Authentication: Two-Step Verification


So far, I've realized the following I have way too many identities Password complexity rules are implemented incorrectly Multi-factor authentication will provide additional authentication security So let's look at one of the most basic forms of MFA. Unfortunately, I've seen this take on many names: Two-Step Verification Two-Step Authentication One-Time Password After providing your username... Continue Reading →

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Updated IO Optimization with Machine Creation Services


With the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 1903 release, Machine Creation Services continues to improve! The RAM-based write cache feature has been updated and improved. I wanted to see how the new RAM-based write cache capability compared to the previous version and how it compares to a desktop without using a RAM-based write cache. First,... Continue Reading →

Authentication: Passwords


<Sarcasm> Passwords.  I love them. I love them so much, I have over 150 of them. </Sarcasm> We have our identity and we provide it to a system.  In order to prove we are who we say we are, we need to authenticate. Passwords are one method for authentication.  In theory, passwords are easy, but in... Continue Reading →

Authentication: Factors (MFA)


INCONCEIVABLE! You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. My favorite quote from my favorite princess movie. "Inconceivable!" It's what I want to say when I get the typical questions about multi-factor authentication. What license do I need for multi-factor authentication? How do I enable multi-factor authentication?... Continue Reading →

Authentication: Your Identity


Most of us ignore authentication because it is seamless with us using our Active Directory username to log onto a domain-joined Windows 10 PC. But when we expand beyond Windows, there are so many other things to consider. I avoided learning about authentication for a long time.  So many technologies. So many acronyms.  So many... Continue Reading →

Logon: VM Start


Diagnosing long logon times is quite a challenge.  Citrix Director breaks our logon time down into unique phase to help focus your attention on an aspect of the entire logon process instead of logon in its entirety. Looking at my 100+ second logon time, I noticed I have a 24 second virtual machine start time. ... Continue Reading →

Citrix VDA Performance


Winter in Minnesota.  Back the car out of my driveway, reach the road and my car immediately slides, sideways downhill.  I think I need new tires. One of the best practices I like to talk about is “Maintain, because set and forget does not work.” We all know it is important to maintain our systems,... Continue Reading →

Logon: Brokering


I just experienced a 100+ second logon time for my Virtual Apps and Desktops session. Hopefully, you are not thinking "That's pretty fast". If I look at the detailed breakdown of my logon time, you can see it is a mess. Something is happening with my environment to cause things to spike. I want to... Continue Reading →

Synchronize vs Mirror


This has confused me with Citrix Profile Management... What is the difference between synchronizing a folder and mirroring a folder? When I say source and destination, I mean the following: Source = virtual desktop Destination = profile store The descriptions for both sound very similar, so I thought I would dig into this a little... Continue Reading →

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