Benny Tritsch

Dr. Benny Tritsch is a virtualization technology expert, IT system architect, technical communicator and market analyst with many years of experience in senior management positions. Currently he serves as the Chief Technology Officer at bluecue Consulting in Germany and he is a frequent speaker at leading international industry events. Benny has been awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Remote Desktop Services every year since 2004 and he is a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) since 2006. If you want to know more about Benny's community activities, check out his website drtritsch.com or follow him on twitter.com/drtritsch.
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Using FSLogix Office 365 Container for Outlook Search in Non-Persistent RDS Environments

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Sep 6, 2017 1:41:40 PM

When Outlook is running in cached Exchange mode, Outlook data is stored in user-specific .OST files. These .OST files must follow the users as they roam from host to host. Windows Search Service indexes locally stored .OST files and creates an index catalog for each user to enable search functionality in Outlook. In non-persistent and load-balanced Remote Desktop Service environments, the index catalog doesn’t roam with user data. As a consequence, the index catalog must be rebuilt every time the user logs in and the Connection Broker send him or her to a new pooled desktop or a different RD Session Host within a Collection. FSLogix’s Office 365 Container was designed to solve this issue by roaming a user’s Outlook data as well as their search index catalog in such a way that it is compatible to the Windows Search Service. The FSLogix O365 Container implementation is based on a file system filter driver that redirects the users’ .OST files to virtual disks attached to the local file system in such a way that makes the VHDs look like local folders. This enables users to use the local Windows Search service in Outlook while they are accessing their emails. But how good is this solution in terms of performance and end user experience? The folks from RDS Gurus have the answer.

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Topics: Office 365, Outlook Search, RDS, Windows Search Service

Benny Tritsch: Why I became an investor and team member of FSLogix

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Jul 5, 2017 8:15:31 AM

Here's my little story of becoming an FSLogix investor earlier this year. Many of you may know me as a subject matter expert in Windows desktop remoting and enterprise application delivery. The Frankfurt Rhine/Main area is my home base, with the largest German cloud datacenters almost in my backyard. I enjoy sharing my knowledge through books, blog articles and presentations at industry events. As a result, Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and NVIDIA have recognized me as a member of their respective technical community award programs. Since launching my first technology startup when I was a university student, I've always been watching the international startup ecosystem very carefully. After eight years as a full-time researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, I've had the opportunity to be in leading positions at several international startups over the last 15 years, including my own. I've learned that equity investments, where the funders get a piece of the company, are a great way of directly participating in startups at an early stage. And this is exactly where FSLogix comes into the picture.

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Topics: FSLogix, EUC, UEM, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Azure, Citrix, RDS, RDSH

A Beginner’s Guide to XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 27, 2017 12:12:08 PM

by Dr. Benny Tritsch and Kristin Griffin

Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop in Microsoft Azure is an interesting solution for everybody who wants to deliver Windows desktops or applications from the public cloud. Citrix and Microsoft are working closely together to develop this modern application delivery platform based on Azure Resource Manager (ARM). This article introduces the multiple variants of hosting XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure, allowing potential customers to make the right choices for their particular use cases and business models.

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Topics: Citrix AppDisk, XenApp, XenDesktop, Azure

Tools I’ve used in my Ignite session

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Oct 20, 2016 10:53:49 AM

A bit more than two weeks ago I presented a breakout session titled “Get an independent insider’s view of desktop virtualization and session remoting” at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. Here is the video of my session on Channel 9 for those who want to watch it. As part of my session I demonstrated some great tools and add-on products provided by community fellows. I actually felt like the anchor of a news show walking people through some real-world use cases. After my session, I received emails asking me for more details regarding the tools. Here we go…

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Topics: Microsoft, Microsoft Ignite, Desktop Virtualization, RDS

Things I Learned at VMworld in Las Vegas

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Sep 6, 2016 9:01:48 AM

I had the opportunity to attend VMworld in Las Vegas the last couple of days. Here’s a summary of what I have learned. In the Day 1 keynote, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger used “Digital Transformation” as the #1 buzzword. He also said that all business is digital business today and 80% of compute is virtualized by now. But 50% of all enterprise applications are still traditional client/server applications – in other words, there is still a majority of conventional Windows applications out there. Neither mobile apps nor native web apps are dominating, yet. According to a VMware survey, there is an average of 188 internally created (Windows) applications in enterprises which may need to be maintained for quite a while. This means that remoting into Windows applications hosted in on-premises datacenters, private clouds and public clouds will continue to be an important aspect of VMware’s strategy. This is great news for End-User Computing (EUC). I still wonder if this also applies to Pat’s announcement to extend their hybrid cloud approach not only to VMware-based clouds (now including IBM/Softlayer), but also to non-VMware-based clouds like Amazon, Azure and Google.

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Topics: VMware, EUC, VMWorld

My Take on Microsoft’s Announcement to Retire Azure RemoteApp

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Aug 19, 2016 9:46:54 AM

On Friday, August 12, 2016, Microsoft made the announcement that they are planning to retire Azure RemoteApp (ARA). According to the article, Microsoft and Citrix are jointly developing a new cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. This Azure RemoteApp 2.0 service was referred to as XenApp “express”. Only minutes after the Microsoft announcement, Citrix posted a related article on their blog. Now, after the dust has slowly settled, I wanted to share my thoughts on the announcement.

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Topics: Azure RemoteApp, XenApp, XenDesktop

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 (www.devicetrust.de/en) 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: deviceTRUST, device context awareness, Azure, endpoint monitoring

NVIDIA GRID Hardware Chart

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Jun 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When Ruben Spruijt and I presented our session “Graphics for Virtual Desktops and Apps – 2016 Edition” at BriForum in London last week, one of our PowerPoint slides showed a chart comparing the different GRID cards. The chart includes lots of information, such as number of GPUs per card, GPU type, clock speed, number of GPU cores, performance (TFLOPS), memory size, maximum number of vGPU concurrent users, form factor, maximum power consumption and more. It’s the kind of charts you can talk about for hours – or just use it as an overview without looking at the details. Ruben and I updated the chart last minute after NVIDIA’s official announcement of the Tesla M10 card only 24 hours prior to our session. As a response to a picture of the chart uploaded to Twitter, we learned that some details were not accurate. Today I ran into Milan Diebel and Erik Bohnhorst from the NVIDIA GRID product team and together we corrected the chart. Well, and now I want to share the updated version with you.

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Topics: GPU, NVIDIA, NVIDIA GRID

Microsoft Using Citrix XenDesktop to Deliver Remote Windows 10 Desktops from Azure

Posted by Benny Tritsch on May 31, 2016 2:38:29 PM

During his Synergy opening keynote on Tuesday, Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov made a spectacular announcement: As part of the refreshed Citrix and Microsoft partnership, XenDesktop VDI hosted on Azure will deliver remote Windows 10 desktops from the cloud. To be very clear, Kirill was not speaking about a Windows Server desktop that pretends to be Windows 10. He was talking about the “real thing”. The days of #FixVDA (= broken virtual desktop access licensing) will be gone as soon as this service is available. This is an event the entire RDS and VDI industry has been waiting for. And here are some more details.

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenDesktop, Microsoft, Azure, Windows 10

Graphics Virtualization at NVIDIA GTC 2016

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 20, 2016 2:28:42 PM

Last week, I’ve attended NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose in Silicon Valley. This year’s focus of GTC was virtual reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous cars. NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made a number of spectacular announcements around these topics and showed impressive demos, including Steve Wozniak in a real-time VR simulation of a mission to Mars. Despite the fact that graphics virtualization was not mentioned in the keynote, it was a topic considered as special emphasis area and was covered in more than 40 sessions and talks within a separate track. There was a great line-up of speakers from various vendors, partners and customers. But there were also independent experts and industry analysts who shared their thoughts about GPU-accelerated remoting in general and GRID v2 in particular.

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Topics: GPU, NVIDIA

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