Nice write up on FSLogix Apps from Jo Harder.
Recently, one of our Remote Desktop Reporter customers – a Managed Service Provider (MSP) - shared with us an interesting use case about how they were going to utilize our Remote Desktop Reporter software.
This and other conversations we were having at the time resulted in two big discoveries on how MSPs can now decrease operating costs by measuring server based computing (SBC) metrics and minimizing VM images.
Douglas Brown, founder of DABCC, interviews Randy on our upcoming 1.5 release, covering application visibility, java compatibility, and policy management.
Last month we started our public beta for version 1.NEXT (now 1.5), adding enhanced support for per-user font management, our first set of extensive reporting capabilities, and enhanced java support, streamlining the ability to specify what version of Java should be used with a particular URL or a particular Java program. This is useful in situations where a URL or an application requires an older version of Java, but everything else should use the latest, most secure version of Java.
When one of our customers told us that they were using FSLogix to isolate versions of Java my first thought was, “I didn’t know anyone was still using Java.” The customer went on to explain that most of their web apps were converted to HTML 5 a while back, but they still had some legacy Java code in house as well as the dreaded NetScaler Java configuration issue. He alerted us that our UI made it difficult to implement, however. “It should be like three clicks max to set this up,” he explained. One thing I always tell our sales team is that our customers get to set the priorities on the next features of FSLogix Apps. Therefore, our 1.next Beta -- which is available now -- includes support for isolating Java applications in “like three clicks max”.
This version of FSLogix Apps is for you if you have in your organization any Java code – either a web apps or executables that require a particular version of Java that is not the latest version. In typical FSLogix fashion we “hide” all of the versions of java besides the version you want your URL or application to see. It’s that simple.
It is great to see Citrix welcome us into the fray and declaring us Citrix Ready®.
The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix Systems, Inc. Customers seek out Citrix Ready solutions because this validates that a particular product has been tested and proven to work on Citrix platforms. We validated our FSLogix Apps product with Citrix XenApp® and Citrix XenDesktop®.
Over the last couple of days, I attended Citrix Synergy in Anaheim and E2EVC in Los Angeles. Six days packed with great information about cloud and remoting technology – and hanging out with the virtualization community folks. Here’s what I think were the most interesting things I learned.
The Synergy keynote was delivered by Mark Templeton and he opened his session with the announcement that Intel will be adding GPU cores to their CPUs, allowing for rich application services. Wow, what a start! Only four weeks after Ruben, Shawn and I published our whitepaper on GPU-accelerated graphics remoting, this technology gets so much love. Additional information about the Intel Crystalwell and GVT announcement was disclosed at the Synergy day-2 general session. Crystalwell is the codename for Intel’s Haswell CPUs with Iris Pro GT3e GPU cores and eDRAM on one single die. An example is the Intel Xeon E3, specifically designed for servers. Such a Crystalwell CPU can be combined with XenServer, creating the foundation for what Intel calls Graphics Virtualization Technology or Intel GVT for short. Pretty much like NVIDIA vGPU, Intel GVT is a GPU virtualization solution with mediated or brokered graphics pass-through. If you want to know more about this, download the 3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown whitepaper here and read my related article from April 9.
Boom! During his keynote at Microsoft TechEd North America, Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson announced the availability of Azure RemoteApp preview. Like many other virtualization experts, I was waiting for this moment as we’ve all heard rumors about the project code named “Mohoro” since a couple of months. Despite the fact that Brad only covered it briefly, it instantly created a substantial buzz in the virtualization community. Fortunately, there was an entire TechEd session about the details of Azure RemoteApp within less than two hours. And only 24 hours after attending the keynote, Ruben Spruijt and I were on stage in a packed TechEd breakout room, delivering a session titled “An Insider’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization” which allowed us to refer to Azure RemoteApp. In the following I want to give you a brief overview of how Microsoft’s “new” way of delivering Windows applications from the cloud works.
In a nutshell, Azure RemoteApp is what Microsoft describes as “Windows Server session-based applications hosted in Azure”. This means that Windows applications are delivered in a seamless mode from Azure to the client which makes them appear as if they were running locally on the client side – find more details about RemoteApp in my post Seamless Remote Apps Reloaded. Now there are two different options of how to use Azure RemoteApp: The Cloud Deployment variant is built on top of pre-configured Remote Desktop Session Host server VMs with Office 2013 Pro installed. It is fully managed by Microsoft and its goal is rapid application provisioning and automatic system maintenance by not allowing any configuration changes of the server image. RDP 8.1 (RemoteFX) is the remoting protocol and client platforms range from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 to iOS and Android, with Windows RT, Windows Phone and Mac OSX coming soon. Up to 20 users can logon in the preview phase after their existing Microsoft accounts or corporate credentials are connected to Azure AD through federation. All personal application settings are preserved in a User Profile Disk stored on a personal 50GB OneDrive folder that is assigned to each Azure RemoteApp user account.
AppV_Manage is a free tool from TMurgent used to test newly sequenced App-V 5 application packages. Versions 3.1 and 3.2 have added integrations to round out this phase of the packaging experience.