Rory Monaghan

Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert\EUC Champion & Citrix CTA. Co-Author of the popular Application Virtualization Smackdown community white paper. 10 years experience in end-user computing. Competent at some things, expert at rambling on!
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How to: Setup ADConnect and Add Domain in Azure

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Nov 27, 2017 10:53:16 AM

Disclaimer: My experience with Azure, AWS and pretty much every cloud hosted service thus far tells me this post could become dated very quickly so this post should serve simply as a moment in time brain dump.

When rebuilding my homelab environment recently, I went through these steps again and thought others may find it useful so I documented to share my steps. In my scenario, I have MSDN credits for Azure, I opted not to use Active Directory Federation Services, if implanting for an organization, you may want to do that. I just wanted to sync my on premises active directory users and groups into Azure and use my existing domain. The steps were very easy.

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Topics: Azure, Office 365, AD Connect

App-V Decision Matrix v7

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Oct 9, 2017 1:42:05 PM

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I re-thought the matrix to get it outside of the scope of just App-V but it’s still called the App-V Decision Matrix for a few reasons. I still love App-V and now App-V is now in box in Windows 10 Enterprise and Server 2016. More organizations have access to App-V than ever before. The App-V Sequencer is available as part of the Windows 10 ADK. It is for these reasons, I decided to keep this as the App-V Decision Matrix. I am using App-V as my baseline i.e. My app is X type of app and contains y can I deliver it with App-V? If not, what is a suitable alternative?

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Topics: App-V, XenApp, RDSH

Project: Simplified Thin Client Management

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Sep 26, 2017 12:32:03 PM

Over the years I have worked with many different makes and models of thin clients. In previous years, the management software of most thin clients left a lot to be desired, particularly from the hardware manufacturers with the largest presence in enterprise IT, I’ll let you guess which those are 🙂 When Douglas Brown joined IGEL Technologies, it piqued my interest. When I saw IGEL were giving away a Tesla at VMworld 2017, it piqued my interest even more! I played around with the IGEL Universal Management Suite with a virtual instance of their UDC3 product (Universal Desktop Converter which you can use to deploy the lightweight IGEL OS to physical hardware. This is great for repurposing outdated hardware). With this I tried the typical use cases for a thin client. I tested with my published applications and virtual desktops. No big surprises there! Everything worked as expected.

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, Thin Clients, IGEL, IGEL UD pocket devices

XenApp Migration Survival Guide

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Aug 15, 2017 11:59:46 AM

Whilst more and more organizations have made the jump from XenApp 6.5 to 7.x, it seems many more are still hanging around on 6.5 or even earlier versions. While I don’t agree with doing that, I can understand it. With all of the work and revs that went into 6.5, it was a very stable and reliable product. It seems to me that most middle to large sized companies used XenApp and I would hazard a guess that most used 6.5 at one point or another. Defacto, many IT professionals have experience with XenApp 6.5, they like it and they are comfortable with it.

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Topics: Citrix, App-V, Rorymon, Citrix XenApp, StoreFront, LTSR

GeekOut365

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Aug 8, 2017 10:24:32 AM

I had the recent opportunity to contribute to the first ever GeekOut365. This a great new community platform for video on demand sessions from past BriForum conferences, as well as new content such as my in depth look at the various different application virtualization, layering and container products on the market today.

To watch my session, continue to: http://www.brianmadden.com/geekout365/player/5504623545001

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Topics: Application Virtualization, layering, GeekOut365

Citrix in 2017: The Story So Far

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jul 25, 2017 10:48:38 AM

With news of change at Citrix with a new CEO, I figured a reflection on 2017 for the company so far is timely.

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Topics: Citrix, Office 365, Windows 10, OneDrive, Citrix XenApp, StoreFront, Sharefile

Citrix App Layering

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jul 18, 2017 1:04:56 PM

Over the years, I have posted quite a lot of content about Unidesk, which you can read HERE. While I did try out Unidesk with 2.x, they really piqued my interest with the 3.x release which supported Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services. You see, RDS is a real pain in the ass when trying to manage it at any sort of scale. The Server Manager’s built-in consoles for managing desktops and users in RDS, simply are not fit for purpose. Unidesk however, was an excellent compliment for RDS. You could quickly and easily filter your virtual desktops, edit\manage multiple at once and of course it also made image and application management super simple!

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Topics: Citrix, Hyper-V, Application Layering, Unidesk

Citrix Issues: App-V Apps Using Local IE, Apps in StoreFront

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jun 26, 2017 11:37:55 AM

As we all know, sequencing Internet Explorer is not supported but you can sequence IE plugins and other settings required by web apps and simply create a shortcut pointing to the locally installed Internet Explorer.

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Topics: Citrix, App-V, StoreFront, IE, Citrix Issues

Imaging Windows 10 and getting to one Golden Image

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jun 26, 2017 11:05:31 AM

Through years of trial and error, I’ve cemented some of my personal best practices for desktop imaging that I’d like to share with all of you in this article. Although the technologies are very different, my practices for creating golden images of physical desktops and virtual desktops have many things in common.

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Topics: Office 365, Windows 10, Virtual desktops, Application Layering, Citrix Application Layering, Windows 10 Layering

Technical Review: Deep Citrix Monitoring and Troubleshooting with Goliath

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jun 20, 2017 11:56:43 AM

Recently I published a blog post titled: Citrix is Slow, Or is it Really? In that article I briefly mentioned using a product such as Goliath Performance Monitor. If you have XenApp or XenDesktop 7.x in your environment, you may rely on Citrix Director for monitoring and troubleshooting. If so, I’m sorry for you. It has been my experience that Director can miss quite a lot. At least in version 7.9 and earlier, which is what I have used the most. If I could put a value on the time I have spent over the last 6 months alone troubleshooting slowness issues which Director couldn’t help with, it would likely pay for a good monitoring product such as this two times over!

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Topics: Citrix, XenDesktop, XenApp, Monitoring, Goliath

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