James Rankin and Kevin Howell, of HTGUK, recently published an article discussing the problems with per-device licensing on XenApp and RDSH and how to properly manage those issues with FSLogix App Masking. Using per-device licensed software on XenApp or RDSH servers can be a murky, annoying, costly pain. So how do we manage it without all these issues?
Two days ago about I wrote about CReg/Vreg because I anticipated the fix coming in March’s OS rollup. So surprise! The following day we get fixes a month early.
The totality of information coming from Microsoft about the changes are included in the KB article for the February rollup for Windows 10 1709: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4074588/windows-10-update-kb4074588. These fixes are distributed as part of the general OS non-security patches for the OS.
Beers and Technology - is there anything better? In November of 2017 at E2EVC Barcelona, Dr. Benny Tritsch and Jim Moyle presented their session "Cool things you didn't know you can do with FSLogix."
EUC architect and distinguished engineer, David Wilkinson, recently published his analysis on challenges experienced when adding Office 365 to a virtual desktop environment. Key challenge areas include Outlook cache, Outlook search indexing, and OneDrive for Business. Outlook CEM is also required for many business critical application plugins to function.
Office 365 Containers,
Sometimes life gives you an opportunity that you can't pass up, and I've been fortunate to have a few of those occasions in my career. The first was a random encounter with Brian Madden when we both worked at a reseller in Cleveland, OH, who said he was off to do a proof of concept for this thing called "MetaFrame" and asked if I wanted to come along. I'd been a desktop support engineer for a year or so, but had just been promoted to "server guy" after getting my CNA (it was the 90's!). I'd only been in the new role for a week or two when I learned about MetaFrame, but that one proof of concept shaped my entire career, and I was immediately pulled back towards desktops.
Don't try to stick with traditional monitoring tools when your organization matures to containers; they won't do enough. Seek out monitoring and management tools with targeted capabilities.
Applications -- if you can still call them that -- are so dynamic and malleable when composed of microservices in containers on distributed resources that they hardly resemble monolithic designs. Yet, no matter the architecture, IT operations support must quickly identify and rectify any problems in production.
Cloud computing is promising much – but is failing in many areas as users get to grips with some of its more complex areas. An example here is when organisations start to look at how best to use multiple cloud platforms across a private and public environment – what is known as a ‘hybrid cloud’.
FSLogix is passionate about supporting the communities where we live and work, and are proud to be sponsors of CUGC’s 2018 “Women in Technology Mentoring Program.”
Thank you to the CUGC WIT leadership team for the opportunity to participate in and sponsor this exciting program.
Women in Technology
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Meltdown and Spectre,
Windows 10 1709,
Apple Text Bomb
Some of you may have noticed we finished out the year 2017 without a release of the Application Virtualization Smackdown. This was intentional as we re-imagined the Smackdown.
We added CloudHouse to the Feature Matrix. We also added Thamim Karim and Kris Smith to our AppVirt Guru team. As the team has expanded, we found it the perfect time to rebrand AppVirt Guru too, giving the site a slicker layout.