My Lab Toolbox: White Label Test Server

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 15, 2015 1:03:00 PM

One of the things I really enjoy about my current role in the virtualization industry is evaluating new products and concepts in my test lab. I’m in the lucky situation that Dell, Intel, NVIDIA, AMD, HP and some other vendors provided me with wonderful hardware, but sometimes off-the-shelf servers are simply not the right choice to start with. This is particularly true if you want to compare different remoting products in a fair and reproducible way. Shawn Bass and I began building our own “Darco Labs” reference servers when we seriously started comparing remoting protocols in our labs. You better know exactly what you’re doing and what kind of hardware you are using when you’re challenging vendors such as Microsoft, Citrix and VMware. For the sake of credibility, it is a prerequisite to select hardware that is equally compatible with the latest versions of all tested virtualization and remoting products. So this article is about the lessons I’ve learned when building the white label server for the 2014 remoting protocol comparisons.

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Topics: VDI, XenApp, RDSH, testing tools

Wearable devices - now a reality for the workplace

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Apr 13, 2015 9:24:06 PM

There has been a lot of hype about wearable technologies mostly focusing on smart glasses, watches and heath wristbands for consumers, but it is likely that there will be far more compelling reasons to use wearable devices in the enterprise. Here, wearable devices, perhaps often in combination with sensors and other interaction from the internet of things (IoT) will provide greater context and granularity of information and control.

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Topics: BYOD, wearable, consumerization

Apps Needing PVAD

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 13, 2015 9:10:10 PM

Since App-V 5.0 SP3, the default situation is that apps are installed into the VFS.  This solves a lot of integration issues, especially involving Configuration Groups, but it is not perfect for every app.

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Topics: AppV5, AppV Tools

Unifyle is Verified as Citrix Ready

Posted by Brian Duckering on Apr 10, 2015 10:16:24 AM

Unifyle recently reached another milestone, with both iOS and Android apps now verified as Citrix Ready®.  Unifyle successfully completed the battery of tests to validate its compatibility as a joint solution with a variety of Citrix products, including ShareFile, XenMobile and XenApp.

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Topics: Citrix Ready, Unifyle, cloud storage

The Art of Measuring Remote End User Experience

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 9, 2015 11:29:00 AM

“To me, when we say mobile first, it’s not the mobility of the device, it’s actually the mobility of the individual experience,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in November 2014 at a UK event. When remoting into Windows desktops and applications is part of your enterprise mobility strategy, acceptable end user experience is an important success factor. Unfortunately, traditional benchmarking parameters, such as frame rates and system performance counters, do not entirely represent the perceived end user experience (EUX) on a remote client. But what are the parameters and metrics that allow you to judge remote EUX and manage customer expectations?

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, test tools, CX

AVDCG and AVSS Updates

Posted by Tim Mangan on Apr 8, 2015 2:41:23 PM

While everyone knows about the AppV_Manage tool, used for testing new App-V Packages, many either do not know or have forgotten about two of the other tools.

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Topics: AppV5, App-V Manage, AppV Tools

Amber Reef publishes Part 5 of Alternative Deployment and Management for non-persistent VDI

Posted by Brad Rowland on Apr 8, 2015 10:12:06 AM

Duncan Murdoch of Amber Reef (and author of the AR.c suite) has just released Part 5 in his series on Alternative Deployment and Management for non-persistent VDI, including a cool video demo.

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Topics: VDI, App-V, App Packaging, App Virtualization, non-persistent VDI

Unified Endpoint Management – Are We There Yet?

Posted by Ganesh Rama on Apr 1, 2015 9:57:00 PM

There has been lot of chatter lately about Unified Endpoint Management. The explosion of iOS and Android devices in the enterprise & the subsequent emergence of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) vendors, is a catalyst for this discussion. But, what exactly is Unified Endpoint Management? Can enterprises use “one solution” - “one console” to rule them all? Well, as always, it depends. There are several pieces to this. Let’s break this down.

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Topics: BYOD, Unified Endpoint Management, EMM

Amber Reef publishes 4 part article on Alternative Deployment and Management for non-persistent VDI

Posted by Brad Rowland on Mar 26, 2015 5:42:00 PM

Duncan Murdoch at Amber Reef (and author of the AR.c suite) just published an in-depth, 4 part series of articles on Alternative Deployment and Management methods for non-persistent VDI, using App-V and FSLogix.  Duncan explores how FSLogix can be used in this environment to help achieve 6 critical milestones with an existing implementation including; 

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Topics: VDI, App-V, non-persistent VDI

Unifyle makes another friend

Posted by Brian Duckering on Mar 24, 2015 8:17:09 PM

Unifyle has always been a team player and bridge builder, literally unifying those who may not ordinarily play well together, all for the benefit of enterprise users. So the recent announcement that Unifyle is now able to integrate with the Symantec Sealed Program should come as no surprise.

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Topics: Symantec, BYOD, Unifyle

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