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: RDS, Microsoft, Microsoft Ignite, Desktop Virtualization

Office365 on a non-persistent Citrix Desktop? FSLogix does that for you!

Posted by Christiaan Brinkhoff on Oct 17, 2016 3:07:05 PM

One problem that caused me a little headache for some days where the corrupted OST files of a customer of mine that uses Office365 / Exchange Online on top of a non-persistent (MCS) XenApp Desktop environment. One of my earlier challenges were to level the old performance with the performance they used to have before with the on-premises Exchange 2010 mail server setup. As you probably know already, Office365 is cloud based, what makes the client performance depending on the internet connection instead on the LAN, and Outlook Cache Mode a required then recommended option to configure.

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Topics: Citrix, XenDesktop, XenApp, Microsoft, non-persistent VDI, Office 365, Outlook, Cached Exchange Mode

FrontLine Chatter Podcast E29 with Kevin Goodman - Project Flux

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 22, 2016 1:26:21 PM

On this episode of FrontLine Chatter, FSLogix CEO Kevin Goodman joins Jarian Gibson and Andrew Morgan for a discussion about FSLogix's Flux Project and Citrix Synergy updates.

"With [FSLogix] generic containers what you're doing is, and a combination of your search features as well, you're going to allow [users] to have instant access to those files, indexing, searching, and everything on demand. So I think it's a real game changer...Kudos to you and I'm really looking forward to what you're doing next." -Andrew Morgan

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, Microsoft, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, FSLogix

Make the Extraordinary Happen in Your Companies: Synergy 2016 Wrap Up and Announcements

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 1, 2016 10:13:01 AM

Read our Synergy Announcement from Kevin Goodman, CEO, FSLogix
Register for our Latest Beta to supercharge Office 365 on XenApp and XenDesktop
Download and Evaluate FSLogix Apps in your environment

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenDesktop, XenApp, Microsoft, Office 365, Windows 10, Citrix Synergy, FSLogix, FSLogix Office 365 Container

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

Simplifying meeting room management - the AV/IT challenge

Posted by Rob Bamforth on Feb 27, 2016 9:29:20 AM

Can't get the projector or video conferencing working? Cables, adaptors or remotes missing? It is a common problem and it might seem like these issues get in the way of progress in most meetings, but spare a thought for those having to manage this environment. Being the over-stretched technical expert called in just to find a cable or click a button for those unwilling or unable to follow an instruction sheet (which was probably tidied away by the previous night's cleaners...) can be a bit of a thankless task. 

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Topics: Microsoft, IoT, Overhead Projector, IT, AV

Azure RemoteApp Preview at Microsoft TechEd

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Jun 2, 2014 2:26:00 PM

Boom! During his keynote at Microsoft TechEd North America, Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson announced the availability of Azure RemoteApp preview. Like many other virtualization experts, I was waiting for this moment as we’ve all heard rumors about the project code named “Mohoro” since a couple of months. Despite the fact that Brad only covered it briefly, it instantly created a substantial buzz in the virtualization community. Fortunately, there was an entire TechEd session about the details of Azure RemoteApp within less than two hours. And only 24 hours after attending the keynote, Ruben Spruijt and I were on stage in a packed TechEd breakout room, delivering a session titled “An Insider’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization” which allowed us to refer to Azure RemoteApp. In the following I want to give you a brief overview of how Microsoft’s “new” way of delivering Windows applications from the cloud works.

 

In a nutshell, Azure RemoteApp is what Microsoft describes as “Windows Server session-based applications hosted in Azure”. This means that Windows applications are delivered in a seamless mode from Azure to the client which makes them appear as if they were running locally on the client side – find more details about RemoteApp in my post Seamless Remote Apps Reloaded. Now there are two different options of how to use Azure RemoteApp: The Cloud Deployment variant is built on top of pre-configured Remote Desktop Session Host server VMs with Office 2013 Pro installed. It is fully managed by Microsoft and its goal is rapid application provisioning and automatic system maintenance by not allowing any configuration changes of the server image. RDP 8.1 (RemoteFX) is the remoting protocol and client platforms range from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 to iOS and Android, with Windows RT, Windows Phone and Mac OSX coming soon. Up to 20 users can logon in the preview phase after their existing Microsoft accounts or corporate credentials are connected to Azure AD through federation. All personal application settings are preserved in a User Profile Disk stored on a personal 50GB OneDrive folder that is assigned to each Azure RemoteApp user account.

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Topics: Microsoft, Tech-Ed, Azure RemoteApp, RDP, RDSH

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