FSLogix Apps 2.8 - Roam XenApp Email Search and OneDrive

Posted by Brandon Lee on Mar 28, 2017 11:15:53 AM

With the official release of FSLogix Apps 2.8, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix can now roam all XenApp email search, including gmail, outlook, and other email clients. Note that this is not limited to just XenApp, but will work on multi user mode environments (MUM) as well, such as standard RDS. The entire OneDrive App can now be roamed in an ODFC container. The key takeaway here is that the entire OneDrive App can be roamed without any external profile management requirements. Meaning, an adminstrator no longer has to struggle to figure out how to roam user info and can just hit the big easy button to roam OneDrive because FSLogix can seamlessly roam both the app and user data!

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Topics: XenApp, Outlook, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, OneDrive, FSLogix Apps

The Waiting is Over: Outlook Search on XenApp

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jan 24, 2017 4:03:29 PM

In today's modern world of technology, email has evolved into one of the fundamental aspects of everyday business. Many of us rely on day-to-day email clients, such as Outlook, not only for the purposes of communication, but also as an archive for retaining vital information. Outlook's search functionality is something that is often taken for granted until it's no longer available. For individuals in XenApp environments, the ability to search has long been desired but never fully realized. 

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Topics: XenApp, Outlook, Outlook Instant Search

FSLogix Apps 2.7 - What's New & Why you should Upgrade

Posted by Brandon Lee on Dec 15, 2016 6:26:08 PM

FSLogix Apps 2.7 is now available.

As many of you are well aware, a number of limitations can arise while trying to implement Office 365 across your organization. Poor application performance leading to grumpy users does not typically lead to cheerful workspaces. Request an evaluation copy and put a little cheer back in your digital workspace this holiday season!

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Topics: VDI, XenApp, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container, OneDrive for Business, FSLogix Apps

Context awareness is important for your business!

Posted by Sascha Goeckel on Nov 7, 2016 2:31:27 PM

Let’s make one thing clear; context awareness is one of the most important topics in the IT landscape today. Without context awareness, IT departments cannot fulfill the requirements of their customers (means users) and the security and compliance requirements of their business. Not considering this fact may result in a disadvantage over the competition and in worst case it costs the business money.

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Topics: VDI, RDS, XenDesktop, XenApp, BYOD, VMware, security, EUC

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

Delivering Great User Experience for Office 365 with FSLogix

Posted by Aaron Parker on Sep 1, 2016 10:55:04 AM

It seems that the adoption of Office 365 is accelerating at a rapid pace, at least that’s the impression we get from talking to clients, on a daily basis, about Office 365. These clients are either planning a migration or actively using Office 365 today.

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Topics: XenApp, non-persistent VDI, Office 365

My Take on Microsoft’s Announcement to Retire Azure RemoteApp

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Aug 19, 2016 9:46:54 AM

On Friday, August 12, 2016, Microsoft made the announcement that they are planning to retire Azure RemoteApp (ARA). According to the article, Microsoft and Citrix are jointly developing a new cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. This Azure RemoteApp 2.0 service was referred to as XenApp “express”. Only minutes after the Microsoft announcement, Citrix posted a related article on their blog. Now, after the dust has slowly settled, I wanted to share my thoughts on the announcement.

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, Azure RemoteApp

Office 365 - How Difficult it is to Make it Look This Easy

Posted by Kevin Goodman on Aug 16, 2016 9:51:27 AM

“You don’t know how difficult it is to make it look this easy.”

We’ve been very pleased with the response to our Office 365 containers. Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest growing product ever. Office 365 is on a $4.4B run-rate and 70% of Fortune 500 companies have purchased Office 365 in the last 12 months (source:Microsoft).

But, did you know that without FSLogix, the Office 365 suite doesn’t roam correctly in XenApp and XenDesktop non-persistent? You read that right: By default, Outlook and OneDrive for Business do not roam correctly. OneDrive for Business is not supported in RDSH / XenApp environments and Outlook if it is in Cached Exchange Mode has issues in both RDSH / XenApp and non-persistent XenDesktop. (Check out this MS-Ignite session discussing this issue and recommending FSLogix)

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Topics: XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, Office 365, Outlook, Cached Exchance Mode

Are Some XenApp Best Practices Still True?

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 16, 2016 9:55:11 AM

A headline for a blogspot, on Citrix blogs about XenApp best practices reads, "XenApp Best Practices #1: For the best user experience, application and backend data must reside together on a fast, low latency network." 

How do we achieve this best practice when all of our apps and backend data are potentially distributed all over the globe?

Marius Sandbu, Citrix CTA, Azure MVP, vExpert suggests a compromise to achieve the best user experience.

Why?

"Because that should be our end goalDeliver the best user experience." -Marius Sandbu

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenApp, RDSH, non-persistent VDI, Office 365, Outlook, Best Practices, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business

PQR UEM Comparison White Paper Excerpt

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 15, 2016 11:45:02 AM

The PQR team released their latest User Environment Management (UEM) comparison white paper v16.03, formerly known as the UEM Smackdown.

"...I got questions from people not familiar with the smackdown what it is, the name is not something native English people would use. In English a comparison white paper with a winner is a bake-off. This white paper doesn’t bring out a winner so a bake-off was the wrong word as well. The white paper compares User Environment Management solutions to each other and therefore it is a comparisons white paper." -Rob Beekmans

Below is an excerpt from that white paper, courtesy of Rob Beekman and the PQR team. Updated May 25 2016. 

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, User Profiles, Office 365, UEM, Cached Exchance Mode

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