Fix Office365 performance issues with FSLogix Office 365 Containers for Citrix!

Posted by Freek Berson on May 23, 2016 3:39:05 PM

I’ve written about FSLogix in the past. About a year ago I wrote an article on masking specific applications & plugins for specific users and running various java versions on the same OS. Check it out here: Managing your Azure RemoteApp application landscape using FSLogix Apps.

FSLogix is a set of tools with an extremely small footprint and has an amazing set of features that fix really specific problems, applicable in almost any VDI or RDSH environment!

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Topics: Citrix, Apps, Office 365, Office 365 Containers, FSLogix

Introducing FSLogix™ Office 365 Container for Citrix

Posted by Kevin Goodman on May 23, 2016 2:06:21 PM

It’s been one year since FSLogix released FSLogix™ Profile Containers and won Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 for Desktop and Application Virtualization. We’ve had an incredible number of enterprises adopt the solution, often after piloting for just a few weeks. Many of these customers have such a firm belief in the future of virtual desktops that they had learned to live with super long logon times, or very substandard performance in mission critical applications like email. After a year of strong market adoption, we’ve demonstrated that our solution fills this void and fixes problems that have only gotten worse over the last decade.

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenApp, virtual desktop, non-persistent VDI, Office 365, Office 365 Containers

The AppSense Bigot describes FSLogix as the last piece of the Office 365 Jigsaw Puzzle

Posted by Brandon Lee on May 23, 2016 1:22:09 PM

James Rankin, aka The AppSense Bigot, goes into detail regarding the classic struggle of how to best (if at all) approach Outlook in Office 365 for Citrix. However, he not only provides us with the historical context of dealing with this problem, but also the end all solution that has effectively eliminated this challenge. James shows the striking simplicity for configuring FSLogix Office 365 Containers for Citrix under any AD environment. But most of all, his clearly defined benchmarks and comparative metrics provide ample proof of a dramatic performance increase that details quite the compelling story.

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Topics: Citrix, Office 365, Office 365 Containers, Outlook, CEM, Cached Exchance Mode

Venetian/Palazzo Citrix Synergy - Inside Tips and Things You Did NOT Know Part 2: Inside the Property

Posted by Brandon Lee on May 23, 2016 10:39:32 AM

As we get underway for Citrix Synergy Las Vegas 2016, it's about time we got down to the good stuff, including where to find all the goodies like the hidden bathrooms, hidden Bar and Food, Great Restaurants and MUCH MUCH MORE!

I felt compelled to save this article, as certain perceived "High Roller" areas are meant to be hidden and accessible to only the "privileged." These are the secrets that no one will tell you about, unless you're at least a black chip player (minimum bet of $100 per hand). Even then, there is still a very high chance nobody will openly inform you of these areas. Yet, almost every employee will be happy to point you in the right direction of all the amazing restaurants.

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Topics: Citrix, Citrix Synergy

Venetian/Palazzo Citrix Synergy - Inside Tips and Things You Did NOT Know Part 1: Checkin

Posted by Brandon Lee on May 20, 2016 10:57:32 AM

Last time we covered some nearby cuisine, along with gambling, and other entertainment activities away from The Venetian and Palazzo. If you missed it, you can READ IT HERE.

This time, it seems fitting to go inside The Venetian and Palazzo for our next series of tips. Having personally lived in each Hotel Tower, for upwards of 6 consecutive weeks at a time, over the past decade, I can assure you that you'll find these tips useful!

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Topics: Citrix, Citrix Synergy

Integrating IoT into the business

Posted by Rob Bamforth on May 18, 2016 9:47:57 AM

The Internet of Things is the latest tech sector ‘must have’, with some even claiming organisations need to have a CIoTO (Chief IoT Officer). However, this is unnecessary and completely misses the point. The IoT is not separate or entirely new (being in essence an open and scaled up evolution of SCADA – supervisory control and data acquisition), but it is something that has to be integrated into the wider set of business needs.

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Topics: IoT, IoE

What can be done with that old data centre?

Posted by Clive Longbottom on May 18, 2016 9:33:03 AM

Data centres used to be built with the knowledge that they could, with a degree of reworking, be used for 25 years or more.  Now, it is a brave person who would hazard a guess as to how long a brand new data centre would be fit for purpose without an extensive refit.

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Topics: datacenter, I/PaaS, security

The Critical Next Step for Software Escrow

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on May 18, 2016 9:10:13 AM

Software escrow provides a method where a 3rd-party holds a copy of key software source code in trust for a user in the event that the vendor goes bust, or ceases to comply with terms of their license agreement.

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Topics: CI/CD, Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, Software Escrow, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery

Return of the x8AD Script error in App-V

Posted by Tim Mangan on May 17, 2016 11:22:44 AM

A long time ago I had an issue with scripting in a particular training environment at a company site and all the App-V Scripts failed with an error ending in 0x8AD without running the script.

Although not documented as a standard windows error code, it seems to fall into an area of error codes assorted with identity/authentication.  I wasn’t sure if this was the user identity or machine identity but the problem went away when I returned the equipment to my own lab.

Recently, this problem returned while running a class in a hotel with an unusual in-house network setup.  I remembered it as 8AD kind of looks like the word “BAD”.  I chalked the problem up to the hotel network and tried to ignore it, but this time it didn’t go away. Coincidentally, I had built all of the VMs using App-V 5.1 with Hotfix 2 added on for that training class.  And that turned out to be important.

It might also be important that these were user scripts and not machine scripts, although that is not entirely clear at this point.

When App-V releases hotfixes, they have always been cumulative, meaning that I could add HF2 and it automatically included HF1 with it.  These hotfixes have also usually been very reliable.  In this case, we have a seemingly bad hotfix, or more likely a bad combination of hotfixes. So I tested them all to help figure this out.

In the end, as long as you build the client images with the right combination of what you need and what works in the chart below you should be OK.  If you already have a combination that is a problem, I have tested that you can uninstall the problem hotfixes and add the correct combo back in.  Of course the client wants to reboot each time so in an automated production environment it is pretty ugly, but it is what it is.

Base Client Hotfix 1 Hotfix 2 Hotfix 3 Result
5.1 no no no  works
5.1 yes no no  works
5.1 yes yes no  error
5.1 yes yes yes  error
5.1 yes no yes  error
5.1  no yes no  error
5.1  no yes yes  error
5.1  no no  yes  works
5.2  n/a n/a n/a  works

For those curious, “5.2” refers to the App-V client on the current Windows 10 “Windows Insiders” build.  See Tim’s App-V Release List for information on the fully released App-V versions and hotfixes with descriptions and links to the kbps.

Microsoft is aware of the issue, and I’ll update this post when we have more news.

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Topics: App-V

SERIOUS CLOUD PRESENCE FOR €2.99 /MONTH

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on May 11, 2016 4:00:00 PM

I am a bit of a geek and consequently end up trying new hardware, apps and frameworks all the time. One issue with this is maintaining a reliable OS image. I am currently fiddling about with IoT hardware that runs a trusted connection to a web server to avoid broad internet access. Evaluating each new framework inevitably results in library inconsistencies and unstable platforms with unexpected errors. One way forward, is to run in containers and the consensus is that Docker (https://www.docker.com/) is the leading solution.

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Topics: IoT, Docker

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