There’s more to a container than, well, a container.

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Jul 26, 2016 10:15:36 AM

It seems that virtual machines (VMs) are so last year. A new ship has sailed in and docked – it’s a container ship and it is full of Dockers (as well as Rkts and Mesos). The idea of containerisation is taking hold – the promise of a lighter means of dealing with applications enabling much higher workload densities and lower storage costs seems to attract developers, sysadmins and line of business people like moths to a flame.

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Topics: containers, Virtual Machines, System Containers

Is your Windows laptop/tablet feeling bloated?

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Jul 18, 2016 1:32:44 PM

I really enjoyed the UK Citrix User Group meeting in London last week; great speakers, the chance to meet up with old friends and make new business connections.

One tip that came up was a free VMware tool that will optimize a Windows OS. Of course, their intention is for generating a sound base for gold images, but using it on limited-resource laptops can really help by removing unnecessary services and bloatware.

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Topics: VMware, OS Optimization Tool, Bloatware

Andy Milford Launches New RDS Resource Site

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 14, 2016 11:38:22 AM

As part of his technical community outreach associated with the Microsoft MVP award, RDPSoft CEO Andy Milford has created a new resource site solely for Remote Desktop Services administrators. Packed with tips, tricks, scripts, and free tools, he hopes it will make life in the trenches easier for those responsible for setting up and maintaining remote desktop services implementations. 

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Topics: RDS

API Systems, receives not only one, but TWO Citrix Technology Advocate founding members

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 14, 2016 10:52:49 AM

Citrix Technology Advocates (CTA), much like Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP), are exceptional Citrix community members who work relentlessly with other industry peers to bring knowledge and awareness to the masses. This prestigious title is only bestowed upon 25 individuals, hand-picked by an expert panel of CTPs. Congratulations to FSLogix Certified Partner API Systems, Inc. as they received not only one, but two of the first 25 members of this exclusive group!

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Topics: Citrix, Citrix Technology Professional, Citrix Technology Advocate

Tim Mangan: Thank you Brian, and Join us for the BriForum Boston Walking Tour

Posted by Tim Mangan on Jul 13, 2016 10:15:34 AM

In two weeks we will have the final Briforum conference in Boston, as Brian has announced that he is leaving TechTarget, and IT for a while.  This will be the 20th Briforum, which I have had the unique honor of being the only person other than Brian to speak at all 20 events. If you’re on the fence, you might just want to attend…

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Topics: Citrix, BriForum, Brian Madden

Get Remote Desktop Commander Lite for FREE

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 12, 2016 3:02:22 PM

For admins struggling to use/configure the RDSM (Remote Desktop Services Manager) portion of Server Manager on Windows Server 2012, this is a lifesaver, because they can use this tool to manage their session hosts, users, etc. Plus the latest version now includes parameterized PowerShell integration for complete extensibility. TSAdmin from the 2008 RDS days finally has a worthy replacement – and it’s completely free. READ HERE to check out the full details and download your free copy.

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Topics: Remote Desktop Services, Remote Desktop Management, Windows

deviceTRUST - Dynamic Device Context Awareness

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Jul 11, 2016 12:37:57 PM

Only recently I became aware of a new player offering an interesting product that gives you real-time access to the system properties of the endpoint from which a user is currently connected to a remote Windows session. The company’s name is deviceTRUST ( and they refer to their solution as “dynamic device context awareness”. In a nutshell, their product constantly monitors a range of settings and properties on the device that is connected to a remote Windows session. The result of the device assessment gets redirected to the associated user session environment on the host, allowing to respond dynamically to changing client device settings or conditions. A change in a monitored device property creates an event in the hosted session that can be displayed or that can be used to trigger a pre-defined action. As of today, the supported remoting protocols are RDP/RemoteFX and ICA/HDX. I personally started using deviceTRUST for collecting client-specific telemetry and configuration data before or while running remote end-user experience benchmarking tests. But then I figured that there are more use cases in security, compliance and user experience, which inspired me to dig a little deeper into how deviceTRUST works under the covers.

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Topics: Azure, endpoint monitoring, deviceTRUST, device context awareness

FSLogix Logon Improvement Metrics From uberAgent

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 7, 2016 8:07:04 AM

In this Webinar hosted by Trond E. Haavarstein ( and Helge Klein (uberAgent), we explore logon metrics, but in particular, uberAgent metrics that allow us to better understand how user logons are being impacted. Kevin Goodman (CEO) and David Young (Solutions Architect) fill out the panel from the FSLogix team to dive into some of the technical nuts and bolts in order to help dissect the results.

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Topics: profiles, profile containers, folder redirection, Office 365, Outlook, logon times

Fare thee well, Brian Madden

Posted by Kevin Goodman on Jul 1, 2016 4:59:40 PM

I saw where Brian announced his retirement yesterday on and although  I am not surprised, I can’t help but reflect on the impact Brian has had on our industry. I say I am not surprised because Brian has been giving us hints over the last year: His closing session at the Denver Briforum last year and his podcast retrospective on his career.

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Topics: VDI, BriForum, Brian Madden

Outlook in cached mode with non-persistent VDI seemed like a pipe dream until FSLogix came along.

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 1, 2016 10:19:44 AM

In his latest op-ed on, Independent Industry Analyst, Gabe Knuth, documents the evolutionary changes that have taken place with FSLogix since his previous article, regarding FSLogix Profile Containers. However, the underlying motivation for this article and the prime focus, rests with FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, which he cites as "...a no-brainer to enable functionality that we’ve wanted for the last fifteen years."

By capturing the technological essence of FSLogix, Gabe is able to provide a very thorough accounting of the key aspects and advantages of our methodology, along with the positive impact it has on one's infrastructural hardware and performance. 

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Topics: Citrix, VHD, Office 365, Outlook, OST, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix

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