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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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

Opinion: The Changing Landscape of Enterprise Application Management

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Feb 7, 2017 9:54:46 AM

I'm usually not one for posting blogs on [rorymon.com] in reaction to public announcements BUT I’ll make an exception for a couple that occurred in the first two weeks of this year. First, on the 2nd of January, Symantec put out a release to state that their Workspace Virtualization product is now End Of Life. Second is the announcement out of Citrix Summit that Citrix acquired Unidesk. These announcements warrant a post in my opinion because to me it highlights a major shift in the application virtualization and application delivery space.

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, App-V, Application Virtualization, Application Layering, Unidesk

Getting Started With Docker

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 16, 2017 1:40:06 PM

Docker is by far the most popular application container technology on the market today. It’s an open platform that’s used the world over by many! Developers in particular, though more and more people are using Docker containers in a production environment and popularity is growing so much that it’s likely that vendors may begin to deliver their products as containers. 

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Topics: Application Virtualization, containers, Docker

My App-V 5.x Sequencing Guide

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Oct 12, 2016 11:44:06 AM

Tim Mangan recently posted a great blog series to help you get started with App-V 5.x, one of these posts covers sequencing: http://www.tmurgent.com/TmBlog/?p=2501. He covers theory, tools and his own practices. Check that post out! I created this document a couple of months ago for the organization I’m working for, so I figured I’d also share my own!

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Topics: App-V, App-V Sequencing

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