Turbocharge Your Virtual Workspace with FSLogix and Atlantis Computing

Posted by Brad Rowland on Dec 11, 2015 10:26:33 AM

If you missed the live great live webinar with Ruben and Kevin, click here for the recording and learn how combining Atlantis Computing and FSLogix can totally turbocharge your virtual desktop.  End to end optimization that brings back "locally installed" (or better) performance for your enterprise workspace, including hosted Exchange and Office 365.

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Topics: VDI, RDSH, non-persistent VDI, Atlantis Computing, Office 365

Video: Jarian Gibson Presenting FSLogix Apps at VirtG Boston

Posted by Brad Rowland on Sep 25, 2015 11:39:46 AM

September 2015 - FSLogix – the Perfect Layering Solution for vCloud Air

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Topics: VDI, XenApp, RDSH, Application Virtualization, Application Packaging

Graphics and Multimedia System Tools

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Aug 2, 2015 4:05:00 PM

 

Last week I presented a 75-minute breakout session titled “Computer Graphics and Multimedia: A Survival Guide for IT Pros” at BriForum in Denver. In essence, my session covered an introduction of the most common application programming interfaces (APIs) and file formats commonly used for graphics and multimedia: GDI, DirectX, WPF, OpenGL, AV, Silverlight, Flash and HTML5. Some attendees asked me if I can provide the list of tools I demonstrated during my session.

Here are the tools I like to use when analyzing and testing virtual desktops and remote user sessions:

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Topics: VDI, RDSH, testing tools, BriForum 2015

Podcast: Xenapp Blog - What is FSLogix?

Posted by Brad Rowland on Jul 7, 2015 3:42:36 PM

 

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenApp, RDSH

Managing your Azure RemoteApp application landscape using FSLogix Apps

Posted by Freek Berson on Jun 29, 2015 5:15:00 PM

INTRODUCTION 

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is all about delivering your Win32 legacy applications from the cloud to any device, any location, at any time. While RemoteApp technology itself is not new and has been shipping since Windows Server 2008, Azure, however, makes it a truly turnkey, and as a Service, solution. Basically you   bring your applications   and your identities, and Azure RemoteApp provides you with a GUI inside the Azure Portal to configure the delivery of those applications, including  PowerShell support.
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Topics: Azure RemoteApp, RDSH, Powershell

RDS and VDI News from Microsoft Ignite 2015

Posted by Benny Tritsch on May 26, 2015 5:22:32 PM

I’m at BriForum in London this week, meeting with many of my community fellows. One of the topics we keep discussing is the lessons learned at Microsoft Ignite two weeks ago. What a show that was! 23,000 people attended Ignite and most of them wanted to hear about the upcoming products and see how this Microsoft 2.0 looks like. Combining multiple events, such as TechEd and MMS, seemed to be a good idea for many IT professionals, despite the fact that Microsoft decided to miss out Europe – Ignite is a US-only event. Microsoft must have been surprised by the number of registrations as logistics were far from being perfect. Sometimes transportation, catering and room capacity for popular sessions clearly showed some room for improvement for next year. But I cannot complain, together with co-speaker Ruben Spruijt I was invited as a featured speaker and the Ignite organizers gave us a great room for our session about virtual desktops. According to Microsoft, remoting into Windows workloads is an important aspect of their mobility strategy now. This means that RDS and VDI were presented from different angles and were even covered in sessions where you wouldn’t expect it.

 

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Topics: VDI, RDS, RDSH, Microsoft Ignite

FSLogix selected as a Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 Award Winner

Posted by Brad Rowland on May 15, 2015 1:00:00 PM

It was an honor to be named as one of the Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 Award Winners, and the winner for the Application and Desktop Virtualization category.

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, profile containers, profile management

Is Layering the Future of User Profile Management

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 28, 2015 2:50:00 PM

"Traditional profiles are dead, long live layered profiles!"

This article has been in my pipeline for quite a while, and after talking to a number of subject matter experts I thought that now is the time to finally publish it: When dealing with virtual Windows desktops or remote user sessions, profile management and personalization pops up as a discussion topic or a pain point on a regular basis. This has not changed since 10 years and it is independent of the underlying virtualization or remoting technology. As a rule of thumb, once or twice a year, Windows user profile management is on the agenda. But things have changed over time. A couple of years ago, it was all about maintaining the EXACT layout of a user’s desktop. Moving application icons by a couple of pixels or removing the custom wallpaper may have resulted in seriously angry users. Typically, this is not the case anymore since users are used to having access to other personalized “desktops”, like their tablets or smartphones. They have learned how to deal with different background images and user interface element locations. But still, user profile management is a hot topic when it comes to maintaining application-specific settings across various work-related Windows desktops.

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Topics: VDI, RDSH, layering, containers, profiles

My Lab Toolbox: White Label Test Server

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 15, 2015 1:03:00 PM

One of the things I really enjoy about my current role in the virtualization industry is evaluating new products and concepts in my test lab. I’m in the lucky situation that Dell, Intel, NVIDIA, AMD, HP and some other vendors provided me with wonderful hardware, but sometimes off-the-shelf servers are simply not the right choice to start with. This is particularly true if you want to compare different remoting products in a fair and reproducible way. Shawn Bass and I began building our own “Darco Labs” reference servers when we seriously started comparing remoting protocols in our labs. You better know exactly what you’re doing and what kind of hardware you are using when you’re challenging vendors such as Microsoft, Citrix and VMware. For the sake of credibility, it is a prerequisite to select hardware that is equally compatible with the latest versions of all tested virtualization and remoting products. So this article is about the lessons I’ve learned when building the white label server for the 2014 remoting protocol comparisons.

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Topics: VDI, XenApp, RDSH, testing tools

The Art of Measuring Remote End User Experience

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 9, 2015 11:29:00 AM

“To me, when we say mobile first, it’s not the mobility of the device, it’s actually the mobility of the individual experience,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in November 2014 at a UK event. When remoting into Windows desktops and applications is part of your enterprise mobility strategy, acceptable end user experience is an important success factor. Unfortunately, traditional benchmarking parameters, such as frame rates and system performance counters, do not entirely represent the perceived end user experience (EUX) on a remote client. But what are the parameters and metrics that allow you to judge remote EUX and manage customer expectations?

 

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, test tools, CX

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