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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5 Bytes Podcast: Episode 3 - Spectre and Meltdown Update, Apple Text Bomb Bug, Windows 10 v1709 Woes, Citrix Rebranding & More

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 23, 2018 12:20:31 PM

Thanks to everybody for supporting the two episodes of the 5 Bytes Podcast. I have been learning a little as I go, I'm sure the quality will get better and better. If you do have feedback, please reach out to me via Twitter.

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Topics: Meltdown and Spectre, Windows 10 1709, Citrix Rebranding, Apple Text Bomb

Application Virtualization Smackdown Evolved

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 23, 2018 12:14:07 PM

Some of you may have noticed we finished out the year 2017 without a release of the Application Virtualization Smackdown. This was intentional as we re-imagined the Smackdown.

We added CloudHouse to the Feature Matrix. We also added Thamim Karim and Kris Smith to our AppVirt Guru team. As the team has expanded, we found it the perfect time to rebrand AppVirt Guru too, giving the site a slicker layout.

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Topics: Citrix XenApp, App-V, cloud, virtualization, storage, hyper converged, datacenter management

5 Bytes Podcast Episode 2

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 16, 2018 1:53:20 PM

PODCAST

Thanks to everybody for supporting the first episode of the 5 Bytes Podcast. I have been learning a little as I go, I'm sure the quality will get better and better. If you do have feedback, please reach out to me via Twitter.

Episode 2 features PowerShell Core 6.0, Citrix Summit, Citrix App Layering 4.8 and more.

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Topics: GeekOut365, IT Pro Podcast, Citrix Summit, Powershell

Application Packaging is Dying

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 3, 2018 12:14:33 PM

My name is Rory Monaghan and I've been working as an application packager for over 10 years.

Working in such a specialized role can be very challenging. My first few years were pretty good. I would get a mix of applications to work on ranging from simple to medium to complex. It was pretty enjoyable learning how to package. Out of necessity, you become very well versed with the Windows OS. 

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Topics: Application Packaging, Application Layering, saas, Windows

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, RDSH, XenApp

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: Thin Clients, IGEL, XenApp, XenDesktop, 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, Citrix XenApp, Rorymon, App-V, 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: GeekOut365, Application Virtualization, layering

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

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