical desktop environment.

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Topics: Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OST Cache, Physical Desktops

Use OneDrive Client on RDSH or XenApp with FSLogix and PowerShell (IWC/ROW Building Block included)

Posted by Chris Twiest on Jun 19, 2018 11:25:43 AM

You might notice there is no OneDrive client in Windows Server 2016. After installing Office ProPlus, you do get the OneDrive for Business client but that client isn’t as feature rich as the normal OneDrive client. But luckily we can download the normal OneDrive client from Microsoft website here. Now we run into the next problem; the OneDrive client will install itself into the user profile and not like any normal program into “C:\Program Files”. So, to use the OneDrive Client on Windows Server 2016 we need to solve a few problems first:

  • Install OneDrive for every user who signs into the system once.
  • Check if the installation is already present and start up the client.
  • Capture the installation of OneDrive and add the files in OneDrive to the profile.
  • Stop asking for password to the user every time they sign in.
  • Integration with Windows Explorer.
  • Choose what to sync to the system from OneDrive if needed.
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Topics: RDP, RDSH, VHD, OneDrive, Citrix XenApp, Windows Server 2016

FSLogix can take Amazon Workspaces to the next level

Posted by Gabe Knuth on Jun 19, 2018 7:40:00 AM

There’s a lot to like about Amazon Workspaces. It’s easy to get started, there are a variety of different instance types available, there’s a persistent user disk, and the user experience is great, among other things. It’s no wonder Amazon is putting as many resources into it as they are, and they’re gaining quite a lot of attention because of it. There are, however, some places that FSLogix can improve the Workspace experience, and that’s the point of this article.

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Topics: FSLogix Apps, Amazon Web Services, Amazon, AWS Workspaces

Is MSIX the future for App-V?

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jun 12, 2018 10:33:23 AM

At the Windows Developer Conference this March, Microsoft announced MSIX as their latest idea of the future for application delivery.  This followed with more details released at the Microsoft Build Conference in May. I applaud these efforts by Microsoft; they follow the call I made last year for the development of a new standard application format that meets both the needs of the developers and of IT Professionals that deal with them. In this post, I’ll explain what I know about MSIX, both the good and the less then perfect, and what I am looking for to determine if MSIX will be the true successor to App-V.

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Topics: App-V, Microsoft, Windows, Application Delivery, MSIX, Package Support Framework (PSF)

A new chapter in life – Why I joined FSLogix as Cloud Architect and Evangelist?

Posted by Christiaan Brinkhoff on Jun 11, 2018 9:07:58 AM

As of today, I’m joining FSLogix as Cloud Architect and Evangelist. (Which I’m pretty excited about!)

Why I joined FSLogix?

Sometimes you get opportunities in life that you cannot ignore. A couple of months ago, I got in touch with FSLogix for the first time, and they asked if I would consider a permanent role within the company – main focus on region EMEA. The message was straightforward and solid, we are growing and need expansion on our technology experts team (Jim Moyle, Benny Tritsch, Michel Roth, Kevin Goodman and Gabe Knuth). Switching jobs usually is something that could happen once in 4 years to continue growing, although now I’m going to work for a vendor, which is something that was on my list for a very long time. Jim Moyle described it perfectly in his “Why I became a Technical Evangelist for FSLogix” article, which he’d written when he joined the team – “Working with people smarter than you are as a route to personal growth”. I’m very much looking forward to working with this extremely knowledgeable team!

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Topics: Citrix, Office 365, FSLogix, Cloud Cache

The Road to Windows 10 is Paved with Good Intentions

Posted by Jeremy Moskowitz on Jun 6, 2018 4:20:59 PM

Microsoft will implement Windows 7 end of life in January 2020, meaning it will discontinue all support, including paid support; and all updates, including security updates. Most companies are well aware of this, however migrating to Windows 10 isn’t as easy as flipping a switch.

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Topics: Microsoft, Windows 10

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